The Schumacher Center for a New Economics is seeking an intern to assist with the operations of its unique research library.
About the Schumacher Center for a New Economics
The Schumacher Center is heir to the programs of the E. F. Schumacher Society, founded in 1980. It is a leader in the movement to create a new economy— one that supports both people and the planet. The Schumacher Center houses a research library that stewards the rich tradition of community economics and an annual lecture series that showcases the visionaries of the movement. Its on-the-ground projects test and develop models and tools to empower citizens in the economic realm.
About the Library
The Schumacher Center’s Library, home to a number of special collections and archives, was established in 1990 to meet the growing need for a research center to steward materials representing the rich tradition of community economics. Housed in South Egremont, Massachusetts, the library has grown to over 12,000 volumes of unique materials that explore the theory and practice of building ecologically and socially responsible economies.
The 1,600-square-foot ground floor level of the Schumacher Center’s building is currently in the process of being renovated into a new space that will prove humidity and light control for the books, an office for the librarian, archival storage areas, and new bookshelf space for incoming collections. The renovated library will provide long-term protection of the integrity of the collections and build capacity for the Schumacher Center’s educational work.
About the Internship
The intern will be helping to move materials from the upstairs library space and into the new renovated library. They will also assist the Librarian with cataloging a new book collection (Mary Margaret and Charles Flint Kellogg) and in doing so gain a familiarity with LibraryWorld, the online library database, and the electronic records of the books and publications.
The Library Intern will also have the following responsibilities:
- Research websites used by students, educators, and activists and share the Schumacher Center Library as a resource on those sites.
- Reach out to relevant organizations and academic programs and present information about the Schumacher Center Library, how to access the online catalog, and how to schedule in-person research visits.
The Librarian will provide guidance throughout the duration of the internship.
- A current U.S. Driver’s License and the use of a car.
- Excellent writing and presentation skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to self-motivate and work independently.
- Familiar and comfortable with public relations.
- Prior library experience is preferred, but is not required.
Housing in a 4 bedroom shared home near the Schumacher Center’s office and Library is available. The intern will work 32 hours per week and will receive a stipend of $100 a week.
If interested, please send a resume, a cover letter, a 1-2 page writing sample, 2-3 references, and an unofficial academic transcript to:
Amelia Holmes, Librarian