Library - Government Documents
To maintain the materials sent to the Library from the federal and state governments in fulfillment of the Library's role as a selective repository.
Student Assistant (Pay Band 2)
- Position Responsibilities:
- Customer Relations, General Office, Library
- Involves the following:
- This position will provide general assistance with:
- Shelving material, typing, filing, data entry, general office upkeep, collecting mail, assisting with on-going and special projects as needed.
- Specific duties as they relate to this department:
- GENERAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES DESIRED: Must-have attributes: The ability to pay close attention to detail and to stay focused are the most important attributes required. The student must have the ability to stay organized, to listen, to follow complex verbal directions and to work independently with minimum supervision. The student must also have computer comfort, knowledge and skills with Microsoft Excel and Word, and the ability to learn new tasks on the computer. Strong spelling and typing skills are required, along with a friendly, personable demeanor. Other attributes encouraged: The student should have a strong work ethic, maturity, and reliability and should be flexible and open to changes in plans and tasks. Strong communication skills are desired. Unlike any other department in the library, the Government Documents department organizes material using four different classification systems- the Dewey Decimal, Library of Congress, Pennsylvania Documents, and Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs). Students must be trained extensively in these systems before performing their duties.
- Learning Outcomes:
- Working in Gov Docs is a little like working in a tiny self-contained library, so student workers in this department get experience performing a variety of duties (along with teaching them both the Dewey Decimal and SuDocs classification systems), which is very useful if they want to pursue a future career in the library science field. Students work with the Microsoft Office suite and other software, giving them easily transferable computer experience. This is a good position for students involved in political science and history, as much of the material they work with pertains to those fields. In a more general sense, working in this department provides the student with experience following directions, working both with other people and independently, and working on both short-term and long-term projects, etc.