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Three students sitting together at a table in the library and studying with computer and books.

 

Working as a library helper

Every year the library employs staff to work during the evenings and on weekends. Who can apply? What does the job involve? What is the most fun thing about the job? We have interviewed two library assistants.

Library helper Joakim Ånmark at the lnformation desk.

Joakim Ånmark is one of our library helpers.

Joakim Ånmark has worked as a library helper since 2013. He is studying to be a teacher here at Södertörn University.

What do you do as a library helper?
- I answer different questions about the library and books. I advise people how to search for relevant material for essays etc. We also help, to a certain extent, with lending and returning library materials. It is also library helpers who make sure books that have been returned are put back on their shelves.

What does a shift at work involve?
- Before every shift we discuss if there is anything important going on, or if there is anything we need to know when working evenings and weekends. The first thing we do when the shift starts is make sure as many returned books as possible are put back on the shelves so that it is easier for visitors to find literature. The majority of my time is spent manning the information desk on 5th floor answering questions, helping search for materials and anything else visitors need help with.

Working as a library helper is the perfect job to have whilst studying, it also gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of nice students.

 

Library helper Joakim Ånmark at the lnformation desk.What is the most fun?
- Meetings with different people, helping with everything possible. It means that every shift is different. It is obvious that many appreciate the staff who work in the library. It is important and fun.

Is working as a library helper useful for your studies?
- Absolutely. It has opened my eyes to the different resources available in the library such as the databases and e-books. Above all, realising what a great study- and work environment the library is has helped me with my studies as it can be difficult to, as it is for so many, study at home. The Silent reading room is the best!

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become a library helper?
- Don't hesitate, apply! It's the perfect job to have whilst you study and gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of nice students.

Is there anything you would like to add?
- It's a bit of a cliché but at the same time it's true 'nothing question is a stupid one'. If you're wondering about anything swing by the information desk where me or one of my colleagues will do everything we can to help. That's all from me; see you in the library!

 

Rebecca Olsson.Rebecca Olsson, has worked as a library helper since 2014. She is studying to be a high-school teacher here at Södertörn University.

What do you do as a library helper?
- Everything imaginable! First and foremost we're here for the visitors, to see that they get help and answers to questions. But, as well as that, the library itself needs a little love and care so that everything works, so I return books to their shelves, fetch books that have been ordered on an inter-library loan, check that any reservations are in the right place and answer questions on the telephone. Sometimes books need labelling, covering…there's lots of different things to do.

Rebecca Olsson is one of our library helpers.

What does a shift at work involve?
- I work mostly weekends, which means that the work is a little different than how it is on weekday evenings. On the weekends there are often fewer visitors, which effects the work I do a lot. Before and at opening time we check that everything works as it should so that things run smoothly when the library is open. At the weekends there are many visitors who aren't students at the university, so there are questions about what the library can offer them and how we can help them to get the most out of our resources.

What is the most fun?
- Meeting so many people as you do. Especially on the weekends, many of the visitors are regulars, and some of them you recognise and they'll stop and chat for a moment. That's lovely, I think.

Is working as a library helper useful for your studies?
- Of course! Working here has given me knowledge about how search system functions which has made it easier when I am looking for course literature, articles and the like. I have also been given an insight into which other resources are on offer and how they work, for example different databases.

Especially on the weekends, many of the visitors are regulars, and some of them you recognise and they'll stop and chat for a moment. That's lovely, I think. 

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become a library helper?
- Move about in the library building and get to know the resources such as books and journals. If it's a place you enjoy being you'll know.

Is there anything you would like to add?
- If you are wondering about anything just come by the library at the weekend or during the evening. We are always willing to answer your questions! 

 

Working as a library helper - how does it work?

  • We are especially looking for anyone studying 'Library- and information sciences', but also to anyone who is already a student at Södertörn University and looking for a part-time job.
  • You must have studied at least one semester of Library- and information sciences at a Swedish college or university before beginning at Södertörn.
  • You should enjoy working towards providing good service.
  • A good knowledge of English is essential as we have many English-speaking students.
  • The experience of working in a university library is a positive one. You get an insight into the college- and university world from a library's perspective. Several of our library helpers also say that working with us has helped them with their studies.

Do you want to work as a library helper?

Posts are advertised primarily on our website and on the news on SH-StudyWeb. Keep an eye out!

If you have any questions about the work of library helper contact Ann-Sofie Wennbrink, library helper co-ordinator.