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CSUN Librarians Legacy Internship for Collection Access and Management Services Librarians

The CSUN Librarians Legacy Internship is supported by an endowment to provide internships within Collection Access and Management Services internships for students in an accredited graduate library or information school program.  The intern will be supervised by the relevant Collection Access and Management Services (CAMS) Librarian and a stipend will be provided at the successful completion of the internship.  CAMS internships are available in the following areas:  acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, digital libraries, electronic resource management, systems and special collections and archives.  The internship may not be offered every semester depending on a variety of issues, including but not limited to the workload, availability of a supervising librarian, the overall staffing levels and needs of the department to ensure that when an internship is offered it will benefit both the student and the Library.

Candidates interested in applying for this internship must:

  1. Be in good academic standing in a graduate library or information school and plan to be enrolled in a credit internship course or other credit fieldwork course during the internship semester. 
  2. Be nearing completion of graduate library or information school program coursework.
  3. Have completed at least one course in the specific subject area of interest for specialization for this internship (i.e. Special Collections, or digital libraries).   For Cataloging internships depending on the program, student should have completed basic and advance cataloging courses; or descriptive and subject cataloging courses; or a combination of cataloging and metadata courses, for example, would work as well.
  4. Have demonstrated a strong interest in working in an academic library.
  5. Have the ability to complete the required internship hours for the graduate library or information studies program between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday during the spring, fall or summer semesters.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Acting Chair, Collection Access and Management Services Doris Helfer at doris.helfer@csun.edu  or (818) 677-2562.  Deadlines for applications for the fall semester are July 1; for the spring semester November 1 and for the summer semester May 1.   All applications can be emailed to: Doris Helfer, Chair, CAMS at doris.helfer@csun.edu  or mailed to:  Doris Helfer, Chair, CAMS, Calif. State University Northridge, Oviatt Library, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8328.

Printable version of Guidelines (.pdf)

Previous Interns

Timothy Chu, Spring 2016

Librarian Legacy Intern Timothy Chu

Timothy Chu completed his MLIS from UCLA Department of Information Studies in June 2016. During his internship in Collection Access and Management Services (CAMS), Timothy cataloged books and cartographic resources (atlases, maps) for the Geography Department Map Library which are now discoverable through our library catalog and discovery system. Timothy found his internship rewarding and offered the following insights:

“My interest in librarianship is vast and […] I am unsure of where I want my future to lead me. With that in mind, my goal for this internship was to have a better understanding of MARC records. After looking at thousands of MARC records, I have begun to recognize what makes a good record and what makes a poor record. This internship has caused me to think critically about what information users would want when they are searching the catalog and what information is beneficial for them. I believe that his knowledge will help me, no matter where my career leads me. Beginning this August, I am entering the profession as a school librarian at De La Salle High School in Concord, California. While I am lucky to have a second librarian on faculty, I will be expected to perform all aspects of librarianship, from reference and instruction to acquisitions and cataloging. This internship has led me to feel confident in the cataloging portions of my job. I have learned how to navigate controlled vocabularies more effectively and have gained experience in assigning call numbers based upon the contents of the collection. […] As a result of spending time at the Oviatt Library, I have grown as a cataloger and as a professional and feel extremely proud to have time spent at California State University, Northridge on my resume.”