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Student Reference Specialist (UW Tacoma)

Posted February 18, 2020. Closes March 02, 2020.

UW Tacoma Library

Job Title:

Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

February 18, 2020

Closing Date:

March 02, 2020

Number Available:



$16.54 per hour


  • Up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Weekdays between 9 am - 5 pm; possible Sunday shift. Schedule is negotiable and likely to include 2-3 days per week with shifts of 4-7 hours.


Working under the general supervision of the Head of Reference Services, UW Tacoma Library Reference Specialists will be primarily responsible for providing one-on-one reference instruction to help library users locate and evaluate information resources. Other duties may include:

  • Updating or developing subject or class guides
  • Conducting library orientation sessions
  • Assisting librarians with classroom instruction
  • Developing library exhibits
  • Processing gift collections
  • Providing additional assistance to librarians as requested

Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree
    • Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent time management skills and attention to detail
    • Passion for teaching and learning
    • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
    • Flexibility in a changing environment
    • Ability to learn new technologies quickly

      Desired Qualifications:

          • Current Enrollment in the MLIS program at the UW Information School
          • Experience providing customer/public service support in person or online
          • Experience in one-on-one instruction or classroom teaching
          • Interest in education-centered reference work

              Other Details:

              This position is located at the UW Tacoma Campus and is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program with the UW. UW Tacoma is located in the heart of Tacoma's downtown waterfront historic district and is easily accessed by public transit. The Library and its services support undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of research.

              For more information about the campus and the library is available online.

              Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.  If you have more questions about the position, please contact Suzanne Klinger, Head of Research Help at UW Tacoma Library by email: alaura@uw.edu.

              Application Process:

              1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
                • Resumé
                • Cover letter:should include descriptions of how this position relates to your career goals, your interest in specific academic subject areas, and any tutoring/teaching experience you may have had (especially with high school or college students)
              2. Activate UW G Suite for your NetID if you have not already done so.
              3. Log in to the Google forms site with your UW NetID account to fill out an application form and upload your resumé.

              Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

                For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:

                Erik Dahl