Student employment is available for library services and Information Technology Services
(ITS). During the school year, the library is open until 1:30 a.m. Sunday through
Thursday, and until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Different areas in the library/ITS
require students to work at different times, including these late closings. As part
of the application , you will be asked to indicate your availability - please consider when the library is open as you note your availability. Please make sure you have your class schedule before starting the application.
Questions regarding library student assistant positions can be directed to Katy Ritter, 309-556-3172.
Below is a job description for all of the student jobs in The Ames Library.
Library Services Desk student assistants provide excellent customer service by: checking
in/out materials and equipment, utilizing phone skills, answering directional questions
and making appropriate referrals; maintaining services centers including filling paper,
ink, staples, and tape; special projects as assigned, which may include helping other
library departments. Attention to detail is critical for this position. Must be available
to work all open library hours, including evenings and weekends. (approx. 20 students
employed at a time)
Duties include processing of all new and reclassified library materials, including
books, periodicals, DVDs, etc.; searching the library catalog and acquisitions system
to verify and match records; processing and filing invoices; and helping with special
projects as assigned, which may include helping other library departments. Attention
to detail is critical for this position. The hours for this job fall within 7:30-3:30,
M-F. (1 student employed at a time)
Archives Assistants must possess good customer service skills and work carefully with
historical materials and rare or fragile books. This work often includes using scanning
equipment and maintaining websites, databases and spreadsheets. Assistants must be
willing to articulate the limits of their own understanding, to stay focused during
tedious tasks and to exercise confidentiality when dealing with sensitive or private
information. The archives is open Monday-Friday during the day and some early evening
hours. (approx. 5-6 students employed at a time)
Retrieving and processing of incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan materials, extensive
use of interlibrary loan software, delivering loan materials on campus in all types
of weather, lifting heavy bags. Maintaining the library stacks by shelving library
materials, shelf reading and physically shifting the collection. Attention to detail
is critical for this position. The hours for this job are M-F 8-4. (approx. 1-2 students
employed at a time)
Processes and scans requests for traditional and electronic reserves; assists in researching
publisher policies for faculty publications, scanning and uploading in support of
digital collections work in the library. The hours for this job are M-F 8-3. (approx.
2 students employed at a time)
Additional Student Jobs
These jobs require a separate application.
The IT Service Desk Student Associate will work at the IT Service Desk in the Thorpe
Center located on the 3rd floor of The Ames Library. The student will cover daytime
hours as well as extended hours in the evening and weekends. They will interact regularly
with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, retirees, and parents. They
will also develop important communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving
skills in a customer service intensive environment. The student must possess an interest
in supporting technology-related issues and a desire to provide excellent customer
service. Students will participate in a training program to help develop the skill-level
requirements for this position.
If you are interested in applying for this job in the library, please fill out our application.