Introduction: The Youth Services unit at Rod Library provides reference and instructional services, and maintains a collection of materials, for UNI students and employees who are studying children’s and young adult literature. Many of our patrons are based in the teacher preparation programs, but the Youth Collection is also used by students, faculty, staff, and community members with wide-ranging interests and needs. In keeping with the mission and vision of UNI and Rod Library, the Youth staff strive to develop a diverse collection of accurate and respectful materials and to provide services that help meet the needs of learners of all abilities, backgrounds, and identities.
Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Youth Collection
Reports to: Katelyn Browne, Youth Services Librarian, Rod Library Learning & Research Division
General Terms of Employment:

  • For the fall semester, 10 hours per week, beginning August 23, 2021 and ending December 15, 2021.
  • For the spring semester 10 hours per week, beginning January 20, 2022 and ending May 13, 2022.


  • Graduate Assistantship stipend is $2,697.50 for half-time and $5,395.00 for full-time per semester and may be prorated depending on start date
  • Graduate Assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees
  • Graduate Assistants may receive University holidays and do not work during the interims between semesters
  • For more information on the Graduate Assistantship System and procedures review

Position Description:

  • Provides expertise from their area of study, their lived experience, and/or other areas of interest in using, interpreting, and assessing children’s and young adult literature.
  • Be responsible for providing general reference assistance to Youth Collection patrons by answering patron questions and maintaining our collection of online book lists and guides.
  • Work on instructional support projects at the request of the librarian and collaborating instructors, identifying resources that meet the needs of particular classes.
  • Work on collection assessment projects, helping to determine the accuracy or usefulness of books in particular subsections of the collection.
  • The Graduate Assistant is often a key participant in annual events such as UNI’s African American Read-In.
  • May design a project that interprets Youth materials through their own areas of knowledge.
  • Answering reference questions for and providing assistance to library patrons using the Youth Collection.
  • Creating and updating content in print documents, internal Google docs/sheets, and on the Youth Collection website, including the editing of grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Creating and updating LibGuides bibliographies and other reference tools.
  • Assisting with collection development, assessing potential titles for purchase, tracking trends in children’s publishing, and/or assessing existing titles in the Youth Collection.
  • Assisting with instruction, outreach programs, events, and/or tours.
  • Assisting the Youth Services Librarian with research projects.
  • Collaborating with other library units, university departments/committees, and/or community organizations on projects related to the Youth Collection.

General Qualifications:

  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI's graduate program
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. First semester graduate students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00
  • Have an official transcript on file in the Office of Admissions
  • Be regularly admitted without provisions to degree status in a graduate degree program
  • Must meet UNI's employment eligibility

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in public service, customer service, and/or library work (including volunteer experience)
  • Previous coursework or work experience related to children’s or young adult literature or library services
  • Experience managing multiple long-term projects
  • Strong writing, editing, and copyediting skills
  • Proactive about asking questions and implementing feedback

Application Process and Deadline:

To apply, fill out the Application for Graduate Assistantship (available at, uploading a resume and cover letter as attachments. In your cover letter, please focus on why you are interested in this position, how your skills and past experiences demonstrate that you meet any of the preferred qualifications, and how you would see this position connecting to your graduate study or other interests.
You should find Rod Library listed as a Non-Academic Unit on the application form. For Position Title, enter Youth Services Graduate Assistant. Direct your application to
Applications received by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021 will be given preferential consideration. Applicants invited to interview will be contacted by e-mail. Contact Katelyn Browne ( with any questions.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.