WSU Library Graduate Student Assistantship

The Wayne State University Library System and the School of Information Sciences are pleased to announce the availability of three WSU Library Graduate Student Assistantships for fall 2020. Applications are now being accepted.

Download Fall 2020 GSA job posting.

WSU Library GSAs provide direct user assistance at information/reference desks through in-person, phone, and virtual reference; assisting patrons with the catalog, internet, databases, and use of computers. In addition, GSAs collaborate on the development of library guides, provide information literacy instruction, and participate in special projects as assigned; such assignment may be based on interest, and can include work with discovery services, material processing, eResources, acquisitions, and digital publishing. The special project duties are facilitated by the discretion of the Coordinator for Graduate Student Assistants.

The GSA employment experience is designed to provide a wide overview of academic library operations, with a focus on developing skills in operational areas increasing in responsibility and independence over an approximate two year period.

  • Compensation
    • $ 20,686 (Per Academic Year) (subject to change in accordance with the GEOC Bargaining Agreement)
  • Tuition
    • Ten (10) completed graduate credits per semester for Fall/Winter Semester;
    • Two (2) completed graduate credits for Spring/Summer Semester
  • Health Benefits
    • Choice of six medical insurance carriers, Delta Preferred Dental Insurance, Vision Care Insurance
  • Union
    • Representation by the GEOC (Graduate Employees Organization Committee)
  • Hours 
    • 20 hours per week on Wayne State campus in Detroit (includes evenings and weekends)
    • While working hours are scheduled around class meeting times, scheduling will include evenings and weekends.  


  • Must be a graduate student in The School of Information Sciences (SIS).
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and be in good academic standing.
  • Candidates should have an understanding of general reference service and exceptional customer service skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and a committed interest in libraries.
  • Dependability, punctuality, with good organizational, writing and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated individual with ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer skills.
  • Previous library experience desired.

Applications will be considered until 5pm on Monday, June 15, 2020. 

For further information, please contact Katrina Rouan