Research and Instruction Graduate Assistant

The RB House Undergraduate Library’s Research & Instruction Services department seeks a creative, collaborative, and service-oriented graduate assistant to join their team of SILS graduate student assistants and full-time librarians. The ideal candidate has a passion for helping others, a desire to boost their teaching skills, and a talent for problem solving and thinking on their feet.


The person in this position will get hands-on experience teaching and providing research assistance to library patrons, with training, coaching and mentorship provided by library staff. The Graduate Assistant position is for 20 hours per week during the fall 2021 and spring 2021 semesters.


This is a salaried position at $1672.67/monthly, with no additional benefits. Some evening and weekend hours are required.


What do our graduate assistants do?

  • Provide virtual research help via the Libraries’ Ask Us chat service.
  • Provide one-on-one research help to first-year undergraduate students via consultations
  • Develop and teach library instruction sessions for first-year writing classes.
  • Provide first-level support for many technologies that the libraries offer.
  • Work on special projects to support instruction and outreach.

Why work in the UNC Libraries?

  • Develop the marketable skills and experience that academic libraries look for in job candidates
  • Work in an environment where creativity and ingenuity are highly valued.
  • Work where you study—no extra commute time!
  • Student staff receive ongoing training and mentorship from full-time librarians.
  • Gain progressively responsible experience—students are the catalysts for some of our best ideas.
  • Our students get great jobs after graduation!


“Working at the Undergraduate Library gave me so many opportunities to learn, to take on new projects, and to take real ownership over my own development as a librarian. It was always gratifying to know that the work I was doing would have a real impact on students’ experiences. The librarians at the UL are incredibly supportive of graduate students, and always provided the support that I needed to achieve my goals. I was so well-prepared for the job search, and feel excited and ready to start my first professional position.”

–Laura Dimmit ‘16

Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Washington-Bothell


Other recent grads include:


Criss Guy, ‘21

Instruction, Research Support​, and Digital Literacies Librarian

Warren Wilson College

Allison Kittinger, ‘21

Scholarly Communications Librarian


 Sam Mandani, ‘20

Online Instruction Librarian


Macy Ferguson, ‘20

Online Research Librarian


Devon Waugh ’19 Instruction Librarian

NC Live




Required qualifications:

  • Passion for public service and working with diverse groups of people.
  • Experience in customer service and working with the public (could be in a library environment, or retail, food service, etc.)
  • Strong interest in instruction and developing teaching skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, as well as working independently after training.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s degree or higher level program at UNC.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience teaching or providing training.


How to Apply

Please send your resume, a letter of interest, and contact information for 2 academic or professional references to with the subject line “Research and Instruction Graduate Assistant.”


20 hours per week required, including some evenings and occasional weekend desk hours.

Monthly salary of $1672.67.



Dayna Durbin, Teaching and Learning Librarian, Undergraduate Library



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