Library Intern

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Job Description

Title: Library Intern

Reports to: Assistant Librarian

Status: Non-Exempt


About Curtis:

The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

One of the world’s leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective, with an enrollment of about 165. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach, which has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school’s founding in Philadelphia in 1924.


Grounded in this rich heritage, Curtis is looking to the future in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

The John de Lancie Library is located in the Milton L. Rock Resource Center at Curtis. The library holds more than eighty thousand music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance. In addition, the library collects and archives manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it.  The Archives, a unit of the library, houses more than 150,000 documents and media related to the history of Curtis, its students and faculty, and related materials.


Essential Functions:

The position of Library Intern, reporting to the Assistant Librarian, will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the library including cataloging in RDA, digitization, working with archival collections and circulation and reference services. The intern will follow cataloging projects from OCLC searching to RDA copy or original cataloging, then on to technical processing and shelving.


Responsibilities include:

  • Searching records in OCLC

  • Copy and original cataloging using RDA

  • Working with the media librarian on digitization and the digital repository

  • Collaborating with librarians on bibliographic instruction

  • Performing additional library-related tasks such as shelving, accessioning, and special projects as assigned

  • Working occasional circulation/reference desk shifts as needed



  • Bachelor’ s degree in a music-related field.

  • Enrolled in a Library Science master’s program or interest learning about the field.

  • Experience with Microsoft software, including Word and Excel



  • Ability to read music and demonstrated knowledge of classical music

  • Outstanding analytical and organizational skills

  • Knowledge of cataloging (MARC, RDA and/or AARC2), preferred, and a willingness to learn new skills

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive as a member of a team

  • Curiosity for and willingness to learn new and emerging technology and adapt to rapidly changing environments


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply

For best consideration, interested and qualified applications should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to by June 15, 2018. Curtis offers a competitive hourly rate. Maximum number of hours per week is 19.5. The position does not offer benefits or any relocation assistance. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. Current library school students are encouraged to apply. The position is open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE. URL:

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