Special Collections and Archives 2

University Libraries
Student Employee Job Description

Title: Special Collections and Archives 2

Pay Rate: Intermediate

General Description: This multi-faceted position provides advanced assistance to the Department of Special Collections and Archives in nearly all areas of its operations, with an emphasis on providing high quality on and off-site reference services to faculty, staff, students and community members. This position is also responsible for all duties assigned to Special Collections and Archives 1.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Completes day-to-day operational tasks for the department
  2. Provides reference services to on-site users and staffs the Special Collections reference desk during public service hours. This includes ensuring the adherence of access and usage policies for materials in the Reading Room.
  3. Provides special research appointments for patrons outside of normal public service hours
  4. Provides reference services to off-site users via telephone or email
  5. Processes and/or digitizes archival collections
  6. Assists with collection pick-ups, accessioning and appraisal
  7. Assists with outreach and promotional activities such as instruction, events and donor relations
  8. Assists with creation of exhibitions and publications
  9. Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  1. Due to intensive training requirements, this position is open only to graduate students who will be eligible for student employment for a minimum of two consecutive semesters
  2. Must be available to work at least 20 hours per week, with those hours falling between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. On occasion, student may be asked to staff an evening or weekend shift (subject to student’s availability).
  3. Must be a self-starter
  4. Able to prioritize assignments effectively with minimal direction
  5. Able to work independently and in a team environment
  6. Comfortable working with the public
  7. Strong attention to detail
  8. Must exhibit a mature, professional demeanor
  9. Display an understanding of the high level of care required when handling rare, unique and/or fragile artifacts
  10. Able to work effectively under multiple supervisors
  11. Computer literacy, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  12. Must be able to work on-site (Kent Campus Main Library). Remote work is not an option with this position.
  13. Bending, lifting and carrying boxes and other materials are routinely required

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Working toward a master’s degree, preferably in Library and Information Science or related field
  2. Experience working with archival materials

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Library Environment

  1. May be exposed to dirt and dust
  2. May requires use of video display terminal
  3. Requires light physical effort (e.g., stooping, bending and lifting)