Chemistry Library Intern

University of Pennsylvania   Philadelphia, PA   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 15, 2023
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Chemistry Library Intern

University Overview

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Posted Job Title
Chemistry Library Intern

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
he Chemistry Library is seeking a motivated, energetic intern. This is an opportunity for a chemistry or library and information science student to jumpstart their career and learn about chemical information and the workings of a small departmental library, while also gaining insight into the workings of a large academic library system.

Job Description

The intern will learn about and participate in all aspects of chemistry librarianship, including providing support for collections budgeting and management, participating in Web-based outreach, providing general reference to the Penn Libraries via their chat and information desk, writing guides and documentation, and attending relevant library-wide meetings. Project work will support current library efforts, and will be tailored as closely as possible to the individual interests of the intern. The internship will be for 10-20 hours per week.


Patron Services and Instruction, including
  • Developing, updating, and maintaining remote education materials including Web guides and tutorials
  • Providing general reference support for the Penn Libraries, including chat reference
  • Preparing supporting materials for course-integrated instruction sessions
  • Assisting in the design of exhibits in the Chemistry Library

    Collection Development Responsibilities, including
  • Assisting with a project to evaluate the Chemistry Library's on-site print journal collection
  • Assisting with the annual budget process
  • Analyzing usage statistics for electronic resources

    Professional Development Activities, including
  • Attending workshops and training sessions that will develop job and professional skills
  • Attending other applicable Penn library meetings, as assigned by supervisor


    All applicants must be enrolled in a master's degree program in chemistry, chemical engineering, or library/information science, with an interest in chemical information or science librarianship. An undergraduate degree in chemistry or a related discipline is preferred but not required. In addition, the successful candidate must have the ability to manage and prioritize their workload and must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in a team environment.

    Other requirements include:
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat, HTML, and Web site generation and design
  • Experience searching online databases
  • Flexibility, accuracy, and attention to detail in work
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and service orientation

    Preference will be given to applicants with the following skills:
  • Experience designing instructional handouts and guides to the literature
  • Experience searching science and engineering databases
  • Ability to create databases using Microsoft Access
  • Ability to write macros and use pivot tables in Microsoft Excel

    University of Pennsylvania has made the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University announced that students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID . As a prospective and/or new employee at University of Pennsylvania, you will be required to comply with University's vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the time of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

    Application Requirement:

    A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

    Budgeted Pay:

    $15.00 hr. commensurate with education and experience

    Job Location - City, State
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Department / School
    University Library

    Pay Range
    $7.25 - $155.75

    Affirmative Action Statement
    Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

    Special Requirements
    Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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