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Student Employment at McFarlin Library: Home

This guide provides information about Federal Work Study (FWS) and institutional employment opportunities for current TU students at McFarlin Library.

Student Employment at McFarlin Library

McFarlin Library has a number of part-time positions for student employment. Most of these positions are for students who are part of the Federal Work Study (FWS) program, but there are also a small number of Institutional positions that are directly supported by the library.

  • All positions are for 10-15 hours per week, and the pay rate depends on the position.
  • Positions in Bibliographic Services, Special Collections and University Archives, and Libraries System Administration are scheduled Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm only.
  • Positions in Circulation may require night and/or weekend hours.
  • The library is not in charge of hiring students for the café or computer lab.

Circulation (Federal Work Study or Institutional)

Duties of the Position

Working with library materials (shifting, shelving, sorting, shelf reading); checking items in and out; answering the telephone; sanitizing study areas; conducting room count; assisting library patrons; maintaining confidentiality of library records; and special projects. Night and/or weekend work may be required.

Skills Required to Perform This Position

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, students, and other library patrons.
  • Must be willing to shelve books and push a library cart.
  • Schedules for students in the Circulation Department are made at the beginning of each semester. While more flexible than other departments, a student worker is expected to adhere to the agreed upon schedule. Any changes to a schedule must be discussed with the Circulation student supervisor.

Bibliographic Services Student Assistant (Federal Work Study)

Duties of the Position

Aiding with library projects and helping with reoccurring departmental tasks. A typical day may include surveying portions of the collection to gather data or re-processing materials, aiding with processing materials, packing books for shipment, and collection maintenance tasks. This position may occasionally help shelve, shift, or pull materials from the collection.

Skills Required to Perform This Position

  • Must be able to lift boxes of approximately 35 lbs and push heavy book trucks.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and lift materials above your head.
  • Must be self-motivated and extremely organized.
  • Must maintain a strict adherence to submitted work schedule.

Special Collections and University Archives (Federal Work Study)

Duties of the Position

Aiding with special projects designed and coordinated by the department head and helping with reoccurring departmental tasks. This includes retrieving and re-shelving library materials, shelf reading, filling patron requests, shifting, monitoring the usage of materials in the department Reading Room and clerical tasks.

Skills Required to Perform This Position

  • Must be able shelve books and push a heavy library cart.
  • Must be able to lift heavy boxes above your head.
  • Must be self-motivated and organized.
  • Must maintain a strict adherence to submitted work schedule.

Libraries System Administration Assistant (Institutional)

Duties of the Position

Aiding the Libraries System Administrator in troubleshooting and maintaining computer hardware, software, and peripherals in the library. This may include testing hardware or software, moving or installing computer hardware, online data or maintenance projects, repairing or preparing computer hardware, and special projects. No computer experience necessary, although Microsoft software or library experience a plus.

Skills Required to Perform This Position

  • Must be able to lift and move computer hardware and peripherals, such as CPUs, monitors, and printers.
  • Must be able to work under desks or tables, in tight spaces, and climb stepstools or ladders.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to keep up with ongoing projects.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, students, and other library patrons.
  • Must maintain a set schedule.

Application

If interested, please submit the McFarlin Library Student Employment Application.


Please note, in order to apply for a Federal Work Study (FWS) position, you must have qualified for the Federal Work Study program through Student Financial Aid before filling out this application.