Cataloging Internship, State Library of Massachusetts, Special Collections Department, Boston MA

The Special Collections Department is offering part-time internships to assist with the cataloging and classification of special materials. The internships can start in the first weeks of January, with possibility of extension. We request a minimum commitment of eight hours per week, in blocks of four hours, preferably either 9am-1pm, or 1pm-5pm.


The interns will work with the Special Collections Librarian and the Library's technical services staff to catalog new accessions and to enhance existing MARC records, using both original cataloging and copy cataloging. Materials to be cataloged cover formats including rare books, single manuscripts, manuscript collections, maps, atlases, photographs, recordings, broadsides, and artifacts. Additional projects may include the reclassification of Special Collections holdings currently classed in the Dewey Decimal System to the Library of Congress classification system.


The ideal candidate will have completed Simmons classes LIS 415 and 416, and/or 417, or have previous experience with cataloging.


Since the early nineteenth century, the State Library has 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 almost 200 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.


The State Library's Special Collections Department includes items that need special care due to their age, fragility, or format. Holdings comprise rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, newspapers, tax valuations, architectural drawings, prints and photographs, scrapbooks, and souvenirs. The collection is particularly strong in nineteenth and twentieth-century city directories, maps, and atlases.


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.


For more information, contact Beth Carroll-Horrocks or Silvia Mejia at the Special Collections Department:, or 617-727-2595. To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to