Access, Information, and Research Graduate Student Assistant

Access Services Student Assistant 

Inter-Library Loan Student Assistant

Cuban Heritage Collection Student Assistants

Digital Collections Repository Student Assistant


Access, Information, and Research Graduate Student Assistant

The position assists Access, Information, and Research Services and Libraries Administration in the research required to develop programming and grant requests. The assistant will perform literature reviews, review and compile survey information, make contact with relevant institutions and faculty to gather information. This position will provide an opportunity to broaden the student’s research and writing skills especially in the areas of Library and Information Science and assessment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Perform literature reviews.
    • Investigate resources to gain information regarding building literacy skills (information, visual, and technology are most relevant).
    • Research testing activities and user studies.
    • Review and compile relevant information.
    • Assist with other assignments as needed.

Competencies Expected:

    • Research skills
    • Good writing skills
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software
    • Ability to work with multiple individuals and to multi-task as needed

Preferred Knowledge of:

    • Library and Information Science
    • Assessment strategies

Hours of Coverage:

    • Max 12 hours per week
    • Days and times of week available are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evening hours can be arranged.


Access Services Student Assistant

Hours: Various Shifts


Student Assistants perform various shelf-maintenance tasks intended to provide consistent and uninterrupted service to library patrons. Student Assistants provide high-level customer service to the patrons of the Richter Library


Front Desk customer service (40%)

  • Check-in and check-out library materials using library software
  • Assist patrons in locating materials in the online catalog
  • Collect and process fines and fees
  • Provide customer service over the telephone
  • Enforce library entrance and ID policies
  • Direct patrons to the appropriate locations/departments within the library
  • Answer general questions regarding Richter Library and the UM campus
  • Accept lost and found items and store according to library policy
  • Place items on hold for patrons and retrieve held items for check-out
  • Search for course reserves

Shelf-Maintenance (40%)

  • Empty book drops
  • Pick up library materials after in-house use
  • Sort books into specific order
  • Shift books from one shelf to another or between floors
  • Maintain neatness and order of library collections
  • Scan barcodes of library materials
  • Search library catalog/database
  • Measuring and tabulating linear feet of books/shelves
  • Change status codes in item records in library database

Other (20%)

  • Scan in and double-check returned items
  • Reshelve DVDs
  • Assist with the training of other student assistants
  • Help in the sorting room as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Arrange furniture used by patrons in public areas
  • Provide assistance to patrons in finding library materials
  • Assist with the training of other student assistants
  • Erect and break down shelving and other equipment as needed
  • Perform minor “facilities” work (e.g. drilling, hanging, screwing, lubricating, etc.) as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor



This position reports to the Stacks Supervisor or Circulation Manager. It requires the ability to be given a set of tasks to be accomplished on regular basis (daily, weekly, biweekly) and to accomplish them with reasonable supervision.

QUALIFICATIONS (education, Experience, Skills, Training, etc.)

    • Pushing a wheeled book truck weighing up to 500 lbs
    • Repetitive lifting of up to 25 lbs
    • Repetitive bending and stretching
    • Standing and walking
    • Dusty conditions
    • Medium lighting

Apply using the Student Assistant Application 

Questions – Contact Jose Vila @ | 305-284-3235 


Cuban Heritage Collection Student Assistants

Hours: 10-20 hours per week, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.


    • Collections processing: supporting routine processing of library and archival materials (e.g., books, periodicals, manuscript collections, photographs, audiovisual materials, etc.) to include re-housing and labeling containers, creating inventories, classifying materials, inputting data, labeling containers and related tasks.
    • Supporting research services: paging and re-shelving materials, making photocopies, etc.
    • Clerical support: faxing, answering phones, filing, and data entry.
    • Special projects: exhibitions, digital collections, etc. as assigned.


Digital Collections Repository Student Assistant

Responsibilities: Assisting the Digital Repository Librarian with adding content to the repository, maintaining the web site, the social media presence, and assisting with associated development activities on other sites maintained by this area

Requirements: Attention to detail; Organizational skills; Experience with spreadsheets; solid CSS, XHTML, Javascript/JQuery, and basic image editing skills; the ability to work alone and with others.

Preferences: Experience with PHP, MySQL, Unix, computing and programing background.

12-15 hours per week. Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m

Student Assistant Position:  ILL Borrowing Student Assistant

Work schedule: 2-6 hours/day, 20 hours a week between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

Name of Department Contact for interview:  John Sandoval

Interview contact info:  phone 305-284-6102 or email

Applications will be accepted:  Between 9:00 and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday  

Duties of position:

Processes materials received from lending libraries, prepares materials for delivery to patrons, and shelves materials in Circulation area.

Pickup materials (returns) left in Circulation area by patrons, processes and prepares materials to be shipped to lending libraries.

Packs and Ships materials to other libraries following specialized instructions for various means of delivery such as DLLI (courier), Lanter, FEDEX, USPS, and International.

Filing required when checking out materials to patrons and pulling signature slip when processing returns.

Skills required for the position:

Strong computer skills, familiarity with Windows


Able to work on repetitive tasks

Be able to lift 20 pounds and push 50 + pounds

Customer service orientated



Independent worker willing to adapt to rapidly changing, fast paced environment

Contact John Sandoval @ | 305-284-6012

Student Assistant Application


The University of Miami Libraries is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Refer questions to the Libraries’ Personnel Administration Office at 305-284-4585.

Student Assistant Application

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Circulation Manager

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Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Manager

(305) 284-6102