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Spring 2018 Internships

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the world’s largest museum library? Now is your chance! For Spring 2018, the Smithsonian Libraries will host internships in four diverse areas. Read below for more details and visit our Internship page for additional information and application instructions.



Modern and Contemporary Art, A to Z

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries artists’ files are an exceptional resource for art historical research. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library holds more than 41 file drawers on over 2,000 artists, art institutions, and collectors of modern and contemporary art. This project consists of learning how to evaluate the existing folder content for retention and deaccession; updating the physical housing of the collection to current archival standards; reorganizing and relabeling folder content; and reconciling collection holdings in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Art & Artist Files Database. The intern will also develop social media stories and blog posts to highlight the collection, the content of which could be thematic or focused on one or more objects or artists.

Through this experience, the intern will learn or bolster collections management experience in the areas of preservation assessment, use of online resources to assess digitization need, effective use of electronic catalog records and databases to identify items, and how to collaborate across departments.

Natural & Physical Sciences Libraries Intern

The intern would research individual books and learn how to create Adopt-a-Book descriptive entries for the Smithsonian Libraries’ website. The intern will also work with the Libraries’ research guides, learning to develop research guides for the Web in a real-world situation and gain experience in developing a project plan to subdivide and better adapt research guides to user needs.  In addition, the intern may have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in other common areas of research library work, including shelving and Information Desk duty.

Evaluation of scientific opuscula held in the Botany and Horticulture Library

This internship position will involve learning more about general library service assistance, particularly in the Botany and Horticulture Library, in addition to a major project.  This internship will be part time, a maximum of two days a week and a maximum of two months.  The intern will have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in general library skills such as: accurately reshelving materials, handling circulation issues, and providing reference assistance to patrons (independently or under general supervision by the Branch Librarian).

The major project will involve evaluating the library’s holdings of uncataloged opuscula scientific works.  These are works where articles and monographs have been bound together based on author or subject matter or both (a common practice in the early twentieth century by scientists).  The project will involve determining which items are duplicates and already in the collection and/or available online electronically.  The ultimate goal is to figure out which ones are rare and valuable enough that they should be candidates for future original cataloging.

Social Media & Outreach

In 2018, the Smithsonian Libraries will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a variety of exciting outreach activities.  The Social Media and Outreach Intern will be mentored by the Outreach Librarian and learn to produce social media content that is designed to support the Libraries’ outreach objectives. In addition, the intern will assist in organizing lectures and tours and learn to market library programs. The intern may also have the opportunity to create custom graphics and experiment with animated media such as GIFs and video for post content.

Explore “Color in a New Light” on Periscope & Twitter

At the end of the month, the Smithsonian Libraries will open Color in a New Light, a new exhibition highlighting the role of color in our lives, from science to fashion and everything in between.  Even if you’re not able to visit the show in person in the National Museum of Natural History ,  we invite you to join us as we explore color through several interactive social media events.


Fun with #FantasticObjects

On Friday, August 7th, the Smithsonian Libraries and the National Museum of American History hosted a tweetup in the recently renovated Innovation wing (First Floor, West) of the museum. Fifteen Twitter followers joined us for special curator-led tours of Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 and the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. The group of tweeters represented a fun mix of educators, book lovers, and history enthusiasts. Participants came from as far away as Kansas and Connecticut!

#FantasticObjects Tweet Up with National Museum of American History!

Join us for a Tweet Up with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Libraries!

Friday, August 7, 9:00-10:30 A.M. (EDT).

To celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 10 lucky Twitter followers will have the opportunity to experience a special tour of two of the wing’s exhibits led by Smithsonian experts and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

A collection of quotes for National Library Week

If you’ve been following our social media posts for National Library Week (#NLW15), you may have seen a few of our favorite library and book related quotes. In case you missed them, we’ve collected them here for your viewing pleasure. For even more inspiring quotes, visit, a project of the American Library Association.

Garden Stories Twitterchat with the Biodiversity Heritage Library

“Garden Stories” is a week long social media event for garden lovers from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The campaign will explore the fascinating world of gardening, from the rise of agriculture to the home garden and the mail order gardening phenomenon. Celebrating the history, science, and art of gardening, content will be published via the BHL Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Pinterest, with additional posts through the Smithsonian Libraries’ Tumblr.