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Library Intern, Esri, Redlands, CA

The Esri Library utilizes Koha, an Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS). We are interested in hiring an intern who would like to learn the ins and outs of this system and who enjoys cataloging. Additionally, we are looking for someone who is familiar with electronic resources and who can assist us with our virtual library (GIS Bibliography). The main projects for the summer will be as follows:

Organize and Catalog Library Archival Material: Archiving is a continuous task, as valuable items are donated and cataloged and become part of the "corporate intelligence". With guidance from library staff, identify, evaluate, catalog and archive historical ESRI material. There still is a significant backlog waiting to be cataloged. The intern would keep statistics on the amount of items cataloged, and confer with the librarians about improving the process wherever possible.

ESRI GIS Bibliography: Work closely with library staff to learn about structure of the database (GIS bibliography), the types of material to be included, and how to catalog the information and troubleshoot and report problems.

  • Enter citations and abstracts into database, including original key wording.
  • Find out who holds the copyright for significant papers.
  • Negotiate with copyright holders for reproduction permissions.
  • Perform database testing and correct errors.
  • Review all existing map catalog records, changing and updating as needed
  • Learn about GIS and how GIS is important in map librarianship

Conduct Library Operations:

  • Circulation - check materials in, send overdue notices and assist employees with using self-checkout computer.
  • Shelf management - shelve materials, process incoming materials.
  • Cataloging and indexing-under general supervision make fairly complex cataloging decisions about assigning appropriate subjects and keywords.
  • Reference-answer basic questions from the users about the collection
  • Work on current controlled vocabulary project. Assist in researching and adding key words to database to build a standard vocabulary reference tool used when adding key words to library catalog and GIS Bibliography.

Learning Objective: The intern will get first-hand experience working in a small corporate library. Staff is involved in several major projects concurrently, along with performing daily duties to maintain the collection and provide ongoing library services. The intern will learn about map librarianship and the value of understanding GIS. The two additional projects will take the intern into the historical realm of the archives, as well as to the digital world of a virtual library; two sides of the coin faced by most libraries.


  • Currently enrolled in an MLIS graduate program, or will graduate from an MLIS graduate program in Spring, 2018. 
  • Must have completed at least one and preferably two MLS-level cataloging courses. Cataloging/bibliographic skills.
  • Excellent spelling and typing skills.
  • Digital asset management/digital rights management/digital copyright expertise a plus.
  • Desire to work within a team environment.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Familiarity with concepts of GIS a plus

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