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 Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian will supervise the Metadata Technologies Librarian in the Cataloging and Metadata Services department. They will manage and do the cataloging of physical and digital resources, including a focus on special collections copy-cataloging, in a variety of formats and subjects. Apply here.
As part of a three-year Mellon grant-funded project to expose underutilized and underdescribed materials, the Archivist for Enhanced Description will survey, analyze, and create new or enhance existing description for single-item objects currently held in artificial topical collections. Apply here.
Responsible for the expert stewardship of the Sophia Smith Collection of women's history. Responsible for collection development and donor relations, expanding the use of the collection through research, instruction, and outreach. Apply here.