Internship Opportunity: Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Join a vibrant community of students at The Met this summer!  The Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Program awards paid summer and long-term internships to students interested in a career in the arts and fields related to the Met’s many departments. In addition to developing skills through internship projects within museum departments, interns participate in a weekly seminar series and interact directly with the Museum’s visitors by leading public tours in the galleries.

The Met strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

The Thomas J. Watson Library is the primary research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It has a collection of nearly one million volumes, extensive electronic resources and growing digital collections.  For further information regarding The Thomas J. Watson Library, visit The intern will work with professional librarians on ongoing library workflows and special projects. Potential projects in Watson Library include:

  • Working on stacks management for expanding our special collections; evaluating and processing research materials for relocation to offsite storage
  • Evaluating and researching folios in our circulating collection for scarcity and condition, for possible inclusion in our special collections
  • Examining and creating a workflow for enhancing our legacy artist files
  • Taking part in cutting-edge technical services workflows, working in OCLC Connexion Client and Innovative Interfaces new Sierra platform, which the library will be adopting this spring
  • Copy-cataloging a significant gift of contemporary art exhibition catalogs from the Museum of Modern Art
  • Reclassing departmental libraries according to Library of Congress Classification
  • Exposure to other areas of library work whenever possible, according to interest and aptitude

Dates: June 6-August 12, 2016

For more information and to apply, visit:

DEADLINE: January 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Please note: your recommendation letters must be submitted by this application deadline. We will not accept applications or recommendations after the deadline.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status, and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Internship Opportunities: Smithsonian Libraries 2016 Professional Development Internships, Washington DC

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to offer five paid internship opportunities for the summer of 2016.  Projects topics are diverse and include art history research, collections assessment, educational program development and more. Applications are due January 15th, 2016. Full project descriptions, qualifications and application instructions may be found here:

Art Deco Lighting Research
Location: Cooper Hewitt National Design Library (New York, NY)

This intern will collaborate with staff to research art deco lighting designs found in the library’s E.F. Caldwell Lighting collection ( The goal of the project is to uncover the diverse art deco patterns that Caldwell created for commercial, public, and residences through the country with a focus on major commissions in Chicago with the aim of producing an online resource in the future.  The intern will have the opportunity to investigate online display options and make recommendations based on the platforms and tools available, which may include social media and the Smithsonian Libraries blog.

Art Deco Trade Literature Research
Location: National Museum of American History Library (Washington, DC)

The NMAH Library contains one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of trade literature in the country as well as a significant collection of world’s fairs materials; all of which contain large numbers of items from the Art Deco period that describe buildings, ornamentation, fashion, and other areas of American life at that time. The Intern will learn to assess the trade literature and world’s fairs collections and identify materials in both collections that address the Art Deco period in Chicago, Illinois.  The intern will develop an excel spreadsheet to collect the information needed to document the materials available.  This information will be used to develop a plan to digitize the materials identified as a discrete digital collection mounted on SIL’s website.

Biodiversity Heritage Library Collections Assessment
Location: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)

Smithsonian Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, user-focused graduate student to support the continued development of a methodology for conducting a collections analysis of a consortial digital library. The focus of the assessment project is on the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL: The intern will collaborate with staff to utilize and evaluate the BHL collections assessment methodology developed in a pilot study by SI Librarians. This taxonomic and bibliographic analysis is intended to determine collection comprehensiveness for subject specialists using the BHL. The intern will help document this workflow, and provide suggestions for the further iterative development of the processes and/or tools developed for this purpose.

Connecting International Smithsonian Research
Location: Primarily the National Museum of Natural History, with some work in other locations on the National Mall (Washington, DC).

The Office of International Relations and the Smithsonian Libraries in conjunction with the Field Book Project propose a summer internship to assist in identifying past and current Smithsonian natural science research in countries with a population of under a million. Students will help to identify related research by utilizing Smithsonian Library resources, field documentation in NMNH and SIA previously identified and cataloged by Field Book Project, as well as pan institutional search tools to begin preparing a comprehensive resource list of: type and location of research, associated programming, researchers, publications, concise summaries of the research impact, and types of related resources.  This will involve potential review of publication data, grant data, and archival research.

Educational Programs and Resource Development
Location: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)

Intern will collaborate with the Smithsonian Libraries Education Specialist to identify and help develop new educational resources for a k-12 digital audience. This might include contextualizing images, applying common core standards, researching online educational experiences, developing program ideas, and assisting with and attending family programs.

Please see our webpage for additional information:

Internship Opportunity: Guggenheim Museum Library, NYC

Museum Library Internship

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library seeks a graduate student for an internship opportunity.  This semester, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library will be offering one (1) current MLS student or recent graduate an opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, reference, and a greater understanding to the multi-faceted workings of a small museum library.


  • Perform general library maintenance, including book processing, shelving cataloged materials, and retrieving library materials from the stacks in response to reference requests from staff, volunteers or other interns.
  • Assist in the cataloging of the library’s backlog of new and older uncataloged materials. Limited original cataloging for previously uncataloged books.
  • Searching for matching MARC records with Z39.50 software, and importing records into the library’s MARC editing software, as well as importing records directly into our open source library catalog.
  • Processing and shelving cataloged books.
  • Assist staff and provide content for Findings (
  • Other projects TBD.


  • Course work/Experience with original and copy cataloging, special collections, and reference services preferred.
  • Knowledge of Library of Congress classification, subject headings, and authorities.
  • Familiarity with RDA and current cataloging practices.
  • Knowledge of modern and contemporary art.
  • Ability to take direction and to work independently.
  • Detail oriented,

Established in 1959 with the opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Library contains published resources that reflect and inform museum collections and exhibitions. The Library’s mission is to support research endeavors. The collection consists of literature focused on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, with emphasis on the museum’s international collections and exhibitions. Materials are collected in English and Western-European languages with limited selections made among other languages. Collection development methods include purchase, exchanges, gifts, and acquisitions of both newly-published and out-of-print materials.

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, three (3) references to Jillian Suarez, Assistant Librarian at

Job Posting: Librarian, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

£ 26137 – 31414 – Per Annum Full-time – (36 hours per week)

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design. We enrich people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

The National Art Library at the V&A is Britain’s foremost public research and reference library on art and design, historical and contemporary. The NAL is also a key resource for the staff of the V&A, and is the Museum’s curatorial department for the art and design of the book and publishing.

We are seeking a Librarian to join the NAL Collections team, which is responsible for developing and documenting the Library’s collections and information resources. You will be an expert cataloguer with experience of modern library systems and standards, and with a demonstrable interest in art and design subjects and resources. You will be a results-orientated individual, and able to motivate others. You will be a confident communicator at all levels, and committed to participating directly in information services to the public.

Closing date: 13 November 2015


Job Posting: Librarian/Archivist, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL

Librarian/Archivist (full time), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
We have an opening for Librarian and Archivist who will be responsible for maintaining the MCA Library and Archives’ daily operations and caring for collections by cataloging, processing archival materials, providing high quality reference and circulation services, participating in collection management, supervising interns, and working with the Library Director to execute short- and long-term planning and special projects. To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Work with integrated library systems and web-based applications
  • Conduct high-level research using primary sources as well as digital and print resources
  • Provide instruction and orientations to library patrons
  • Work effectively independently and collaboratively

You must also have an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library, archival or information studies. Other requirements include:

  • Minimum one year of experience working in a library or archive is required – post MLIS experience is preferred
  • Experience handling and processing archival material and creating descriptive records for archives
  • Original and copy cataloging experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current bibliographic and archival description standards (MARC 21, AACR2, RDA, DACS, LC subject headings, Library of Congress Classification, AAT, and authority control)
  • Knowledge of contemporary art is strongly preferred

This is a full time position with a schedule of Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Please apply online at

Whitney Museum Grant-Funded Paid Project Staff Positions

[Update 2012-07-10 19:16 EST: “The two positions listed are grant-funded paid project staff positions and not internships” per Ivy Blackman, Assistant Librarian/Cataloger, Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, Whitney Museum of American Art.]

The Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art is seeking qualified MLS/MLIS students or recent library school graduates to fill two part-time temporary (grant funded) positions that will begin in September 2012.

Digital project–The candidate will produce digital scans of fragile and unique archival documents and create related metadata for each item using CONTENTdm digital collection management software.  Prior experience creating and correcting scans and a working knowledge of CONTENTdm software is essential.

Library Assistant–The candidate will attend to all activities at the reference desk that includes circulation activity, paging and shelving, user records maintenance, as well as scheduling appointments, answering phones, filing, etc.  A degree in art history and experience working in a library is desirable.

Interested candidates for either position may forward a cover letter and resume by regular mail or email to:

Carol Rusk
Benjamin and Irma Weiss Librarian
Frances Mulhall Achilles Library
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Job Posting: Project Archivist at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Project Archivist for the successful execution of an archives and records management project. This is a grant-funded, 30-month, full-time, temporary position in the Library Department of The Baltimore Museum of Art.



• Master of Library Science degree from an accredited institution

• Demonstrated experience with standard archival principles and practices


• Concentration in archives

• Coursework in records management

• Certification from the Academy for Certified Archivists

• Experience in processing archival collections

• Experience in records management

• Knowledge of art history


• Ability to plan, prioritize work, and meet deadlines

• Ability to work independently

• Ability to work well within a small team and with volunteers

• Strong attention to detail

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

• Strong written communication skills

• Competency with Microsoft Office software

• General fitness for lifting archive boxes up to 30 pounds and moving loaded carts


1. Survey, appraise, and accession the records of Museum departments, identifying preservation issues and needs, researching and developing records retention schedules, create a records management manual for the Museum, and conduct workshops to introduce the Museum community to the new records management policies and procedures contained in the manual.

2. Following national standards and best practices for archival descriptions, process and arrange manuscript and archival holdings, work with Archivists’ Toolkit to generate encoded finding aids, and prepare MARC records.

3. Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses and attending training.


Please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Please reference the position “Project Archivist” in the subject line of your e-mail.

No Phone Calls Please.