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State Library Intern, Department of State, Providence, RI

JOB TITLE:  State Library Intern

 

REPORTS TO:  State Librarian

 

LOCATION: State Library/Smith Street

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The State Library Intern will develop a working knowledge of the general parts and major individual resources that make up the library's collection by assisting with reference questions, copy cataloging, and helping with additional library functions. The intern's projects will contribute to State Library's efforts to enable the Department of State to achieve its mission: to engage and empower all Rhode Islanders by making government more accessible and transparent, encouraging civic pride, enhancing commerce and ensuring that elections are fair, fast, and accurate.

 

SUMMARY:

The State Library Intern will work under the supervision of the State Librarian to assist with reference questions and cataloging. This is a one-semester, unpaid 10-15 hour per week position, and able to be used to obtain internship credits as part of the ALA accredited program. 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Gain hands on experience in a legislative library. 
  • Learn about the public sector and public service. 
  • Help promote civic engagement. 
  • Learn how the Rhode Island's Department of State strives to create transparency in government. 
  • Work in different information providing units of the division from historical to currant records.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Enrolled in a Master's Degree in Library Science accredited by the American Library Association, and enrolled in a professional field experience or internship class for the duration of the internship placement at the State Library.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

  • Ability to focus on and work accurately on detailed oriented tasks. 
  • Some experience or coursework in cataloging and copy-cataloging. 
  • Strong public services skills, including tenacity for information problem solving. 
  • Interest in gaining experience in a legislative library. 
  • Some experience or coursework in library reference.
  • Available to work during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Interested candidate should submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to State Librarian Megan Hamlin-Black, State Librarian, at mblack@sos.ri.gov

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