During the academic year the library employs 12-15 student workers to help keep everything running smoothly. Our student assistants are critical and valuable members of the library staff and are a great boon to the functioning of the day-to day operations – especially when the library is open extended hours. Their participation in library work allows them to gain practical experience which contributes to their personal and academic success.
Ideally, we like to hire students who have a vested interest in the library. We provide them with extensive training because often this is their first job ever. Thus, we try to mentor them and implement excellent work ethics that they will be able to take with them when they become professionals.
Some of the “behind the scenes” duties our students perform include:
- Staffing the circulation desk and performing circulation tasks
- Helping process interlibrary loans
- Shelving books
- Assisting patrons in locating books
- Directing calls
- Processing magazines, journals, and newspapers
- Assisting with tidying up and cleaning the library
- Shelf-reading the stacks
- Monitoring library traffic
We have a great group of student workers who are always willing fill in when needed, particularly during closing and weekend hours. Over the years we have found that our students enjoy their employment at the library. Here are what some of our current students have to say:
“The library is an amazing place! The environment is perfect, and the people are even better!” – Eliza Hare
“The librarians and LLC residents make working here really enjoyable. When I come in for an early shift and am greeted with a friendly smile. It makes everything at 8am seem not so bad!” – Michaela Hill
“I love working in the library because I get to spend my time in the library. Being about to use all the resources and having a better understanding of the library systems is also a bonus! It really helps us in our coursework.” – Josie Semroska
Thanks student assistants, we appreciate all you do for us!