Discovery Services Student Assistant

Collections, Acquisitions and Discovery
Discovery Services
Marilyn Vent, Serials Catalog Librarian
Rate of pay
Position type
No public contact
Number of positions available
Scheduled hours

This temporary student assistant position is scheduled between 10 and 15 hours per week on the following days, Monday through Friday, 8AM-6PM.  Scheduled shifts are dependent on student assistant’s availability and the operational priorities and needs of the division and/or department.

Purpose of the position

This student assistant position provides support for the day-to-day activities of Discovery Services as well as projects.

Duties & responsibilities
  • Property stamps music scores and parts being sent to the commercial bindery
  • Checks music scores against order information to ensure all parts are present
  • Pulls materials for withdrawal using spreadsheets, records information if material not found during first search
  • Sorts materials for shelving, processing, withdrawal, etc.
  • Stamps withdrawn items for disposal and records withdrawn statistics as necessary
  • Bindery processing:

                  Pulls unbound periodical issues from shelf
                  Inspects and organizes periodicals to determine readiness to bind
                  Creates bindery slips using software required by the commercial bindery
                  For music scores ensures all parts are present
                  Boxes items going to commercial bindery and provides an accurate count for all material types being sent
                  Upon return from bindery unpacks boxes, ensures accurate count of materials returned
                  Inspects call number and order of issues for accuracy
                  Property stamps and barcodes bound volumes
                  Prepares labels for music scores as necessary

  • Other duties as assigned  


Working conditions

Sitting at a computer screen, physically lifting and moving materials weighing up to 40 lbs., maneuvering book trucks weighing up to 100 lbs., bending and stretching, and exposure to dust.  Capable of reading labels for pulling items and organizing book trucks.


Strong attention to detail and ability to follow directions
Ability to work independently and to remain flexible when changes are needed
Effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Reliable and professional
Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
Ability to push and pull fully loaded book trucks weighing up to 100 lbs.

Experience working in a library environment

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