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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships
2014-2015 Academic Year
(Application deadline April 14, 2014)


Overview: The Florida State University Libraries in partnership with the School of Information invites eligible School of Information Masters and Ph.D. program students to apply for one-year Graduate Assistantships in the University Libraries.  The purpose of these assistantships is to provide graduate students with valuable, applied work experience that will enhance their classroom learning and their marketability to potential employers after graduation.

Areas of Concentration:  Four assistantships will be offered in the following areas:  Learning Commons, Special Collections & Archives and Technology & Digital Scholarship. 

Learning Commons:   GAs will gain experience working in a large academic library and learn skills from professional librarians while working with undergraduates in the Learning Commons. The GA will work closely with the librarian who coordinates undergraduate instruction, and will have an opportunity to co-teach classes. The successful candidate will also provide service desk assistance and participate in outreach and programming activities.

Special Collections & Archives (2 positions): GAs will gain practical archival experience through the arrangement, description, metadata creation for items and collections. Work will be project based and may occur in Strozier Library Special Collections (rare books and manuscripts), Heritage Protocol (FSU archives & history), the Pepper Library (manuscript collections) or Cataloging & Description. GAs may also have opportunities for creating both physical and online exhibits, to work with software such as Omeka, Archon, digital asset management systems and metadata and collections cataloging. GAs may also assist in providing reference services to patrons in Special Collections, creating research guides or work on other projects designed to improve access to unique collections.

Digital Scholarship: GA will work under the direction of the Scholarly Communications Librarian. FSU Libraries is building a suite of services to help support Faculty Scholarship in the digital age, including an emphasis on publishing and research.  The GA will assist in these areas including promotion of open access in general, support of DigiNole Commons (the open access institutional repository for FSU) and new digital scholarship services.  The GA will be interacting with other library staff and with Faculty and students on campus.

Qualifications: Admission into a FSU School of Information Masters or Ph.D. program is required.  (Note:  GAs must be enrolled as full-time students for each semester (fall, spring, summer) of the assistantship.  

Successful applicants must demonstrate the following skills and abilities:   
  • ability to balance graduate coursework and work responsibilities
  • commitment to public service
  • strong technology skills
  • familiarity with searching techniques
  • commitment to teaching and learning
  • strong communication skills
  • ability to develop detailed and accurate resources
  • library experience preferred but not required

Work Hours/Stipend: The one-year assistantships start in the fall semester and runs through the end of the summer semester.  The assistantship requires 20 hours of work each week during the academic term, and may include evenings or weekends.  The one-year stipend is $14,400.00 and may, depending upon the availability of funds, provide for a waiver of six to nine hours of matriculation or out-of-state fees each semester. 

To Apply: Complete the University Libraries Graduate Assistantship online application form. The deadline for submission for 2014-2015 year is April 14th, 2014.  Applicants will be selected for in-person interviews with University Libraries Staff from the pool of applications in late April/early May.

Contact:  For more information, please contact Ericka Jones at (850) 644-5870 or via e-mail at:

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