PART-TIME: Student Assistant, Cape Breton University Library (4 Positions)

  • Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: April 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm

The CBU Library is the primary academic information resource for Cape Breton University. The Library promotes learning, supports teaching, and enhances scholarly, research and creative activities by building collections and providing expert services and innovative access to information.


Reporting to the Senior Library Technician, Overdues and Circulation, the Student Assistant will assist staff with daily, routine library operations. Duties will include shelving, sorting and collecting circulating materials, shelf reading and carrying out other duties as required.

The Student Assistant will work primarily evening and weekend shifts during the regular academic year (September – April). However, when operations necessitate, the work schedule may change.


  1. Stack maintenance:
  • Shelving books and ensuring books on shelves are in proper order
  • Gathering and sorting materials in all formats
  • Shelving and photocopy materials
  • Item retrieval
  • Shelf-reading and maintaining the stacks and other collections for proper call number order
  • Shifting books in areas that have become compacted
  • Searching the stacks for books reported missing or billed for replacement
  • Reporting maintenance or security problems (lights out, graffiti, broken furniture, stashed materials, etc.) to supervisor
  1. Secondary job duties:
  • Adhering to a schedule by being dependable and responsible
  • Following library policy and procedure
  • Identifying books needing repair
  • Assisting with opening and closing procedures
  • Participating in special projects, such as shifting books, and general production of photocopies
  • Monitoring paper supply in copiers and printers
  • Assisting patrons and staff in events of emergency
  • Providing direction to patrons in a professional manner
  • Performing basic office/clerical functions such as photocopying, scanning, using microfilm machine

Student Assistants must maintain confidentiality, current awareness of University policies and campus events, and abide by the Library Student Assistant Code of Conduct.


  • Ability to perform routine tasks and operate simple equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of computers and office equipment (printers/copiers, scanners, etc.)
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Effective oral and written communication and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to cope with diverse tasks and be adaptable
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain visual and mental concentration for long periods
  • Ability to perform manual labour including: frequent changes from sitting to standing to walking, and stooping, bending, carrying, stretching, lifting and climbing
  • Push and pull  moderately heavy trolleys of books
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to understand basic oral and written instructions
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality


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