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James Leland Dirks Jr. Library Preservation Intern

Open to currently enrolled UW Information School students. Posted May 18, 2021. Closes June 29, 2021.


Preservation Services (Suzzallo/Allen Library)

Job Title:

James Leland Dirks Jr. Library Preservation Intern

Date Posted:

May 18, 2021

Closing Date:

June 29, 2021

Number Available:



$16.84 per hour

Start Date: September 29, 2021 or earlier depending on availability


8-12 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 an interest in preservation.  Throughout the 2021-22 school year, the intern will have the opportunity to develop a range of preservation skills and work alongside Preservation staff.

While the focus of the internship is on the practical application of preservation strategies, staff also work with the applicant to ensure they have a foundational theoretical understanding of preservation in an academic library setting. Through selected readings and general discussion, the applicant will develop an in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of library materials.

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

See the Preservation Services Website and/or Preservation LibGuide for more details about Preservation activities.

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

    Required Qualifications:

    • UW iSchool student available to work onsite in Seattle.
    • Interest in the preservation of library materials in a range of formats (books and paper, film, video, audio, digital, photographs, etc.).
    • Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse group of users, staff, and collections.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent attention to detail.

      Desired Qualifications:

      • Experience working independently and collaboratively.
      • Basic computer fluency, including experience with Microsoft office suite software (Excel, Word) and cloud-based alternatives (Google Docs, Sheets).
      • Previous experience working in a library, archive, museum or similar institution.
      • Experience searching library catalogs and databases.
      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:
        • Please submit in a single, multi-page PDF document a cover letter, resume, and at least 2 references.

        • Please name your file using the following format, filling in bracketed information as appropriate:


        • In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in the preservation of library materials, including any related experience or education (formal or informal), as well as any other pertinent information you wish to share in relation to other required or preferred qualifications.

      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 the 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