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Student Job Opportunities

The Library is currently hiring for Fall 2019 positions in the Reference & Instuction Department, and for Summer 2019 positions in the Archives and Area Research Center. See duties described below. Applicants with Work Study awards are given preference.

Download the job application now!

How to Submit an Online Application for Student Employment at Andersen Library

  • Right click on the link above (Download the application now!), and save the PDF file to your computer.
  • Open the saved PDF with Adobe Reader.  If you try to fill out the application in your browser, you may have problems submitting the application, or may submit a blank application.
  • Fill in all of the fields on your application.
  •  At the bottom of the second page, press the “Submit by E-mail” button.
  • A box will pop-up asking you to choose between Desktop E-mail Application or Internet E-mail or Webmail.  Choose “Internet E-mail” and press “OK”.   
  • This will prompt you to save the application as an .fdf file.  Save the file to a location on your computer that you can find later.  (Note: The .fdf file will contain the data you entered on your application, but will not look like the application file.)  
  • Sign into an e-mail account (campus or personal), and send an e-mail to circdesk@uww.edu with the Subject line “Student Application”.  Make sure to attach your .fdf application file to the e-mail, and then send.

When the Library receives your application, we will convert the data in the .fdf file into a printable application, and your application will be reviewed and kept on file for the current academic semester.  Due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact all applicants regarding the status of their application.
Note:  You can print the completed application and send it through U.S. mail if you prefer to submit your application in paper format.  You could also choose to scan a copy of your filled out application and send the scanned file to us via email.


The duties of this position include:

  • Meticulously enter data into databases
  • Retrieve and re-shelve materials accurately
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Assist in researching, designing, and assembling displays and bulletin boards
  • Assist in outreach and programming for Reference & Instruction and the Children’s/Curriculum Collections
  • Complete projects relating to collection development and library instruction, as assigned by Reference & Instruction Staff members

Work hours will be a set weekly schedule falling between Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. based on the student's semester class schedule.

Reference Desk

The duties of this position include:

  • Provide informational, directional, and basic reference service at the Reference Desk, both in person and over the telephone, during scheduled shifts.
  • Assist patrons searching library catalogs, databases, and the Internet.
  • Assist patrons with basic troubleshooting of equipment (e.g., printers, scanners, and computers) and with basic software questions as able (e.g., Microsoft Office programs).
  • Refer patrons to librarians for more in-depth research assistance, to other appropriate staff members for assistance related to other Library departments, or to other campus entities as appropriate, e.g., contact the Help Desk or General Access lab attendant if a student needs assistance that cannot be provided with hardware or software.
  • Maintain statistics of transactions and communicate with librarians or other Library staff about needed follow-up with patrons.
  • Close the Reference Desk in accordance with established procedures.
  • Respect patron privacy.
  • Maintain a harmonious and productive working relationship with faculty and staff in Andersen Library and provide courteous service to all users of the resources and facilities of Andersen Library.
  • Participate in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.
  • Work on projects as directed by the supervisor.

Work hours: There are two positions, each covering 1-3 evenings, Sunday-Wednesday, throughout the semester. The shift will be 7-10 p.m. during training, and 8-11 p.m. once trained (with the Reference & Instruction librarian leaving at 9 p.m.).

Archives and Area Research Center

The duties of this position include:

  • Provide assistance to patrons
  • Research using resources in digital, microforms and paper formats
  • Data entry and proofreading
  • Shelving and filing materials from Archives, Area Research Center and Special Collections
  • Assisting the Archivist and Archives Assistant in the maintenance of unit collections
  • Shredding confidential documents
  • Other projects as needed

The skills needed for this position are:

  • Attention to detail
  • Good keyboarding skills
  • Ability to work alone and with others
  • Willingness to learn

The skills desired but not required

  • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds
  • Basic knowledge of American history
  • Photographic knowledge

Hours are available 9am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.


Andersen Library
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Contact the Library

Circulation Desk: 262-472-5511
Reference Desk: 262-472-1032