Sorting & Preservation Students are primarily responsible for the sorting and re-shelving of incoming materials at Hale Library. Students will gain an extensive knowledge of the Library of Congress call number system and will perform general maintenance duties in and around the library including shifting/storing materials, stacks maintenance and shelf reading.  Sorting students will also provide assistance with sorting departmental mail, basic book repair, labeling and processing, shelving & dusting current periodicals.


3 positions available - minimum of 12-15 hours on Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m.   **Must be available over summer and breaks.**

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to accurately perform repetitive tasks for an extended period of time
  • Ability to lift upwards of 50 pounds and push heavy carts
  • Ability to shelve books above one's head and below one's kneew
  • Should not have high sensitivity to mold spores or dust as they are sometimes present

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Ability to interpret and apply information from complex technical & procedural manuals
  • Must be able to work independently as well as with other library staff  
  • Ability to organize work efficiently and to perform detailed work under pressure
  • Prefer some library experience
  • Preference for artwork, crafts, etc., and who will enjoy learning and executing book repair techniques
  • Requires an extensive amount of attention to detail.
  • Must be able to perform repetitive, sometimes tedious work on a daily basis


  • Retaining knowledge of Hale Library call number systems and how the library itself is organized
  • Sorting and organizing books on staging shelves
  • Placing books in order on carts to be shelved in their proper places in Hale
  • Picking up stray materials left by patrons around Hale
  • Shelf reading and maintaining the integrity of materials on shelves
  • Keeping daily statistics regarding work performed
  • Shifting portions of the collection to make space for incoming materials
  • Assisting other departments with any assigned projects
  • Sorting 509 departmental mail
  • Shelving current periodicals
  • Dusting current periodical shelves
  • Labeling and processing materials
  • Basic Book repair including but not limited to:
    • Measure books in need of archival enclosures
    • Cover book jackets using either polyethylene or Mylar covers
    • Bind pamphlets or create pamphlet binders for specialty-sized pamphlets
    • Clean books or pages
  • Other duties as assigned 


To Apply:

To apply, please download the application form (pdf). Once you have completed the application

  1. Click File > Save As and use Your Name as the file name
  2. Attach your saved application, resume and current class schedule to an e-mail
  3. Send to with the subject line Student - {Name of Position(s) you are applying for}.
  4. If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted via e-mail.