Barbara Holley Library Intern

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, and User Services.   This internship is designed for an individual who has recently completed his/her undergraduate degree (before June 2016) 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 desk, designing print and online course materials, assisting with workshops and classes, designing displays, and compiling evaluation statistics.  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.  He/she 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.

Special Collections Department

The intern will learn archival theory and practice, and become familiar with rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia collections.  The intern will assist in the arrangement and description of archival and personal papers collections, records management, collections management, cataloging, and work with our digital projects team on research, and creation of metadata for our GettDigital 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).  The intern will perform research as needed for departmental initiatives.

Other library-wide duties as assigned.

Qualification and Skill Requirements

Recent Bachelor's degree.  Strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills are necessary, as well as an ability to interact with a wide variety of people.  Demonstrated knowledge of standard computer applications and the Internet.  Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite and web authoring software a plus.  The position entails frequent contact with college and community patrons and library staff.

Previous library work and/or library research experience highly desirable.

Starting and Ending Dates                                                                   

This is a one-year appointment beginning June 1, 2016.

*This position is made possible through the generous support of Barbara Holley, '54.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website to submit application materials through our on-line system: This position will remain open through February 19, 2016

If you have questions about the position, please contact Meggan Smith, Research & Instruction Librarian, at or (717) 337-7009.