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NSCAD Library: Work With Us!

The NSCAD Library is Atlantic Canada’s largest library dedicated to fine arts, craft, and design. It houses an extensive collection of print and media resources, online databases, and special collections to support learning in all subjects taught at NSCAD

Student Assistant Job Application Form

Student Assistant Positions

Student Assistant Positions in the Library

The NSCAD Library continuously accepts applications from NSCAD students to work at various positions in the library each semester, and will put out a call for applications when positions become available. Please read below for descriptions and qualifications related to the specific positions. Preference is given to applicants planning to be at NSCAD for two or more years.

Hours of Work
Student assistants are normally limited to 15 hours per week of work on campus. If your assigned shifts add up to less than 15 hours per week, there is the potential for additional hours of other work if available.

Pay rate
The current base pay rate is $
12.95 per hour + 4% vacation pay.  

Credits Hours Completed               Base Rate            Educational Increment

≤ 30 (1st year*)                                 Min Wage
≤ 60 (2nd year*)                               Min Wage           + $ 0.30 /hr
≤ 90 (3rd year*)                                Min Wage           + $ 0.60 /hr
≤ 120 (4th year*)                              Min Wage           + $ 0.90 /hr
Graduate Student                            Min Wage           + $ 2.50 /hr

*Rates are determined by the number of courses taken, and may not correlate with the year of study.


Circulation Desk Positions

Shifts
Normally circulation shifts run in  four-hour increments as below:

Monday to Thursday: 9:00 to 1:00, 1:00 – 5:00, and 5:00 – 9:00
Friday: 9:00 – 1:00, 1:00 – 5:00
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00, 4:00 – 8:00

Circulation Desk schedules are set for the length of the semester.  In addition, it's helpful if applicants are available for back up at other times through the week, as you may be asked to fill in or switch shifts with other desk staff on occasion.

Job Duties
Job duties include: entering patron records and loaning, renewing, and returning books and reserve materials using the Library’s circulation system; handling cash and debit/credit card transactions; answering the phone and redirecting enquiries to full time staff as necessary; shelving and tracking use of reference material (books and magazines); tidying of the circulation and reference area; showing patrons how to access library resources and referring them to full time staff as appropriate.

Qualifications
Applicants should be reliable, friendly, self-starting, and familiar with libraries and their services to patrons. They should have experience working with the public, data entry, filing or shelving, and handling cash, as well as excellent time management and communication skills.


Shelving Positions

 Shifts
There are 3 shifts of 2 hours available per week.

Shelving schedules are set for the length of the semester.

Job Duties
Job duties include shelving material and general library tasks as assigned. Some heavy lifting and repetitive physical tasks are required.

Qualifications
Applicants should be reliable, friendly, self-starting, and familiar with libraries and their services to patrons. They should possess excellent time management skills, focus, and attention to detail. Familiarity with filing, shelving or working with alpha-numeric systems is an asset.


Cataloguing Assistant Position

Shifts
There are  3 shifts of 2 hours, or 2 shifts of 3 hours, available per week.
Cataloguing assistant schedules are set for the length of the semester.

Job Duties
Job duties include preparing items to be put on the shelves by
 attaching labels, date due slips, and other identifying marks; assisting with weeding the collection by checking prices and availability elsewhere; compiling stats for discards from the collection; documenting donations by creating a spreadsheet to list details about all items in a donation;  miscellaneous other duties as assigned but generally related to office type work.

Qualifications
Applicants should be reliable, friendly, self-starting, and familiar with libraries and their services to patrons. They should have experience with data entry and label creation, and possess strong online research capabilities.  Excellent time management and communication skills are necessary, as well as an ability to carefully focus, pay close attention to detail, and have a high tolerance for repetitive and finicky work.


Collections Assistant Position

Shifts
There are  3 shifts of 2 hours, or 2 shifts of 3 hours, available per week.
Collection Assistant schedules are set for the length of the semester.

Job Duties:

Job duties include shelving and pulling special collections material for classes (DVD's, artist books, exhibition catalogues); assisting with the creation of library book displays, library communication materials (event posters, signage),and library social media promotions (Instagram, Facebook); scanning of materials; other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Applicants should be reliable, friendly, self-starting, and familiar with libraries and their services to patrons. They should have  excellent time management and  creative communication skills. Experience with medium to large scale scanning and copying projects would be very helpfulFamiliarity with filing, shelving or working with alpha-numeric systems is also an asset. 


How to Apply 
Please scan and submit your resumé to Jan Fralic-Brown along with the Library’s student assistant job application form (also available at the circulation desk or from Jan Fralic-Brown or Detta Morrison-Phillips). You can also bring completed applications to the circulation desk in the Library.