LS: Public Services Student Specialist (S9839B)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

The Public Services Student Specialist is required to perform many tasks dealing with library patrons from the Bates College community. Patrons also include local residents and visitors from other colleges and universities. Routine tasks include working at the public services desk, assisting patrons with catalog searches, shelving library materials, and inventory of the library’s collection. This position requires the student to be reliable and punctual.

  • Please Note: This position provides no time for studying on the job. All of the on-the-job time is spent doing the duties listed above.




The Basics

Department: Information and Library Services
Supervisor: Julie Retelle
Office Location: Library
Email: jretelle
Pay Grade: B

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


REQUIRED EDUCATION: High school completion

DESIRED EXPERIENCE: Experience working with the public and computer skills


REPORTS TO: Assistant College Librarian for Access Services, Audio Supervisor, Public Service Assistants, and Reference Librarians

COORDINATES/WORKS CLOSELY WITH: Other library staff and student employees


ENVIRONMENT: fast-paced public service counters and library stacks

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This student must have visual acuity sufficient to scan information on books and other materials rapidly and repeatedly for extended periods of time, and to read computer screens for up to several hours a day. He or she must also have the muscular strength adequate to lift heavy books.

MACHINES & EQUIPMENT USED: Computer systems, barcode scanners, book trucks, telephones, photocopiers, microform reader printers, and audio/video equipment of various kind.

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