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Performing Arts Library - Student Employment Positions

Why not consider a position with the Performing Arts Library? Our collection contains over 70,000 printed volumes, and 15,000 sound recordings and other audiovisual materials. Equipment used in the Library includes compact disc players, cassette decks, turntables, VCR/TV, and a small computer lab. The library supports the School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, and the nationally renowned Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival. It is open approximately 73 hours a week during the semester. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Circulation Desk:

  • Greets patrons as they enter/exit the library
  • Assists patrons at a busy public service desk
  • Directs patrons to areas of the collection
  • Answers phone in a professional and courteous manner
  • Answers basic directional questions and makes referrals to full-time staff
  • Assists patrons in searching library catalogs
  • Opens and closes the library
  • Cleans library spaces (i.e. sweeping, dusting, sanitizing surfaces, washing windows, etc.)
  • Works on special projects as assigned
  • Shelving  
  • Becomes proficient in the Library of Congress classification system to accurately shelve and retrieve materials
  • Shelf reads library materials to ensure that items are placed in the correct order and location
  • Clears unchecked materials from chairs and library tables for in-house use statistics


  • Pulls current serials from shelves
  • Unpacks and sorts shipments from the Main Library mailroom
  • Assists with relabeling library materials



  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Conscientious about completing tasks
  • Ability to work under multiple supervisors
  • Follows instructions and remembers complex procedures
  • Computer literacy
  • Pleasant and professional manner towards other student employees, library staff, and patrons
  • Punctual and responsible
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs


  • Customer service skills