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Graduate Assistantship Program

Graduate Assistantships
To begin Fall 2022
Application Deadline: July 5, 2022

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: 

STEM Libraries: The Florida State University Libraries’ STEM team is seeking applications for a graduate assistant who is eager to play a role in the development and implementation of library services that advance data information literacy and open science. The STEM and Data Services GA will work closely with STEM and data librarians to create learning opportunities on topics such as: research data management, data documentation, and data literacy. This position includes research and professional development opportunities including attending and presenting at conferences as well as conducting research that advances our ability to meet the research and learning needs of FSU scholars.

Position Duties:

Instruction: Teaching workshops and instruction sessions related to research data management and data documentation and Creating asynchronous and online learning objects related to open science and data management

Outreach/Engagement: Coordinate updates and changes to STEM and data services websites. Blogs, social media posts, and newsletters related to open science and research data services

Research: Will have the opportunity to give conference presentations, research papers and reports.

Opportunities: Data Carpentries instructor certification, Present at conferences, Conduct research (surveys, focus groups)

Resource Management and Discovery Services, eResourcesThe graduate assistant will gain experience administrating e-resource access for FSU Libraries. Work will be technical in nature and involve learning about the different e-resources licensed, how and where access is provided to users, and common ways to troubleshoot access problems. The graduate assistant will learn how different types of e-resources (eBooks, eVideos, eDocs), acquisitions models, and metadata provided by different sources affect the user experience. Collaborating with e-resources staff, the graduate assistant will complete a review of FSU Libraries e-resource holdings to identify issues or areas for improvement. The graduate assistant will utilize multiple internal and external technologies to accomplish their work using the library management system as well as data analysis and remediation software. Through this experience the graduate assistant will gain a familiarity with e-resource management including the intersection between e-resources, acquisitions, cataloging, and discovery.

Special Collections & Archives: The graduate assistant will gain practical special collections, archives, and digital collections experience through work in research services, instruction, rare book & archival processing, digitization, and metadata creation. The Special Collections & Archives (SCA) Division is committed to connecting communities to our primary source collections (digitally and in person), to creating inclusive research environments, diversifying our collections, and improving our discovery systems. Work will be project based and may occur in the Special Collections Research Center, the Heritage Museum, the Pepper Library, and/or the Digital Library Center. The GA will work with the SCA Leadership Team to develop a work plan and project rotation each semester that helps the GA meet their goals for knowledge and experience building. We are a team-based work environment and graduate assistants are full members of that team. More information on Special Collections & Archives can be found at https://www.lib.fsu.edu/specialcollections/index.html.

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:  If you are a remote student and are interested, please apply, and make note that you are remote in your cover letter. Most positions can be slightly altered to accommodate. 

Work Hours/Stipend: The assistantship starts in fall 2022 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 $20.83 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 July 5, 2022.  Applicants will be selected for interviews shortly after the deadline.

Contact:  Please email semiller@fsu.edu with any questions

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