The Clarkson University Libraries are hiring!

The Clarkson University Libraries are hiring student employees for the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 school year.

Job Descriptions

NOTE: These are generalized job descriptions.  Actual work may differ slightly and include other tasks.

Circulation (Front Desk Service)
  • Check out and check in books, journals, reserve books, study room keys, and other library materials.
  • Sort books for shelving in proper call number order.
  • Answer basic informational, directional and library policy questions.
  • Help library users navigate the online library catalog and electronic databases to find books, articles, and other research resources.
  • Help library users locate materials in the stacks.
  • Provide basic assistance with copying/printing/scanning. Service printers/copiers. 
  • Assist with course reserve processing.
  • Answer phone calls.
  • Assist library users with study room reservations. 
  • Open or close library (specific shifts).
  • Requires effective communication and customer service skills, and ability to work independently. 
Stacks Management (Shelf Maintenance)
  • Gather, sort, shelve, and shift books and journals accurately by call number.
  • Review order of books on the shelves to be sure they are in the right order (shelf-reading).
  • Straighten the shelves of books, update aisle markers as needed, and replace bookends.
  • Identify books needing repair. 
  • Search the stacks for books reported missing or billed for replacement.
  • Requires attention to detail and accuracy.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Process and distribute interlibrary loan and document delivery materials for patron use.
  • Search for and retrieve books and journals from shelves. 
  • Search electronic databases for articles. 
  • Scan print materials (journal articles, book chapters) for electronic lending and borrowing.
  • Prepare and pack books for mailing; unpack incoming items and prepare for circulation.
  • Search and scan documents on microfilm.
  • Process material requests using specialized ILL software.
  • Requires attention to detail and accuracy.
Cataloging (Technical Services)
  • Assist with physical processing of new and donated materials to prepare for shelving. 
  • Search online computer library center for accurate records for items to be added to collection. 
  • Work in detail in library information system. 
  • Assist with processing and intake of theses and dissertations.
  • Process Government Documents (both electronic and paper). 
  • Assist with repair of material.
  • Work closely with other library departments
  • Requires a very detail-oriented person.
  • Shelve archival material.
  • Assist with shelf maintenance and records organization.
  • Assist with maintaining inventory of archive collection.
  • Assist with processing, preserving, and digitization (scanning) of archival material. 
  • Assist researchers with locating and handling archive material.
  • Assist with planning and execution of archive exhibits.
Health Sciences Library
  • The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the primary library for the Physical Therapy (PT), Physician Assistant (PA), and Occupational Therapy (OT) graduate programs and is located on Clarkson’s downtown campus. 
  • HSL Student Assistants help with a wide range of duties, which may include circulation, stacks management, interlibrary loan, and cataloging functions. 

Work Schedule

Students will work a set schedule that is built around library needs and the student’s classes and other commitments. 

To Apply

Fill out the attached PDF application (below) and drop it off at the Harriet Call Burnap Memorial Library Circulation Desk in the ERC during library open hours or email