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Student Employment in the Libraries

Student jobs in the University Libraries at Penn are diverse in their location, responsibilities, scheduling options, and skill requirements. Jobs range from the ones everyone sees and associates with working in a library such as shelving, checking out books, and doing research, to less visible ones such as book preservation, cataloging, and web-design. Student workers are an integral contribution to every department in the University Libraries. Having a part-time job while you are taking classes is both an opportunity to earn money, as well as a chance to learn time management, gain work experience, and a reference for future potential employers. We have jobs with daytime, evening, and weekend hours. There are libraries all over campus, convenient to whatever your daily route might be. Students work with texts in foreign languages, lend computer expertise, and assist in the music listening room. No matter what your interests are, you can easily find a job of interest in one of the Libraries at Penn.

Want to work at the library? How to Apply:

Student Employment Job Fair!
Work Study Only:08/31/16 & 09/01/16 in Van Pelt 223 from 2:30-4pm
All Students: 09/13 from 1-4pm
Please note the hours listed here. The original flyers contained a typo regarding the times on 8/31 and 9/1

Final List of Jobs for August 31 Job Fair Can Be Downloaded Here

On Site Hiring for:

Library Advancement Assistant Duties/Responsibilities:
The Libraries Advancement office seeks a student to perform varied tasks in support of the Penn Libraries. These tasks include--but are not limited to--data entry, office mailings, research, campus errands, filing, telephoning, proofreading and copy editing, and other office tasks.

Candidates should be mature, responsible, highly organized and detail-oriented, and must handle confidential material with discretion. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, mail merge) required and familiarity with databases desired. Basic photography and photo editing skills, and familiarity with social media preferred.

Number of openings:1-2
Number of hours per week:10-20
Circulation Assistant: Description:
Checkout and renew books, videos, and laptops for patrons. Create item records for items that require them. Check bins for returned items. Sort books, videos, laptops to their appropriate locations. Hand out and accept returned Interlibrary Loan materials, assist and direct patrons with problems, answer general information questions.

Good communication and customer service skills. No experience necessary. Day, Evening, Weekend hours available.

Number of Positions: 5-6
Chemistry Library Assistant: Description:
General shelving, circulation, and scanning of library materials. Record keeping and data entry of statistical information. Customer service. Opening and closing of the library. Other duties as assigned.

Number of positions: 5-10
TRL Research Associate: Description:
From the reference area in Van Pelt, work alongside librarians and interns to help students and faculty with library research. Student workers will help library users find books and articles and make use of services.

Extensive training in using library databases will enable students working in this position to provide expert service to their peers as well as develop their own research expertise. Through collaboration and special projects, students will contribute to the improvement of reference services, often using their own knowledge of digital tools and how they can be applied to school assignments.

Good communication skills; interest in working with library users; currency with technology; punctuality and dependability; ability to share information and learn from others.

Wage: $8.10
Number of Positions: 5-7
Available hours: Tues. 8pm-12am; Thurs. 8pm-12am; Sat. 10am-12pm, 5pm-9pm; Sun:5pm-8pm
Teaching and Learning Coordinator: This is a part-time opportunity with the Teaching, Research and Learning department at Penn Libraries. The Teaching and Learning Coordinator will provide administrative support to the Collaborative Classroom and other instructional projects at Penn Libraries. This position will offer you an opportunity to strengthen your skills in any of the following areas where you have interest: project management, public relations, communications, research, education (experience in these areas is not required). Visual and/or graphic design skills are also a plus, but not required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Handle scheduling requests for the Collaborative Classroom
Create maintenance requests (MacBooks and other room equipment)
Maintain and place orders for room supplies (markers, microfiber cloths, stands, etc.)
Perform daily classroom inspections
Maintain analytics on classroom use and student/faculty satisfaction
Assist with preliminary analysis of feedback data
Offer basic-level classroom technical support
Organize and review online instructional objects (video, tutorials, quizzes, etc.)
Other duties as assigned

Wage: $8.80/hour

Flexible Hours5-20/week.
Digital Scholarship Development Intern Duties:
The Digital Scholarship Development Intern will work with the digital scholarship team in the library to aid University researchers, students, and professors to create web portals to their data and research projects. This may include creating general use templates in content management systems, developing web applications to interface between research data/tools and the general public, or migrating/modifying existing research web applications. The developer should be able to work together with a team to produce creative solutions based on user stories.

Qualifications The ideal applicant has experience working with Python or Ruby. The applicant should be familiar with, or willing to learn, some of the following platforms/languages: PHP, Javascript; HTML & CSS; CMS (Drupal or Wordpress); Web Development Frameworks (Django or Ruby on Rails); Github.

$11.00/hr Flexible Hours; 10 hrs/week
Digital Projects Assistant Description:
Assist the Digital Project Coordinator in tasks related to completing the digitization of the Fairman Rogers Collection and the Daily Pennsylvanian, including but not limited to: Quality control of Fairman Rogers digital images shot and processed in Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI); determine if there are missing images or problems that occurred during processing before items go live online. Quality control of Daily Pennsylvanian digital images that are shot and processed in SCETI, determine if TIFFs can be turned into final PDF format. Batch rename files according to their project-determined file naming structure. Use Adobe Bridge to create batch actions to run in Photoshop. Quality control of legacy images that have been shot and processed in the past to determine if reshooting or reprocessing is necessary. Update project spreadsheets.

Attention to detail and quality. Highly organized. Proficient in the use of computers, experience preferred using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. Ability to adapt to new software and programs.

10-20 hrs/week
1-2 Positions

If interested, students are to go to the Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt 223 between 2:30 and 3:30pm on August 31 or September 1.

Please come prepared with documentation needed if hired: Social security card and I-9 Acceptable documents.

If you are an international student please be sure to bring passport with visa, I-20, I-94 #, and SSN card if you have one.

Open student positions in Van Pelt Library are posted on the Student Employment Management System (SEMS) under category "Library."
We give preference to work-study students, but we will also hire non work-study students for all of our positions.
Some positions require certain experience or skills, but many are suitable for any Penn student.
If you are flexible about the type of work you do, we recommend that you apply for multiple jobs, as it will be the easier to place you somewhere.

Current student workers: Questions about your pay? Try looking at "Time and Money."

Questions? Many frequently asked questions are answered on our FAQ, but if you cannot find the information you're seeking, contact:
Royce Drake