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Student Job Descriptions

​Charles V. Park Library - Room 407H
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: (989) 774-3852
Fax: (989) 774-1803

CMU Libraries, Charles V. Park Library and Clarke Historical Library, offer a variety of student employment opportunities. Have a look at a brief description of our departments and typical job duties.

Administration | Access Services | Business Services | Clarke Historical Library | Collection Development| Interlibrary Loan | Global Campus Library Services | Reference | Technical Services | Systems


Dean of Libraries’ Office - Job duties include reception duties, word processing, scheduling meetings, copying, filing, processing mail, running errands, and assisting with other office responsibilities as requested.  Applicants must be organized, project a positive and professional image, have excellent verbal communication skills, maintain confidentiality, are detail-oriented and ability to work with minimal supervision.  MS Office and Excel experience required.  Experience with MS Outlook and mail merges a plus.

Access Services

Circulation Services - Provide excellent customer service at the circulation desk and over the telephone.  Perform duties such as: checking out/in and renewing library materials, creating new and updating current patron records.  Additional duties include: retrieving library material from stacks and searching for missing items, performing various clerical responsibilities, book repair and minor cleaning.  Other duties as assigned.

Course Reserves & Copyright Services – Provide customer service at the Course Reserves & Copyright Services desk, organize and process material for the Course Reserve collection, charge and discharge Course Reserve material, process current periodicals and maintain Mary Dow Reading Room, perform shelf reading and inventory of the Course Reserves Collection.  Maintains in-house use statistics for current periodicals and Course Reserve materials.

Monitors/Building Security - The Library Monitors are responsible for securing and closing the library seven days a week. They are also responsible for patrolling the library to provide customer service to our patrons and to enforce policies such as food, drink, noise, and disruptive behavior. In addition they independently monitor the Extended Hours Study room when the main library is closed. Monitors also assist with setting up and tearing down events in the library.

Stack Maintenance - Arrange and shelve books and periodicals. Maintain in house use statistics for books, microforms and periodicals. Straighten, shift and shelf read book and periodical stacks. Maintain material use statistics and perform functions related to material inventory. Assist patrons at the microform desk. Process, file and maintain microforms.

Periodicals/Microforms/Copiers - Arrange, shelve and maintain in house use statistics for periodical and microforms collections. Dust, straighten, shift and shelf read periodical and microforms collections. Maintain public printers/copiers. Assist patrons with finding periodicals and microforms, and instruct patrons on how to use the microforms machines and printing network. Other duties as assigned.

Business Services

The Library Business Services Office is responsible for the daily business operation of the university library.  Student employees in this area will possess general office duties to include: filing, copying, and data entry.  They are responsible for daily sorting and delivery of incoming and outgoing mail, equipment inventory, and assisting with the payroll functions and student employment activities.  Additional desired skills are experience with Excel, Access, and Word.

Clarke Historical Library

Student assistants may do a variety of duties to include: retrieving and reshelving books, assist patrons, photocopying, researching information in newspapers, computer projects, microfilming, and special projects like organizing pictures or letters.

Collection Development

Uses online library catalog to look up books, journals and other resources.    Assists with word-processing, photocopying and simple spreadsheets.  Assists with gift books and withdrawal projects.  Obtains information from vendor web sites

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan obtains other libraries’ materials for CMU patrons and provides CMU Libraries’ materials for the use of other libraries’ patrons. Typical duties include: provide customer service to patrons, retrieve materials from CMU's library and process to send out to other libraries, scan and photocopy library material; process, package, and open large quantities of mail.  Training on ILL and library specific systems and software are provided. Ability to work on a deadline, work with a team, and pay close attention to detail are required.

Global Campus Library Services

Some weekend and evening hours are required.

Library support to CMU Extended Degree programs in over 70 locations.  Answer phones and direct callers to appropriate area/person.  Assist Global Campus Programs and CMU Online, faculty/staff/students with library needs. (e.g. direct to Centra, Blackboard, CMU portal, etc.)

Process requests for library materials from Global Campus Programs and CMU Online faculty/staff/students and on campus faculty participating in the Desk Top Delivery program.


Reference - Assisting patrons in use of the Library and printing system. Work at Information Desk and provide general information about the library. Some weekend and evening hours are required. ENG/LIB 197 is required. 

Government Documents - Processing, filing and shelving of all new government and reference publications. Shelve materials returned from bindery. Shelf-reading and shelving of books. Process new maps and maintain map drawers. Re-file and re-shelve materials in proper order.  ENG/LIB 197 is required.


Install microcomputer software and setup desktops, laptops and peripherals.  Helpdesk hot ticket support, maintenance and repair.  Ability to use diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot and resolve computer-related hardware and software problems.  Perform networking setup and troubleshooting.  Documentation and inventory support.  Assist library staff with various requests.  Computer experience is required.

Technical Services

Authorities – Database maintenance and on-line data entry.  Retrieval of data from remote sites, updating or creating Authority records and other projects as required.  Detail oriented, typing required and computer literacy helpful.

Bindery - Retrieval of materials from library shelves, processing of materials to be sent for binding, process returned shipments. Computer/Typing experience needed. Organizational skills necessary.

Monographs - Check-in and process new materials for shelving.  Search and enter data online database, verify non duplication of incoming materials. Computer experience helpful.  Requires kneeling, bending and lifting up to 25 pounds.

Serials - Process all new serial material (i.e., journals, magazines, newspapers). Data entry and file maintenance. Assist in updating library database. General office duties including possible word processing/spreadsheets. Computer experience helpful but not required.