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Chemistry/Physics Library - Student Employment Positions

Students who work in the Chemistry/Physics Library perform a number of important duties that support the service and educational mission of the Library. The primary clientele of the Library include the faculty, staff, and students of the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and the Liquid Crystal Institute, as well as students in other disciplines who take chemistry and physics classes. Student employees in the Library need to convey a pleasant, professional, and helpful attitude toward patrons, as well as attention to detail as they perform their assigned duties. The Library provides access to many subject-specific databases and resources not found in the other libraries on the Kent campus, such as SciFinder Scholar, MDL Crossfire (Beilstein), Current Contents, and more. Having a science major is not a requirement.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

 Circulation/Reference Desk 

  • Greet patrons that approach the service desk
  • Check out items for use by patrons
  • Check in items returned by patrons
  • Direct patrons to other areas of the collection
  • Answer simple reference questions
  • Answer phones in a professional and courteous manner
  • Assist patrons with disabilities in the use of the library
  • Close the Library during evening and Saturday shifts
  • Assisting staff as needed


  • Learn and become proficient in the Library of Congress of Classification system in order to shelve and retrieve materials
  • Recognize differences of spine labels and locations for various collections within the Library
  • Shelf read classification number on spines of the library materials after they have been shelved to ensure they have been placed in the correct order
  • Clear unchecked materials from study carrels and library tables for in-house use statistics
  • Place books on cart in call number order
  • Assist in special projects which may include shifting materials and other tasks as needed


  • Assist with preparing shipments to send to the Main Library Bindery Unit
  • Pull current serials from shelves
  • Check bindery tickets to confirm the information that it matches
  • Pack shipments, count pieces, and maintain records
  • Assist with receiving shipments from the Main Library Bindery Unit
  • Unpack shipments
  • Check items on KentLINK
  • Shelve titles alphabetically

Interlibrary Loan 

  •  Retrieve requested books and periodicals
  •  Locate requested articles
  •  Use a flatbed scanner to scan and then save material as appropriate
  •  Make photocopies

Qualifications and Special Skills: 

  • Attention to detail
  • Watchful for misplaced materials
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to work independently and conscientious about completing tasks
  • Ability to work under the supervision of one or more people
  • Ability to follow instructions and remember complex procedures
  • Pleasant and professional manner towards other student employees, library staff, and library patrons