Student Jobs

The list below represents possible student jobs in the library. To learn more, click on the job title to read the description.

To find out which jobs are currently hiring, visit Handshake, the College’s central hub for jobs and internships. Student semester jobs interviews are generally scheduled early in the semester, after students have arrived on campus.

For job descriptions for our part-time semester and full-time summer internships, visit our Internship page.

Student Jobs:

Semester Positions

User Services Student Assistant

Assist User Services department with all tasks related to circulation, including retrieving and reshelving materials, providing customer service at active service point, and processing materials received and sent through interlibrary loan. Some shifts involve customer service at the Check Out desk, while others involve working quietly in the stacks to shelve ore retrieve books. Students will be matched to work based in interest and aptitude. 6 – 8 hours per week. Position starts at $8.00/ hr.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be prompt, reliable and responsible, and detail-oriented. Must be willing to participate in continuous training. Scheduled attendance is required. Must possess a professional manner and demeanor.

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Collections and Technical Services Student Assistant

Processes books, DVDs, scores and other physical format materials; performs repair and maintenance of materials as necessary; receives and reconciles book shipments; performs title searching in support of assessment and collection management; assists with bibliographic maintenance; other duties or project work as assigned. Attends meetings and workshops for student assistants. Work hours available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (no evenings or weekends. Must be able to work a minimum of 4 hours per week. Position starts at $8.00/ hr.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Prompt, reliable, responsible, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to communicate effectively, methodical work, some mechanical aptitude.

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Digital Scholarship Fellow

Supports students and faculty engaged in Digital Humanities projects, as well as develops a personal project that involves Digital Humanities tools and methods. Tasks can include providing technical support office hours, creating digital exhibits with materials from Special Collections and College Archives, and creating tutorials for the DH Toolkit. Scheduled work hours will be weekdays, 9am and 5pm, with possible flexible hours to meet with students for office hours as needed. 4-6 hours per week. Position starts at $10 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Interest in the Digital Humanities as a mode of creative scholarly output. Commitment to provide support to students and faculty working on Digital Humanities projects. Commitment to develop an independent project. Must be dependable, detail oriented, and comfortable with new technology. Priority will be given to students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship program.

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Research & Instruction Student Assistant

Student assistant will support the daily operations and public programming of the Research & Instruction Department. Duties will include data entry, managing spreadsheets and data sets, designing instructional and/or promotional materials, and occasional website work (creating and editing web pages in the college’s content management system). Scheduled work hours will be weekdays between 8:30 am and 5 pm. 8-10 hours a week. Position starts at $8 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be dependable, detail oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to work independently, and have a willingness to learn new skills. Strong time management skills and ability to prioritize work are essential. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, creating/editing images, and HTML are a plus but not required.

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Scholarly Communications Student Assistant

Assist in preparing content for upload into Gettysburg College's institutional repository: The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College. Scan materials and edit PDFs. Assist in gathering and organizing publications for the College Authors Reception. Other duties will be assigned as they develop and you develop. Schedule work hours on weekdays between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Great opportunity for anyone interested in academic publishing and/or open access. We will train the right student! Position starts at $8.00 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be dependable and a quick learner with superb attention to detail.

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Serials Assistant

Sorts daily mail including journals, newspapers and microfilm; checks in, labels, and processes all serials; keeps journal and newspaper stacks in order; processes and shelves returning bindery shipments; may process book shipments; may assist with weeding/shifting projects. Ability to read call numbers, facilitate necessary call number corrections, and identify serial titles and shelving locations. Some light carrying and lifting, general clerical tasks, and organizational skills. Ability to push a book cart. Also participates in other projects and duties as assigned. Position starts at $8.00 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Prompt, reliable, responsible, detail oriented, good people skills. Word processing and Excel spreadsheet skills a plus. Some mechanical aptitude helpful. Interest in working on a computer.

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Special Collections Student Assistant

Student will assist Special Collections staff with a variety of archival and rare book related projects. Projects may include: cataloging books for MUSCAT Plus; creating container lists; organizing, describing, and rehousing manuscript collections according to archival best practices; research and transcription projects; and other archival duties. Student may also assist with the reshelving of archival material, exhibits, and scanning or photography, as needed. Position starts at $8.00 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be dependable, detail oriented, independent worker and have working knowledge of general computer applications including MSWord and Excel. Must be able to lift cartons weighing up to 40 lbs. Much of the work is historical in nature and applicants will work with documents, manuscripts, rare books, rare maps, and artifacts.

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Special Collections Student Assistant (Archives)

Student will assist Special Collections staff with a variety of College History and records management projects. Projects may include: filing and describing the College Publications Collection; organizing, describing, and rehousing manuscript collections according to archival best practices; research on College history and other topics; and identifying and organizing photographs. Student may also assist with exhibits, scanning or photography, and minor conservation projects. Position starts at $8.00 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be dependable, detail oriented, and an independent worker. Must have a working knowledge of general computer applications such as MSWord and Excel and be an accurate typist. Assistant may be called on to lift cartons weighing up to 40 lbs., climb step ladders, and navigate tight spaces with reasonable accommodations or assistance. Interest in College history, historical research, and public history a plus, but all majors are encouraged to apply.

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Special Collections Student Assistant (Conservation)

 Student will assist the Special Collections Conservator with collections maintenance, book conservation, and creative housing solutions for archival items. Projects may include the conservation of rare books, the description of book bindings, collections maintenance, and the identification of items in need of rehousing or mending and encapsulation of items such as maps or posters. In addition, student will assist in the repair of collection materials. Position starts at $8.00 per hour. Please see the Special Collections Conservation website for more details on the type of work performed by the conservation staff.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be dependable, detail oriented, have an interest in historic materials and have good hand skills.

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Special Collections Student Assistant (Digital Projects)

Student will be responsible for the photography and scanning of materials by following digital preservation and imaging standards created by Special Collections, and for producing both archival Tiffs and JPEG derivatives. Work may also include analog to digital conversion of both audio and VHS cassette tapes. Individual must also maintain the organization of digital files so as to facilitate retrieval by the Special Collections staff. This student will also be required to research digitized materials and organize data for items to be added to digital collections. Duties may also include graphic design and customization of online exhibits. Individual will come into contact with a wide variety of materials such as artifacts, photographs, slides, negatives, film, pamphlets, rare books, letters, and broadsides; appreciation for these rare materials through demonstrated care when digitizing is essential. Position starts at $8.00 per hour.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Must be dependable, detail oriented, and comfortable with new technology. Will have extensive experience with digital cameras, Adobe Design Suite, Audacity, Excel, Microsoft Word. Experience with CONTENTdm, Omeka, Wordpress, and video editing software a plus. The ideal candidate will be capable of offering solutions to some of the digitizing challenges that arise in Special Collections.

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Summer Positions

Summer Student Assistant

The library is hiring 5 students to rotate among the following tasks: Processing books and DVDs in cataloging department, collection research, serials check-in, shelving, shifting, stacks maintenance and circulation desk coverage.

Essential Skills and Aptitudes: Prompt, reliable, responsible, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to communicate effectively, methodical work, some mechanical aptitude.

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