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Students attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and eligible for work study awards may be considered for available Student Library Assistant openings in the library's technical services department or at the circulation desk. Student job openings are listed on Garrett's myGETS or students may contact the Styberg Library to inquire about job availability. Typically, library student assistants are hired at the beginning of the fall semester. 

Basic information for student applicants: It is not possible to do homework while "working" in the library. Please do not apply unless you can give 100% of your attention to your library work tasks.

Typical student work activities include some combination of data entry, book processing, book reshelving, book repair, digitizing, application of security devices, assisting patrons, checking books in and out, book shifting/relocation, and other tasks as they arise.

Job Descriptions

Position Summary:  

The Circulation Desk Assistant will perform basic circulation activities which include checking out and checking in books and laptops, assisting patrons with reserve materials, and enforcement of library policies (security, borrowing, noise levels, disruptions).  The Assistant will keep all Reserve books in call number order and place all returned books on the shelving cart at circulation desk.   The Assistant is responsible for care of library materials and equipment.  The Assistant will help patrons with copiers and computers, answer basic informational and reference questions, and make referrals when needed. Answering the telephone and in-person inquiries is required. In between circulation duties, the Assistant will work on other library-related tasks such as tagging books, scanning books, paging books, preparing reserve book lists, Interlibrary Loan processing, as well as other activities, as needed. The Assistant will be responsible for library opening and end-of-day closing procedures.  The Assistant will handle cash transactions for printing and fine payments, and be responsible for keeping accurate records of transactions, as well as reconciling the cash drawer at the end of the day.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • This is a customer service position. The Assistant must be comfortable working with the public and interacting in a professional manner with library patrons.
  • Ability to work well with others (especially in an environment that appreciates diversity) as well as independently
  • Adherence to work schedule and promptness are essential
  • Checking books out to patrons, and checking books in when they are returned in a timely manner.   
  • Ability to use a computer and the Microsoft suite of programs, as well as library-specific programs, including Alma and Primo (assistant will be trained)
  • Ability to work independently, but to know when to ask for help.
  • Accuracy in handling money and making change
  • Ease in interacting with patrons – students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni and community patrons—in person, over the telephone, and via email.
  • Keeping books in call number order
  • Willingness to assist where needed
  • Attention to detail
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, crawl, and climb ladder up to 15' and lift/move up to 25 pounds.  Must be able to have repetitive wrist hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer. Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment. The individual will regularly be required to communicate professionally in person, over the phone, and through email; and to sit, type, and stare at a computer monitor for prolonged periods.  
  • Work environment:  Employee occasionally may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time but work is primarily performed indoors.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Occasional evening/weekend work.

 Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship status, order of protection status, homelessness, arrest record, victim of domestic violence, common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No individual will be denied nor receive special employment opportunities based on membership status in any protected category. Every employee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expected to support this equal opportunity and nondiscrimination commitment by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the intent and spirit of this policy.

Position Summary:  

The Technical Services Assistant will perform basic activities which may include processing new books, minor book repair, scanning, tagging, assisting with putting new books on display, sorting gift books, data entry, checking in serials, helping to prepare serials for binding, and general office work.  The student assistant will work 9-10 hours per week in a set scheduled devised around the student’s class schedule. It is expected that the student will work all the hours scheduled each week. Work shifts generally fall between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday, and there may be occasional weekend or evening work.  The Assistant will be responsible for care of library materials and equipment.  

Essential functions and responsibilities: 

Under the direction of library staff members, the Assistant maybe asked to work on any or all of the following:

  • Marking
  • Copy cataloging (purchased and gift books)
  • Book repair (minor)
  • Help with New Arrivals processing
  • Help with special projects as assigned
  • Process incoming boxes from vendors
  • Check in current periodicals
  • File paid invoices 
  • Help with bindery preparation
  • Check the ASE list to see if there are any serials we can claim to fill gaps
  • Update Holdings & Item records
  • Shredding
  • Recycling
  • Help with monthly display case preparation
  • Retrieval of materials
  • Major shifting projects
  • Inventory
  • Dusting/cleaning of books/shelves
  • Help with setting up for annual book sale in October
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Excruciating attention to detail 
  • Computer literacy
  • Manual dexterity 
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. 
  • Accuracy and speed in data entry and proofreading
  • Ability to follow instructions 
  • Comfortable in asking questions as needed
  • Ability to work well with others (especially in an environment that appreciates diversity) as well as independently
  • Ability to assist in problem solving (for various database cleanup projects)
  • Previous library experience a plus

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, crawl, climb a ladder up to 15 feet, and lift/move up to 25 pounds.  Must be able to have repetitive wrist hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer. Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment. The individual will regularly be required to communicate professionally in person, over the phone, and through email; and to sit, type, and stare at a computer monitor for prolonged periods.  
  • Work environment:  Employee occasionally may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time but work is primarily performed indoors.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Occasional evening/weekend work.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship status, order of protection status, homelessness, arrest record, victim of domestic violence, common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No individual will be denied nor receive special employment opportunities based on membership status in any protected category. Every employee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expected to support this equal opportunity and nondiscrimination commitment by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the intent and spirit of this policy.

Position Summary:

The Interlibrary Loan Assistant will process interlibrary loan lending requests and perform other tasks related to fulfillment operations.  Position requires computer work in Alma, the library management system, and OCLC WorldShare, retrieving books from the shelves, using the book scanner, preparing books for mailing or pickup by courier, managing invoices and maintaining records. Ideally, work hours will be two hours each weekday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm, but depending on class schedules there is some flexibility.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite of programs, particularly Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excruciating attention to detail
  • Ability to follow precise procedures
  • Confidence in problem solving and flexibility in changing from one task to another
  • Knowledge of the library collection and the Library of Congress call number system
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Reliability
  • Ability to communicate and work with other library staff members and others (especially in an environment that appreciates diversity)
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, crawl, and climb a ladder up to 15' and lift/move up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to have repetitive wrist hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer. Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment. The individual will regularly be required to communicate professionally in person, over the phone, and through email; and to sit, type, and stare at a computer monitor for prolonged periods.  
  • Work environment:  Employee occasionally may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time but work is primarily performed indoors. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Occasional evening/weekend work.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship status, order of protection status, homelessness, arrest record, victim of domestic violence, common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No individual will be denied nor receive special employment opportunities based on membership status in any protected category. Every employee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expected to support this equal opportunity and nondiscrimination commitment by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the intent and spirit of this policy.

Position Summary

The General Library Assistant will assist with curbside pickup, scanning print materials, mailing books, assisting library staff with, including but not limited to, library displays, periodicals check-in, filing, website (links) update, inventory, data entry, and other duties as assigned..  The student will work regular shifts of 9-10 hours per week in a set schedule that is built around their classes and other academic commitments.  Work shifts will fall between the hours of noon and 4:00pm Monday through Friday.  The student will work independently, but under the supervision of a library staff member.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite of programs, particularly Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excruciating attention to detail
  • Ability to follow precise procedures
  • Confidence in problem solving and flexibility in changing from one task to another
  • Knowledge of the library collection and the Library of Congress call number system
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Reliability
  • Ability to communicate and work with other library staff members and others (especially in an environment that appreciates diversity)
  • Ability to work independently, however questions relating to procedures and task-related issues are expected and encouraged.
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, crawl, and climb ladder up to 15' and lift/move up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to have repetitive wrist hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer. Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment. The individual will regularly be required to communicate professionally in person, over the phone, and through email; and to sit, type, and stare at a computer monitor for prolonged periods.  
  • Work environment:  Employee occasionally may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time but work is primarily performed indoors.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Occasional evening/weekend work. 

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship status, order of protection status, homelessness, arrest record, victim of domestic violence, common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No individual will be denied nor receive special employment opportunities based on membership status in any protected category. Every employee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expected to support this equal opportunity and nondiscrimination commitment by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the intent and spirit of this policy.

Position Summary:  

The Shelver will shelve library materials according to the Library of Congress classification system.  The shelver will also assist with stacks maintenance, search for lost or missing books, shift books to make more room on the shelves, help with tagging and inventory projects. The position requires a set schedule of two hours per weekday, built around the student’s class schedule.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Shelve books according to Library of Congress Classification System
  • Straighten stacks and shelf read as needed to ensure books are in proper call number order  
  • Shift books when necessary to create more shelf space to accommodate collection growth
  • Collect books on reshelving carts, straighten chairs, maintain appearance of the library
  • Search for lost and missing books as directed by the Access and Public Services Librarian
  • Special shifting and shelf-reading projects 
  • Assist patrons in locating materials or escorting patrons to appropriate staff member for additional assistance
  • Ability to stand for extended periods
  • Ability to lift heavy books
  • Sufficient range of motion to shelve books on high and low shelves
  • Excruciating attention to detail
  • Friendly, helpful demeanor suitable to a customer-service position
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Good time-management skills
  • Knowledge of the Library of Congress system and previous library experience a plus

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, crawl, safely climb a ladder up to 15 feet to shelve rare books, and lift/move up to 50 pounds.   Must be able to have repetitive wrist hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer. Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment. The individual will regularly be required to communicate professionally in person, over the phone, and through email; and to sit, type, and stare at a computer monitor for prolonged periods.  
  • Work environment:  Employee occasionally may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time but work is primarily performed indoors.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Occasional evening/weekend work.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship status, order of protection status, homelessness, arrest record, victim of domestic violence, common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No individual will be denied nor receive special employment opportunities based on membership status in any protected category. Every employee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expected to support this equal opportunity and nondiscrimination commitment by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the intent and spirit of this policy.

Position Summary:  

The Digitization Assistant will assist with the digitation of special archival materials, creating metadata, proofreading OCR materials, creating inventory lists, proofreading and checking links and content in library guides and library websites, as well as other projects.  Position requires computer work in Alma, the library management system, ABBYY finereader, Microsoft Word and Excel, retrieving books from the shelves, using the book scanner, maintaining records. The student will work regular shifts of 9-10 hours per week in a set schedule that is built around the student’s classes and other academic commitments.  Work shifts will fall between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday.  The student will work independently, but under the supervision of a library staff member.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite of programs, particularly Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excruciating attention to detail
  • Ability to follow precise procedures
  • Confidence in problem solving and flexibility in changing from one task to another
  • Knowledge of the library collection and the Library of Congress call number system
  • Knowledge of archival schemas, classification, and organization of archives
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Reliability
  • Ability to communicate and work with other library staff members
  • Ability to work independently, however questions relating to procedures and task-related issues are expected and encouraged
  • Other duties as assigned

Instructions for applying: 

Please apply through the ADP portal and include your resume and cover letter your contact information, your class schedule and any other standing commitments, and your program and year.

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, crawl, and lift/move up to 25 pounds.  Must be able to have repetitive wrist hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer. Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment. The individual will regularly be required to communicate professionally in person, over the phone, and through email; and to sit, type, and stare at a computer monitor for prolonged periods.  
  • Work environment:  Employee occasionally may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time but work is primarily performed indoors.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Occasional evening/weekend work.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training, and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship status, order of protection status, homelessness, arrest record, victim of domestic violence, common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No individual will be denied nor receive special employment opportunities based on membership status in any protected category. Every employee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expected to support this equal opportunity and nondiscrimination commitment by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the intent and spirit of this policy.

Student Employment Applications

To apply for positions at the Styberg Library, visit the Student Worker Job Board on myGETS (login required), and apply through ADP. If you have any questions, email styberg.library@garrett.edu.

Please note, applications are received on a rolling basis and will be kept on file to fill any vacancies.

*Persons hired agree to be available for scheduling at times they are not in class or engaged in other seminary academic commitments.