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Reading Room Student Assistants, Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, MA

Hours: The Library is open Monday through Saturday, 9 to 5.14 hours/week with weekly schedule to be determined. Schedules will include some Saturdays each month.


Eligibility: This is a pre-professional position open to currently enrolled Simmons GLIS students.


Library: The Schlesinger Library draws thousands of researchers each year to study the history of women in America. The collection consists of manuscript collections of individuals, families, and organizations, with particular strengths in women's rights, suffrage, feminism, health and sexuality, social reform, and education. Some collections of note include Betty Friedan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, June Jordan, Julia Child, Pauli Murray, and Judy Chicago, the National Organization for Women, and the recently acquired Angela Davis papers. In addition, the library's book and periodical collections cover the full range of research on women as well as writings by women. The library has a particularly strong culinary collection dating from the late 18 th century to the present.


Location: During renovation of the Schlesinger Library (through summer 2019), we are located in Fay House, Radcliffe Yard, 2 blocks from Harvard Square. Radcliffe Yard is located between Brattle and Garden Streets in Cambridge. [Map]


Description: Under the supervision of the Research Services Department, the Reading Room Assistants support the work of the Department. The Assistants work in the Reading Room; help monitor Reading Room security; retrieve and reshelve requested materials; scan materials for researchers; assist with checking in and returning off-site material; and assist Research Librarians and Archivists with projects as needed.




  • Reliable and able to commit to a set weekly schedule including Saturday coverage.
  • Professional and courteous approach to working with a wide range of researchers and staff.
  • Requires excellent focus and close attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and balance priorities.
  • Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.


  • Interest in women's studies
  • Reading Room, Reference Desk, or other Special Collections experience


Salary: $14.50/hour


Start date: Mid-June or July 2019


To Apply:

Application deadline: June 3, 2019

Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Jennifer Fauxsmith, Research Librarian

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