Student Job Descriptions

Open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri

Digital Initiatives

Students working in the Digital Initiatives area of ZSR Library convert physical objects such as photographs and documents into digital formats using a variety of technologies including high resolution scanners and digital SLR cameras. These students should be comfortable using computers and digital imaging software applications, and they should have an interest in learning new technologies. They must exhibit the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and as part of a team; to work accurately in a detail-oriented production environment; to communicate clearly and concisely in both writing and speaking; and to adhere to established quality control techniques.

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

Student assistants in Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery are responsible for helping staff process loan, borrowing and delivery requests with minimal supervision. Must be able to multi-task and follow instructions. Attention to detail, legible handwriting, dependability and punctuality are very important. Duties include: looking up call numbers; pulling items from stacks; packing items for delivery via mail, scanning articles; utilizing interlibrary loan tracking software; delivering requested items to faculty offices utilizing Library golf cart; answering phone and taking complete messages when unable to answer questions; routine clean up in work area; notifying supervisor when supplies are running low.

Resource Services

Resource Services divides tasks among approximately 15 students, Monday through Friday only, no evenings or weekends. Many time slots are available; we especially need help 9-10am for mail delivery within the building.

Excellent attention to detail and accuracy are needed. Work is related to ordering books and DVDs, documenting receipt and payment records in the computer, sorting mail, managing periodicals (magazines, newspapers, bound journals), and preparing books for the shelf. Specific activities may include:

  • Researching (titles and prices) and verifying information
  • Data entry into the computer and filing papers
  • Moving around heavy boxes and carts of books
  • Writing and typing call numbers, stamping, sticking labels and barcodes

Special Collections & Archives

Students working in Special Collections & Archives will assist with collections work and public services for researchers and users. Collections work includes the processing of archives, rare books, and records by rehousing materials, arranging folders in order, retrieving, shifting, and shelving collection material, photocopying, and writing descriptions. Students may also input data into Archivists’ Toolkit, the collection management system for Special Collections & Archives. Public services work includes service at the reference desk in 625, answering the telephone, directing calls or visitors, responding to reference requests, and monitoring researchers in the Reading Room.

Students working in Preservation will be taught to repair books from the ZSR’s general and rare book collections. This work has a learning curve and takes time to learn, but is rewarding. Students interested in working in the Preservation Lab should be willing to put in the time needed to learn how to repair our books. Students are also taught to: construct archival boxes, make folders, encapsulate photographs and assist with other duties. Students need excellent hand skills or a background in art or craft skills.

Open When the Library is Open*


Student assistants working in the Circulation Department are expected to greet library patrons in person and on the telephone; check out materials; check in, arrange and reshelve returned items; respond to requests; search for missing items; take inventory and do shelf reading; work at the exit desk and maintain a secure presence; assist with placing materials on reserve; keep circulation statistics; straighten and clear study areas of used materials; service copiers; assist with closing the library on Friday and Saturday nights. The library is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, so students are able to work virtually all hours of the day or night. Positions require a person who enjoys a great deal of interaction with people.

Media Desk

Student assistants in the Media Room greet patrons, assist them with requests, place Holds on films for patrons, send emails to patrons, answer the phone, open and close the Media Room, check in and out films, shelve discs and cases of films, shelf read, help with Media Room projects, help with labeling of Course Reserves books and films.


Reference Student Workers assist library patrons with basic research inquiries and directional questions. This may include conducting searches in the library catalog or databases, locating library materials in the stacks, helping with printing/photocopying/microfilm machines, and offering referrals to ZSR Librarians and staff members. Other tasks include re-shelving reference items, assisting with the maintenance of the Reference and Government Document collections, and looking up book order titles in the library catalog. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required. An interest in learning new research skills, perseverance in answering questions, and the ability to multitask are important characteristics for this position. Completion of LIB 100 or a strong working knowledge of library resources is highly preferred.

* includes nights and weekends