Pros: financial aid, making friends, learning a lot about how the library works
Cons: short breaks
Working at the Music Library was the perfect work-study job because it was super quiet, not many people used it so I had plenty of time to study and do homework, and we had a lot of holiday potlucks and donuts every Friday morning.
A typical day of work consisted of checking books/media in and out of the library using the online and manual catalog systems, organizing and shelving books using the dewey decimal system, and using the matrix computer system to connect dvd players to the computers for patrons' use. When there wasn't any work to be done, I had the chance to do some homework and study.
I learned a lot about time management because of finishing homework before class, shelving up to fifty books at a time in under ten minutes, and organize paperwork. I also gained a lot of teamwork skills from splitting up duties with my coworkers and figuring out how to trade shifts with people. All of my coworkers were librarians and other library assistants that were all work-study students.
The hardest part of the job was adapting to using computer systems I had never heard of, but from that experience I gained the skill to adapt to different environments with ease. The most enjoyable part of the job was that the small space we had allowed for a small and relatively close community that was comfortable to work in.