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Periodical Information - Student Employment Positions

The purpose of the Kent State University Libraries' Periodical Information Desk is to assist patrons in obtaining the periodicals they need. Like all public service departments, the desk staff represents the Libraries to the public. Courteous, professional behavior, therefore, is expected at all times.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interpreting the Libraries' online catalog to determine the availability and location of specific periodicals
  • Controlling circulation of protected materials (journals, newspapers, basement retrievals, in-house use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Instructing patrons in the use of microform viewers and printers
  • Answering routine questions about facilities, services, and item locations
  • Making appropriate referrals to other Library departments
  • Preventing removal of materials from the Current Periodicals room
  • Maintaining a tidy appearance of PIAS public areas through frequent reshelving of current periodicals, newspapers, and microforms
  • Maintaining the order of collections and improving access to them through frequent and careful shelfreading of current periodicals and microforms
  • Keeping accurate statistics on the use of PIAS services and materials
  • Providing assistance to patrons over the telephone
  • Performing other duties as assigned

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