Rare Books Student Asst.

The University of Chicago Library

Division: Special Collections Research Center
Department: Rare Books
Title: Rare Books Assistant
Schedule (Hrs/Week): Minimum of 12, up to 19.5 hours per week

Student positions at the Library are available only to students at the University of Chicago.


Under the direction of the Rare Books Librarian: Assists with receipt of Special Collections materials from the Library's Acquisitions Department; weekly preparation and processing of materials for the Library's Cataloging Department staff; creation of item records for circulation and bibliographic control of Special Collections materials; interpretation of bibliographic records and resolution of bibliographic questions relating to rare books for researchers and staff; bibliographic searching in various paper and online catalogs and records; working on projects relating to the local processing of rare book collections.

Other responsibilities include: assists with bibliographic support for Rare Books Bibliographer's collection development and donor relations activities; processing of gift books and other uncataloged materials, including searching and preliminary review of holdings; performing research related to the bibliographical description and content of the collections; recommending and implementing procedures for improved efficiency of processing rare books; participation in departmental exhibition projects; and assisting with department duties as assigned.


Due to current budget constraints, applicants must be eligible for a work study assignment in order to be considered.

The Special Collections Research Center in Regenstein Library is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. If interested in the position, please email Gina Petersen at gmpetersen@uchicago.edu.


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