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Job Title: Graduate Assistant - Library

Department: Library

Reports To: Access Services Coordinator

Job Type: This is a part time, exempt position.

General Description:

Assists managing the operation of the Library Circulation Desk; directs the work of work study students during hours on duty.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Opens and closes the library building according to established procedures
  • Maintains order and safety in the library during open hours
  • Acts as building supervisor when other library staff are not on duty; enforces library policy; consults with supervisor or other library staff when needed
  • Directs the work of library work study students during hours on duty, assigning tasks as appropriate
  • Operates circulation desk: charges and discharges library materials, collects fines, reserves equipment, registers on-site borrowers, etc.
  • Answers the main library telephone and responds to callers’ needs
  • Assists in the setup and use of equipment in the Library Auditorium
  • Answers basic procedural and directional questions
  • Provides basic computer/printer support for student lab computers
  • Performs other duties and completes special projects that are essential to the achievement of efficient library operations
  • Cooperates with others in the timely and effective completion of assigned responsibilities


Position Requirements:

  • Dependability
  • Ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications
  • Ability to assign tasks to and check the work of work study students
  • Ability to operate a personal computer
  • Ability to work well with people of varying educational and cultural backgrounds and experience levels
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other library and university employees
  • Ability to prioritize tasks effectively, solve problems creatively and constructively, cope with a changing environment, and be self-motivated
  • Ability to lift, move, and carry a minimum of twenty pounds up and down stairs
  • Ability to conduct business over the telephone



  • One year office experience, preferably in an academic library
  • Supervisory experience

Work Schedule:

25 hours per week with required evening and occasional weekend work during Fall and Spring semesters (flexibility for classes will be considered). 

Preferred Hours during Fall/Spring:

Monday 3:00 - 11:00 pm

Tuesday  3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Thursday  3:00 pm – 11:00 pm


25 hours per week during Summer: Between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Compensation includes board and full tuition in a master’s program.

William Woods University is an independent institution chartered by the State of Missouri with main campus facilities in Fulton, MO.  It has been operating continuously since 1870, taking its current form as a coeducational university with undergraduate and graduate programs in 1993.  Today, William Woods draws approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 35 states and approximately 11 foreign countries.  William Woods has been ranked as a Top 100 Midwest University by U.S. News and World Report, and has been recognized for the quality and affordability of its online degree programs.  With a full liberal arts curriculum, William Woods also offers a strong professional tradition, with nationally ranked programs in Equestrian Studies and American Sign Language. Its graduate education program figures strongly in the administration and leadership of Missouri's state school system.  William Woods University is governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees, and remains committed to serving the public good by helping students link intellectual development with the responsibilities of citizenship and professional life.

William Woods University is an Equal Opportunity Employer