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2020-2021 Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistantship Program

Graduate Assistantships
To begin Summer 2020

Application Deadline: March 1, 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 (Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities department): The graduate assistant will gain subject librarian experience while working in a highly collaborative team environment. The GA will provide research and learning support to students and faculty in the social sciences through library instruction sessions and conducting research consultations.  This position also provides extensive experience in collection development and managing collections projects.  

Office of Digital Research & Scholarship (DRS): The Library Publishing GA will gain practical experience related to core DRS work areas, including Academic Publishing, Digital Humanities, Digital Pedagogy, and Scholarly Communications. The GA will assist with the production, management, and recruitment of the Libraries’ publishing partnerships including journals, Alternative Textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and expansive multimodal digital projects. The GA will also gain experience with areas related to a variety of digital scholarship activities, including: digital repository services, training in digital methods (i.e. text encoding, altmetrics), project development and consultation, data management and curation, and working with a variety of digital tools and platforms. The GA will be trained and develop a specific and highly marketable set of skills in Library Publishing under the mentorship of several DRS staff. The GA will also be encouraged to build their professional portfolio by identifying and pursuing capstone projects related to a particular area of Library Publishing.

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 summer 2020 and runs through the end of the spring 2021 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 2020-2021 year is March 1, 2020.  Applicants will be selected for in-person interviews with University Libraries staff from the pool shortly after the deadline.

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


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