The Technical Services Department of Musselman Library invites Gettysburg College students to submit applications for the spring semester Dunlap Family Library Internship in Technical Services. The internship is open to students in any major and offers an opportunity to learn firsthand about the work that goes on “behind the scenes” in a library. Students considering a career in librarianship or information science are encouraged to apply. If you love information and want to learn more about how the library purchases materials and organizes information, this could be the internship for you!
The Technical Services Department participates in a range of activities and services. We are responsible for purchasing books, films, and journals in all formats; collection development and management; organizing information; and overseeing discovery systems (such as the library’s catalog). Additionally, Technical Services staff work closely with other departments in the library.
The Dunlap Family Library Intern will work 6-8 hours per week for 14 weeks while classes are in session. The internship carries a stipend of $8.50 per hour. The intern will spend approximately 1 hour a week in discussion and/or training with Technical Services staff. The remaining 5-7 hours per week will be spent on projects that match the student’s interests and department initiatives. Some examples of potential projects include:
- Researching digital alternatives to our microfilm collections
- Developing local subject headings to enhance discovery of targeted collections
- Curating book displays in support to the curriculum, current events, or student interest
By the end of the internship, the student will be able to:
- Understand how materials are selected for Musselman Library’s collection
- Understand how information is organized through cataloging standards and classification schemas
- Articulate the theoretical approach to and the practical dimensions of collection development at Musselman Library
- Distinguish among collection building, collection as service, consortia collections, and resource sharing
To apply, please submit:
- A copy of your résumé, outlining work experience, course projects, and/or volunteer work.
- A letter indicating your interest in the position, your education and/or career goals, and any relevant courses. Please be specific about why you would like to be an intern in the Technical Services department. Students expressing an interest in a career in librarianship will be given priority.
- The names and contact information for 2 references. References may be from faculty members who can tell us about you and your work in the classroom and/or your supervisor in a campus job or other relevant job.
Musselman Library Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Musselman Library is committed to creating, through our learning spaces, programs, services, collections, and policies, an environment that supports, values, and respects everyone in the Gettysburg College community. At Gettysburg, diversity includes but is not limited to age, country of origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, geography, learning differences, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level.