Cataloging Internship - Fall 2013, State Library of Massachusetts, Boston MA

Since the early nineteenth century, the State Library has continuously collected materials that reflect Massachusetts' government, culture, and history and continues to maintain the most comprehensive collection of Massachusetts state publications in existence. Its collection has been carefully and thoughtfully gathered for over 185 years, and it forms a tremendous resource for all areas of Massachusetts research. The Library has an active program to make its collections available through public programs, exhibitions, and digitization.

State Library internships are unpaid but provide students with valuable work experience in a unique library setting. The library is conveniently located in downtown Boston in the Massachusetts State House, one block from the Park Street MBTA station. Our operating hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5.

Internship Description

The Technical Services Department is offering an internship this fall for cataloging students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of cataloging by applying the skills and knowledge gained in LIS415 in a practical library setting. The internship will focus on editing existing cataloging records that have recently been created as part of the library's retrospective conversion project.  The internship will also include some original cataloging of print and electronic monographs that were not included in the scope of the retrospective conversion.

The internship requires a minimum commitment of eight hours per week, starting immediately and continuing through the fall semester, with the possibility of extension.

During the internship you will:

∙ Learn how to use cataloging software (OCLC Connexion and Evergreen ILS)

∙ Learn the basic rules and standards for cataloging (RDA, AACR2, and MARC)

∙ Edit existing cataloging records for monographs

∙ Create original cataloging records for monographs

∙ Apply barcodes and call number labels to the newly cataloged materials

∙ Reshelve the materials that you have cataloged


To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to:

Laura Schaub

Cataloging Librarian

State Library of Massachusetts