MLS (or equivalent) student or recent graduate to gain experience in the operations and management of a special library and institutional archives.
The intern is immersed in each section of the unit—Library, Digital Gallery, and Archives. He/she works on a variety of assigned projects as part of a team to achieve the unit’s goals in supporting Longwood Gardens’ mission. Currently, unit goals are focused on developing robust intellectual control and access across all collections.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
- Arrange and describe archival collections, develop finding aids, and make recommendations regarding storage, conservation and preservation treatment of archival materials in various formats, including born-digital records.
- Perform basic administrative level tasks in Digital Asset Management System (Asset Bank), including scanning, uploading, editing, training patrons, and supervising volunteer projects.
- Assist with cataloging of library materials and the strategic initiative to improve Authorities control in the EOS ILS.
- Assist in cataloging materials including object collections and digital assets.
- Assist in Records Management functions, including accessioning new records and ensuring timely destruction of expired materials.
- Perform basic reference interviews and services as well as circulation maintenance routines, such as check-in/check-out, shelve books and compile usage statistics.
- Perform routine environmental and pest monitoring in collection storage spaces.
- Assist with Interlibrary Loan tasks as needed.
- Perform various daily administrative and technical tasks.
- Participate in Longwood student/intern activities and all required student/intern work projects.
- Be pursuing or have recently completed a Master of Science in Library Science (MLS) or related equivalent.
- Demonstrate a strong professional interest in cataloging and intellectual control of collections.
- Strong Excel and data manipulation skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Be able to work on multiple projects in a busy, fast-paced environment.
- Be able and willing to work independently.
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to interact in a courteous, patient, and professional manner.
- Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
- Be willing to follow all of Longwood Gardens’ policies and procedures.
- Have a valid driver’s license.
This is a full-time, 12-month internship. Apply by February 1 for a spring start.