Job title: Barbara Holley Library Intern, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College
Hours: 37.5 hours/week, weekdays
Pay level: $16.00/hour, with benefits (paid vacation, medical insurance and sick leave)
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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. In addition to hands-on work experience, the intern will be provided with additional professional development opportunities.
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 a master’s degree in archives, library, or information sciences.
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 the department's outreach and programming activities throughout the year, such as first year orientation, Open Access Week, and Open Education Week. The intern may develop or carry out a special project related to their interests.
Special Collections and College Archives department
This rotation focuses on the exploration of primary source materials. The intern will learn archival theory and practice, and become familiar with our rare book, manuscript, photograph, artifact, and digital collections. The intern will work with our college archivist to research, arrange, and describe archival collections. Our director and digital project manager will introduce the intern to collections maintenance, transcription, cataloging, and metadata creation. The intern will also assist our conservator with book/paper conservation and create custom housing for artifacts and documents. The Holley intern will participate in collaborative learning opportunities with our other summer interns. Whenever possible, projects will be tailored to the interests of the intern.
Technical Services department
The intern will learn how the Technical Services Department makes library resources available to its users. The intern will gain knowledge of budgeting and reporting, evaluating new products, ordering and receiving, tracking inventory, cataloging and processing materials, managing journals and electronic resources, and implementing and maintaining systems and software, as well as coordinating tasks with other library departments. Activities include learning about Digital Scholarship, participating in committees, and helping to assess various collections or sub-collections of the library. The intern’s Technical Services experience may also involve carrying 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.
While previous library experience preferred, it is not required. All candidates who meet the required qualifications and demonstrate a desire to learn more about librarianship, archives, and records management are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration. This internship is meant to be a learning experience that will provide the successful candidate with mentorship and skills to prepare them for future professional endeavors.
*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 and ending May 31. The position is not available for the 2021-2022 cycle.
This position is made possible through the generous support of Barbara Holley, '54.
Please describe your interest in learning more about librarianship, archives, and records management in your cover letter, along with how you meet the required qualifications.
This application will be available through Gettysburg College's online application system. We are not currently accepting applications.
If you have questions about the position, please contact Meggan Smith, Research, Instruction, and Reference Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 337-7009.