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Circulation Student Specialist

Circulation Student Specialist - $19.06 per hour - NO OPEN POSITIONS
University of Washington students are eligible.

Work Study students are eligible, and encouraged to apply. 

Position Description

Under the general direction of the Access Services Manager and the Circulation Supervisor, provides equitable, quality, and user-centered service to members of a diverse campus community and to the public. Processes incoming Interlibrary Loan requests. Leads the work of and trains Student Assistants. Identifies and works on special projects. Performs the duties of a Student Assistant.

Specific duties include:

  • Provide assistance to faculty, staff, and students in person and on the phone with informational and directional questions;
  • Provide complex circulation, study room, Course Reserves, interlibrary and intralibrary loan assistance;
  • Provide users with information about library and institutional policies, services, and procedures;
  • Perform circulation tasks: check books in and out, renew items, place holds, retrieve and process requested library items, and update library user records;
  • Process incoming mail, holds, and newspapers;
  • Assist with stacks maintenance: shelving, shifting, shelving special collections, and shelf inventory;
  • Participate in library outreach efforts through library displays and social media;
  • Digitize photographic and textual materials for Interlibrary Loan;
  • Assist with training of Student Assistants, develop training materials for Student Assistants, and correct the work of Student Assistants;
  • May lead or coordinate the activities of Student Assistants;
  • Serve as a backup to Access Services staff, including work the Circulation Desk alone and conducting searches for missing items;
  • Assist in Materials Processing unit;
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • 2 academic quarters of experience working at a library public service desk
  • Demonstrated commitment to provide high quality customer service to a a diverse community
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Consistent attention to detail and ability to sort alphabetically and numerically
  • Ability to track and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficiency with integrated library systems
  • Proficiency using computer software including Microsoft and Google products
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to push and pull 40 pounds
  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credits at the University of Washington
  • Proficiency with the Library of Congress Call Number system
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts, including evenings and weekends

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with complex and differing circulation policies for UW Bothell and Cascadia College library users


  • Schedules vary each quarter to accomodate class schedules;
  • Typically 6-12 hours per week, but a maximum of 19.5 hours per week during an enrolled quarter;
  • May include some evenings and weekends

COVID-19 Information: 

In prioritizing the health and safety of our entire community, the Campus Library follows the University of Washington (UW)’s policies and guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace, and will respond to updates to them as they are posted. Due to institutional, state-wide, or national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, buildings on campus may be required to close or enforce restrictions that impact ongoing operations.

Under Washington State Governor Inslee's active Proclamation 21-14.4, UW student employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption.  Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.  Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Additional Information:

For general UW Libraries (Seattle) Student employment information, see Employment Information for the UW Libraries


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