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Miller Nichols Library Student Assistants

Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st Street

How to apply for student positions:

Further information for applicants:

  • Don't forget to sign and date your application.
  • If you have a “Work Study” financial aid award, be sure to mark it on the UMKC Libraries Supplemental Student Employment Application. Listing prior work history helps us know what kind of work you have done in the past. Please fill out as much of the work history as you can.
  • The Libraries accept applications on a rolling basis and keep your application on file for one year.
  • Frequently, many applications are turned in for a small number of positions. Not everyone will receive an interview, and an interview does not guarantee a job. Candidates will be contacted for interviews as the need arises. Contact usually will be made via your UMKC email address unless another email address is specified.
  • Student assistant positions may be available in the following library departments:

Main Circulation, Miller Nichols Library

Hiring and scheduling in Miller Nichols Library will depend on hours specifically needed. It may be necessary to work evenings and weekends. Student Assistants are required to work during finals week and must be planning to work the full year, not just a semester. Student assistants also are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week.

  • Job description: Under the supervision of the Circulation Services Student Assistant Supervisor, the Evening/Weekend Supervisor, and other full time staff, provides services to Miller Nichols Library patrons and staff.
  • Job attitude: All students are to display an attitude toward work which fosters a supportive work atmosphere; treat others with courtesy, respect, and tact; present, accept, and act upon constructive suggestions and criticism; deal with stress in a responsible manner; and accept and adjust to change in the work environment.
  • Job duties: Not all duties will be performed by all Student Assistants.  The scheduling of specific work assignments is determined by the particular workload and at the discretion of a supervisor and not by the preference of Student Assistants.
  • Attributes needed: Dependability, punctuality, accuracy, attention to detail, courteous manner, ability to work well in public, moderate command of the English language, interest in job.
  • Starting pay rate: $8.60/hr
  • Hiring manager: Emily Reeb
  • Email: reebe@umkc.edu

Marr Sound Archives (Audio Digitization)

Hiring and scheduling for the Marr Sound Archives department will depend on hours specifically needed, between the hours of 9:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Student assistants also are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week. 

  • Job description: Perform digital transfers and provide metadata for archival audio recordings. Some public service and assistance with reference requests will be required.

Minimum requirements:

  • Basic computer skills, including a working knowledge of the library on-line catalog, MERLIN, and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in recording audio, including a working knowledge of audio signal flow and audio recording hardware and software.
  • Ability to execute assignments with meticulous care to prescribed archival standards.
  • Capability to maintain a regular schedule of 15-20 hours per week between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
  • To apply: Send a cover letter and a completed UM Application for Student Employment form and email the hiring manager.
  • Hiring manager: Derek Long
  • Email: longder@umkc.edu

Marr Sound Archives (Work Study Only)

Hiring and scheduling for the Marr Sound Archives department will depend on hours specifically needed, between the hours of 9:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Student assistants also are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week. 

  • Job description: Student assistants must provide public service and assist with basic reference questions and material requests; accurately search, retrieve and shelve sound recordings in a timely manner; inventory and process sound recordings and other archival materials; perform additional tasks as assigned, including collection maintenance, data entry, physical preservation of audio-visual media as well as prep work for digital preservation; some basic manual labor, heavy lifting, and moving of collections.
  • Job atttitude: All students are to display an attitude toward work which fosters a supportive work atmosphere; treat others with courtesy, respect, and tact; present, accept, and act upon constructive suggestions and criticism; deal with stress in a responsible manner; and accept and adjust to change in the work environment.
  • Attributes needed: Dependability, punctuality, accuracy, attention to detail, courteous manner, ability to work well in public, moderate command of the English language, interest in job.
  • Starting pay rate: $9.50/hr
  • Hiring manager: Andrew Hansbrough
  • Email: hansbrougha@umkc.edu  

Music/Media Library (Conservatory students only)

Hiring and scheduling in the Music/Media Library will depend on hours specifically needed. Student Assistants are required to work nights and weekends. Student Assistants are required to work during finals week and must be planning to work the full year, not just a semester. Student assistants are required to work a minimum of 10 hours a week.

  • Job description: Student assistants will provide public service and assist with basic reference questions; accurately search, retrieve and shelve library materials in a timely manner; perform additional tasks as assigned, including collection maintenance, data entry, some basic manual labor.
  • Job atttitude: All student assistants are to display an attitude toward work which fosters a supportive work atmosphere; treat others with courtesy, respect, and tact; present, accept, and act upon constructive suggestions and criticism; deal with stress in a responsible manner; and accept and adjust to change in the work environment.
  • Attributes needed: Must be a UMKC Conservatory student. Dependability, punctuality, accuracy, attention to detail, courteous manner, ability to work well in public, moderate command of the English language, interest in job.
  • Starting pay rate: $9.50/hr
  • Hiring manager: Debbie Keeton
  • Email: keetond@umkc.edu