Paid Internship: Special Collections, Oak Park Public Library

12 Nov 2019 10:45 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Special Collections, Paid Internship

The Oak Park Public Library is seeking a part-time, temporary intern to join our Special Collections team.


The Oak Park Public Library’s Special Collections curates, protects, and makes available heritage collections that reflect the unique values and enduring legacies of Oak Park and its inhabitants. Collecting emphasis is on local authors and figures—including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Percy Julian, Carol Shields, Frank Lloyd Wright, Harriette Gillem Robinet, and Philander Barclay. To learn more, visit

Interns provide additional support to Special Collections staff to assist in making collections available to the public.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process and rehouse collections
  • Stacks maintenance and inventories
  • Write basic metadata
  • Contribute to Finding Aids
  • Assist with research inquiries
  • Occasionally participate in outreach activities

Required Qualifications

  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team

Education and Experience

  • Current graduate student of Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, Museum Studies, or Public History
  • Basic coursework in archival management completed by start date
  • Working knowledge of Dublin Core and DACS
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best object handling practices and metadata (through coursework or related experience)  


This is a temporary, part-time position that pays $16.50 per hour with a flexible January 2020 start date. The scheduled hours are 7 to 15 daytime hours per week Monday through Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours for 10-12 weeks. Candidates may also be asked to undergo a background check. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.

The Oak Park Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. We work to create and support an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion for the benefit of our employees, our collections, our programs and services, and our community.

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