Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill Library Cataloging Internship


The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill


The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona seeks an intern to continue developing a catalogue of the collection of its non-circulating library, which consists of about 1500 volumes and some archival material. The Desert Laboratory is an ecological preserve managed by the University of Arizona for the purposes of research and education. It is a National Historic Landmark, and the library is housed in one of the original stone buildings dating to 1903.

The intern’s scope of work will include:

  • Further developing and maintaining our KOHA library management system
  • Maintaining our OCLC subscription connection
  • Continue organizing shelving system using Library of Congress Call Numbers
  • Continuing building library catalogue by acquiring Machine-Readable Cataloguing Records (MARC) from OCLC for each item in the library
  • Print and attach spine labels

The preferred candidate will be a graduate student in library science. Previous cataloguing coursework or experience is a requirement. Other qualifications include the ability to work independently, communicate effectively, and perform modest physical tasks. Interest in the natural sciences, the desert Southwest, and/or conservation is a plus.

This is an unpaid position. The intern will be expected to work a set number of hours each week in the afternoons on Tumamoc Hill until the number of hours required by the internship is completed. The intern can walk or drive to the mid-point of the hill, where the building housing the library is located.

Due to the scope of the project, the duration may be longer than one semester or a summer session. At that time, the intern and the director of the Desert Laboratory will determine the best mutual option for proceeding with the project. However, the intern will not be expected to work longer than one semester or a summer session.

This opportunity is supervised by a certified librarian or archivist and is eligible for credit for MLIS internships and capstone internships.

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences