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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!
05.11.16 & 05.19.16 in Van Pelt 223
On Site Hiring for:

Libraries Advancement Assistant ($7.65/hr): 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, campus errands, filing, telephoning, proofreading, copy editing, and other office tasks.
Postcataloging Assistant ($8.00/hr): Physical processing of books for shelves (including properly stamping, printing/cutting/affixing spine labels, checking bibliographic information on Voyager, occasional stacks searching). Will only be interviewing between 1-2pm on May 11. 1-3pm on May 19.
Monographics Acquisitions Student Assistant (7.65/hr): Preparing new books for evaluation and processing. Checking invoices and keeping statistics. Maintaining the weekly approval book cycle--including putting books onto the approval shelves and taking them down at specific times.
Circulation Assistant ($7.25/hr): 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.
Shared Cataloging Assistant ($8.00/hr): Penn dissertations/theses, research reports processing; creating a new record in Voyager using provided templates, creating and maintaining inventories in MS Excel. Keeping Statistics. Shifting books. Will be interviewing between 1pm-2pm May 11 and May 19
LTS Student Assistant ($8.25/hr): Refill paper and toner supplies on all printers in Van Pelt Library. Pick up supplies from business office and properly utilize inventory system to track supplies as needed.
Teaching and Learning Assistant ($8.10/hr): This is a part-time opportunity with the Teaching, Research, and Learning department at the Penn Libraries. The Teaching and Learning Assistant will provide administrative support to the Collaborative Classroom and other instructional projects at Penn Libraries. The ideal candidate for this position is someone with an interest in education (experience in the field not required). Visual and/or graphic design skills are a definite plus. Will only be hiring on May 11

If interested, students are to go to the Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt 223 between 1-2:45pm on May 11 or May 19.

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."
Write down the titles of the jobs that interest you, because you will need to note them on your application (click here to apply online!). Our application does not work with Google Chrome! For best results please use Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.

For information on working at other libraries on campus, see Departmental Libraries.

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