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Student Assistant Positions

Access Services (Harriet Irving)

Access Services student assistants work at the HIL Commons Service Desk. They answer “where is” and “how to” questions about the library and library materials, complete financial transactions, and check out library materials using an online library management system. Assistants also shelf books and help maintain clean, orderly book collections and study areas. Shifts are mostly evenings and weekends. Applicants must be able to accurately order sequences of letters and numbers and be physically capable of moving carts of books and shelving them.

Archives (Harriet Irving)

UNB Archives & Special Collections Student Assistants supervise the use of rare and archival resources in the Winslow Research Room. Main duties include responding to general reference questions, creating inventories, moving boxes, and retrieving or re-shelving books from locked stacks. Applicants must be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, exercise care in handling archival material, be punctual, dependable, and dedicated to maintaining a regular weekly work schedule of, at minimum, 2-hour shifts.

Centre for Digital Scholarship (Harriet Irving)

Digital Imaging Student Assistants are involved with a wide variety of image scanning and processing. The hours are flexible, but typically fall within the Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm timeframe. Main duties are related to the creation of an online searchable image database – experience using Adobe Photoshop, strong organizational skills, detail oriented, and the ability to work as part of a team are all assets.

Engineering & Computer Science Library

Student Assistants in the Engineering and Computer Science Library work evenings & weekends. Each student is assigned one or more shifts (4-10 hours/week) that they are responsible to cover for the term. Students are expected to cover for each other when needed. Duties include circulating materials, cleaning, shelf reading, helping patrons with copying, scanning & printing issues, and simple reference questions.

Government Documents, Data & Maps (Harriet Irving)

Student Assistants in Government Documents, Data & Maps usually work 3 hours per week and have sometimes worked concurrently in other units in the library up to the maximum cap on hours. Shifts take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm. Primary duties include shelving, stamping incoming materials, and searching the library catalogue and other databases. Attention to detail is critical and a working knowledge of Word and Excel is needed.


Microforms Student Assistants’ primary duty to is to provide the library’s patrons with helpful, efficient service, Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 and occasional weekend shifts totaling 10 hours per week. In addition to offering basic directional, informational, and referral services and general office duties as required, students also participate in departmental projects which often involve transcription of 18th and 19th century documents, research, and writing. Research experience, detail-orientation, ability to work with minimum supervision, and availability to work with the unit for a few years are preferred in candidates.

Reference (Harriet Irving Library)

HIL Research Help Desk Student Assistants provide reference services primarily during afternoon, evening, and weekend shifts. Main duties include responding to informational and directional questions – experience using UNB Libraries’ resources, strong public service skills, demonstrated problem solving skills, and the ability to work under pressure in a constantly changing busy environment is required.

Science & Forestry

Student Assistants in the Science & Forestry Library work mostly late afternoons, evenings (sometimes until 11pm) & weekends. They typically work from 4-10 hours/week with shifts that range from 1.5 to 5 hours. Duties are variable but include checking in/out materials, cleaning, shelf reading and assisting patrons with copying, scanning/printing issues as well as helping them navigate the library’s e-Resources. This position requires attention to detail and strong public service skills.

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UNB Libraries Fredericton

Student Assistants will be hired to clean student study spaces between uses, answer basic directional questions, and generally support student use of the libraries this term. Qualifications and experience required: willingness to clean efficiently, friendliness and positive demeanor, comfort with being a “presence” within the libraries for students, ability to answer very basic directional questions, willingness to take responsibility for their own shifts and arrange schedule changes as needed.

Student Assistants will be asked for their class schedule on the application form. The libraries are open weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Generally, students work approximately 10 hours / week.