USF Libraries Internships

The USF Libraries are happy to announce internship opportunities in the Tampa Library for spring and summer 2024! These internships are designed to provide students hands-on experience working in a library or archive. Applicants must be currently enrolled in internship, fieldwork, or directed study courses at the graduate or undergraduate levels at the University of South Florida. There will be another round of applications for summer 2024 in the spring.

The remaining internship is open until filled. Applicants for the earlier 2 internships will be notified by Thursday, November 9. For questions, please contact Senior Associate Dean Carol Ann Borchert at borchert@usf.edu.

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Available Internships

Project Name:
Collection Database Maintenance using ExLibris’ Alma Inventory “Shelf Report”
  • Library Department: Collection development & technical services, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
  • Supervisor(s): Christine Dunleavy
  • Paid Internship? Yes, $16/hr
  • Semester(s) available: Spring 2024, Summer 2024
  • Number of openings: 1 student per semester

Project Description:
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida’s St Petersburg campus is looking at a way to make the library catalog and the interlibrary loan system perform at the maximum level of reliability. The recently adopted integrated library system (ILS), ExLibris’ Alma, has tools to synchronize the catalog to agree with the books on the shelf so automated systems work more reliably, but the reports it produces need to be reviewed and decisions to be made about materials.

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library has gone through renovation, shifting collections, adding to collections, and sometimes materials not being returned, along with a host of other situations which can make it look like we have a book, when viewing the public catalog, but the book may not be on the shelf. Some books need to be researched to gather the full story. The library fieldwork intern would help manage the daily reports derived from the data ingested into Alma’s inventory report and sort through possible situations when the database produces results that items are missing from the shelf or exist as part of the collection yet are not in the library’s catalog.

Anticipated Outcomes/Benefits:
The fieldwork intern will learn database management and cataloging skills using the catalogers’ “toolkit” like the bibliographic utility, OCLC Connexion; the integrated library system, ExLibris’ Alma; the bibliographic, item and holdings records; description standards like Resource Description Access; and bibliographic encoding, MARC21.

The intern will learn collection management, interlibrary loan, and collection development principles through analyzing Alma’s reports and learn approaches to evaluate criteria which make items retain their relevance in libraries’ collections. This person will learn how to delete or update the library’s holdings for interlibrary lending.

The intern will learn to use and interpret cataloging data through analyzing established reports in Alma Analytics as well as learn to generate new reports when more information is needed to make database and collection management decisions.

Special Skill Sets:
n/a

Other Requirements:
This student must be enrolled in the USF Masters in Information Studies fieldwork course during the fieldwork assignment.

This project requires in-person work at the USF St Petersburg campus