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Circulation Assistant – SUMMER 2023 – Conservatory Library

Start and end date for the position are flexible, although the ideal candidate would begin work after Commencement and work to as close to the beginning of Fall Semester as possible. Preference will be given to candidates who are also willing to continue working in the Conservatory Library for 6-8 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.

During the summer, students may schedule up to two weeks off for vacation, subject to supervisors’ approval. Student will work 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4:30pm Monday – Friday in June and the same hours from Monday through Thursday in July, at the Conservatory Library for a maximum total of 32.5 hours.

Applicants MUST be currently enrolled Oberlin College or Conservatory students to qualify for summer work.

As a Conservatory Circulation assistant, you would assist library users at the circulation desk:

  • check-in/out library materials
  • retrieve items for patrons from reserve and hold shelves
  • answer questions regarding reserve loan policies
  • enforce library policies.
Additionally, you would work at the Conservatory Library Circulation Desk aiding patrons in navigating the library facility and its holdings as well as engaging in circulation of library materials and completing special tasks as assigned.

Over the course of training with library staff, you will become fluent in using both Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification systems. You will also learn the ins and outs of the library catalog, circulation software, and collection navigation. You will use this knowledge to assist library patrons in your front-line service position at the circulation desk.

Special Summer Projects/Responsibilities:

  • cleaning book shelves
  • preparing journals for the bindery and processing upon return
  • processing reserve materials
  • searching for missing books
  • shifting parts of the collection
  • misc. duties as assigned.
No prior work experience required. Students with work study awards, from both the College and the Conservatory, are encouraged to apply!

Do you have further questions about this position? Feel free to reach out to our Circulation Staff at We’d be happy to answer them.

Interviews will be conducted remotely or onsite as available and convenient.

Oberlin College Library actively seeks a diverse student staff.
Oberlin College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

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