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Circulation Student Specialist

Circulation Student Specialist - $20.57 per hour


University of Washington and Cascadia College 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, Circulation Student Specialists provide equitable, quality, and user-centered service to members of a diverse campus community and to the public.  Individuals in this role will also lead the work of and train Student Assistants, and may identify and work on special projects as needed. Student Specialists are also expected to have a strong understanding of all 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 to users;
  • Provide library 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 perform basic library catalog searches;
  • Process incoming mail, holds, and newspapers;
  • Assist with stacks maintenance: shelve, sort, conduct inventory, shelving special collections, conduct inventory, search for missing materials, and shift library collections;
  • Participate in library outreach efforts by creating library displays and blog posts;
  • 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 working the Circulation Desk alone;
  • 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;
  • Excellent 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 up to 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 the complex and differing circulation policies for UW Bothell and Cascadia College library users


  • Schedules vary each quarter to accommodate 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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Washington and Cascadia College are affirmative action and equal opportunity employers. 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, please see Employment Information for the UW Libraries


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