About Smith 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.
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.
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.
Thank you for your interest in Smith College Libraries. Below are descriptions of open searches with a link to apply online.
Manage and operate an excellent, inclusive, scholarly, and effective public services program at Smith College Special Collections. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections, the Head of Special Collections Public Services will lead a team of professionals, paraprofessionals and students. The incumbent will be a leader who incorporates the expertise of their team in setting priorities and implementing work, coaches the team toward excellence, and is responsible for making sure that the mission of the public services program is delivered and continually reviewed. Core areas of responsibilities include overseeing long term public program development, communications, public events and other programming, and exhibitions. Apply online.
Head of Teaching, Learning and Research
Direct and coordinate the activities of the Libraries Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) team of academic research librarians. Set goals and objectives. Guide professional development of staff. Develop strategies that align with the Libraries and the College. Promote and evaluate models for subject-specific instruction, outreach, and consultations that are responsive to the needs of faculty and students in a changing learning environment. In Collaboration with the Head of Collection Development and Management, lead the activities of the subject liaisons in selecting research materials for designated academic departments and help coordinate collection management projects. Serve as an academic liaison to select academic departments and programs to provide research instruction, consultations and collection development. Apply online.
The Science and Data Services Librarian ensures that faculty, students and staff in the sciences, engineering and data science have access to a suite of robust, effective and innovative library services and collections that serve their scholarship, teaching & learning needs. Evaluates current services, following pertinent national academic trends in library services for the sciences, engineering and data science, identifying new services for implementation and improvements as necessary.
Leads developing and implementing a robust suite of data services for faculty and students, including data management and data visualization, in collaboration with the Science Center and Spatial Analysis Lab. Leads workshops and develops online learning materials on data, e-science, open access, and digital scholarship. Apply online.