Library Collection Assessment Intern

Posted 05-12-2018
Category Local In-Office
Interns Needed 0
Anticipated Timeline Intern will work an average of 10 hours per week for a duration of approximately ten weeks and complete a total of approximately 100 hours.
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The AMA is the provincial association of museums and museum professionals. We are regarded as a leader in the Canadian museum field for our innovative programming, publications, and services. The AMA leads, facilitates, and supports the province’s museums through professional consultation, career development opportunities, award-winning publications, and grants funding. We work on behalf of a vital and engaged museum community in Alberta and collaborate with partners across Canada.


The AMA supports its members through advisory services in all areas of museum practice, including: collections management, general artifact care and handling, exhibits, administration, and programming. The AMA holds a number of resources to assist with this service. These resources are primarily held in a small library in the AMA office.


The intern’s role in the library would be to assess the AMA collection, the collection software, survey staff on its use, and provide a recommendation on next steps. The internship will result in a. detailed project charter that outlines the recommended next steps.


Intern will work an average of 10 hours per week for a duration of approximately ten weeks and complete a total of approximately 100 hours. The first six weeks will be spent assessing the collection and the final four will be spent developing a project charter with recommendations.

Ideal for someone with course work in:

  • Library Information Technology
  • Library & Information Studies (Crse)
  • Library and Information Technology

Some specialized skills required:

  • Flexible and adaptable with a sense of humour.
  • Thrives in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and time-management skills.
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Understanding of library databases, including the ability to use or learn the Athena Library System.

What we will accomplish at the end of the Internship:

  • Prepare a project charter based on the findings that includes recommendations for future of library (use or disposal).
  • Assess library software.
  • Assess possible benefit of library to members (as a resource).
  • Compile lists of readings used in AMA delivered courses / workshops.
  • Compile lists of publication subscriptions.
  • Conduct user surveys regarding the scope, depth, significance, and currency of the collection.
  • Direct examination of resources (books and journals) in use by staff, that are not yet in the library.
  • Direct examination of materials on the shelf, including an evaluation of the physical condition of holdings.
  • A review of library holdings (titles and subjects).