Approximate Date of Posting: February 4, 2017
Position: Library Intern, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Company/Organization : Gettysburg College
Time Frame: This is a one-year appointment beginning June 1, 2017.
Compensation $14.75/hour, with benefits (paid vacation, medical insurance and sick leave)
The Musselman Library Intern will work closely with several Library Departments and gain valuable experience in many aspects of library operations, procedures, and management.
The intern will rotate among Special Collections, Research & Instruction, Technical Services, Scholarly Communications, and User Services. This internship is designed for an individual who has recently completed a bachelor’s degree (before June 2017) and is considering a career in information science, librarianship, or archives and records management. It is not appropriate for applicants who are enrolled in an MLIS program or already hold an MLIS degree (or equivalent).
Research & Instruction Department
Typical duties may include helping students and other library users at the research help desk, designing print and online course materials, assisting with workshops and classes, designing displays, and instructional assessment. Special projects are developed with the supervisor and other librarians. Some past projects have included:
- Designing promotional materials
- Helping plan library-sponsored events
- Creating web pages, graphics, and tutorials
Technical Services Department
The intern learns about and works with the different processes associated with making library materials available for public access: acquisitions and collections support, cataloging and processing, serials and electronic resources. The intern gains knowledge of budgeting practices, performs pre-order searching of requests, and assists with assessment of library holdings to improve collection content and access. The intern gains knowledge of cataloging rules and standards and performs copy-cataloging for new materials. The intern becomes familiar with issues and practices associated with print and e-journal access, as well as participates in activities associated with the development and management of the library’s electronic resources. From these experiences, the intern can develop and/or carry out special projects as available.
Scholarly Communications Department
The intern will learn about open access, institutional repositories, Open Educational Resources, library publishing, and a range of scholarly communications services. The intern contributes to Open Access Week promotion and programming. The intern may develop or carry out a special project related to their interests.
Special Collections and College Archives Department
The intern will learn archival theory and practice, and become familiar with our rare book, manuscript, photograph, artifact, and memorabilia collections. The intern will assist in the arrangement and description of archival collections and be introduced to records and collections management, exhibit preparation, and cataloging. The intern will work with our digital projects team to research and create metadata for our online collections. The intern will assist our conservator with archival rehousing of historic materials and book/paper conservation.
User Services Department
The intern will learn about resource sharing and assist with lending and borrowing research materials from other institutions. The intern will assist in the processing, receipt, and management of Interlibrary Loan materials. The intern will gain an awareness of copyright law as it applies to library resources (ILL, institutional repository, course reserves and media). The intern will perform research as needed for departmental initiatives. The intern will be exposed to building and service point scheduling and coordination, as well as collection inventory processes.
Other library-wide duties as assigned.
Qualification and Skill Requirements
- Recent Bachelor’s degree.
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as cross-cultural competencies to maximize effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members.
- Demonstrated knowledge of standard computer applications and the Internet. Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite and web authoring software a plus.
- Previous library work and/or library research experience highly desirable.
Deadline: February 24, 2017.
If you have questions about the position, please contact Meggan Smith, Research & Instruction Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 337-7009
*This position is made possible through the generous support of Barbara Holley, ’54