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A guide to student employment in the library.
Student Assistant Job Description
Grade/Level: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Job Status: Part time (8-15 hours) but more hours may be available during J-Term and the summer semester.
Reports To: Access Services Librarian
Library hours range from 7:45am to midnight and the library is open 7 (seven) days a week.
Rotating Saturday shifts are required throughout the semester.
Additional hours for events in the building also need to be covered as they arise.
About the Loras College Library
The Loras College Library is a welcoming center dedicated to fostering the intellectual development and personal growth of the Loras Community. The Library assists faculty, students and the general public with their teaching and research needs.
You provide first level support for all library functions. As the first contact most visitors have with the library, it is your responsibility to make people feel welcome by providing consistent, high-quality customer service.
Under the supervision of the permanent staff, you are responsible for performing circulation functions, answering basic patron questions, and conducting routine collection maintenance. In order to properly assist patrons and make sound judgment calls when completing assigned tasks, you will be knowledgeable about library policies and procedures and well-versed in library collections and services. In the absence of permanent staff, you are responsible for overseeing the library functions, informing the permanent staff of any issues, and notifying Campus Safety regarding any disturbances.
Permanent staff will work with you to ensure proper training and understanding of duties assigned. You will begin with training on general library functions, progress to learning transferable skills sought by employers in various career fields, and ideally transition successfully from student to a professional in your field.
Provides Customer service and maintains a positive, helpful atmosphere at the Check Out Desk
Checks materials in and out to patrons
Provides service for the library’s printers, computers and scanners
Directs patrons to areas in the library or around campus and appropriately refers them to a librarian they need research assistance
Appropriately applies priorities for each shift
Regularly completes the tasks assigned to your shifts
Knowledgeable aboutall library policies and procedures
Applies policies and procedures appropriately
Asks questions to deepen understanding of policies & procedures
Makes recommendations for changes after they’ve worked with the policies and procedures for at least one semester
Oversees the building during evening and weekend hours
Communicates with permanent staff regarding issues that arise
Notifies Campus Safety when a disturbance requires their intervention
Ensures library materials are properly maintained
Demonstrates a clear understanding of the library’s call number system and the variety of collections
Shelves items on temporary and reserves shelving based on knowledge of the call number system
Ensures library items are properly scanned, sensitized before being shelved
Oversees the security of the library and its materials
Communicates effectively and appropriately
Chooses the appropriate communication method for the situation at hand
Uses appropriate, business-like language when communicating
Communicates in a timely fashion
Arrives to work on time and dresses appropriately
Regularly notifies supervisor in a timely fashion when unable to work
Volunteers to substitute and/or work extra hours when necessary
Each student assistant will have a specialty that will be their responsibility to plan and implement.