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Chemistry Library Intern, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Supervisor: Judith Currano

Department: Chemistry Library
Phone: 215-746-5886

Availability: One-year long position available immediately

Hours: Up to 20 hours per week, mainly within 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday time period, but with the possibility of some evening and/or weekend hours

Salary: $15/hour

Broad Functions:

This internship offers a service-oriented, self-motivated individual a complete experience in a small science library setting, providing library services to physical scientists and engineers. Based at the Penn Chemistry Library, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to experience most aspects of the job of a departmental librarian at a large research institution, while working on research and operational projects in chemical information and other areas of science and engineering librarianship. A degree in chemistry or a closely-related science discipline is preferred but not required, as this could be an ideal opportunity for a non-scientist to gain knowledge and experience in science and engineering librarianship.

Specific Duties:

Duties will fall into three basic categories, with other duties and projects as assigned.

Patron Services and Instruction, including

  • Developing, updating, and maintaining remote education materials including Web guides and tutorials
  • Assisting at the Van Pelt information desk during intersessions and peak semester periods
  • Working a minimum of one to two hours per week providing chat reference services
  • Preparing supporting materials for course-integrated instruction sessions

Collection Development Responsibilities, including

  • Assisting with a project to evaluate the Chemistry Library's on-site print journal collection
  • Assisting with the annual budget process
  • Analyzing usage statistics for electronic resources

Professional Development Activities, including

  • Attending workshops and training sessions that will develop job and professional skills
  • Attending other applicable Penn library meetings, as assigned by supervisor



All applicants must be enrolled in a master's degree program in library/information science. A degree in chemistry or a related discipline is preferred but not required. In addition, the successful candidate must have the ability to manage and prioritize their workload and must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in a team environment. 


Other requirements include:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat, HTML, and Web site generation and design
  • Experience searching online databases
  • Flexibility, accuracy, and attention to detail in work


Preference will be given to applicants with the following skills:

  • Experience designing instructional handouts and guides to the literature
  • Experience searching science and engineering databases
  • Ability to create databases using Microsoft Access
  • Ability to write macros and use pivot tables in Microsoft Excel

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