Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
July 31, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Catalog Internship


The Boston Athenæum seeks a motivated intern for the Catalog Department who will play an important role in maintaining accurate information in various databases. The intern will resolve problems generated by the Library’s conversion from a card catalog to an automated system, and the barcoding of the circulating book collection.

The ideal candidate will be hard-working, organized, ambitious, and must be currently enrolled in a library science graduate program.

Hours: Flexible schedule; About 15 hours per week.

Compensation: $13 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following date of departure; no other benefits.


  • Utilizes the library’s two classification systems, the library’s online library system (Voyager), and OCLC
  • Edits cataloging records to ensure accuracy with the library’s holdings
  • Helps resolve any cataloging conflicts
  • Retrieves books from the shelves for titles represented in Voyager by brief records
  • Searches OCLC for bibliographic records for titles and replaced the Voyager records with those from OCLC
  • Shelves and shifts books
  • Performs end-processing of new circulation books
  • Collaborates with all other departments when necessary
  • Performs all other duties as assigned
  • Submit to and pass background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Registry of Motor Vehicles (if applicable).
  • Must be currently enrolled in a library science graduate program
  • Must be detail oriented and able to work independently
  • Must have some flexibility in scheduling
  • Must be able to list forty pounds
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork, diversity, and inclusion.
How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume, including current availability, to
Apply by:
September 07, 2018
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.