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Library Cataloging Assistant (Internship), South County History Center (Kingston, RI)

About the South County History Center:

The South County History Center, located in Old Washington County Jail, was founded as the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in 1958. The mission of the Center is to lead the discovery and preservation of South County’s history. To achieve this goal, the Center preserves and interprets the material culture of South County through exhibits and study of archival, library, and artifact collections. The collections focus on the domestic, social, business, and cultural life of South County from prior to the period of European arrival in Rhode Island through present day.

In addition to its efforts to preserve and interpret the history of South County, the Center is dedicated to the promotion of both scholarly research and professional development in the fields of museum work, library science, history, archaeology, and other fields relevant to its collections.

Internship description: 

The Library Cataloging Assistant will work closely with the Collections Manager and other staff at the Center to assist in the first phase of a project to catalog and refine the Center’s library collection. The intern will assist in inventorying the collection, assigning general Library of Congress subject headings to each item, writing an assessment report, and identifying items to be weeded according to the Center’s Collections Management Policy.  The intern will receive training on the use of collections management software (PastPerfect).

This position provides a unique opportunity to work with a small and focused special library collection at a foundational organizing level. The Library Cataloging Assistant will develop skills related to library classification, cataloging, assessment, and management. This internship is ideal for library science students interested in cataloging and special libraries or for history and museum studies students interested in how a small institution’s library can maximize the research value of its archival and artifact collections. 

Internships are typically 10-12 weeks in duration, 10-12 hours per week and include skill-building workshops and field trips to similar institutions. 


→ Competency with computers; experience with database software a plus

→ Strong interpersonal and communication skills

→ Strong writing and research skills

→ Detail-oriented

→ Interest in libraries, archives, museums, and history

→ Must be 18 years of age or older

Physical Requirements:

→ Physical requirements include repeated climbing up and down stairs, ability to lift up to 20 lbs.

→ Must be able to perform duties while standing, sitting, and walking

→ The Center’s headquarters is a historic building that is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

Full/Part Time





Unpaid Internship

Closing Date

Open until filled

How to Apply

To Apply: Please send application, cover letter, and resume to Erica Luke at or submit materials online at  

Applications can be found at:


2019-08-22 |  Quick link to this job