“Every one knows what a bird is.” Or do they?

This post was written by intern Becca Greenstein. Becca is currently pursuing her Master’s in Library Science at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She has always had a passion for research, teaching/helping others and seeing the direct impact of her work, and collaboration across departments and institutions (and, of course, reading), so library school has been a good fit for her.  After she graduates, she hopes to continue honing these skills while more »

Time Flies in the SILRA Stacks

This post was written by Deborah Bauder, summer intern in the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex (SILRA). Six weeks at the Smithsonian Libraries goes fast! I arrived here at the beginning of June excited and ready to tackle a project at the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex (SILRA) under the guidance of Daria Wingreen-Mason. Now in my last week here, I can’t believe how time has flown. I’m a second year graduate student at more »

No Wheat Chex, and other scientific issues of the 1960s

This is the first post in a two-part series. Lawrence N. Huber devoted several pages of his journal lamenting the fact that the Navy vessel he was aboard had run out of Wheat Chex.  This comes from a young man who was out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, banding thousands of often rather uncooperative birds, making observations of any type of fauna he came across in the Pacific Islands, and swimming in more »

Fall 2016 Internship Opportunities

The Smithsonian Libraries are excited to offer a range of internship opportunities for Fall 2016. Although most are part-time and in the DC area, please note the specific hours and geographic location for each.  Applications are open until August 5th, or until filled.

Welcome, Field Book Project interns!

The Smithsonian Libraries is thrilled to host over 20 interns this summer, in departments and branches throughout our system. The Field Book Project in particular is working with three students this summer. Please take a moment to help us welcome Nura, Allegra and Conal! The interns are primarily working on cataloging field book collections and expanding biographical descriptions for field book creator records. Field Book Project / Biodiversity Heritage Library cataloging intern: Nurganym Agzamova Nurganym (Nura) Agzamova is a Foreign Fulbright Scholar from Kazakhstan. She is currently a second year graduate student in the Library and Information Science program at Syracuse University. Prior to starting her Fulbright experience, she worked as a librarian at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan where she worked as a Subject Librarian for the Foundation Program. She started her library career at National Academic Library of Kazakhstan in Patron Services back in 2008. Nura is a native speaker of Kazakh and Russian, and was involved in translation projects as a freelance interpreter and translator. Nura sees the Field Book as more »

Da, De, Di, Du, La, Le, Van, Von…

—This post was written by Elsa Miller, Spring 2016 intern at the American Art & Portrait Gallery Library (AA/PG).  The American Art and Portrait Gallery Library  (AA/PG) has an extensive vertical file collection, consisting of 150,000 files on more than 75,000 artists and institutions. These Art & Artist Files contain ephemera such as newspaper clippings, brochures, exhibition announcements, and magazine articles and are frequently used to answer reference questions. As an actively-used more »

University of Kentucky Alternative Spring Break at the Smithsonian Libraries

This post was written by Cat Staley, a MLIS student in the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science program. Interested in exploring an internship of your own? Applications are still open for Summer 2016 projects! Over spring break, I and four other University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science graduate students interned at the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. With our supervisors’ guidance, my classmates and I more »

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