Do you want pursue a career as a librarian or archivist? Do you love libraries and “old stuff”? Are you detail-oriented and organized? Are you looking for a job on campus with great colleagues? Good news, Special Collections and University Archives is hiring 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. And working in Special Collections and University Archives is also a lot of fun!
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!
Student assistant responsibilities may include the following:
- Retrieving and shelving special collection materials and providing assistance to researchers in the Maryland Room, the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives.
- Staffing the Hornbake welcome desk.
- Processing Special Collections materials, including book, archival, and/or digital collections.
- Contributing to special projects, social media, events, and exhibits.
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, with minimal supervision. Efficiency in computer programs such as Word or Excel are required. Students must also be able to lift archival boxes and books for retrievals. Experience in an archives/special collection library or doing historical research is helpful but not essential.
We hire student assistants throughout the year, both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be able to maintain a consistent schedule of at least 15 hours per week. Shifts are available from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday, with extended hours available during the Fall and Spring semesters on Wednesday nights and Sundays 1pm-6pm.
These are hourly positions only; not graduate assistantships. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To inquire about open student positions in Special Collections and University Archives, contact Amber Kohl at firstname.lastname@example.org.