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2019-2020 Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistantship Program

Graduate Assistantships
2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

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 areas: 

Resource Management & Discovery Services: the graduate assistant will gain experience creating and managing metadata and administering access for FSU Libraries’ electronic resources collections. Work will be technical in nature and involve learning about different metadata standards (MARC and non-MARC), metadata management within an integrated library system (ILS) and shared databases, 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 (E-Books, Streaming Video, E-Journals), acquisitions models, and metadata provided by different sources, affect the user experience. Under the supervision of the Metadata Analyst Librarian, and working closely with the E-Resources and Discovery Data Units, 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 systems daily to accomplish their work including Aleph (ILS), Excel, OpenRefine, database administrative pages, and project management software. Through this experience the graduate assistant will gain a familiarity with e-resource and metadata management and gain a more in-depth understanding of the resource management lifecycle, from acquisition to discovery.

Research & Learning Services (STEM Libraries): The graduate assistant will have an opportunity to play an important role in the growth and development of STEM research and learning services at FSU. They will work closely with STEM librarians to provide research and learning support to students and faculty in STEM disciplines. This will include providing library instruction sessions, conducting research consultations, and other related subject librarian activities. The graduate assistant will also work with librarians to increase engagement between the Libraries and the STEM community.  This position will allow for deep exploration into areas such as scholarly communication and research data management, with a focus on STEM disciplines. 


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 the fall 2019 and runs through the end of the spring 2020 semester.  The assistantship requires 20 hours of work each week during the academic term, and may include evenings or weekends. The stipend is $12,700.00 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 for 2019-2020 year is May 31, 2019.  Applicants will be selected for in-person interviews with University Libraries staff from the pool of applications in June.

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

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