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San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Graduate Internship

Overview

The San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library seeks library and information science student interns to assist in various library projects.

Job Description

Primary responsibilities include assisting in digitizing and cataloging our collection of historical photographs, field notes, diaries, and other primary documents from our archives that document the early years of the Natural History Museum (founded in 1874). Our naturalists and research scientists have been actively documenting animals, plants, and fossils throughout southern California and Baja California since the late 1800s. Other responsibilities include research, answering reference questions, shelving of materials, and general library maintenance as needed.

As an intern, you will gain experience digitizing materials and assigning metadata; you will also learn what it is like to function in a research library within a vibrant museum with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff, who view their work as a calling, not a job. Internship hours are flexible and some remote work is a possibility.

Although we cannot offer paid compensation, we offer valuable experience. In a recent email, a former intern now in graduate school stated: “I can’t begin to express how valuable the work I did at the Natural History Museum is going to be in school. One of my classes is dealing with cultural institutions and I am actually considering using some of the work I did as part of my final project for the class.”

We can coordinate with the candidate’s graduate program regarding academic credit for this internship as appropriate.

About the San Diego Natural History Research Library

The Museum maintains a complete natural history reference library, with greatest strengths in the historic research interests of the institution – botany, entomology, geology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, marine invertebrates, and paleontology. The 56,000 volume collection includes both standard and obscure references, journals, rare books, and maps. Our other collections include photographic prints, slides, the Klauber Herpetological Library, works of art on natural history subjects, and an archive of materials related to the Museum’s history of scientific exploration and research.

The Research Library is under the direction of Margaret Dykens, MS (Biology), College of William and Mary; MLIS, University of Michigan.  Ms. Dykens is curator of the museum’s permanent library exhibit, Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science and is the author of Plant Portraits: the California Legacy of A. R. Valentien (2003).

To learn more about our library, please visit our website at www.sdnhm.org/science/research-library.

Application Procedure

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and a brief CV to the Library Director at library@sdnhm.org.

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Great Opportunity To Make a Difference in San Diego!

Hello SLA San Diego,

We have a great opportunity available for you to make a difference in the San Diego community! Our SLA-SD Student Liaison, Sharesly Rodriguez, is spearheading our annual Words Alive book drive and needs your help.

Words Alive is a fantastic organization that collects new or gently used books for children and Sharesly’s goal is to collect 200 or more this year through donation boxes. She is looking for SLA folks who can help create collection boxes (about the size that holds printed paper) and host them at work or within their communities.

This is a fun and worthwhile effort and a great way to meet other SLA San Diego members.  If you’re interested, please contact Sharesly directly at shareslyr@gmail.com.  I hope we get a record turnout!

Britt Mueller
2016 SLA San Diego President

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Details About the Words Alive Book Drive:

Words Alive collects new or gently used books for children and youth (birth through high school) in English and Spanish for children from low income or disadvantaged communities. The books are to help awaken or sustain a love for reading. Ultimately, children from disadvantaged communities have an opportunity to build their home libraries.

My goal as student liaison for this year is to collect 200 or more! I am looking for members who wish to hold or set up collection boxes. Ideally, the boxes should be the size of box that holds printed paper and can be decorated.  SLA members are encouraged to bring donation boxes to work or spread the word within their communities.

Adult books, textbooks, references books, magazines, self-help books, and torn and worn out books will not be accepted.

Information on book donation proceeds:

http://www.wordsalive.org/#!libraries-project/catb

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Volunteer Opportunity, Stacks Assistant — San Diego Museum of Art

Volunteer Job Title: Stacks Assistant

Department: Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archive

Position Overview: Assist library staff in maintaining book stacks

Specific Tasks:

Shelve newly cataloged materials, materials checked in after use by patrons, and materials used in library by patrons

  • Maintain shelves by periodically scanning books, periodicals and catalogs to ensure that they are shelved in proper order and re-shelving any that are out of order
  • Call to the attention of library staff any books that appear to be mis-cataloged, damaged, or in need of new labels
  • Help package Inter Library Loans
  • Help with small projects around the Library

Time Requirement: Must be able to volunteer sometime within these hours:

Monday & Wednesday 9:30 – 5:30

Friday 11:00 – 5:30

A minimum of four hours weekly is required to meet the workload

Qualifications: Physical: Ability to climb stairs and move heavy books on and off of shelves

Skills/Education/Experience: a fundamental knowledge of the Library of Congress call number system, and good attention to detail.

 

Contact Bethany Burke bburke@sdmart.org for more information.

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Volunteer Opportunity, Information Specialist – RICA, La Mesa CA

Volunteer Opportunity: Information Specialist

Organization: Researchers Implementing Conservation Action, La Mesa, CA

Reports to: President

Position Overview: Information Specialist (volunteer), creates environmental databases and bibliographies

Specific Tasks:

  • Searches literature for relevant citations
  • Acquires relevant articles
  • Creates spreadsheet/database for holdings to facilitate access by wildlife researchers and managers
  • Helps assign keywords to articles and populate spreadsheet/database

Time Requirement: Hours flexible; a minimum of four hours per week

Qualifications:

Physical: Ability to visit libraries and enter data using a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience: Basic computer proficiency, good working knowledge of spreadsheet and database software as well as basic organizational skills and good attention to detail

Contact: Dr. Jeff Lincer at Jeff@RICAglobal.org or (619) 668-0032

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Volunteer Intern, Cataloging Assistant – San Diego Museum of Art Library

Volunteer Intern

Title: Cataloging Assistant

The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archive

Position Overview: Assist library staff in cataloging

Specific Tasks:

  • Use OCLC and copy cataloging
  • data in MARC fields using AACR2 in EOS database
  • If no record exists, create record under supervision of Librarian
  • Assign LOC call number and add barcode

Time Requirement: Must be able to volunteer sometime within these hours:

Monday & Wednesday 9:30 – 5:30

Friday 11:00 – 5:30

A minimum of four hours weekly is required to meet the workload.

Qualifications:

Physical: Ability to climb stairs and move heavy books.

Skills/Education/Experience: Must be knowledgeable about MARC and AACR2 as well as very comfortable with computers.

Contact Bethany Burke bburke@sdmart.org for more information.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Information Specialist

Organization: Researchers Implementing Conservation Action, La Mesa, CA

Reports to: President

Position Overview: Information Specialist (volunteer), creates environmental databases and bibliographies

Specific Tasks:

  • Searches literature for relevant citations
  • Acquires relevant articles
  • Creates spreadsheet/database for holdings to facilitate access by wildlife researchers and managers
  • Helps assign keywords to articles and populate spreadsheet/database

Time Requirement: Hours flexible; a minimum of four hours per week

Qualifications:

Physical: Ability to visit libraries and enter data using a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience: Basic computer proficiency, good working knowledge of spreadsheet and database software as well as basic organizational skills and good attention to detail

Contact: Dr. Jeff Lincer at Jeff@RICAglobal.org or (619) 668-0032

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Volunteer Opportunity: Visual Resource Assistant, The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Education/Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archives

Position Overview:Assist with the maintenance of the library’s visual resource collection

Specific Tasks:

  • Help sort, identify and classify photographs (prints, negatives, transparencies)
  • Scan images, process in Photoshop and archive images
  • Help develop metadata and prepare scanned images for upload to our DAMS

Time Requirement:Hours flexible; a minimum of four hours per week

Qualifications:

Physical: Ability to navigate stairs, move boxes and binders of photographs, and enter data using a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience: Basic computer proficiency, good working knowledge of flatbed scanning procedures and software as well as Photoshop, some experience with a DAMS, basic filing skills, and good attention to detail

Contact: Bethany Burke:bburke@sdmart.org or apply online at:http://www.sdmart.org/about/volunteers

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Volunteer Opportunity: Archival Assistant, The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archives

Position Overview:Digitally scan printed materials in archives and format for Internet viewing

Specific Tasks:

  • Digitally scan printed archival materials (catalogs, newsletters, and other ephemera)
  • Process scanned images in Photoshop to maximize legibility and general appearance
  • Link processed images with OPAC records so that patrons can view full-text files via the Internet

Time Requirement:Hours flexible; six to eight hours per week (two shifts of three or four hours) would be optimal

Qualifications:

Physical: Ability to navigate stairs and reach all areas of the library, and to use a computer keyboard

Skills/Education/Experience:  Good working knowledge of flatbed scanning equipment and software as well as Photoshop, good general computer skills and ability to learn the use of the library’s catalog software (OPAC), good competence in spelling, and good attention to detail.

Contact: Bethany Burke:bburke@sdmart.org or apply online at:http://www.sdmart.org/about/volunteers

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Volunteer Opportunity: Stacks Assistant, The San Diego Museum of Art Library

Department: Library

Reports to: Manager, Library & Archive

Position Overview: Assist library staff in maintaining book stacks

Specific Tasks:

  • Shelve newly cataloged materials, materials checked in after use by patrons, and materials used in library by patrons
  • Maintain shelves by periodically scanning books, periodicals and catalogs to ensure that they are  shelved in proper order and re-shelving any that are out of order
  • Call to the attention of library staff any books that appear to be mis-cataloged, damaged, or in need of new labels
  • Photocopy ephemeral materials (newspaper or periodical articles) and prepare photocopies for filing in vertical files

Time Requirement: hours flexible; a minimum of four hours weekly is required to meet the workload

Qualifications:Physical: Ability to climb stairs and move heavy books on and off of shelves

Skills/Education/Experience: a fundamental knowledge of the Library of Congress call number system, general knowledge of art history (periods, styles, nomenclature), and good attention to detail; library work experience would be an asset.

Contact: Bethany Burke:bburke@sdmart.org or apply online at:http://www.sdmart.org/about/volunteers

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Laura McMahon is our new Employment Chair

It is my pleasure to announce that

Laura McMahon is  our new Employment Chair  

 Laura has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in English from San Diego State University and is currently Assistant Librarian at Hologic Gen-Probe.  Laura will be keeping you up to date with employment postings and news.  Please send job or position announcements or employment related information to Laura to post on SLA-SD Employment or Career Connections pages.  Welcome, Laura, and thank you!
Posted by Carla Hernandez, SLA-SD Chapter President

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