Libraries, Media Services, & Archives

Student Employment Opportunities

We employ both undergraduate students and graduate students in a variety of different positions in the library.

The St. Paul Campus Circulation department is located in the Coeur de Catherine building on the 1st floor southwest corner. The Minneapolis Campus Circulation department is located in the Education building on the 4th floor. Student Assistants' hours are flexibly scheduled around their college coursework.

Position Description

The circulation desk is the focus of communication between the patron and the library. Circulation student assistants are the first point of contact for most patrons. The first impression of the library and of the campus is often that which the employees project. The students are responsible for staffing the desk over 100 hours a week. The student assistant helps St. Catherine University library patrons in using the facilities and directs patrons to appropriate staff and librarians. The student reports to the Circulation Supervisor. Special responsibilities and training may be assigned as needed.

Requirements

  • Library background is helpful, but not essential
  • Some computer skills a must
  • Ability to work in a team situation and maintain composure under stress
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good public relations skills
  • Ability to work independently and yet enjoy working on a team in a pleasant environment
  • Reasonable physical stamina for bending and stretching for one to two hour periods
  • Must be cheerful, competent, conscientious, reliable, observant and orderly

To Apply

Open positions will be listed and must be applied for via KatieCareer by Handshake.

Questions?

If you have questions, you may contact either of the Circulation Supervisors.

St. Paul Library

Jade Erickson
jnerickson@stkate.edu | 651.690.6655

Minneapolis Library

Sue Gray
sagray@stkate.edu | 651.690.7898

The Technical Services Department of the Library is located on the ground floor of Coeur de Catherine in Room 065. Department hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Position Description

The Technical Services Department of the Library operates to support the curriculum and enhance the teaching/learning process by providing faculty, students, and staff with easy access to quality materials that will aid them in their academic pursuits. Student Assistants work by help by using computers for searching bibliographic records, for adding and deleting holdings, shelving books and periodicals, and other tasks that insure the smooth operation of the department. Student Assistants' hours are flexibly scheduled around their college coursework. The student may be responsible for a variety of duties including:

  • Processing new and re-classed materials
  • Searching the OCLC and CLICnet databases to identify and use bibliographic data
  • Sithdrawing materials and maintaining the collection
  • Applying problem solving skills to a variety of tasks
  • Using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access to create reports
  • Providing clerical support services to Technical Services staff members
  • Shelving books and periodicals as needed
  • Maintaining the order of shelved materials

Requirements

  • Library background is helpful, but not essential
  • Must possess filing and some computer skills
  • Ability to produce accurate, neat, and often detailed work
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and yet enjoy working on a team in a pleasant environment
  • Reasonable physical stamina for bending and stretching for one to two hour periods
  • Must be cheerful, competent, conscientious, reliable, observant and orderly

To Apply

Open positions will be listed and must be applied for via KatieCareer by Handshake.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Kelsey Shulson, Cataloging and Digital Services Librarian: knshulson@stkate.edu | 651.690.6641

This position is for a graduate student in the MLIS program. It may be converted into a graduate assistant position for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student assistants in the Archives and Special Collections are responsible for staffing the service desk and providing assistance to users of the collections. They also help with processing and/or digitizing records of University offices and manuscript collections and providing outreach using social media.

The Archives and Special Collections collects and preserves institutional records and other materials of permanent value, making them available for institutional and research use. The Archives are the institutional memory of the University, and include administrative and departmental records and reports; university, student, and alumnae publications; faculty writings; photographs; and artifacts. The Special Collections reflect the University's tradition of women's leadership and Catholic social teaching, and include personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials.

Position Responsibilities

Serve as the first point of contact for the Archives and Special Collections

Assist faculty, staff, students, and other researchers both in person and via phone or email: perform research using the collections, register visitors and explain policies and procedures to them, retrieve and re-shelve requested materials, provide photocopies or digital scans of materials and collect payment for them

Collections processing: accession received materials, including digital records; in consultation with the archivist develop a processing plan for assigned collections; arrange and describe materials according to the plan; create a user finding aid for the collection

Outreach: curate monthly displays of items from the collections; write blog posts about each display and other collections-related topics; make use of other Library social media accounts to highlight the Archives and Special Collections

Digitize materials in the collections to archival specifications to make them available online as part of the St. Kate’s Digital Collections

Position Requirements

Applicants must be able to work 10 hours per week, scheduled anytime Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This is a set schedule of typically 3 or 4 shifts each week.

  • Currently enrolled in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University
  • Commitment to providing excellent public service to a variety of users
  • Focus and self-direction to accomplish duties with little direct supervision; ability to follow through and complete extended projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail in assigned tasks, even when repetitive
  • Understanding of the requirements surrounding protected records and information
  • Enthusiasm and an ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expected graduation date of May 2019 or later
  • Prior or concurrent coursework in an archives-related area, or experience in an archives/special collection
  • Experience with social media platforms and understanding of their use in a professional setting
  • Experience digitizing items in a variety of formats
  • Interest in working professionally in an archives, historical society, museum, or other cultural heritage institution

To Apply

Apply via KatieCareer by Handshake. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should address why you are interested in the position, and how the skills and experience on your resume would contribute to success in meeting the job responsibilities.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 27.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Deborah Kloiber, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections: dkloiber@stkate.edu | 651.690.6599

St. Catherine University Libraries are committed to educating library science (MLIS) professionals. Because of this commitment, the Libraries offer Graduate Assistantship opportunities to students currently enrolled in the St. Kate's MLIS program.

About Graduate Positions

Working under the direction of St. Kate's librarian mentors, the assistantship experience will serve to expand upon knowledge gained in the classroom. With positions available in reference, special collections, and technical services, graduate assistants will gain valuable work experience with their own career goals in mind.

Reference Graduate Assistantship

The purpose of the Reference Graduate Assistant position is to first provide professional reference service to the University community and, second, to facilitate hands-on learning experience for the graduate student. The Reference Graduate Assistant will be mentored by and work alongside four professional reference librarians at the St. Paul Campus. The Assistant may also work with other staff and student employees.

  • 10 to 20 hours per week, depending upon the Assistant's availability
  • $13.75 per hour
  • No benefits or tuition remission
  • A two-semester (or longer) commitment is preferred

Primary responsibilities

The Reference Graduate Assistant will work with the reference librarians to provide reference service. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising students, faculty, and staff with reference and research needs, including citation questions
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential data about reference transactions
  • Preparing print and web-based research guides
  • Designing library displays
  • Assisting with library events
  • Providing library instruction, both one-on-one and in formal classroom settings, including instruction assessment
  • Assisting with data analysis of reference transactions and instruction
  • Other duties as assigned, depending on library’s needs and Assistant’s skills and qualifications

Required qualifications for the Reference Graduate Assistant Position

  • Enrollment in the Master of Library and Information Science program at St. Kate's
  • Must have completed or be enrolled in LIS 7010
  • Flexible schedule (between the hours of 10am-6pm Monday-Friday) with occasional Saturday shifts from Noon-4pm
  • Technical, computer skills/troubleshooting
  • Enthusiasm, good listening and communication skills, and a willingness to learn
  • A commitment to public service and the teaching mission of the Libraries
  • Interest in academic librarianship

Preferred qualifications

  • Completion or enrollment in additional LIS courses, especially those that provide background and knowledge useful to the position (reference, instruction, etc.)
  • Experience in teaching, training, and/or public speaking
  • Experience in customer service
  • Experience creating online tutorials or guides

To Apply

Open positions will be listed and must be applied for via KatieCareer by Handshake.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact LeAnn Suchy, Educational Technology & Reference Librarian: llsuchy@stkate.edu | 651.690.6693

St. Catherine University Libraries are committed to educating library science (MLIS) professionals. Because of this commitment, the Libraries offer Graduate Assistantship opportunities to students currently enrolled in the St. Kate's MLIS program.

About Graduate Positions

Working under the direction of St. Kate's librarian mentors, the assistantship experience will serve to expand upon knowledge gained in the classroom. With positions available in reference, special collections, and library collections services, graduate assistants will gain valuable work experience with their own career goals in mind.

Library Collection Services Graduate Assistantship

The purpose of the Library Collection Services Graduate Assistant position is to, first, provide professional-level support in building, maintaining, and making accessible library collections to our campus community, and, second, to facilitate hands-on learning experience for the graduate student.

  • 10 hours per week, depending on availability, with the majority of hours worked during the hours our department is open (8:30am - 5pm Monday-Friday)
  • $13.75 per hour
  • No benefits or tuition remission
  • Must commit to one full semester

Primary responsibilities

The Library Collections Services Graduate Assistant will work with library staff in Library Collections Services to make our collections available and accessible. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing library books, serials, and media for withdrawal, including updating library catalog records and removing OCLC holdings
  • Participating in the department's testing of Alma, the new cloud-based library management system being implemented by our consortium, CLIC.
  • Participate in the development of our digital repository services, including identifying and collecting faculty scholarship and creative work; determining publisher permissions for archiving this work, and adding work to our Institutional Repository, Sophia.
  • Support acquisition and evaluation of new library materials and electronic resources.
  • Other duties as assigned, depending on library’s needs and Assistant’s skills and qualifications.

Required qualifications for the Reference Graduate Assistant Position

  • Enrollment in the Master of Library and Information Science program at St. Kate's
  • Good listening and communication skills, a desire to work as a part of a team, and a willingness to learn
  • Must appreciate the need for accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to be flexible as project goals, workflows, or priorities evolve and change
  • Basic understanding of metadata and data structures
  • Flexible schedule (between the hours of 8:30am - 5pm Monday-Friday)

Preferred qualifications

  • Completion of or enrollment in LIS courses focused on technical services, academic libraries, or scholarly communication
  • Interest in academic librarianship
  • Experience using GoogleSheets/Docs
  • Experience with an Integrated Library System

To Apply

Open positions will be listed and must be applied for via KatieCareer by Handshake. Please include a cover letter that addresses your interest, experiences, and any relevant coursework.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Heather Tompkins, Head, Library Collection Services: hltompkins@stkate.edu | 651.690.6653

St. Catherine University Libraries are committed to educating library science (MLIS) professionals. Because of this commitment, the Libraries offer Graduate Assistantship opportunities to students currently enrolled in the St. Kate's MLIS program.

About Graduate Positions

Working under the direction of St. Kate's librarian mentors, the assistantship experience will serve to expand upon knowledge gained in the classroom. With positions available in reference, special collections, and technical services, graduate assistants will gain valuable work experience with their own career goals in mind.

Archives & Special Collections Graduate Student Assistant

Student assistants in the Archives and Special Collections are responsible for staffing the service desk and providing assistance to users of the collections. They also help with processing and/or digitizing records of University offices and manuscript collections.

The Archives and Special Collections collects and preserves institutional records and other materials of permanent value, making them available for institutional and research use. The Archives are the institutional memory of the University, and include administrative and departmental records and reports; university, student, and alumnae publications; faculty writings; photographs; and artifacts. The Special Collections reflect the University's tradition of women's leadership and Catholic social teaching, and include personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials.

  • 10 per week, scheduled in 3-4 shifts Monday-Friday between 9:30am-4:30pm
  • $13.75 per hour
  • No benefits or tuition remission
  • Must commit to one full semester, but a two-semester (or longer) appointment is preferred

Position Responsibilities

  • Serving as the first point of contact for visitors to the department
  • Assisting faculty, staff, students, and other researchers both in person and via phone or email: perform research using the collections, register visitors and explain policies and procedures to them, retrieve and re-shelve requested materials, provide photocopies or digital scans of materials and collect payment for them
  • Collections processing: Sort and arrange documents, folders, and boxes; perform basic preservation measures and provide care for fragile documents and artifacts; prepare inventories, catalogs, and other aids to identifying and locating needed materials in the collections
  • Digitizing materials in the collections to archival specifications in order to make them available online as part of the St. Kate’s Digital Collections
  • Creating displays, including informative text, about St. Kate’s history using materials in the collections
  • Writing blog posts about each display and other collections-related topics; making use of other department social media accounts to highlight the Archives and Special Collections

Position Requirements

  • Interest in history, religion/theology, and/or archives, historical societies, or other cultural institutions
  • Commitment to providing courteous and respectful public service to a variety of users
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail in assigned tasks
  • Self-direction and ability to accomplish duties with little direct supervision
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Understanding of the requirements surrounding protected records and information
  • Comfortable with computers and technology
  • Enthusiasm and an ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior or concurrent coursework in an archives-related area, or experience in an archives/special collections
  • Experience with social media platforms and understanding of their use in a professional setting
  • Experience digitizing items in a variety of formats
  • Interest in working professionally in an archives, historical society, museum, or other cultural heritage institution

To Apply

Open positions will be listed and must be applied for via KatieCareer by Handshake.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Deborah Kloiber, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections: dkloiber@stkate.edu | 651.690.6599