DESCRIPTION

The WePAC Open Books Open Minds (OBOM) school library initiative renovates school library spaces, collects and donates books, and provides trained volunteers to staff and run the libraries. Volunteers help students select and check out books, conduct literacy-related activities, and read to students. The initiative aims to link classroom literacy instruction, in-library read-aloud sessions, and at-home independent reading opportunities to give students a solid foundation to become strong readers and engaged learners. Since 2009, WePAC has opened 12 formerly closed school libraries.

Position summary:

The Book Collection Program Intern will support WePAC library programs by developing a new library program collection process, including a strategy for coordinating books, and sharing books between WePAC and community partners. The intern will gain experience in strategy and planning, communications, multiple-site library program logistics, non-profit operations and working in a volunteer-based organization.

Specifically, the intern will support planning and implementation of communications, receiving, processing and distribution of books contributed through donor book drives, both from donating individuals and organizations. Processing donated books will involve library skills including organizing, cataloguing, and some database entry for WePAC library children’s collections.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ownership of the process of comprehensive collection inventory for children’s books, including assistance by WePAC library volunteers
  • Assistance in planning a comprehensive book collection program, and assisting implementation with Library Programs Coordinator and volunteers
  • Ownership of data entry and cataloguing of books, including coordination with staff and library volunteers
  • Ownership of book/author/subject categorization and research
  • Some local travel to schools and community partners

Qualifications:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in progress in a related field (library science, elementary education, urban studies, art history, etc.)
  • Comfortable working with computers
  • Ability to work independently and produce results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Applicants should be creative thinkers with proven examples of effective problem solving
  • Strong preference given to candidates with demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate well with people of diverse ethnic, gender and faith groups
  • Must have a valid license, be over 20 and have a safe driving record

Other information: Internship runs late-May through September 2012, minimum 15 hours per week; opportunity to do some work from home. Schedule is flexible, some weekend and/or evening work possible. This is an unpaid internship.

HOW TO APPLY

WePAC adheres to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, sexual orientation or gender expression.

To apply: E-mail your résumé and cover letter to info@wepac.org. Please reference “Book Collection Program Intern, Open Books Open Minds” in the subject line.

Application deadline: April 16, 2012.

DETAILS

Application deadline: April 16, 2012
Hours per week:15
Compensation: Unpaid
Keywords: LiteracySchoolsLibrariesBook collectionReading