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James Leland Dirks Jr. Library Preservation Intern

Open to currently enrolled UW Information School students. Posted 25 September, 2017. Closes 8 October, 2017..


Preservation Services (Suzzallo/Allen Library)

Job Title:

James Leland Dirks Jr. Library Preservation Intern

Date Posted:

25 September, 2017

Closing Date:

8 October, 2017

Number Available:



$15.60 per hour

Start Date: 16 October 2016


8-10 hours per week. Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Duties and activities:

The University of Washington Libraries is offering an internship for a UW iSchool student with a demonstrated interest in preservation.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop a range of preservation skills.

Depending on the interests and strengths of the intern, they may contribute to a number of preservation initiatives including:
    • collections disaster planning
    • environmental monitoring
    • preservation replacement and reformatting
    • collections care and handling
    • sorting damaged materials for repair and/or commercial binding
    • condition surveys
    • outreach
    • digital preservation
While the focus will be on the practical application of preservation strategies, staff will also work with the applicant to develop future success in the field. Through selected readings and general discussion, the applicant will develop a more in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with library materials conservation and preservation.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Current student in UW Information School
    • Demonstrated interest in preservation
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
    • Basic computer skills
    • Ability to lift 40 pounds
    Additional information: More information about the James Leland Dirks Jr. internship, and the UW Libraries Preservation Services department is available online.

    Application Process:

    1. Complete a UW Libraries student job application form. To ensure compatibility and consideration, complete the application form using Adobe Reader; some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms.
    2. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
      • Application form
      • Cover letter
      • Resume

    Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

    For additional information or assistance with the application process, please contact the Employment Services Manager, UW Libraries:
    Erik Dahl