Youth Programs and Services Intern
Number of Positions: 2
Opening Date: 7/21/14
Closing Date: 8/8/14
Job Type: Internship
Location: Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Minnesota
In collaboration with others in Hennepin County and Hennepin County Library (HCL), Youth Services is launching a year-long project to better understand existing and future possible services to students, families, and educators. These two intern positions will be part of the project team gathering this information, talking with staff, and connecting with local educators. Each intern’s background, experience, and interests will determine specific tasks within these projects. These positions may require travel between several HCL locations.
This unpaid internship is for one semester, September – December 2014, 8 - 10 hours per week and can be used for college credit or work experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
• Conduct an environmental scan of Hennepin County Library’s current services to students, parents, and educators
• Solicit feedback and gather information from stakeholders in these patron groups about library services
• Gather and share information with library staff about the changing nature of formal education
• Additional tasks may include:
o Gather data and stories about current Hennepin County Library services to educators, students, and families in support of formal education
o Assist Hennepin County library staff with compiling emerging or best practices for connections and partnerships between large public libraries and K-12 schools
o Identify strategies for gathering feedback, stories and perspectives from educators within Hennepin County Library
• Currently enrolled in a Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program or a recent graduate
• Have not completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past
• Reliable transportation
• Experience working with schools or other educational institutions
• Work or classroom experience in public library services
• Experience with project management, data collection, and facilitation
• Ability to work independently
Submit a resume, brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship, and contact information for two references to:
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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Fall Internships: June 1
Winter/Spring Internships: November 1
Two letters of recommendation
Essay describing background, interest in field, career goals and chosen project.
- Student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level Library Science program
- Qualified students should have a minimum 2.75 grade point average to be considered for any position.
- Introductory level cataloging course or higher
- Basic computer skills - proficiency with MS Word & Excel
- Experience with Microsoft SharePoint preferred, but not necessary
- Knowledge Management project involving the creation of a digital workspace for storage of research files
- Cataloging utilizing Easymarc and DDC
- Document delivery
- Serials collection maintenance (check-in, routing, weeding, etc.)
- Assist librarian with day-to-day operations including reference and research projects
- Various other duties as needed and time permits
- Help develop and maintain intranet pages and research guides for the DOJ Virtual Library
- Create intranet finding aids for un-cataloged library collections such as Attorney General Memoranda or Legislative files. Create e-legislative histories of statutes enforced by DOJ.
- Analyze collections (such as reference or subject specific materials) to determine online equivalents, create an access tool, and make purchasing recommendations.
- Digitize important paper collections, increasing accessibility to DOJ researchers, including those with disabilities.
- Assist in the rollout of a new automated circulation system.
Collections Management and Education Internship Opportunities
The Archives of American Gardens (AAG) is a growing photographic archives that documents American garden design and landscape history from the 19th century to the present day. The AAG internship fosters experience in the following areas: collections registration, cataloging and description, research, development of finding aids, inventory, and digitization.
Applicants must have excellent organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills, special attention to detail, and strong computer skills. An interest in horticulture or garden history is highly desired.
Paid and unpaid internships available
Ten to sixteen week long internships 40 hours per week
Opportunities to complete special projects that may relate to the intern's special area of interest
Application Requirements: Application (online through SOLAA), two letters of recommendation, college transcript(s), and essay describing background and career goals. Completed application materials can be submitted on-line or mailed to:
Collections Management & Education Internship
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
or by Fed Ex or UPS to:
Smithsonian Institution Gardens
Collections Management & Education Internship
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 3300
Washington, DC 20024
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- Work under an experienced mentor who will guide the fellow and support them in their area of interest;
- Develop and manage a special year-long project, designed to best match the interest and skills of the fellow with the needs of the library - sample project ideas: developing assessment strategies for the information literacy program; collection development in a time of transition from print to electronic delivery; accessing health information using mobile technologies;
- Participate in informal meetings with health sciences school faculty to inform a richer understanding of the information needs of clinicians, scientists, and researchers;
- Visit other health sciences libraries in the Philadelphia area, such as: the Penn Biomedical Library, the Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Jefferson University, the Drexel/Hahnemann Medical Library;
- Visit other relevant Philadelphia-area locations, including the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (founded in 1787, the oldest professional medical organization in the country) and Rittenhouse Book distributers.