Interested in a paid, part-time library position? Become a member of the FFL student support staff team!
The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) is nationally and internationally renowned for its innovative programs, services, spaces, and collections. It has been named a Library Journal Five Star Library for eight years, and is the home of the first library makerspace in the United States. The FFL has created partnerships inside and outside of the library industry, and has influenced librarianship on local, national, and international scales.
The FFL is seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals interested in emerging technologies and with a dedication to customer service to join its current team of part-time support staff members. This position is uniquely designed for graduate students pursuing their library science, education, communications, engineering, or technology degree or graduate students in a closely related field. Recent or soon-to-be undergraduates considering a career in libraries, education, technology, or a similar field of study are also encouraged to apply.
As a support staff member, you will:
* Be the face of the library and create a friendly, welcoming environment through direct interactions with our patrons
* Build your skill set and your resume by gaining experience in our high tech, dynamic 21st century information environment
* Generate excitement around the FFL’s collections, programs, and services
Past FFL Support Staff members have said:
“At the FFL, I gained invaluable instructional and project management experience. I was able to teach classes and train staff and patrons in both one-on-one and group settings; plan, manage and execute special projects as part of a project team and/or as a project team leader, and more.” – L.S.
“It was great to be able to learn about and have hands-on experiences with disruptive technologies used in a makerspace.” – J.S.
“As I began to apply to professional positions, it became clear that my experiences at the FFL translated into a tool chest of skills that excited employers, and when I finally received a professional position it was, in large part, because of the work I did during my time at the FFL.” – B.B.
“Coming from a non-traditional background, I felt my skills and experience were viewed as an asset, even though my interest in libraries was more nostalgic and exploratory than most. The FFL gave me the support and opportunity to further pursue my interests: developing my informal teaching skills in the field of media literacy.” – K.L.
“Those customer service lessons still serve me well, even though I don’t work in the public library setting… There is no doubt in my mind that it both helped me find a professional position … and helped me do a better job from day one than I would have otherwise.” – I.D.
“I was able to pursue exciting projects, gaining valuable professional experience while simultaneously stretching myself in a creative manner. Working at the Fayetteville Free Library while completing my Master’s degree was one of the best things that I did to augment and enhance my education.” – B.S.
To apply, email your letter of interest, resume and references to: Heather Matzel, Director of Patron Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org