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Student Position Job Descriptions

Circulation Assistants

The Circulation Department hires law students and graduate students from the School of Information and Library Science to staff the Circulation Desk. We are looking for responsible students interested in customer service and working in a library setting. Our students work an average of 10-12 hours per week, including some late night and weekend hours. The library depends on circulation desk assistants to staff the desk whenever the library is open. The work assignments include basic tasks at the Circulation Desk: checking out and discharging library materials, handling fines, issuing borrowers' cards, and helping patrons. The beginning pay rate is $9.50 per hour. If interested, please contact Nick Sexton, Head of Access Services.

Faculty Research Service Assistants

The Faculty Research Service is a program that provides assistance in short research projects for the Law Faculty. We employ up to two student researchers for ten hours per week, working on projects that range from the strictly legal to interdisciplinary projects in a variety of subjects. SILS students and law students with prior legal experience are eligible for these positions. In addition to being a paid position, we offer valuable experience in legal research and law librarianship, exposure to the kinds of assistance typically requested by law faculty, and an opportunity to work with librarians who can provide references when it comes time for students to seek permanent employment. The service operates weekdays and is supervised by Reference Librarian Melissa Hyland.

Laura N. Gasaway Graduate Assistant

The Laura N. Gasaway Graduate Assistantship at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library is an exciting learning opportunity for a student with a law degree and currently enrolled in a graduate degree program of the UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science (SILS), or a student in the J.D./MSLS or J.D./MSIS dual-degree program at SILS. The program is designed to prepare the Laura N. Gasaway Graduate Assistant (GA) for the profession by getting practical hands-on training in an academic law library. The student is able to put theory into practice and discover the aspects of law librarianship they find most interesting - whether it is helping people with questions at the Reference Desk, conducting research, reviewing the collection, or helping create digital collections.

The GA position requires 15-20 hours of work per week during the academic year. The time is divided between the Reference Services and Collection & IT Services departments. This rotation allows the GA to gain experience in all of the various work environments within the Law Library. Some of the Reference Services responsibilities include assisting students and faculty at the Reference Desk, completing faculty research projects, and preparing online research guides on specialized topics. In Collection & IT Services, the GA may assist with collection and database review projects and digital collections. In addition, the GA participates in library meetings, library workshops, and professional meetings as practicable. All of this while receiving a generous stipend. For more information visit the GA information page or contact Nicole Downing, Head of Reference Services.

Reference Assistants

The Law Library Reference Department may employ a student reference assistant during the academic school year. Current second- and third-year law students, as well as graduate students in library science with a background in law, are welcome to apply. Students who have taken, or are currently registered for, an advance legal research course are preferred. The main responsibility of the reference assistant is to conduct research and reference projects as assigned. The reference assistants are supervised by Nicole Downing.

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