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James Leland Dirks Jr. Library Preservation Intern

Open to currently enrolled UW Information School students. Posted June 14, 2018. Closes July 9, 2018.


Preservation Services (Suzzallo/Allen Library)

Job Title:

James Leland Dirks Jr. Library Preservation Intern

Date Posted:

June 14, 2018

Closing Date:

July 9, 2018

Number Available:



$15.60 per hour

Start Date: September 24, 2018


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 digitization
    • 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 ensure they have a foundational understanding of preservation. 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.

A portion of the internal time will also be reserved for an independent project to gain real-world experience with a preservation issue that is of interest.

    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. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
      • Resumé
      • Cover letter
    2. Activate UW G Suite for your NetID if you have not already done so.
    3. Log in to the Google forms site with your UW NetID account to fill out an application form and upload your resumé.
    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