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The OSU Library seeks a good writer with some background in library research or educational technology to assist professional academic librarians in providing reference services. The student will also assist with special projects, including creating a model for policies and procedures for the organization and operation of small libraries. The student may be asked to assist with some basic library instruction offered through Research and Learning Services.

The RESEARCH AND LEARNING SERVICES INTERN will work 10-15 hours per week during the (summer, fall) semester. Hours will be scheduled Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.




The RESEARCH AND LEARNING SERVICES INTERN will work collaboratively with the members of the reference services department, assisting in answering reference questions received primarily through chat and drop-in questions. This will involve basic questions, with referral of more complex questions to the appropriate subject librarian. The intern will also assist the social sciences librarian and the interim head of Digital Library Services in a consultation project for a departmental collection outside the library. The intern will also participate in library outreach to undergraduate students, helping to plan and carry out tours and other library events.

This position may be eligible for internship credit for some majors. Filing for credit is the responsibility of the student.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate OSU student enrolled at least part-time (6 hours undergraduate/4 hours graduate)
  • Familiarity with the use of library catalogs and discovery services.
  • Familiarity with the use of subscription databases to retrieve journal and trade magazine articles.
  • Comfort asking questions, seeking feedback and interacting with students, faculty and staff in a university setting, acting as a team member with information professionals.
  • Ability to work at least two or three shifts of two or three consecutive hours.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Completion of a research class within the student’s major.
  • Coursework in the organization of library materials.
  • Experience writing for public audiences.
  • Prior work experience in a school or academic library.
  • Credit or experience in technical writing, especially in developing reference guides or procedures manuals.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants must submit:

  • an application
  • a letter of interest addressing how your skills and background are applicable
  • resume

For additional information, please visit or contact the Dean's Office at 744-6322.

More about this Internship

Majors considered:

  • Library Science
  • Design, Housing & Merchandising
  • Communications
  • History, English and other humanities

Benefits for the student:

  • The student will work in an interdisciplinary team environment and balance feedback from multiple sources.
  • The student will collaborate with professional librarians in providing reference services in a tiered system for consultation.
  • The student will assist in planning and carrying out duties related to the work of library academic liaisons.
  • The student will gain experience in organizing a small library, especially in regard to classification and cataloging.
  • The student will gain experience writing policies for the administration of a small special library.  This experience can translate to other types of libraries. 
  • The student will have a portfolio of library policies that can be used as models for school, small academic, or special libraries.
  • The student will complete the internship with practical knowledge of academic library reference services. 

Benefits to the Library:

  • The library will gain time for its academic liaison librarians to work more closely with their departments, while maintaining their consultation services. 
  • The Library will be able to expand its outreach to more students.   
  • The library will have a model for small collections that can be used for informal consultation with small reference collections created by departments for their own use, which are not affiliated with the OSU Library.

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