Barbara Holley Internship

The 2018-2019 Holley Internship has been filled.


Job Title:         Barbara Holley Library Intern, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College
Hours:              37.5 hours/week, weekdays
Pay Level:       $15.05/hour, with benefits (paid vacation, medical insurance and sick leave)

The Barbara Holley Library Intern will work closely with all library departments and gain valuable experience in many aspects of library operations, procedures, and management.

The intern will rotate among Research & Instruction, Scholarly Communications, Special Collections, Technical Services, and User Services. This internship is designed for an individual who is interested in exploring librarianship, 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 assessing instruction. 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

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, memorabilia, and digital collections. The intern will assist in the arrangement and description of archival collections and be introduced to records management, collections maintenance, cataloging, and exhibit preparation. 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.

Technical Services Department

The intern will learn about and work 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 will gain knowledge of budgeting practices, perform pre-order searching of requests, and assist with assessment of library holdings to improve collection content and access. The intern will gain knowledge of cataloging rules and standards and performs copy-cataloging for new materials. The intern will become familiar with issues and practices associated with print and e-journal access, as well as participate 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.

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.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in any area of study. 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective organizational skills as well as a high degree of initiative and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural abilities.*
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard computer applications and the Internet.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous library work and/or library research experience.
  • Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite and web authoring software. 

*Gettysburg College is committed to a climate that welcomes and supports diversity. Cross-cultural abilities enhance effective communication among our diverse students, colleagues, and community members. For more context on institutional priorities in this area, please see Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Musselman Library Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

Starting and Ending Dates:

This is a one-year appointment beginning June 1, 2018.

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

Application Procedure:

The current application period for this position is now closed. Please revisit this page early next year for that year's application information.

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