Student Hourly - BBIP Collections Assistant

Position Overview

The History of Black Writing (HBW), a research unit in the English Department at the University of Kansas, is seeking a Collections Assistant to join the Black Book Interactive Project (BBIP) team as you work together to scan and digitize a large collection of texts.

This is a part-time position on the Lawrence campus, 8-20 hours/week.

Students must be Federal Work Study eligible. To check on the status of your Federal Work Study award please visit: Accept aid | Financial Aid & Scholarships (

Job Description

85% scanning physical books using a BookEye scanner to create PDFs and converting those PDFs into HTML files utilizing ABBYY FineReader software
5% input data to Excel sheet
5% transfer the finished PDF and HTML files via flash drive to SharePoint and external hard drives
5% weekly check-in team meetings held via Zoom

Required Qualifications

  1. Federal Work Study eligible
  2. College undergraduate or above
  3. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  4. Library experience as indicated in application materials or from previous work experience.
  5. Strong attention to detail as indicated from application materials.
  6. Must be able to repetitively lift five pounds over an extended period of time.
  7. Must be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time
  8. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments)

Preferred Qualifications

1. GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher
2. Ability to work independently and in group settings
3. Good communication and decision-making skills

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of a cover letter and a resume or CV. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.

To ensure consideration, submit application by 11:59PM on 8/31/23. Application review begins 9/4/23.

Contact Information to Applicants

Sarah Arbuthnot Lendt,

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

Part-time; up to 20hours/week

Anticipated Start Date

Monday September 4, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25935BR
  • Department:  English
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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