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Work for the University Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries hires hundreds of students in many types of jobs all over campus. Whether you enjoy working with books, people, technology, or all of the above, a job in the Libraries can help prepare you for success. Check out our jobs listed below.
 
All are welcome at the University Libraries! We are committed to being a safe, open environment, for learners and employees alike. Our student job pay rates start at the University minimum wage and are dependent on qualifications.

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Details

Location
Details in description
Department
Minitex
Hours
10-15
Work study
Preferred, not required

Student Library Assistant

Job duties

  • Preparing requests for processing,  
  • retrieving library materials for processing and shipping,
  • scanning articles and book chapters for electronic delivery,
  • reshelving materials, and
  • other relevant tasks as assigned.

Requirements

  • Enrolled as a student at the University of Minnesota with a minimum of 6 credits,
  • ability to perform repetitive tasks, with attention to detail,
  • ability to work independently or collaboratively,
  • ability to perform essential physical tasks including lifting 5-50lbs, and
  • good verbal and written communication.

Apply

Send your resume and hours of availability to Katie Huynh, ottox116@umn.edu. Please state if you have a preferred location (Wilson Library or Health Sciences Library).

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Student Library Assistant

Details

Location
East Bank, Walter Library
Department
Circulation
Hours
12-15
Work study
Preferred, not required

Duties

  • Assist patrons at service desks,
  • check in/out books,
  • shelve books,
  • search library databases, and  
  • open and close the library.

Requirements

  • Must have availability to work a combination of early mornings, late nights and weekends.
  • Must be able to start working before Fall Semester.

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Archives Student Assistant

Details

Location
West Bank, Andersen Library
Department
Archives & Special Collections
Hours
10 to 15 hours a week
Work study
Preferred, not required

Duties

A variety of tasks comprise this position with room for advancement over time, some tasks may involve lifting, reaching, pushing or other physical demands.

  • Monitoring researchers in library reading room using materials by making sure set policies are enforced
  • Communicate policies with researchers as needed
  • Clerical tasks such as photocopying, data entry, staffing front desk
  • Assessing collections of historical records, may be the first person to look over collection and make decisions

Requirements

  • Service orientated individual with a desire to help others learn about history and work with historical documents on all topics and/or languages
  • Ability to learn, then apply, and communicate specialized procedures for Archives and Special Collections department regarding handling fragile books and historical documents
  • Ability to serve and interact with researchers and library guests in a pleasant, accurate manner
  • Willingness to act as part of service team and enforce policies in the library reading room: assist guests with a clear explanation of policies for using materials, observe guests to make sure that policies are followed and give reminders as needed, communicate with guests and library staff in timely and accurate manner
  • Attention to detail in an environment with repetitive tasks such as data entry, photocopying, or filing with consistent accuracy
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds with assistance
  • Available to work a minimum of 6-10 hours per week with up to 20 hours a week possible depending on availability
  • Current University of Minnesota student enrolled at least half-time, work study preferred (undergraduate student 6 credits)

Skills needed

  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions with accuracy
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff
  • Availability to work over the summer
  • Available to work in shifts of 3-4 hours at a time
  • Ability to read or speak foreign language a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with both verbal and written skills

Apply

To apply for the job, please send a cover letter, resume, and semester schedule to Mary Blissenbach (maryblis@umn.edu).

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Student Library Assistant - User Experience Researcher

Details

Location
East Bank, Walter Library
Department
Toaster
Hours
About 15 hours a week
Work study
Not required

Duties

We're seeking a highly motivated student to help us with a use study of the Toaster space in Walter Library. Some of the work will be done on site (following the Libraries' safety guidelines), some of the work can be remote.

Requirements

  • Have strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Be attentive to detail, well organized, and reliable
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Possess general computing skills including proficiency with Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets)

Skills needed

  • Strong communication and project management skills (written and oral)
  • Comfort engaging with individuals and speaking in front of small groups
  • Data collection and analysis (Qualitative and quantitative data analysis)
  • A creative thinker with an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship, start-ups, etc.
  • An interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • A passion for problem solving and informal research

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Makerspace Student Ambassadors

Details

Location
East Bank, Health Sciences Library
Department
Health Science Library
Hours
5 to 15 hours a week
Work study
Preferred, not required

Duties

  • Welcome users into the Health Sciences Library Makerspace and help them safely operate equipment (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutter, sewing machines, hand tools), find materials, and get started on their work
  • Provide on-demand support to users and lead tours/introductions to the space
  • Keep the Makerspace tidy and well-stocked, perform minor troubleshooting and repairs, and ensure that equipment and materials are ready to use
  • Develop familiarity and skills with Makerspace equipment and share what you have learned with users and other staff
  • Complete special projects that improve the space and inspire users (in consultation with Makerspace lead staff)
  • Help foster an environment that welcomes users with all levels of experience and ability and from a wide variety of communities and identities

Requirements

  • Be welcoming and customer-service-oriented
  • Exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with patrons from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Demonstrate independent decision-making abilities

Skills preferred

No experience required; training provided by Makerspace lead staff. Interests or prior experience could include

  • 3D printing, laser cutting, milling, or other additive/subtractive manufacturing techniques
  • Knitting, sewing, or other handcrafts
  • 3D design, illustration, or multimedia creation
  • Design thinking, ideation, and prototyping

Apply

Email a resume and work availability for Fall 2021 to Jonathan Koffel (jbkoffel@umn.edu). Position starts Fall Semester, 2021.

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