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Fisher Fine Arts Library Intern

Availability: one, one-year position available starting 08/01/2019

Hours: 15 hours per week, preferred scheduling between 9am and 5pm weekdays

Salary: $15 / hour.

The Fisher Fine Arts Library is part of Penn Libraries and focuses its support on the History of Art department and PennDesign school (comprised of architecture, fine arts, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and city and regional planning disciplines). The Fine Arts Library Intern will facilitate access to and discoverability of lesser-known parts of the collection by assisting in collections analysis, participating in web archiving, engaging in digitization and metadata initiatives, conducting outreach through workshop and event planning and technology lending, and promoting the library through exhibition projects and social media.


The Fisher Fine Arts Library Intern will be responsible for assisting librarians in research and instruction initiatives. The intern will also identify parts of the arts and design collections for promotion and development. This will include surveying the Fisher’s collections and identifying parts of the collection that could be promoted through physical exhibits and digital Omeka exhibits. By extension, the intern will enrich exhibit documentation as well as external guides on image and collections use. The intern will assist in library programs and services, such as developing, coordinating, and teaching workshops and events, facilitating the circulation and updating of the library’s iPad suite, and aiding in the library’s web archiving initiative. In order to promote the library’s collections, spaces, and programs, the intern will be responsible for posting regularly to the library’s blog and social media accounts. 

This position is intended for current students in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library/information science, though students in other graduate programs will be considered. Strong academic background and public service orientation. Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and face new and unexpected questions on a regular basis. Internship is intended for 11-month commitment, but we will consider applications for one full academic year (9 months) as well.

Preferred Experience:
Experience handling assorted collections materials and formats; experience with outreach initiatives; familiarity with metadata schema and standards; familiarity with blogging and social media platforms; background in arts or design discipline.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to: 

Patricia Guardiola
Use subject line "Fisher Fine Arts Library Internship."

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