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2021-2022 Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantship Program

Graduate Assistantships
To begin Fall 2021

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 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:  One assistantship will be offered in the following area: 

Office of Digital Research & Scholarship (DRS): The Office of Digital Research and Scholarship (DRS) is looking to train a GA with an immersive learning experience that will give the successful candidate an introduction to this exciting new area of library practice. Applicants with little-to-no prior experience are welcome, as GAs will gain practical work experience related to core DRS work areas, which are comprised of two broad areas: Open Access scholarly publishing and advocacy, and Digital Humanities research support and instruction. The DRS GA will have an opportunity to learn about and gain work experience in these areas and will perform specific duties related to a variety of digital scholarship activities identified by the GA as areas of interest. These areas may be pulled from ongoing DRS projects or developed by the DRS GA in consultation with members of DRS.

  • Publishing duties may include digital repository services, Alternative/Open Textbook initiatives, and publishing partnerships, developing skills with publication policies, digital asset management, and outreach.
  • Digital Humanities duties may include digital project support (i.e. text encoding, altmetrics, data visualization, GIS mapping, and digital cultural heritage), project development and consultation, multimedia publishing, and working with a variety of digital tools and platforms. 
  • The GA will develop a specific and highly marketable set of skills under the mentorship of the librarian responsible for said areas. GAs will also be given the opportunity to build their professional portfolio by identifying and pursuing capstone projects related to their chosen work areas.

Qualifications: Admission into the FSU School of Information Masters or Ph.D. program in Information is required.  Consideration will be given to incoming students; offers will be contingent on acceptance into the program. Note:  GAs must be enrolled as full-time students for each semester 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

Remote Work option: FSU is releasing a new remote work policy this summer. At the time of advertising this position, it is unclear if we can offer remote assistantships. If you are a remote student and are interested, please apply, and make note that you are remote in your cover letter. We hope to have more information when it is time to review applications.

Work Hours/Stipend: The assistantships start in fall 2021 with the expectation they will continue each semester until graduation assuming satisfactory work performance.  The assistantship requires 20 hours of work each week during the academic term, and may include evenings or weekends. The stipend is $20 per hour and will include a tuition waiver of nine hours each semester. 

To Apply: Complete the University Libraries Graduate Assistantship online application form here. The deadline for submission is June 21, 2021.  Applicants will be selected for interviews shortly after the deadline.

Contact:  Please email with any questions

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