Information Commons


Students are employed through Butler Libraries and the Center for Academic Technology to provide information, research assistance, and technology support for students, faculty and staff of Butler University. We train students the week before the fall semester starts and throughout the academic year. A high level of professionalism is expected, with knowledge & expertise growing as the student progresses in the position. Opportunities for leadership development and internships will grow as the program advances.

We are currently hiring for Information Commons Assistants.  To apply, please visit BLUE at:

Information Commons Assistant

Position for Butler student employment
Job Title: Information Commons Assistant

Description:The Information Commons Assistant is an information and technology specialist who facilitates the use of emerging technologies in the Information Commons. S/he assists students, faculty, staff, and other patrons with basic information & research needs, provides basic technology & rich media support, and refers individuals to librarians or Information Technology staff when more in-depth assistance is needed.

Specific tasks include:

  1. Providing basic curricular technology support across commonly supported tools.
  2. Conducting basic reference support such as: locating a book in the Butler Libraries online catalog, explaining database searches, explaining and using the Library of Congress classification system to assist students in locating books
  3. Providing routine information such as library and lab locations; hours of service; Information Commons services such as multimedia production and editing; and library services such as interlibrary loan, material check-out periods, and electronic and print course reserves
  4. Answering the Information Commons phone and monitoring the e-mail account and instant messaging services
  5. Creating appointments for students with subject liaison librarians and Center for Academic Technology staff using MS Outlook
  6. Other duties as assigned


  • Interest in cutting-edge technologies and in library resources
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; a proactive service attitude
  • Familiarity with basic computer applications such as the MS Office suite and Moodle
  • Familiarity with searching online library catalogs and databases, especially by keyword, author, and title
  • Understanding bibliographic citations, especially in an online environment
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Enthusiasm for helping others
  • Accuracy and attention to detail

Learning Potential

  • Engage with emerging technologies used in teaching and research at Butler University
  • Gain knowledge of how we retrieve, store and organize information in the 21st century
  • Develop library and information technology skills
  • Build effective research and information literacy skills
  • Acquire and reflect in an electronic portfolio "real world experience" desirable to future employers

Contact Info:

Tim Thomas

Associate Director, Center for Academic Technology

Jordan Hall 037C



Amanda Starkel

Information Commons and eLearning Librarian

Irwin Library IL130