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  • Open Positions

    Open Positions

    There are no job openings at this time.

  • Student Assistants

    Student Assistants

    The Dean B. Ellis Library employs currently enrolled students who are seeking part-time student positions. Most of the hiring takes place during the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, but other positions may become available throughout the semesters, if needed. Students are allowed to work during the interim, breaks, and holidays, since the library is open year round.

    Freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. There are currently over 20 student-assistants employed at the library. The maximum amount of hours students can work varies, depending on the department. Generally, students are scheduled for a minimum of 10 hours a week up to a maximum of 28 hours (20 hours for international students). Students are allowed to work up until graduation. There are currently NO Graduate Assistant positions available in the library.

  • How to Apply

    How to Apply

    The hiring process is different for each department. Once a position becomes available, students should apply based on the instructions in the job announcement posted in “Open Positions”. Normally, a class schedule and an updated resume will be required when applying.

    After You Apply

    Due to the large number of applications, only the students we wish to interview will be contacted. If you are contacted for an interview, you will be given a time and date that works around your class schedule to meet with the supervisor. To help you prepare, Career Services has helpful hints to help you “Nail the Interview.”
    If you are not contacted, please continue to check this page for new positions.


    Student assistants work in many areas of the library, which include: Administration, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Government Documents, Cataloging, Reference, Serials, and Acquisitions. Library Administration provides general information about student-positions, but does not accept resumes or hire student assistants for other departments. Each department has a hiring supervisor who will contact the chosen candidate for an interview. After the candidate has been selected for the position, Library Administration will assist with the paperwork process.

    Documents Needed

    Once hired, documentation will need to be provided to establish identity (i.e. driver’s license) and employment authorization (i.e. social security card or birth certificate). A list of acceptable documents can be found at the Human Resources website under the New Hire Forms for Student Employees (page 3 of 3).


    Regular part-time students’ salaries start off at minimum wage, which is currently $8.50 per hour. Work Study students are paid through the Federal Work Study Program. 

    Federal Work Study

    Federal Work Study is awarded through financial aid. Students must complete their FAFSA and indicate they are interested in becoming a work study student. Funds are limited and applying to be a work study student does not guarantee a job. More information about the Federal Work Study Program can be found at the Financial Aid website under Frequently Asked Questions. 

    Payroll Schedule

    Payroll information for students can be found at the Payroll Services website under the Hourly Employees section.

    Additional Information

    Please contact Erika James at ejames@astate.edu or at 870-972-3322.