Managing Student Assistants in Academic Libraries

Date(s) - 09/11/2014
All Day



To view the recordings click the links below.

Part One:   http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p2an4niqskt/

Part Two:   http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p4zrmjh0fug/

Part Three:   http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p3794xg43j3/

Academic libraries depend on hard-working, dedicated student employees to provide staffing, quality service, and collection management and maintenance support. This three day, two hours each day class will explore, through discussion, examples, and exercises, best practices for selecting, training, managing, and maintaining a high-quality student workforce in academic libraries.

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Develop criteria for interviewing and selecting the best student assistants
  • Schedule students effectively across a range of hours, including nights and weekends, using a variety of scheduling strategies
  • Plan the development and evaluation of student assistants
  • Develop appropriate evaluation procedures
  • Delegate appropriate work to student workers so that their skills and personalities are best utilized
  • Motivate student workers, and instill a sense of pride in students about their work in libraries.

Originally broadcast August 12-14, 2014.  

Biography ~ Russell Palmer

Russell Palmer is the Supervisor of Professional Development at LYRASIS. He writes, teaches, and speaks on a wide range of topics, including resource sharing, reference and information services, collection development and information literacy. Russell previously worked as Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at Mercer University. Russell has been invited to speak at state, regional, national, and international conferences, including LOEX, LOEX of the West, and the Reference Renaissance. He earned his MLIS at Florida State University, and his AB in English at the University of Georgia.