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ARS Summer Internships: Resource Description

Guide to applying to ARS Summer Internships

2024 Inclusive Cataloging Graduate Summer Internship Opportunity

About the Program

Emory University Woodruff Library Resource Services Department offers a paid graduate internship in inclusive resource description focused on subject analysis of LGBTQ+ materials and the application of LGBTQ+ terminology to improve description and discoverability of LGBTQ+ library resources. Individuals from underrepresented groups who have a demonstrated interest in LGBTQ+ research or inclusive cataloging are encouraged to apply. Applicants may be graduate students in any area with interest in LGBTQ+ topics and librarianship or current MLIS students and recent graduates.

Under the supervision of experienced catalogers, the successful candidate will:

  • Gain practical skills and experience in bibliographic description of Emory libraries’ materials 
  • Gain understanding of practical aspects of critical cataloging 
  • Gain practical experience with subject analysis of library materials and identification of areas within the library collection that could benefit from more inclusive and thoughtful subject analysis 
  • Gain practical experience in assigning Homosaurus terms 
  • Assist in identifying existing Library of Congress classification number ranges and subject headings that could be useful in identifying LGBTQ+ materials for additional subject analysis using Homosaurus
  • Assist in developing policies, procedures and training documentation to support use of Homosaurus terms in the Emory Library catalog

The internship will take place in Summer 2024 and will be carried out on site at the Emory University Woodruff library. This program is on-site and may be full-time (maximum 40 hours per week) or part-time (less than 40 hours per week), earning $18.50/hour. Additionally, there may be limited funding available to support approved professional development opportunities like workshop attendance, conference participation, or professional organization membership fees. This internship opportunity is scheduled for May 28-August 2, 2024. 


Candidates will:

  • Identify as a person from an underrepresented community
  • Demonstrate interest in librarianship and specifically cataloging and subject analysis
  • Have current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program (any field)

Interested applicants will apply with the following:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
    • describing your interest in LGBTQ+ research and cataloging and subject analysis
    • explaining what you hope to learn and gain from participating in this internship
    • Indicate the need for the paid housing option if desired and eligible (must reside outside of Atlanta metro area)
  • Contact information for three references, specifically current or previous mentors, professors, or employers.

Submit as a single PDF to Sofia Slutskaya at

Application deadline:

  • March 8, 2024: Application deadline
  • March 29, 2024: Applicant notification

About Emory Libraries:

Emory Libraries is ranked among the top twenty Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in North America and has collections of more than 5.8 million volumes, 430,000 electronic journals, over 1.8 million electronic books, and internationally renowned special collections. The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library is home to over 200,000 volumes and 21,000 linear feet of manuscript material with collections spanning more than 800 years of history; particularly modern literature and poetry, African American history and culture, political, social, and cultural movements, and the Emory University Archives.