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.
The Interlibrary Loan Associate performs and coordinates the day-to-day activities of interlibrary borrowing and lending for the Smith College Libraries. Apply here.
As sole staff member on duty at the library’s central location, responsible for all aspects of access services in the evenings, including staffing, circulation services, facilities and security when the Access Services Manager is not present. Apply here.
Provides public and collection services support for the Josten Performing Arts Library. Assists with all aspects of course reserves. Provides support for monograph acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and scores collection maintenance. Provides operations and customer service backup at service desk and supervises student workers. Apply here.
The Director of Public Services leads the evolving public services for Smith College Libraries including Neilson, Hillyer and Josten and Alumnae Gym Libraries. The Director stewards the visioning and strategic planning process for the Libraries' public services and is responsible for staff and processes in Access Services, Resources Sharing, (Interlibrary Loan and Stacks Management) and Operations. Apply here.