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Employment Opportunities

Student Jobs

The Libraries employ students in a variety of jobs, providing valuable work experience and connections. Students may not work at their campus job more than ten hours per week, but may hold more than one on-campus position to meet this allowance. Students with "Federal Work-Study" or "Smith Campus Job" in their award notification have priority for all jobs on campus.

To see current student library job openings, log in to WorkDay and follow these instructions from the Student Employment Office.

Examples

The following are examples of the type of work performed by student assistants at the Smith College Libraries.

The Libraries employ students in a variety of jobs, providing valuable work experience and connections. Students may not work at their campus job more than ten hours per week, but may hold more than one on-campus position to meet this allowance. Students with "Federal Work-Study" or "Smith Campus Job" in their award notification have priority for all jobs on campus.

To see current student library job openings, log in to WorkDay and follow these instructions from the Student Employment Office.

Examples

The following are examples of the type of work performed by student assistants at the Smith College Libraries.

Donor Communications Assistant: Gather up-to-date contact information from Sophia Smith Collection (SSC) donors through letters and emails. Ensure that governing access notes in ArchivesSpace agree with the legal agreements governing the collection.

Outreach Assistant: Serve as an advisor on projects for the First Years’ Experience & Engagement Librarian and for the Libraries’ Teaching, Learning, & Research (TLR) unit. Projects may include working on Libraries outreach and marketing materials, assisting with the organization of orientation events, and more.

Student Library Assistant: Help library users check materials out, check in returned materials, greet visitors, answer basic questions.

Public Services Assistant: work in the Steinem Reading room of Special Collections as a materials page or welcome desk assistant. Conduct research for and respond to distance reference inquiries. Conduct digitization for unique and rare materials for the widest possible access.

Technical Services Assistant: Work with unique and rare archival and rare books materials as part of the back-end lifecycle of collection management. Includes collection inventories, stabilization, processing, and creating finding aids.

Digital Services Assistant: Assist the User Experience Librarian and Assessment & User Experience Team with projects, including editing online course and subject guides, book ordering, and monitoring and analyzing "Ask Us" questions.

User Experience Assistant: Support the Libraries’ user experience (UX) studies, including preparation for usability testing, recruiting participants, outreach to campus departments, data entry, working with spreadsheets and data visualization.

Digital Access Assistant: Support class materials requests and distance reference during Covid restrictions. Process scans, check quality, and ensure accessibility of materials prior to their being delivered to requesters or posted on our online repositories.

Library Collections Assistant: Help maintain access to the Libraries’ collections by arriving print books and journals, editing records in the library catalog, data entry for eJournals, online databases, and receiving and processing new book orders.

Mortimer Rare Books Collection Student Assistant: Assist the rare books technical services librarian in inventorying a portion of the Mortimer Rare Books Collection’s Dewey collection, as well as flagging and shelving newly cataloged books.

Reference Services Assistant: Support Special Collections reference by looking through the collections to answer research questions and evaluating materials in preparation for digitization.

Library Staff Positions

Head of Public Services

The Head of Public Services plays a crucial role in managing the public services department within the Smith College Libraries. This position involves strategic planning, development and implementation of services that facilitate user access to the library's resources. This role is responsible for recruiting, hiring, scheduling, training, delegating tasks, mentoring, and developing both staff and student employees. This role is responsible for maintaining a welcoming, safe, and efficient environment for library users. The individual in this role is responsible for ensuring a seamless and positive experience for library patrons by overseeing circulation, course reserves, and other access-related services. Learn more and apply here.

Metadata Librarian

The Metadata Librarian is charged with the strategic oversight and enhancement of metadata and cataloging operations within the library. This pivotal role entails direct supervision of the Cataloging Librarian and close collaboration with various departments to ensure the meticulous organization, discovery, and accessibility of library resources. Learn more and apply here.