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.
Responsible for branch library service point operations, student assistant supervision, and Access Services user support. Ensures efficient and welcoming circulation services at Hillyer Art Library and across libraries service points in the Discovery, Access and Digital Engagement department. Apply online.
Provide support for multiple software and web packages across Smith College Libraries, with a particular emphasis on tools used by Special Collections for the management, distribution, and preservation of archival holdings. Build connections to internal and external applications, and use creativity and innovation to create new and exciting applications improving access and discovery of library resources. As a member of the extended Smith College IT community, work within established IT standards and practices overseen by the Information Technology Services group, participate in institutional IT planning groups and initiatives, and contribute to the development and management of cross-unit service teams. As part of the Five College community, this position communicates and collaborates on Five College projects that may be beneficial to other libraries and works with our partners on development needs for Smith College Libraries.Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. 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.
Capture and preserve the intellectual output of Smith College. Plan, develop, implement, grow, and maintain Smith’s institutional repository.
Working under the supervision of the Digital Strategist the assistant will perform outreach, acquisition, dissemination and metadata activities for the college’s institutional repository. Work will include frequent contact with faculty and liaison with systems staff at Smith and with the external hosted service. As time allows, the assistant may take on additional related work in digital repositories.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. 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.
Provide support for multiple Smith College Libraries-related software and web packages, build connections to internal and external applications, and use creativity and innovation to create new and exciting applications improving access and discovery of library resources. As a member of the extended Smith College IT community, this role works within established IT standards and practices overseen by the Information Technology Services group, participates in institutional IT planning groups and initiatives, and contributes to the development and management of cross-unit service teams. As part of the Five College community, this position communicates and collaborates on Five College projects that may be beneficial to other libraries and works with our partners on development needs for Smith College Libraries. Develop and implement procedures, workflows, and other necessary documentation. Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Apply online.