Student Employment

Students who work at the library serve the learning community of Southwestern College.  The SC learning community includes students, faculty, emeritus faculty, staff, alumni, campus visitors, other librarians, family members of students and alumni, Winfield residents, and Kansas residents, otherwise known as library patrons.  The mission of the Deets Library Team is to encourage and support lifelong learning.

Students on the Library Team must be pleasant, helpful, responsible, reliable, and in good academic standing.  Previous library experience and a sense of humor are appreciated, but not required. Applications will be kept on file for one year.

Deets Library team mates:

  • Serve the learning community as the day to day public face of the library
  • Arrange coverage for your absences in advance
  • Provide outstanding customer service on a consistent basis
  • Welcome members of the learning community in a warm, open, and friendly manner and assist them efficiently, helpfully, and patiently
  • Provide access to library resources in all formats by knowing where they are and how to access them both on campus and off
  • Engage as an integral part of the Deets Library staff team
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly with each other
  • Understand FERPA (privacy law) and the value of patron privacy, and follow procedures that protect patron privacy
  • Prioritize activities appropriately by serving patrons first, doing library work second, and doing homework third
  • Provide service with respect for the amount of time community members have for the interaction
  • Perform project work as assigned and take full responsibility for your work
  • Model lifelong learning and help patrons develop skills to use library resources
  • Maintain library service areas in a neat and cleanly manner, including the service desk, printers, copiers, study areas on all floors, and the restrooms
  • Complete all required statistics and reporting, including door count and interlibrary loan activities
  • Check-in and shelve periodicals according to procedures
  • Guide patrons to appropriate resources that meet their information needs and literacy development
  • Understand and apply inventory control procedures for materials, including check in/out and shelving
  • Clean books, shelves, and dvds regularly to prolong the life and improve the usability of the materials
  • Perform basic interlibrary loan activities under the direction of the Lead Library Tech and Interim Library Director
  • Understand basic copyright law as it pertains to the library and help patrons apply it
  • Become technology and information literate and share those skills with patrons
  • Perform reference interviews to ascertain patrons’ needs for information or refer patrons to Interim Library Director.


 Students eligible for workstudy can can send an email to for a link to an online application form.  A complete application includes a resume and a letter of reference. Applications are kept for a year.


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