Profiles of How Academic Libraries Train & Deploy Student Workers
Undergraduate student employees in the Access Services department are all work study students and are recruited and placed through the university’s student employment office. Barbalace said the typical work study award at the school is $2,000, and the campus-wide minimum wage of $11.00 per hour typically sets a limit on the number of shifts undergraduate students can take per week.
The report looks closely at how six American colleges and universities recruit, choose, train, incentivize, deploy, evaluate and retain their student workers. The colleges profiled are: Rutgers University, the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, the University of North Dakota, Northland College, the University of Northern Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The report was written by Johanna Boyle, a former newspaper reporter, current New Jersey public librarian, and MLIS graduate of the library science school of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The study is based on detailed interviews with librarians who lead their institution’s efforts to train and deploy student workers.
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