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Examples of Library Student Assistant Jobs

The following are examples of the type of work performed by student assistants at the University of Delaware Library. Most student assistants work 5 to 15 hours per week. Please see Student Employment for additional information about library student employment.

Acquisitions Monographs Unit

- Process new books and other materials to make them shelf ready by applying stamps, labels and barcodes. Use DELCAT, the online Library catalog, to search, enter, proofread, edit, and print information. Perform other work involved in caring for the Library's collections. Assist with packing and unpacking library materials. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work. Must be able to lift, with or without assistance, boxes of books and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds, push and pull full book carts weighing up to 250 pounds, and bend and reach to place books and journals on library shelves.

Acquisitions Serials Unit

- Use DELCAT, the online Library catalog, and related software, to enter, update and verify catalog information for journals and newspapers. Sort and shelve material in the Current Periodicals Room. Retrieve material from the general Library collection as needed. Assist with packing Library materials. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work. Must be able to lift, with or without assistance, boxes of books and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds, push and pull full book carts weighing up to 250 pounds, and bend and reach to place books and journals on library shelves ranging from 3 to 90 inches high.

Administration Office

- Prepare mailings, create documents, answer telephones, and maintain files. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work as well as good communication skills. Previous office and/or customer service experience preferred.

Chemistry Library

- Assist users at service desk with circulation, reserve, interlibrary loan and other requests for library materials. Assist users with computers, photocopiers, and other equipment. Reshelve, scan, check-in journals and perform other clerical tasks as needed. Requires good communication skills as well as ability to work independently in the evenings, on Sundays, and when staff members are not present.

Center for Digital Collections

- Scan library materials. Perform quality control procedures. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work as well as working knowledge of digital scanning equipment and software.

Circulation and Reserve Unit

- Assist library users at Circulation and Reserve Desk.  Check in and check out library materials using an automated system. Retrieve materials from closed stacks and file cabinets.  Requires good communication skills. Previous customer service experience preferred. Must be able to lift, with or without assistance, boxes of books and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds, push and pull full book carts weighing 250 pounds, and bend and reach to place books and journals on library shelves ranging from 3 to 90 inches high.

Conservation Unit

- Assist in the repair of books including repairing damaged pages, making protective boxes, and resewing books. Requires strong manual dexterity skills.

Film and Video Collection

- Assist users at service desk with circulation and viewing of film and video materials. Assist users with viewing equipment. Reshelve materials and perform other clerical tasks as needed. Requires good communication skills as well as ability to work independently during evenings and weekends when staff members are not present.

Interlibrary Loan Unit

- Search for and retrieve books and journals from the Library stacks.  Scan articles out of bound journals and books.  Prepare and pack books for shipment and unpack incoming items.  Deliver book carts to the Library mail room and the ILL Office.  ILL office hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.  Requires good communication skills as well as ability to perform detailed and accurate work.  Must be able to lift, with or without assistance, boxes of books and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds, and bend and reach to place books and journals on library shelves ranging from 3 to 90 inches high.

Manuscripts and Archrives

- Retrieve rare book and manuscript collections for library users. Monitor environmental conditions. Assist with stack maintenance and processing of books and manuscript collections. Prepare labels for exhibitions. Assist with preservation functions and special projects. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work.

Physics Library

- Assist users at service desk with circulation, reserve, interlibrary loan and other requests for library materials. Assist users with computers, photocopiers, and other equipment. Reshelve, scan, check-in journals and perform other clerical tasks as needed. Requires good communication skills as well as ability to work independently in the evenings, on Sundays, and when staff members are not present.

Reference Office

- Provide office and public area support. Office duties include filing, shredding, answering phones and maintaining inventory of supplies. Assist reference / instruction librarians with room set-up and break-down, data entry, scanning and copying. Re-shelve materials in Reference Room and assist with special projects. Public area support such as answering informational questions about the Library and the University of Delaware. Direct users to other departments/areas in the Library or campus. Refer appropriate questions to the Reference librarian at the desk. Assist with maintenance of computers, and printers. Help locate books in stacks. Requires excellent communication skills and ability to perform detailed and accurate work.

Special Collections

- Retrieve rare book and manuscript collections for library users. Monitor environmental conditions. Assist with stack maintenance and processing of books and manuscript collections. Prepare labels for exhibitions. Assist with preservation functions and special projects. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work.

Stacking Unit

- Sort and arrange materials to be shelved. Assist in the maintenance of the library collection by shelving, shifting, and straightening library materials. Read the library shelves to maintain correct call number order. Requires ability to perform detailed and accurate work. Must be able to lift, with or without assistance, boxes of books and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds, push and pull full book carts weighing up to 250 pounds, and bend and reach to place books and journals on library shelves ranging from 3 to 90 inches high.

Student Multimedia Design Center

- Assist library users at the Student Multimedia Design Center service desk with computer hardware and software applications, most multimedia-related. Assist users with equipment for loan, including video cameras, microphones, and hard drives. Provide support for microform, CD-ROM, and map collections and equipment, as well as
self-service photocopiers and scanner/copiers. Create content related to the resources in the Student Multimedia Design Center to display in the site. Requires good communication skills, working knowledge of one or more video editing applications, such as iMovie, Windows MovieMaker, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut, on MacOS and/or Windows, as well as experience with general applications software such as Word, Access, Excel and Powerpoint and general troubleshooting.

August 2014