Library Collection Assessment Intern
|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).