The librarian wants to ensure that you are receiving experience and learning opportunities that both benefit you now as a student, but also prepare you for a future in the working world. These learning outcomes will help to guide you in your position as a library student worker and help the librarian to assess the knowledge you have gained.
Upon the completion of the library student worker position, you should be able to:
The Irving Shapiro Library is an important component of the American Academy of Art. The library provides information, research materials, technology assistance, instruction, and other essential services to Academy students, faculty, and staff.
As a library student worker, you are essential to the functioning of the library! Your responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:
Besides being a part of the American Academy of Art, the Irving Shapiro Library staff are also held to library standards that have been established by the American Library Association and upheld by librarians for many generations. Later, we’ll go over the ALA Code of Ethics that all library workers should follow.
While you are at the library desk, your primary responsibility is to assist students, faculty, and staff who come into the library. Please be alert and appear available to people who may need your help. Do not sleep, wear headphones, or make phone calls (unless in case of an emergency) while sitting at the desk. Please keep personal conversations to a minimum.
Academic homework and recreational Internet use are permitted after all assigned tasks have been completed.
Food is not permitted at the library desk. Patrons may eat at the tables, but not while using the computers, magazines, or books. Please make sure any drinks brought into the library are covered.
Personal belongings should be left in your locker or stored underneath the library desk.
All tasks that you complete during your shift should be recorded in the daily work log.
Helping students, faculty, and staff is your most important job. Contrary to the stigma about librarians and library student workers, we spend a majority of our day helping and interacting with others. Customer service skills are a must. Keep these in mind:
Librarians are held to certain standards which have been established by the American Library Association. It’s important for you to know about these too so that you are providing a safe and user-focused library for all patrons.
ALA Code of Ethics
This means that you should ensure the following: