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Job Summary

The Language Resource Center is a unit within the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts, that seeks a full-time temporary assistant (for 1 year, with possible extension) to handle a variety of tasks in managing main center operations. The ideal candidate will have the maturity and good judgment to quickly and deeply become immersed in key aspects of main center operations, which include supervising student staff, managing the circulation desk, attending to the needs of faculty using the center’s facilities and resources, and collaborating with LRC senior staff. The LRC is committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere to a very diverse patron base, and our mission is to support all faculty and students in their teaching and learning in world languages, cultures, and literatures.


Functionally Supervise Student Staff - Circ Desk Assistants and Res Staff

  • Assist with hiring, train, monitor and give student staff regular feedback
  • Schedule circulation desk and reservation office staff
  • Plan and facilitate monthly student staff meetings
  • Empower student employees and build team spirit
  • Serve as point person for main Language Resource Center (LRC) technology troubleshooting

Manage Reservations

  • Oversee reservations made by student staff - facilities, loans, reserves and screenings
  • Manage streaming reservations - streaming rights/license/fair use research and film/subtitle availability; handle the many details involved in streaming films on Canvas
  • Digitize video titles

Project Coordination

  • Involve student staff as appropriate in projects for senior staff and Reservations Office
  • Assist with managing LRC physical and digital collections - including projects pertaining to weeding, preservation, catalog record integrity and consistency
    • Deal with backlog of cataloging and weeding problems
    • Deal with conversion of older format materials such as VHS, umatic tapes

Further Mission of LRC

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for LRC programming, research, special projects
  • Maintain website - more fully advertise LRC services and resources, update information as necessary
  • Language Bank - follow up on inquiries, manage projects 
  • Provide LRC representation at campus fairs

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to world languages and cultures, or information science
  • Experience working in a library or archive
  • Functional supervisory experience

Additional Information

$17-20 / hr., depending on experience

Proposed start date  - May 1, 2021

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.