Student Library Assistant


This work-op position offers the Student Library Assistant an opportunity to contribute to campus community engagement in support of Indigenous initiatives at VIU Library. This includes creative and innovative promotion, collaborative logistical planning and organization of Indigenous library initiatives such as, Language in the Library. This position may involve contributions to additional library and collaborative projects as required.

Position Overview

The Student Library Assistant will promote library events for Indigenous initiatives by: developing and distributing creative marketing materials; contributing to collaborative logistics planning; as well as setting up and taking down event spaces. The position may include additional collaborative project planning and contributions pertaining to library and institutional decolonizing objectives and initiatives. The Student Library Assistant will attend relevant planning meetings and liaise with students, staff and faculty across the institution and the broader campus community, as required.

Position Requirements

Personal attributes such as effective time management, self directness, cultural agility, creativity and conscientiousness are necessary qualities for this position. Success in the position requires a positive attitude and strong organizational skills. Familiarity with local Coast Salish protocols and cultural manners is preferred. Demonstrated confidence and experience with technology, and familiarity with tools commonly used in the university environment, as well as competency in reading, writing, and effective oral communication are required.

The Student Library Assistant position may be of specific interest to students in Indigenous / Xwulmuxw Studies or Education programs, or to those intending to pursue opportunities in library and information studies. Applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time study at VIU or be equivalent to third year standing in a VIU program. 

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of three 3-credit courses (or equivalent of 9 credit hours), or 2 ACP/ ESL courses at VIU. For students with a recognized disability, full-time status is two 3-credit courses, 1 ACP or 1 ESL course.

Graduate Attributes Associated

  • Oral Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Capacity to Engage in Respectful Relationships

Sign Up Directions

For more information, please contact Patricia Geddes, Librarian and Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives at