Library Human Resources

Area Studies Division

Graduate Assistantship

The International & Area Studies Division

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The International and Area Studies Library has several .25 Graduate Assistant appointments available for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Interest in reference work and public services with the ability to work with a diverse public.  Excellent interpersonal skills with ability communication verbally and in writing. Willingness to work evening and weekend hours. Basic technology skills, including web development. Must be enrolled in as a student in GSLIS.  Students in other departments who already have an MLS degree will be considered.   


Fluency in foreign languages, international experience, and academic interests or background in international and area studies desired. 

Job Description:

The primary duties of the Graduate Assistants in the IASL are focused on supervising the information desk and working with IASL faculty to support resource development, collection development, and acquisitions processes. Our patrons include students at all levels of study, faculty, visiting researchers, and local community members.

Duties include:


The IASL provides an extensive orientation and training program for the Graduate Assistants.  Training begins on August 13th.  In addition, there is a bi-weekly meeting for continuing development and support.  Meetings are mandatory.

Graduate Assistants will learn and demonstrate effective research skills, knowledge of information resources; friendly and appropriate customer service behaviors; understanding and communication of information literacy skills. A solid work ethic and ability to work as part of a team are important to success in this position.

Work Environment:

The International and Area Studies Library is the University of Illinois’ gateway to information and scholarship related to area, international, and global studies, connecting students and scholars to the knowledge crucial to developing global competencies through the study of distinct nations and regions, as well as transnational issues and global concerns. The Library supports area studies research and fosters opportunities for cross-regional and interdisciplinary through collaboration and coordination among the Library’s area and international studies specialists.

Established in 2011, this new unit provides a single, physical service point and Web presence for Library users whose needs span multiple regions of the world. In total, the IAS collection consists of over 1.8 million volumes in over  on Africa, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and Slavic & East Europe with thematic collections focused on Global Studies and European Union Studies.  

Pre-professional Experience:

The IASL strives to provide a rounded pre-professional experience in international and area studies librarianship, reference, and public services.  Graduate Assistants work with various librarians to complete a range of projects during their appointments and build a portfolio of work that will enable them to be career-ready upon graduation.  Each Graduate Assistant brings a unique background and set of skills and we encourage GAs to share their ideas and knowledge in a reciprocal professional setting.


Please send your resume and cover letter to Steve Witt Please indicate if you have any dates that you will be visiting campus in April or May 2012 or availability for telephone or videoconference interview.