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ARS Summer Internships: Access Services

Guide to applying to ARS Summer Internships

Summer 2024 Access Services Internship

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University is offering a paid graduate internship in Access Services during Summer 2024. During the program, the intern will gain an understanding of current trends in library access services with a focus on course reserves, including participating in the implementation of a library-curated textbook collection targeting large Emory College classes. The libraries also will provide additional learning opportunities in resource sharing/interlibrary loan, user services, stacks maintenance, and operations & access to ensure a robust overview of the Access Services units that support library users at Emory.

We welcome applicants from groups underrepresented in the library profession due to barriers such as a lack of paid training opportunities, internships, or experience outside traditional exposure to the profession. Applicants may be graduate students in any discipline with an interest in library access services. Current MLIS students and recent graduates are especially encouraged to apply.

Under the supervision of experienced Access Services staff, the successful candidate will: 

  • Gain practical skills and experience in access services at a university library 

  • Gain an understanding of course reserve workflows, policies, and application of copyright law

  • Complete a project-based assignment related to the development of a core textbook reserve collection slated for launch in Fall 2024

  • Gain practical experience in gathering and assessing reserve collection use data and presentation of results to stakeholders

  • Engage in a brief rotation through Interlibrary Loan, User Services, Stacks Operations, and Operations and Access to provide learning opportunities across all areas of Access Services 

Application deadline: March 8, 2024 

Applicants will be notified whether or not their application was successful by March 29, 2024



Candidates will: 

  • identify as a member of an underrepresented community
  • demonstrate an interest in librarianship, specifically access services, course reserves and/or textbook affordability initiatives in academic libraries
  • be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate program (any field) 
  • be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • reside in Atlanta, GA, for the duration of the program. We cannot offer the program virtually. 

Interested applicants should apply with the following: 

  • Cover letter addressing the following: 
    • your interest in library access services
    • what you hope to learn/gain from this intern experience
    • relevant previous experience or coursework (if any)
    • the underrepresented group(s) with which you identify
    • whether or not you are interested in/eligible for the Emory housing option (paid for by the libraries)
  • Current resume/CV 
  • Contact information for three references, specifically current or previous mentors, professors, or employers. 
  • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)

Submit all documents as a single PDF to Margaret Ellingson at no later than March 8, 2024

Complete application packets must be received by the deadline above for consideration

Please email completed applications and direct program questions to: