Seeking Undergraduate Assistants for employment at the
University of Illinois Library Illinois History and Lincoln Collections Unit
The Illinois History and Lincoln Collections (IHLC), a unit of the Special Collections Division in
the Main Library, is hiring for 2-3 undergraduate assistant positions to start in fall 2021. One of
these positions will be the inaugural John Thompson Student Assistantship for IHLC.
The IHLC is a small unit in the library and undergraduate assistants play a vital role in
supporting unit operations and making collection materials available for research. The
collections include a wide range of materials documenting the history of Illinois and the life and
legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The IHLC’s holdings include books, periodicals, and other published
materials as well as archival and manuscript collections dating from the mid-1700s to the
present. The positions will provide hands-on experience both working with our collection
materials and researchers.
• Monitoring the reading room and assisting researchers
• Retrieving and reshelving materials
• Rehousing print and manuscript materials for better preservation
• Helping to arrange and describe archival materials
• Creating descriptions of items to be digitized and made available online in the Library
Digital Collections site
• Assisting with scanning orders and email reference requests
• Contributing to other projects and tasks as assigned (past projects have varied by the
needs of the unit and skills of the person hired)
Undergraduate student assistants will work 9-12 hours a week under the direction of unit staff.
Hours can only be worked when the unit is open, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Preferred skills and experience
Interest in history; strong academics; archives or library experience and/or interest
For the John Thompson Student Assistantship only: preference is given to students majoring in
The successful candidates will demonstrate strong communication skills and an ability to work
independently and with sustained attention to detail.
If interested, please submit an application and upload your resume at the following link:
Please email Krista Gray, Archives Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
questions. Please apply by August 26th for full consideration