dimarts, 17 de març de 2015

Pràctiques a Longwood Gardens, Estats Units

Si teniu interès a fer pràctiques a l'estranger i us agradaria viatjar als Estats Units, ara en teniu l'oportunitat! Longwood Gardens busca un estudiant per treballar a la biblioteca i als arxius de la institució. És una oferta interessant, ja que és remunerada i dóna opció a allotjament gratuït.

A continuació us deixem els detalls de l'oferta:

International Library Science Internship PositionLongwood Gardens, in the Philadelphia area

Longwood Gardens Library and Archives seeks a Library Science or Archival Studies (or equivalent) graduate student or recent graduate to gain experience in the operations and management of a special library and institutional archives.  The program is open to students currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States or a student who has graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor program begin date.

Interns work in each section of the unit—Library, Digital Gallery, and Archives—to develop projects aimed at furthering the professional interests of the student while working to achieve unit strategic goals. 

Position is available: Sept. 2015 - May 2016 
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately. 

Located in Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens is approximately 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform basic reference interviews and services.  Become familiar with, and able to train others in, using Longwood Gardens' EOS International integrated library system (ILS), OCLC WorldCat, JSTOR, and other relevant databases.
  • Arrange and describe archival collections, develop finding aids, and make recommendations regarding storage, conservation and preservation treatment of archival materials
  • Perform circulation maintenance routines, such as check-in/check-out, shelve books and compile usage statistics.
  • Assist and train patrons in the use of computers and software, A/V equipment, and copier.
  • Assist with Interlibrary Loan tasks as needed.
  • Assist with digitization/scanning projects.
  • Learn cataloging procedures and assist in cataloging materials (or object collections) as needed.
  • Assist with project work involving digital imaging, the ILS, and the Archives.
  • Perform various daily administrative and technical tasks.
  • Participate in student activities and field trips as scheduled.

Applicants must be active and ambitious learners and are expected to strive for efficiency and a high level of quality in all tasks performed. The willingness to follow all supervisor instructions and Longwood safety procedures is essential. Candidates must be independent-natured, able to perform repetitive tasks, and lift 50 lbs.  Some weekend and evening hours might be required. 


  • Be pursuing or have recently completed a graduate program in Library Sciences or Archival Management studies.
  • Be able and willing to work independently.
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to deal with people in a courteous, patient, and professional manner. 
  • Have physical ability to push fully-loaded book carts and handle heavy or oversize volumes.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Be willing to follow all of Longwood Gardens' policies and procedures.
  • Have a valid driver's license.

The position extends throughout 9 months, full time, 40 hours per week.  This is a paid position with optional free housing provided.  Longwood Gardens offers a mandatory medical insurance plan (does not include dental or eye care) to all International Program participants. All Internationals are required to have health insurance coverage. 

Completed applications should include:
  1. Completed application form accessible here.
  2. An official transcript of all college and university courses (provided in English). Please include an explanation of the grading systems used in your particular school and university so we may accurately interpret your transcripts. We need to understand what symbols represent excellent, good, average, poor, and failing.
  3. A reference from your academic advisor or professor regarding your scholastic achievements and potential as an intern (provided in English and enclosed in an envelope with your advisor’s signature over seal).
  4. A reference from a current or former employer, preferably within your field of interest (provided in English and enclosed in an envelope with your employer’s signature over the seal).
  5. Proof of proficiency in English (a letter from your academic advisor or professor regarding your understanding and use of the English language OR results of TOEFL examination).
  6. Proof of International Driver’s License.
All application material must be received by May 1, 2015.

For more information on housing, student activities, hours and wages, see this .  
Send any questions or requests for further information to EDU-Studies@longwoodgardens.org

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