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Where do the students work in the Library?
What kind of work do the students do?
What is the pay?
How many hours a week are scheduled?
What does the Library look for in a student worker?
What if I do not have any library experience?
Do I have to have a work-study award to work in the Library?
How many class credit hours must I take to be considered for a student worker position? (Spring, fall, or summer)
How do I apply?
What happens after I apply?
What do I do if I am not hired this term?
Student Employee Handbook

Where do the students work in the Library? Top
The Library hires student workers for the following areas:
  • Acquisitions: orders and receives new material for the Library.
  • Circulation Desk: provides access to materials through checkout and maintains the collection.
  • Serials/Government Documents: processes and maintains newspapers, journals, and government documents.
  • Technical Services: prepares material for use by public and provides description and access in the Library's catalog.

  • What kind of work do the students do? Top
  • Acquisitions (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm):
    Duties involve data entry, light typing, and checking shipments and calculations.
  • Circulation Desk (All hours the Library is open):
    Duties involve assisting Library patrons in borrowing Library materials and in using photocopiers and printers. Other duties include registering new patrons, shelving books, shelf reading (checking that books are in the correct order on shelves), keeping statistics, calculating and collecting fine money, maintaining a quiet, friendly atmosphere in the Library, enforcing building policies, etc.
  • Serials/Government Documents (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm):
    Duties involve shelving, shifting, and pulling periodicals and government documents, preparing labels, and shelf-reading.
  • Technical Services (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm):
    Duties involve printing labels, processing books and media, and importing and other office duties as assigned.

  • What is the pay? Top
    Library student worker positions begin pay at the minimum wage level ($7.25 at time of editing). Wage increases may be awarded for students, based upon cumulative hours, who have demonstrated continuing excellent performance and have learned and been assigned higher-level tasks and responsibilities.

    How many hours a week are scheduled? Top
    A student typically works between 5 and 20 hours per week. A student worker may work up to 40 hours per week.

    What does the Library look for in a student worker? Top
    The Library is seeking mature, responsible individuals who are looking for a great place to work. Most of our students continue to work in the Library until they graduate. The different areas ask for specific skills:
  • Acquisitions:
    The applicant might have to lift or push an occasional 50 pounds.
  • Circulation Desk:
    The applicant will work in a public area and will show excellent customer service disposition.
  • Serials/Government Documents:
    The applicant will use a typewriter, computer, and printer and might have to lift or push an occasional 50 pounds.
  • Technical Services:
    The applicant will use a computer, a printer, and might have to occasionally lift or push 50 pounds. This position requires a strong attention to detail, basic computer skills, and the ability to follow complex instructions.

  • What if I do not have any library experience? Top
    Library experience is preferred, but not required. All student workers will receive on-the-job training.

    Do I have to have a work-study award to work in the Library? Top
    No. The Library hires students with or without a work-study award based upon available funding. University students interested in working in the Library are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office, Doc Bryan Student Services Center 117, (479) 968-0399 to determine eligibility for state and federal work-study grants.

    How many class credit hours must I take to be considered for a student worker position? Top
    For fall or spring semesters, students must be registered for at least 12 credit hours to qualify for a student worker position.
    For the summer, one must be enrolled in one 3 credit hours summer course or registered for at least 12 credit hours in the following fall.

    How do I apply? Top
    There is only one way to apply: download, print, and fill the online Library Student Employment Application and Schedule Form. Bring the application to RPL 100 or drop it off at the Circulation Desk to the attention of Slade Duppuy, our Administrative Specialist. If an interview is scheduled, bring a copy of your current class schedule.
    Before hiring an individual, several forms of identification are required. Most frequently used are a Driver's License and a Social Security card, or a passport. Other forms are acceptable. If you are in doubt, please check the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Accepted Documents lists or call the Financial Office in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center.

    What happens after I apply? Top
    As openings occur, Library supervisors review submitted applications and contact students whose skills, work experience, and schedules appear to match the requirements for available positions in their departments. Supervisors contact applicants by telephone for interviews.
    Student workers are hired not only for their qualifications for the job, but also for the available hours they have for employment. In addition, hiring is sometimes based on the type of funding the Library has at a given time throughout the fiscal year. For example at certain periods, the Library may only have positions available for students with Federal work-study grants.

    What do I do if I am not hired this term? Top
    Applications are held in the Library's active student worker application files for one term. Applicants must reapply for each term.
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