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Library Technical Services

Library Technical Services at TSLA is responsible for making library materials available for research.  This section acquires, processes, and catalogs materials in all formats and maintains the online catalog for the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This section also collects and preserves state and federal documents acquired in part through its role as a Tennessee documents repository, as well as through its participation in the Federal Depository Program.  Library Technical Services also prepares newspapers for microfilming as part of the ongoing Tennessee Newspaper Project.  In addition to daily responsibilities, Library Technical Services has dedicated a considerable amount of time performing a retrospective evaluation of the entire collection.

 

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

Federal Maps Inventory
Section: Library Technical Services
Project Title:  Federal Maps Inventory
Internship Opportunity: Library Technical Services is searching for an intern to assist with maintenance of TSLA’s federal map collection.  The intern will create an inventory of over 1,000 U. S. Geological Survey maps not related to Tennessee that will be placed on the federal documents needs and offers lists so that other federal depositories can acquire, if needed.  The inventory must contain detailed information about each map, including the title, map number, and date on which each map is recorded.  This internship requires attention to detail, a high level of accuracy in data entry, basic computer literacy, and experience with Microsoft Excel.
Time Commitment:  This is an internship project that would run one semester working at least 20 hours per week.
Electronic Federal Documents Evaluation
Section: Library Technical Services
Project Title: Electronic Federal Documents Evaluation
Internship Opportunity: Library Technical Services is searching for an intern to evaluate the accessibility of our hard-copy electronic federal documents.  The intern will assess the formats and accessibility of an extensive collection of federal documents on disc.  Each disc will need to be evaluated, and records kept detailing information on the format of the documents and programs, or failure to access the material.  This internship requires attention to detail, high computer literacy, and familiarity with various file and program formats.
Time Commitment:  This is an internship project that would run one semester working approximately 10 hours per week.
Early Newspapers Inventory
Section: Library Technical Services
Project Title: Early Newspapers Inventory
Internship Opportunity: Library Technical Services is searching for an intern to assist with collection maintenance by creating an inventory of a large collection of early newspapers in print format.  The intern will spearhead the inventory project by developing a database, arranging the collection, and completing data entry of all pertinent information, which will enable access to the collection.  The intern must have attention to detail, strong organizational skills, be proactive, and have a high level of accuracy in data entry.
Time Commitment:  This is an internship project that would run two semesters working at least 20 hours per week.
Collection Maintenance and Preservation
Section: Library Technical Services
Project Title: Collection Maintenance
Internship Opportunity: Library Technical Services is searching for an intern to assist with general collection maintenance.  Duties will include evaluating items, and selecting and processing materials to identify proper storage techniques, which may include bagging and labeling, shrinkwrapping, placing pamphlets in acid-free envelopes, and referring items to Preservation Services for further preservation or conservation needs.  This internship requires attention to detail and basic computer literacy.
Time Commitment:  This is an internship project that would run indefinitely for any amount of time per week.
Stack and Collection Maintenance
Section:Library Technical Services
Project Title:  Stack and Collection Maintenance
Internship Opportunity: Library Technical Services is searching for an intern to assist with general stack and collection maintenance.  The intern will assist with shelf reading to ensure materials are in call number order, while at the same time identifying items in need of a barcode, and assist with collection shifts, as needed.  This internship requires attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Time Commitment:  This is an internship project that would run indefinitely for any amount of time per week.

If you are interested in submitting an application, please click here and submit your entire application to Maggie.bahou@tn.gov

If you have questions, please email the intern/volunteer coordinator at kayce.butler@tn.gov