Employer: Farmington Public Library
Internship Number: 565
Internship Title: Library Intern
Location: Farmington, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer, or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
In 1799, shortly after the Town of Farmington was incorporated (1794), a small group of residents organized a Social Library which circulated books until disbanding in 1856. There followed a few unsuccessful efforts at forming a library, and in 1890 the current Farmington Public Library Association was incorporated and is continuing to serve the community and the region.

In 2000 building renovations including a lobby addition was completed. The addition compliments the original building by its unique design and use of materials. Design and planning was done by Richard Burt of Richard Burt Architects.

It is worth noting the importance that Farmington residents place on maintaining their library. There have been only twenty years in the Town’s history when residents have been without library services.

Farmington Public Library internships allow students in undergraduate degree programs to work in a real world setting, guided by knowledgeable, experienced, and successful supervisors.  Generally, internships at the library are completed for the purpose of earning academic credit.  It is estimated that the intern would work approximately 10 to 20 hours per week.  Hours and schedules are determined by mutual agreement between the supervisor and the intern.

For more information about the Farmington Public Library, visit their website at:  http://www.farmington.lib.me.us/

Responsibilities:
Library interns will rotate through several library service areas, such as circulation, reference, inter-library loan, reader’s advisory, serials, and cataloging. Interns can gain teaching experience if interested, and all interns work on special projects (e.g., collection analysis, weeding, shifting, creating signage).  Job descriptions may be revised to meet various skills of individual interns and demands of the institution, specific tasks will be agreed on before an intern is placed.

Typical areas of responsibility for interns include (under the guidance of an on-site supervisor):

  • Development and/or management of databases
  • Classification and organization of materials and data, including indexing and abstracting
  • Preservation of materials
  • Provision of reference services and bibliographic instruction
  • Programming of activities for specific groups (children and young adult reading and storytelling activities; outreach to business groups or retired individuals; information assistance to individuals with a disability)
  • Developing means for presentation of information, electronically or in print.
  • Conducting information and communication audits
  • Undertaking analysis and design of information systems
  • Development or refinement of Web sites and social media outlets
Qualifications:
  • Ability to be professional, ability to work/communicate with the public.
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent communication (verbal and writing) skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work well with staff and the general public
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong work ethic
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online
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