Special Collections and University Archives, Hornbake Library
Student assistants in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD experience a wide variety of public and behind-the-scenes elements of the special collection library/archival field. They work closely with curators and library staff to make accessible some of the University’s most valuable research collections. And working in Special Collections and University Archives is also a lot of fun!
Our collections cover a wide variety of subjects/formats, including literary manuscripts and rare books, UMD history, labor history, the state of Maryland and other historical collections, mass media and culture, and women’s history. Studentassistants get hands on experience working with unique materials like photographs from the Baltimore News American and the Diamondback, audio-visual materials from NPR, paper records of the AFL-CIO, 17th and 18th century French pamphlets, and much more!
Student assistant responsibilities may include the following:
- Staffing the Hornbake welcome desk.
- Retrieving and shelving special collection materials and providing assistance to researchers in the Maryland Room, the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives.
- Processing Special Collections materials, including book, archival, and/or digital collections.
- Contributing to special projects, events, and exhibits.
We are looking for enthusiastic students who have an ability to learn quickly, good written and verbal communication skills, a passion for history and cultural heritage, a willingness to work collaboratively and with minimal supervision, and are comfortable with computers and technology. Experience in an archives/special collection library or doing historical research is helpful but not essential.
Knowledge, experience, or strong interest in one or more of the following is preferred: archival processing; book processing; providing reference assistance; social media and website creation.
Applicants must be able to maintain a schedule of about 15 hours per week. This is an hourly position only; not a graduate assistantship. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Amber Kohl at email@example.com.