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2021-2022 Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantship Program


Graduate Assistantships
To begin Spring 2021
Application Deadline:  November 12, 2020

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:  Two assistantships will be offered in the following areas: 

Research & Learning Services (STEM Libraries): Florida State University Libraries’ STEM team is looking for a graduate assistant who is eager to play an important role in the growth and development of STEM research and learning services at FSU Libraries. The STEM GA will work closely with the STEM Libraries team to provide support for research and learning activities to students and faculty in STEM disciplines. This may include assisting with library instruction sessions, conducting research consultations, and other subject librarian related activities. The incumbent will be asked to spend a significant portion of their time collecting and analyzing data related to STEM library services and programs to help our team better engage with scholars across campus. This role would be a great for someone interested in data analysis as well as evaluating library services and programs. This is a remote position.

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

Work Hours/Stipend: The assistantships start in spring 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 $6,640 for spring ($20/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 November 12, 2020.  Applicants will be selected for interviews shortly after the deadline

Contact:  Please email with any questions


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