Library Intern in Research and Instructional Service

North Carolina, United Sates
26 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Jan 2019
Contract Type

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Humanities Section Head in Research and Instructional Services department, this position will work closely with subject librarians whose work includes research services, instruction, collection development, and outreach. This mix of responsibilities will depend on the needs of the department, and the background and interest of the successful candidate.


  • Provides research support and performs circulation duties at a public service desk
  • Assists library users through the Ask a Librarian service via chat and email
  • Assists with collection development activities such as catalog searching, resource selection, and assisting with collection analysis projects
  • Participates in the Library’s instructional program, particularly for first-year writing
  • Serves as a Residence Hall Librarian
  • Creates research and instruction tools
  • Assists with outreach activities such as special events and programs, writing blog posts, and creating handouts
  • Other special projects and duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities


Qualifications It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: BA/BS and current enrollment in an MLS/MIS program accredited by the American Library Association.


Required: Good communication and presentation skills; flexibility; demonstrated ability to take initiative and work in a team environment; willingness to speak to diverse groups; desire and interest to work with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and library staff; and a strong public service orientation. Preferred:Demonstrated interest in or past experience with teaching or training; experience or degree in a Humanities field.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. Hiring Rate $16.50 per hour; The position is not eligible for University fringe benefits or moving, housing, or relocation expenses. Hours This two-semester internship is a temporary, part-time position available for 19 hours per week for the academic year and will include spring semester 2019 and fall semester 2019 with the possibility of additional opportunities in the summer (dependent on interest of intern and departmental needs). There may be the option to extend the internship for a third semester. Hours are flexible within a M-F, 8:30-5:00 work week (some evening, weekend, and holiday hours may be required), but interns are expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule. Environment Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States. Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business. Application Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at: Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

Requisition Number: 401512813
Location: Durham
Job Family Level: 56
Full Time / Part Time: PART TIME
Regular / Temporary: Regular 
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires current enrollment in an ALA accredited Master of Library Science program and completion of one semester's work which should include basic courses in reference and technical services.



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