Library Assistantships

The Library welcomes applications for assistant positions.  Graduate and undergraduate students must apply through the Career Center's Brave Opportunities system.

We hire assistants in the following categories:

  • Work Study – Students that have been granted federal or state work study monies as part of their Financial Aid package.  If you are unsure if you have work study, contact the Financial Aid Office at 910.521.6255 or  Positions at the Library for work study are available, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Contracted Assistantships – Students hired by the Library from our internal budget on a contractual basis. Students applying for a contracted assistantship must have one year of library experience.   At this time, due to budget constraints, no further contracted assistantships are available.  You may submit an application to be kept on file should a position become available.  Applications are kept on file for one semester, after which time you would need to reapply.
  • Youth Start – High school students participating in a work experience program in cooperation with their high school, the UNCP Regional Center, and the assigned work place.  Youth Start is funded by the Workforce Investment Act through a contractual arrangement with Lumber River Council of Governments.   If you are interested in this program, please contact your high school guidance counselor.  The Library employs up to two Youth Start students, and applications will be handled in conjunction with the UNCP Regional Center.
  • International Students – Students who are not U.S. citizens may apply for Library assistantships through the International Programs Office, which assists students with on campus employment from their own internal budget.  Applicants should contact the International Programs Office at 910.775.4095 or to verify if any positions are available.  Positions at the Library for international students are available, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; however, International Programs retains the final placement decision.

The Library has assistantships in several of its departments, but availability varies.  The Access Services/Reference Librarian makes placement decisions in consultation with other library staff members.  So while assistants may have a preference, they must be willing to work in any library service area. 

Depending on the work area of the Library to which the assistant is assigned, the following is a list of possible library assistant duties:

  • Data entry
  • Filing
  • Filing government documents
  • General office work
  • Inventory
  • Media processing – including cleaning
  • Organizing items for archiving
  • Photocopying
  • Scanning
  • Shelving
  • Shifting
  • Technical support
  • Unpacking books
  • Use the Library’s online catalog
  • Using the microfilm machine
  • Working with computerized library systems

Depending on the work area of the Library to which the assistant is assigned, the following is a list of desired library assistant characteristics:

  • Able to work independently
  • Accurate
  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperative
  • Dependable
  • Efficient
  • Follows directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Good handwriting (cataloging assistants)
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Neat and clean appearance
  • Positive attitude
  • Punctual
  • Willingness to learn and produce good work