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Student Library Assistant – Reading Room


The Special Collections Library, located in Hodges Library, seeks a qualified student to assist researchers, provide access to materials, and process materials.


10-15 hours per week. While schedule is negotiable within our business hours (9:00-5:30, Monday-Friday), SLAs must take two scheduled desk shifts each week.

Location: Hodges Library – Special Collections

Responsibilities / Duties

  • Work assigned shifts on the Special Collections reference desk answering the telephone and paging and monitoring the use of materials
  • Ensure that policies are followed by all researchers and correct potentially harmful situations with courtesy and consistency
  • Shelve rare books after use by researchers
  • Maintain call number order in rare book collection
  • Process new books and materials in Rare Books and University Archives
  • Other duties as assigned


  • UT student (undergraduate or graduate) in liberal arts or information science
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Customer service experience
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Comfortable working with computers
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. for moving and shifting boxes
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Prior library work experience
  • Interest in history or special collections librarianship
  • Prior experience handling rare and fragile materials

Application Information

To apply for this position, email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a current resume to Allison McKittrick at

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For more information about positions in the Libraries contact Library Administration & Human Resources, 865-974-6600.

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