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New Library: Employment


The Library could not run without a dedicated population of student workers stationed at the circulation desk and in the Library's collections wing.


To apply to any of the below positions, log in to Handshake -- Manhattanville's student employment portal. The Library ordinarily hires for the Spring and Fall Semester during the Summer and Winter intersession periods.


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 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.

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 platform, WorldShare Management Service (WMS). Circulation Desk Assistants 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 whenever the library is open.  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.

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.