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Reader Services Intern II, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA

The Boston Athenæum seeks a personable and reliable intern for the Reader Services Department who will play an important role in supporting the daily functions of the Reference Department and the Circulation desk. Reporting to the Head of Circulation and the Head of Reader Services, the intern will work closely with members, patrons, and the public, by providing information about the collection and the institution.

The ideal candidate will be organized, hard-working, and ambitious. This position will be available to start by end of August, beginning of September 2019.

Hours: About 15 hours per week, two days per week: Monday 12PM-8PM and Wednesday 12PM-8PM
Compensation: $13 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following the date of departure.


  • Provide coverage of the circulation and reference desks, answer phones, shelve books.
  • Offer basic reference services.
  • Offer orientation tours to members.
  • Create readers' advisory materials.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Qualfications and Requirements

  • Submit to and pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Registry of Motor Vehicles (if applicable).
  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA accredited library science graduate program.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to lift and move 40 pounds.
  • Completion of reference course preferred.
  • Experience with OCLC resource sharing preferred.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork and inclusion.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter (including the days you are available to work) and resume to James Feeney via e-mail at:

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Boston Athenæumis also committed to providing access, equal opportunity,and reasonable accommodation for individuals with
disabilities in employment.To request a reasonable accommodation, please contactthe Human Resources Manager,Hannah Ovaska, at 617-720-7622or

About the Boston Athenaeum

Founded in 1807 as "a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge," the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children's programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington's personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England's build environment; and the Athenæum's own historical archives, attesting to the institution's role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs-- including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings--within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.


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