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Volunteer at Family Fall Fest, Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA

WHAT: The Brookline Public Library is looking for volunteers to help with its 3rd Annual Family Fall Fest.

WHEN: October 23rd from 2-5pm.

DUTIES: Volunteers will help set up tables, manage the crowd around our face painter, pass out delicious fall themed snacks, supervise pumpkin painting and gourd bowling, and clean up.

CONTACT: Please contact Caroline Richardson by email at

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Records Management Volunteer, Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Boston, MA

The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club is seeking a volunteer to assist this 100+ year old non-profit organization with its records management. Originally formed in 1896 as a women's club, the JPTC is now a thriving community-focused group located at the Loring-Greenough House in the heart of Jamaica Plain. Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and the Administrative Assistant, the volunteer will work for one to two months on drafting a records management policy. Volunteers must have prior archive experience and have taken a records management course. The end result will be a working plan to be implemented immediately. This position is ideal for a pre-professional who wants to make an difference in their community. Hours are flexible. To find out more about our good work, please visit Interested persons please contact Marieke Van Damme, Board President, at

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

The Special Collections Department is offering part-time internships to assist with reference and exhibition activities, but also including other special projects. The internships can start in the first weeks of September, 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 staff to cover the information desk (helping on-site patrons, answering telephone and written inquiries). Other duties may include assisting with exhibitions: conduct the research, item and image selection, preservation review, scanning, creation of label text, and panel fabrication for our upcoming exhibitions. Duties may also include processing of small collections, records management and appraisal of the Library's archival records, inventories and re-housing of historical materials, collection surveys, and digitization.

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

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Volunteer, Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library, Boston, MA

The BAA/Fenway Library is a vibrant, well-resourced school library located adjacent to the Fens and Fenway Park, a ten minute walk from Simmons. Volunteers become part of an active school library program team. We are seeking SLIS students interested in contributing time to learning and applying library practices in a school environment. Ideally, a volunteer determines a block of time, one day a week for the semester, where he or she is committed to working. Volunteers assist students and faculty members with reference, learn to manage the circulation system, generate web pages, perform original cataloging and other school library tasks. Volunteers are encouraged to try on different roles, from instruction to collection development.

Requirements: A team player, energy, flexibility and a sense of humor. Prior experience working with high school age students is helpful but not necessary. The successful candidate will be able to take the skills learned in this volunteer position to any library environment. Depending on circumstances, volunteers may be hired as library associates.

Please send an email of interest, along with possible availability, and an attached resume to: Deborah Froggatt, Library Director:

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Volunteer, Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Archives, Boston, MA

The BAA/FHS Archives documents the history of both high schools separately through the collection of documents, administrative records, curriculum materials, student publications, yearbooks, relevant news articles, photographs, and some relevant artifacts. The decision to accept or decline donations is made on a case-by-case basis. The Archives collection is maintained in the media room of the Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School Library. The collection is non-circulating but access to materials is available upon request through the Archivist.

BAA/Fenway Library is a vibrant, well-resourced school library located adjacent to the Fens and Fenway Park, a ten minute walk from Simmons. Volunteers become part of an active school library program team. We are seeking SLIS students interested in contributing time to learning and applying archival practices. Ideally, a volunteer determines a block of time, one day a week for the semester, where he or she is committed to working.

Requirements: A team player, energy, flexibility and a sense of humor. Prior experience working with high school age students is helpful but not necessary. Archive experience is not required but current enrollment in, or completion of, LIS 438 is required. There may be a possibility for this to turn into a paid position for the Spring semester.

Please send an email of interest, along with possible availability, and an attached resume to Bonnie McBride, Archivist:

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Volunteer Internship, Temple Israel Library, Boston, MA

For current library school student or recent graduate

Fall 2014: October 6-December 19, 2014

The intern would have the opportunity to assist the librarian in some of the following areas, depending on interest and time:

  • Shelving
  • Cataloguing
  • Staffing circulation desk
  • Responding to reference inquiries
  • Marketing the library via social networking and other medium
  • Assistance in preparation for annual book fair (held in early December)
  • Assistance with annual Jewish Book Month Program (held in mid-November)
  • Creating pathfinders
  • Grant research and other fund-raising tasks/activities
  • The librarian will be teaching a class on the topic of Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, to adults, and may ask the intern for assistance in preparing for some of the class sessions.
  • The intern could possibly shadow the librarian at meetings with patrons and staff
  • Assist the librarian in preparing for her monthly book group. Take a turn leading this group, if interested, and if it works with the student's schedule.
  • Research the topic of digitization as regarding our collection.
  • Assist with marketing the library
  • Discuss what a future library would look like.
  • Related tasks.
  • Other projects that interest the intern.

Qualifications: Good interpersonal skills, as there is a good deal of interaction with patrons. Enthusiasm about working in a library; interest in either Judaica, or special libraries.

There is no requirement re: coursework.  Background in Jewish studies not required, but a plus; knowledge of Hebrew not required, but a plus.  Sense of humor a plus.

Please send cover letter and resume by September 22 to

Ann Abrams, Librarian

Temple Israel's website,

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Volunteer, Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA

The Brookline Public Library is seeking volunteer help staffing our Teen Space for the Fall 2014 semester.  Volunteers will work an average of 5 hours a week for 12 weeks, and duties will include: providing information to patrons using the teen space, monitoring computer use and troubleshooting basic computer problems, basic shelving and shelf-reading, and familiarizing patrons with the collections and the space.  We are seeking enough volunteers to cover the afternoons every day, Monday through Friday, usually in four hour shifts, although evening volunteers are also welcomed.  More specific projects can be given if desired, to be determined by the intern and the Teen Services librarian.

Interns will learn about the daily workings of a public library, specifically in Teen Services, and gain practical experience in staffing a public service desk in a busy public library.

Candidates should have completed Reference (LIS 407) and Information Organization (LIS 415). Completion of Young Adult Literature (LIS 438) and/or Children's Literature and Media Collections (LIS 481) would be helpful, but not required. Interest in Young Adult/Teen Services is strongly preferred.

Interested parties should send resume, the names of three references and a short statement describing why you would like this internship to:

Robin Brenner
Reference and Teen Services Librarian
Brookline Public Library

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2014.

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Fall Library Resources Practicum Intern, Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Program Description:

The Educator Resource Center in the Lyman Library is the information hub for the Museum of Science. The ERC houses an extensive collection of books, journals and media that support the exploration of science, engineering, math, and technology topics by staff, volunteers, and educators in New England.

Position Summary:

The Library Resources Practicum intern would take a lead role in simplifying wayfinding for users of the library collection. This individual will help maintain the collection, process new materials, and assist in projects to improve library organization and efficiency.


  • Assist with circulation, maintenance of the collection, and processing new materials
  • Upload content to our library webpage
  • Assist in projects to improve library organization and efficiency (may include generating subject-specific bibliographies and reference lists, updating policies and procedures documents, reclassifying taxonomy, reorganizing layout and demarcation of content sections).


  • Currently enrolled in a credited Library and Information Sciences (LIS) program, having completed core curriculum requirements
  • Strong competency in basic computer skills
  • Interest in functionality and management of special library collections

Length of internship: Fall semester (September - December)

Work Schedule:  7-14 hours per week, Monday-Saturday.

Compensation: Unpaid and/or for course credit

Special Notes:  Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and cafe and much more!

To Apply: The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.

To apply for this internship opportunity in our diverse & dynamic work environment, please submit your cover letter & resume by email to - please include the position title in the email subject line.

Check out our website at for more internship opportunities!

The Museum of Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Archives Processing Intern, Wildlife Conservation Society Archives (Bronx Zoo), New York, NY

Title: Archives Processing Intern, Fall 2014

Number of openings: 2

Reports To: Library & Archives Director

Duration: Minimum of 13 weeks between September 8th and December 19th, 2014

Schedule: Hours must be scheduled between Monday - Friday

Hours: 8 hours a week, scheduled between 9:00am - 5:00pm, for a total minimum of 104 hours

Application deadline: Review of applications starts August 18, 2014, with a final deadline of September 8 [extended], 2014


The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives (located at the Bronx Zoo) is currently accepting applications for an Archival Processing Internship from graduate students preparing for careers in libraries, archives, or related cultural institutions.

Under the guidance of the WCS Processing Archivist, the Archives Processing Intern will gain experience in various components of archival processing and description. While WCS Archives internships are unpaid, we are happy to work with academic institutions so that students can get academic credit for their internship. Interns should be able to commit at least 104 hours to the internship. 


Experience to be gained includes but is not limited to:

  • survey, arrange, and describe an archival collection
  • import data into an archival management system
  • create an EAD finding aid
  • document work with one or more posts for Wild Things, the WCS Archives Blog


  • enrollment in or recent completion of graduate program in library science, museum studies, or a related field
  • experience with archival collections and/or photographic materials is preferred


  • Bronx Zoo

Application Instructions

For full consideration of your application, interested individuals should submit a resume and a statement of interest describing what you hope to bring to the internship and gain from the experience.

Please email your statement of interest and resume to:, specify "Archives Processing Intern" in the subject of your email.

About the Organization

Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society is committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide. This initiative is carried out through science, global conservation, education, and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Documenting the history of this work, the WCS Archives includes records related to the histories of the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, international field work projects, and other WCS institutions and activities.


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Volunteer Archiving Intern, Laboratory of Adult Development, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

The Laboratory of Adult Development
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Waldinger, M.D.

About the Lab
The Study of Adult Development is one of the longest and richest longitudinal studies of human development ever conducted. For more than 70 years, two groups of men have been studied from adolescence into late life to identify the predictors of healthy aging. This study has allowed us to examine psychological traits, social factors, and biological processes that characterize adolescents and forty-year-olds who evolve into vigorous and engaged octogenarians. The study has created an unprecedented database of life histories with which to view the dynamic character of the aging process. To date, it has been a resource for over 150 scholars and scientists studying topics ranging from the influence of maternal warmth on young adult physical health, to the effects of combat exposure on social functioning, to the relationship between early life adversity and late life cognitive functioning.

Position Description:

Recently, our lab has undertaken a project to completely archive all study data in electronic format in order to preserve this one-of-a-kind data set and make it more widely available as a resource for scholars of human development.

  • Preparing the records for scanning.
  • Document labeling, ordering, and organizing,
  • Inventory creation.

Commitment: 8 hours per week (two 4 hour shifts) for the summer and fall, with a start date in June. Days and hours are flexible.

Candidates should possess excellent organizational skills and the capacity to work independently.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students with an interest in archiving, library work, history, historical research, and/or preservation.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to: Laura Distel, Project Coordinator,

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Rights and Permissions Research Internship, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Intellectual Property deparment is seeking a part-time intern who will assist in researching and communicating with individual and corporate rights holders for works in the Museum's collection in order to facilitate the Museum's mission to provide broad access to its vast collection of visual resources while respecting the rights of artists. Working under the direction of the Coordinator of Rights & Permissions, the intern will gain substantial experience in the researching and due diligence recording of research relating to the rights and reproductions management of an extensive photographic archive.


  • Conduct internet-based research to identify and locate rights holders
  • Follow up with outstanding permission requests
  • Generate permission letters for signature
  • Correspond with rights holders when instructed
  • Enter copyright information into the appropriate areas in the database records
  • Accurately record work and on-going research
  • Edit reports generated by the database and assisting department staff as necessary


  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Enrollment in and returning to an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong database maintenance skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and Internet Explorer
  • Ability to prioritize duties and multi-task
  • Ability to commit 1-3 days per week through mid December
  • Ability to attend an orientation on either Wed, Sept 17 (6 pm) or Wed, Oct 1 (10 am or 6 pm)

Apply here:

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Makerspace Volunteers, Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Free Public Library seeks creative, curious, and collaborative volunteers to help run HATCH by WFPL.

HATCH is a library initiative that will provide space, tools, equipment, and people to help Watertown residents explore and develop new skills with other like-minded people; you may have heard such an initiative referred to as a makerspace, hackerspace, fablab or other similar title. HATCH will be located in the Arsenal Project (formerly Mall) located at 485 Arsenal Street in Watertown. 

We will be offering classes and instruction as well as supervised open studio time. We anticipate the early stages to be largely open studio and exploratory time.

We are searching for people with skills and the ability to teach/mentor novices in the following areas:

  • 3-D Printing equipment and software
  • Arduino and other open-source hardware prototyping programs
  • Electronics
  • Computer programming
  • Fiber Arts, including sewing (hand and machine)
  • Paper Arts
  • Mosaic Arts
  • Jewelry Making
  • Recycled Material Projects

...and whatever else you may have a passion for.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Space monitor: No tech/creative background needed, this volunteer will monitor space during free exploration time. Must be willing to learn and explore along with HATCH visitors.
  • Skill mentors: This opportunity is for people with backgrounds in a specific skill or craft (examples above) willing to help novices learn in a self-directed environment.
  • Class instructors (paid): We will offer classes free to participants.

Please send completed application, which can be found at For further information, please contact Janet Buck at

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Opportunity, Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner MT

Yellowstone National Park is seeking five graduate students (or recent graduates) to volunteer in the park's archives for five days, September 22-26, 2014.  Students will be a part of an innovative project to arrange and describe a large portion of our historic collections.  While training will be provided, applicants are required to have at least 3 credit hours of archival arrangement and description in order to qualify.  Student volunteers will receive a stipend of $600 to cover the costs of travel, housing, and miscellaneous expenses.  

Anyone interested in this unique opportunity should submit a letter of interest and resume to Shawn Bawden, Project Archivist, at  Letters of interest should include an explanation of what students expect to gain from participation along with a description of any past experience working on progressive archival projects.  For more information, call Shawn at 307-344-2220.  Deadline for applying is July 18, 2014.

Yellowstone National Park Archives is located in the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana.  This state-of-the-art facility is an affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the only NARA affiliate in a national park and only one of nine such repositories in the country.  This project is funded by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources with additional support from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

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Volunteer, American Theatre Archive Project, Boston MA

The American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP): Boston Team is looking for volunteers!  


An initiative of the American Society for Theatre Research, ATAP supports theatre makers in archiving records of their work for the benefit of artists, scholars, patrons, and the public.  It is a grassroots network of professional and student archivists, practitioners, and scholars dedicated to preserving theatrical legacy by developing archival resources for theatre companies.  Through its publications and training programs, ATAP aims to help theatre companies develop an archival sensibility that saves time and money while preserving and making accessible records of theatrical process and product.  For more information, we invite you to view our website:


The Boston team is looking to recruit professional archivists and/or recent graduates to help us with our first project, a collaboration with a local theatre company in Boston.  


We are looking for an archivist willing to volunteer their time on a consultation basis as part of the ATAP Initiation Program, which places an archivist-documentarian team with a theatre company to assess records of historical value and formally establish archives.  As part of this program, the archivist surveys records and storage spaces; interviews staff; and submits a report.  


The time frame of the project is to be determined, but our goal is to begin the assessment in late 2014 or early 2015. 


If you have an interest in archival consultation and the performing arts, we'd love for you to join us!  If you are a recent graduate looking to bulk up your resume, this is an excellent opportunity!



If you're interested in working with us or joining us, please email the Boston Team Chair at

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