Kennett Square, PA: Paid Library & Archives Intern, Longwood Gardens

Job Opening Title: Library and Archives Internship

Employer Name: Longwood Gardens

Job Location: Kennett Square, PA

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: internship

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Library and Archives Internship
Longwood Gardens, in the Philadelphia area

Longwood Gardens Library and Archives seeks a graduate level student in Library Science or Archival studies (or related equivalent) to gain experience in the operations and management of a special library and institutional archives. Recent graduates may also apply. Longwood Gardens is a public display garden located in Kennett Square, PA, 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia.

The intern is immersed in each section of the unit—Library, Digital Gallery, Archives, and (depending on a particular project) Plant Records. He/she works on a variety of assigned projects as part of a team to achieve the unit’s goals in supporting Longwood Gardens’ mission. Currently, unit goals are focused on developing robust intellectual control and access across all collections. This is a 40 hour per week, paid position with optional free housing (a taxable benefit).

About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the great gardens of the world, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, a Meadow Garden, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre grand Conservatory. Longwood
continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts. Longwood Gardens offers a breadth of mission programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by top artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement.

Position is available: June 1, 2020 – May 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities
* Arrange and describe archival collections, develop finding aids, and make recommendations regarding storage, conservation and preservation treatment of archival materials in various formats, including born-digital records.
* Perform basic administrative level tasks in Digital Asset Management System (Asset Bank), including scanning, uploading, editing, training patrons, and supervising volunteer projects.
* Assist with cataloging of library materials and the strategic initiative to improve Authorities control in the EOS ILS.
* Assist in cataloging materials including object collections and digital assets.
* Assist in Records Management functions, including accessioning new records and ensuring timely destruction of expired materials.
* Perform basic reference interviews and services as well as circulation maintenance routines, such as check-in/check-out, shelve books and compile usage statistics.
* Perform routine environmental and pest monitoring in collection storage spaces.
* Assist with Interlibrary Loan tasks as needed.
* Perform various daily administrative and technical tasks.
* Participate in Longwood student/intern activities and all required student/intern work projects

* Be pursuing or have recently completed a Master’s of Science in Library Science (MLS) or related equivalent
* Demonstrate a strong professional interest in cataloging and intellectual control of collections
* Strong Excel and data manipulation skills.
* Strong attention to detail
* Be able to work on multiple projects in a busy, fast-paced environment
* Be able and willing to work independently.
* Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to interact in a courteous, patient, and professional manner.
* Plant knowledge is not required but may be helpful to the position.
* Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
* Be willing to follow all of Longwood Gardens’ policies and procedures.
* Have a valid driver’s license.

The position extends throughout one full year, full time, 40 hours per week. This is a paid position at a rate of $11.00/hour with optional free housing (a taxable benefit) provided. Located in Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens is approximately 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia.

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A completed application should include

1. The application form (found here:
2. A copy of your resume (uploaded in a word pdf file)
3. A statement of your professional objectives, approximately 200 words (uploaded in a word pdf file)
4. Official transcripts of all college courses, must show cumulative GPA, minimum GPA of 2.5 required (uploaded in a word pdf file)
5. A letter of reference from your academic advisor (or professor) regarding your scholastic achievements and potential as an intern (uploaded in a word pdf file)
6. A reference from a current or former employer, preferably from within your field of interest (uploaded in a word pdf file)


Must be received by February 1, 2020.