Student Employment

Learn how you can work as a student at the Drake Law Library.

Eligibility and Availability

Only law students are eligible to apply for desk supervisor positions, and should apply using the form under the desk supervisor heading on this page.

Any Drake student (law, graduate, or undergraduate) may apply for other Law Library student positions. As positions become available, a job ad will be posted on blueView. To access the posting, log into blueView, click the "Student Services" tab, and click the Career bluePrint logo.

Employment Opportunities

Desk Supervisor


  • Responsible for circulation and reserve room operations, photocopier maintenance, and computer troubleshooting.
  • During times when the desk supervisor is the only library staff person on duty, he/she is responsible for handling facility maintenance and security problems.
  • Expected to handle basic reference requests, referring more complex requests to appropriate full-time library staff.
  • Desk supervisors who work early mornings, nights, and weekends have additional responsibilities.
  • Desk supervisors work under the direct supervision of reference librarian Rebecca Lutkenhaus. Other Public Services Department staff members also provide indirect supervision.

A Law Library student desk supervisor must be a Drake Law student who has completed at least one full semester of law school, including successfully completing the first semester of Legal Research and Writing and submitting the Legal Research and Writing brief.

The desk supervisor should also have received training in Westlaw and LexisNexis. The library will only hire students in good academic standing (not less than a 2.0 GPA).

Because the desk supervisor represents the library and the law school, the student should have a friendly, professional demeanor. Excellent oral communication skills are essential.

Hiring Process
Desk supervisors are hired periodically as positions become available. Applications are accepted at any time by completing the online form; however, candidates will not be contacted for an interview until an open position is available. Students may direct resumes and questions to Rebecca Lutkenhaus (

After you submit your application and a position becomes available, you may be contacted to arrange a time for an interview. The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and is informal. It is not necessary to dress up.

Before beginning work, desk supervisors are required to undergo approximately three hours of paid training.

Sinclair Award
The Drake Law Library established the Sinclair Award in the spring of 2007 in memory of Cyrus Sinclair, a 2L desk supervisor who passed away in February 2007 after a long battle with sickle cell anemia. The award is an honor bestowed annually (if merited) upon a Drake Law Library student desk supervisor.

Award criteria:

  • Commitment to the Drake Law Library and student colleagues. Demonstrated excellence in the following areas: know and follow the library’s policies and procedures; volunteer for extra shifts; and willing to substitute for other student desk supervisors.
  • Courteous, friendly, and professional demeanor in all dealings with colleagues and patrons. Consistently demonstrate courtesy, respect, friendliness, and helpfulness.
  • Effective communication with supervisors and colleagues. Consistently practice prompt, clear communication and always ask for clarification or follow up if unsure.

Director’s Office Assistant


Available during the academic year.

  • Complete clerical projects as assigned.
  • Edit class podcasts for release to students.
  • Assist with photocopying, scanning, and routine equipment checks.
  • Answer phones, take messages, and transfer as appropriate.

Applicants should have strong computer and people skills. Previous office experience preferred, but not required.

Shelver Assistant

Available during the summer and academic year.


  • Gather, organize, and re-shelve materials library users have left out in the library and on the reshelving cart.
  • Shelve new hardcover volumes, supplements, and pocket parts, pulling replacements as appropriate.
  • Recycle select outdated library materials and prepare select superseded materials for historic collection.
  • Check materials against shelf lists or copyright date information to determine volumes to be discarded.
  • Search shelves for missing items and also shift collections to fit space available.
  • Perform shelf reading and other collection maintenance tasks as needed, special projects, and miscellaneous other duties as assigned.
  • Complete shifting (moving books) projects.

Library experience is helpful but not necessary. Must be attentive to detail, able to work independently and/or in teams, and able to work a set schedule.

Technical Services Assistant

Available during the summer and academic year.


  • Check in of periodic materials and/or government documents.
  • Apply property identification, pockets, barcodes, etc.
  • Create and apply call number labels.
  • Light word processing.
  • Work on special projects.

Library experience is helpful but not necessary. Must be attentive to detail, able to work independently and/or in teams, and able to work a set schedule.

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