Trexler Library can be open up to 105 hours every week to provide the in-person and virtual services the Muhlenberg community needs. Employing students is the only way the Library can accomplish its mission. Our student assistants engage in various activities that range from helping patrons at the front Lending Services desk or working downstairs with particular collections. In addition to the benefits they provide to the library, students who work for Trexler gain firsthand knowledge of the collections and resources we have to offer, familiarity with technology often needed for academic success, and real-world experience that cannot be found in a standard classroom setting.
Trexler Library offers nearly 50 student employment opportunities during the fall and spring semesters, along with a handful of openings during the winter and summer months. These positions are scattered throughout the different library departments:
- Collection Management
- Lending Services
- Special Collections & Archives
Assigned duties greatly vary depending on which department a student works for. Administrative student assistants typically will focus on clerical work and book mending, whereas Collection Management student employees will work on processing and labeling new acquisitions. Lending Services student assistants are some of the first staff members you see entering Trexler Library and are tasked with helping patrons find whatever information resources they need along with maintaining the bookshelves’ order. Special Collections & Archives student employees are often tasked with digitizing materials, creating metadata for digital objects, and helping to research reference questions. Our employment opportunities are ideal for a wide variety of students.
Work Schedule & Compensation
Work schedules are set by the direct supervisor(s). Most departments have a set weekly schedule that is to be followed for the length of the semester. In these situations, student class/extracurricular schedules are greatly taken into consideration. However, some positions allow a flexible schedule depending on the student’s availability that week. Student assistants typically work 6 - 8 hours per week. Some positions follow typical workday hours while others require working evenings and weekends.
Trexler Library welcomes all incoming as well as returning students to apply for library employment. Preference is given to students who have work-study as part of their Financial Aid package and those who have been previously employed at the Library. If you are unsure if you have work-study, consult your Financial Aid Portal. All student employee employment openings are listed on Muhlenberg’s Handshake system. After logging in, please search “Trexler Library” to view all open positions.
If you have any questions or would like more information about student employment at Trexler Library, please contact our Administrative Assistant Lindsay Liiro at 484-664-3551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're still wondering what it's like working for Trexler Library, hear it straight from our current/former student employees!