Work-Study Information

Opportunities Available

  • A variety of law school work-study opportunities with time commitments to meet your schedule are available throughout the year.
  • View a current listing of USD law work-study opportunities.
  • Please read the main library work-study descriptions to see if they meet your interest and stop by the library with questions.

Public Services Work-Study Description

  • Circulation Desk work: Train other student assistants; Provide Public Services to patrons (greeting and assisting patrons); Maintain reserve materials; Reshelve books and maintain stacks; Service photocopiers; Monitor library access/egress; Provide basic information and referral for library patrons; Check out circulating materials; barcode items, as necessary; Check out/in reserve items; Check out/in Laptop, Case and Adaptor; File looseleaf services; Answer multi-line telephone/transfer calls/take messages; Monitor LEXIS and WESTLAW computer use; Input patron records; Check online catalog for availability of materials; Other duties as assigned (ie. shelf reading, shifting, inventory, searching, photocopying).
  • Computer Lab work: Monitor the Computer Lab in the absence of Electronic Services staff; Provide back-up assistance to patrons using the Computer Lab; Close the lab in the event lab student staffing is unavailable; Provide basic back-up Computer Lab trouble-shooting; alert Electronic Services staff to problems that occur after regular staff hours.
  • Microform machine work: Direct patrons in self-service locating of microforms, including use of microform indices; Provide assistance to patrons using microform reader/printers; Refer reference questions to appropriate sources; Clean and file microfiche.

Technical Services Work/Study Description

  • Processing work: Label and relabel books; Barcode materials as needed; Assist in opening and distributing mail; Assist Serials Management Assistant in receipt of bindery shipments, including unpacking of bindery shipments and check-in of bound volumes.
  • Serials management work: Check in all types of serials, including periodicals, newspapers, loose-leaf releases, supplements, pocket parts, and bound serial volumes.
  • Acquisitions work: Verify amounts on publishers and vendors statements; Place key information from publishers responses into order records in online library system; Assist in processing gift books; Maintain collection of publishers' catalogs; Various alphabetizing and filing tasks.
  • Cataloging and Authority work: Check name, series, and subject headings online and in manual sources; Check Library of Congress classification schedules for validity of call numbers; Place key tables of contents notes into bibliographic records in the online library system or other bibliographic databases; Aid catalogers in other cataloging tasks as needed.
  • Miscellaneous duties, as assigned: Maintain loose-leaf cataloging manuals; Maintain photocopy machine, including checking and filling of paper tray and replacement of toner cartridges; Maintain recycling area, including breaking down boxes and sorting materials to be recycled; Photocopying, faxing, typing, filing, and loose-leaf filing as needed.


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