Students attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary 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 ADP. Typically, library student assistants are hired at the beginning of the fall semester, but there may be openings at other times of the year, like summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Acquisitions Assistant will perform a variety of tasks in library acquisitions. Under the supervision of the Circulation and Access Services Manager, the assistant will perform tasks including, but not limited to: monitoring the acquisitions e-mail account, filing and tracking invoices, processing incoming mail, searching databases, and ordering books and supplies. Work shifts will fall between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The student will work independently, but under the supervision of a library staff member.
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.
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 scanners, 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.
For current openings, visit the Student Worker Career Center on ADP.