Student Employment in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD!

Interested in a career as a librarian or archivist? Are you detail-oriented and organized? Looking for a job on campus with great colleagues? Special Collections and University Archives is hiring hourly student assistants!


Student assistants in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD experience a wide variety of public and behind-the-scenes elements of the special collection library/archival field.  They work closely with curators and library staff to make accessible some of the University’s most valuable research collections.

Our collections cover a wide variety of subjects/formats, including literary manuscripts and rare books, UMD history, labor history, the state of Maryland and other historical collections, mass media and culture, and women’s history. Student assistants get hands on experience working with unique materials like photographs from the Baltimore News American and the Diamondback, audio-visual materials from NPR, paper records of the AFL-CIO, 17th and 18th century French pamphlets, and much more.

We are looking for reliable and enthusiastic students who have an ability to learn quickly, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, a passion for history and cultural heritage, and a willingness to work both independently and collaboratively with students and staff.

Efficiency in computer programs such as Word or Excel are preferred. Students must also be able to retrieve archival boxes and books that may be heavy or fragile for researchers in the reading room. Experience in an archives/special collection library or conducting research in a library is helpful, but not essential.

We are currently hiring student assistants in the following area: Access to Collections Team

Student assistant responsibilities in the Access to Collections Team include the following:

  • Processing new, cataloged materials (e.g., books, serials, microfilm) and shelving according to collection and Library of Congress call numbers.
  • Consciously editing SCUA’s online finding aids.
  • Inventorying and accessioning archival collections.
  • Covering shifts on the public service desks, including the Hornbake welcome desk and reading room retrieval desk as needed.

Attention to detail, excellent written/verbal communication skills, and basic Microsoft Excel proficiency are preferred.

Applicants must be able to maintain a consistent schedule of at least 15 hours per week. Working hours are available from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday. The starting pay rate is $12.50. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. These are hourly student positions only; not graduate assistantships. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, send a resume and brief cover letter expressing interest in the position to Amber Kohl at by Friday, May 20. (PDF format preferred)

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