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Paid Internship, Library Cataloging Project
Title:Paid Internship, Library Cataloging Project
Location:Seattle, WA
Number of Openings:N/A

The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind's incredible history of flight to life.

The Museum of Flight’s Harl V. Brackin Library is home to an extensive aviation manuals collection, comprising approximately 18,000 aircraft, accessory, engine and operations manuals. The engine manuals portion of the collection comprises approximately 2,000 manuals from a multitude of different manufacturers from the nineteen-teens up to the present day. Only a portion of the collection is inventoried and many of the manuals are in need of preservation to ensure their long-term use by staff and researchers, in addition to being fully cataloged and made accessible through the Library’s Integrated Library System (EOS.Web). Working with the Library’s Cataloging Librarian, the Cataloging Project Intern will work create original bibliographic records for each manuals and also rehouse them into archival quality boxes and folders. Funding is available for the Intern to work 29 hours per week for 10 weeks.


The cataloging project intern will work as a team member in The Museum of Flight’s Harl V. Brackin Library to catalog portions of the Library’s extensive collection of books, periodicals and manuals. The cataloging intern will create bibliographic records following established standards and local best practices into our online catalog (EOS.Web). The cataloging intern will assign call numbers and subject headings as well as correctly label items to ensure that material can be efficiently retrieved for researchers by library staff. The cataloging intern will also process and rehouse items as needed depending on the specific project.

  • Works with the Supervisory Librarian and Library Cataloging Assistant to retrieve appropriate material from the collection to be cataloged.
  • Uses the Library’s ILS (EOS.Web) to create MARC catalog records for each item following the Library’s established standards and procedures
  • Assigns unique call numbers for each item and ensure that appropriate subject headings from Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are added to each bibliographic record.
  • Labels and/or rehouses each item as needed according to the library’s best practices to ensure the long-term preservation of collection.
  • Works in conjunction with staff and volunteer aviation experts to confirm catalog record information.
  • Assists the Supervisory Librarian and the Library Cataloging Assistant on other library projects as needed.

  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate of a graduate degree program in Information Studies, Library Science, or Museum Studies or related field with an emphasis on library or archival practice.
  • 0-2 years of experience in a library, archives or museum collections environment desirable.
  • Strong understanding of library cataloging best practices, formats and standards, such as MARC and AACR2
  • Familiarity with handing rare and fragile library or archival material
  • Experience using an Integrated Library System (ILS) or similar system
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment as well as independently with self-initiative and minimal supervision

  • At time of job offer candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Available to work a flexible schedule that may include on occasion extended workweek, evenings and/or weekends based on program needs
  • Customer service/client driven focus with a positive, collaborative, solution-based attitude that stays within and upholds Museum’s policies and procedures
  • Onsite attendance is essential to perform the duties of this position. This hourly position’s primary workweek is Monday through Friday, within 8am to 5pm. The staff member will work in an office environment the majority of the time, with some work performed in other storage areas of the library facility.

The Museum of Flight is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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