Internship – Thomas J. Watson Library – Metropolitan Museum of Art

watsonThe Thomas J. Watson Library is seeking interns to help with its Stacks Inventory Project. The Stacks Inventory Project (SIPro) is a major, long-term project whose goal is to ensure that every item with an MMA/non-LC call number that is currently shelved onsite (with some specific exclusions) has a barcode affixed to its front cover, a security target affixed to its inside back cover, and an item record appropriately associated with it in the Library’s online database. SIPro processing work will also involve shelf-reading and labeling. The appropriate candidate should be available a minimum of three hours once per week, be able to quickly develop functional familiarity with Watson Library’s call-number system, be comfortable handling books and performing various processing tasks, and be efficient and attentive to detail. S/he will also have the opportunity to work in other technical-services and circulation-oriented areas.

An internship at Watson Library will give you hands-on training. Your work in the Library will be intensive, challenging, and rewarding. This is an unpaid position, but the benefits of gaining real-life library experience in this unique environment cannot easily be matched.

Please submit resumes to for consideration, with “internship opportunity” in the subject. Include weekdays and times that you will be available.

The Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reflecting the depth and scope of the Museum’s collection, the library collects scholarly material from the art of early antiquity to contemporary art. Like the Museum, the library’s holdings are encyclopedic and global in nature and provide a broad range of research materials on Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, Islamic, European and American art. In addition to its extensive collection of monographs, exhibition catalogs and rare books, the library includes 150,000 auction and sale catalogs dating from the eighteenth century to the present day.

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