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Emerging and Assistive Technologies Internships

Availability: Not currently hiring for this position

Job Title: Emerging and Assistive Technologies Intern

Hours: 15 hours per week, including some weekend and evening hours.

Salary: $15/hr.

Overview:
The Teaching, Research, and Learning (TRL) division of Penn Libraries provides research, instructional, and technology support to members of the Penn community and the general public. As part of the larger TRL team, the Emerging and Assistive Technologies Intern will work with staff of the Weigle Information Commons (WIC) to facilitate the smooth operation of a range of technology services offered at WIC and in the Butler Assistive Technology Room.

Responsibilities:
The Emerging and Assistive Technologies Intern will be responsible for:
  • Liaising with Library Technology Services to update and maintain software and hardware in WIC booths, group study rooms, the WIC Seminar Room, and the Butler Assistive Technology Room. Includes weekly hardware and supplies checks and monthly software checks.
  • Teaching technology workshops as part of the library’s general programming and custom sessions based on request.
  • Keeping current on emerging and assistive technologies and accessibility issues for teaching and learning and through research, creating and updating library guides, and writing for the TRL blog.
  • Creating and maintaining guides on best practices in instructional design for teaching technology workshops and, with assistance from WIC and TRL staff, training other WIC staff on teaching best practices.   

In addition to the responsibilities above, the intern will provide online and in-person reference assistance at the Van Pelt Dietrich-Library Center's public services hub, and participate in a wider program to teach bibliographic instruction to first-year students at Penn.

Requirements:
This position is intended for current students in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library/information science. Strong academic background and public service orientation. Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and face new and unexpected questions on a regular basis. Our extensive training program leads us to ask for a one-year commitment.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to:
Vickie Karasic
vkarasic@upenn.edu  
Use subject line "Emerging and Assistive Technologies Internship."

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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