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Student Assistant Positions

All available student positions are posted in the Manhattanville Handshake system.  You must set up a Handshake account with the Center for Career Development office to see available positions.  See the Center for Career Development web site for more information.

If no library positions are posted on Handshake, none are currently available.

You may review position descriptions below to decide which position in Handshake is right for you.  Then you can submit this Student Assistant Questionnaire.

Student Assistant Questionnaire


Circulation Desk Assistant
Students who work at the Circulation Desk are at the frontline of library operations interacting with the greater Manhattanville College community.  Student assistants meet a wide variety of information needs in an efficient and professional manner. Among duties and responsibilities assistants will: check in and check out items for borrowing using our online database; assist users with finding materials in all formats using our online catalog, including videos and course reserve items; arrange returned books in call number order; maintain an environment conducive to working and learning on the library first floor; keep computers, printers, scanners, and copiers working; provide general and library-specific information to users; perform other clerical and other library tasks as assigned. 

The Circulation Desk is open Sunday-Thursday from 8 am - 2 am, Friday 8 am - 9 pm, and Saturday 10 am - 6 pm during the Fall & Spring semesters. Schedules vary at other times.  Interested students with flexible schedules of availability are strongly encouraged to apply.  Please note the greatest need for assistants is during early morning, late night and weekend hours.

The ideal candidate for this position is a "people person" who can function effectively as part of a team. Consistently excellent attendance and punctuality is essential. Circulation Desk work requires superb communication skills, good customer service and people skills, initiative, and the ability to multi-task.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Assistant

ILL student assistants help the library perform its vital Inter-Library Loan functions, which consist of two components: lending and borrowing. The lending component requires student assistants to download information using a specialized database program, search QuickSearch (our library catalog), retrieve needed items, upload information and package outgoing ILL material.  The borrowing component requires student assistants to search for and secure material for our own users from a dedicated list of lenders.  Student assistants also open and route incoming ILL borrowed materials.  ILL work requires comfort with using data entry software, meticulous attention to detail, clear and legible handwriting, solid organizational skills and the ability to work independently.

Stack Maintenance Assistant 
Student assistants who work in Stack Maintenance will shelve books, videocassettes and DVDs, search for missing items, straighten/arrange periodicals and newspapers, and work on projects to clean/shift books in the stacks. Basic requirements of these tasks include moving heavy book carts and working in tight spaces with possible exposure to dust. Interested students will be required to learn the Library of Congress (LC) call number system for shelving. Applicants should demonstrate excellent attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Students in Stack Maintenance have the option of working evenings and weekends.

Technical Services Assistant 
Technical Services assistants will be trained to work on our online library services platform, and perform such tasks as the checking in of periodicals and the editing of records. Assistants typically work on projects using Microsoft Word, Excel or proprietary library software. Other tasks include the physical processing of library materials (i.e. preparing and applying labels). Interested applicants should be comfortable working on computers and willing to learn new skills/programs. Assistants may be exposed to dust when working with older library materials. Applicants should demonstrate excellent attention to detail, the ability to follow detailed procedures, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently. Students in Technical Services typically work during regular staff hours: Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Administration Assistant
Assistants are responsible for processing invoices, maintaining files, organizing supplies, assisting with marketing and publicity, and working on special projects.  Requires creativity, teamwork, and reliability.  Software skills and relevant experience preferred.

Overnight Library Monitor
Overnight library monitors keep the library open 24/5 during the spring and fall semesters. First year students are not eligible for these positions.  Main responsibilities include:

Control access to the library building and record hourly gate count
Enforce food, drink and smoking restrictions
Respond to emergencies and contain disruptive behavior
Ensure security of Library materials and equipment
Present a professional image to the Manhattanville community

Consistently excellent attendance and punctuality, ability to work independently, and being a "night owl" are essential qualities for success in this position.