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Student Library 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 of Student Library Jobs

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.

Library Staff Positions

Thank you for your interest in Smith College Libraries. Below are descriptions of open searches with a link to 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.

Project Cataloger

Identify and verify library materials that are part of the Dewey collection, comparing the item in hand to the appropriate bibliographic description. Create new records for library materials not found in the WorldCat database according to OCLC requirements and download edited records to the Five College online library catalog.

Maintain accurate and consistent records in accordance with Smith and Five College cataloging decisions: edit item records, add volumes and copies, update contents and holdings information, and withdraw items as required. Add materials into inventory management system and evaluate the condition of materials for preservation triage. Resolve problems and ensure consistency in processing the Dewey collection.