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Opportunities for Students

Hospice Volunteers: Belfast, ME

Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County based in Belfast, has a library of books and some dvd's that cover all aspects of end of life care and bereavement. It is open to the public and has books for all ages and professional backgrounds. We would like some intern help to identify key resources, make annotated recommended lists, and catalog this collection. We currently have an old fashioned "fill in the card" system and few typed lists of our current books.

We have a lot of volunteer help to re-shelve etc, but we are looking for some more professional guidance on how to make this resource really useful for the clientele who use it. We are an all volunteer organization providing non-medical support for families facing a terminal diagnosis or who have lost a loved one from any cause. You can see more about our organization at our website.

Please contact to discuss your interest in this special project.

Coastal, Rockland area, ME

Seeking processing archivist to assist in the organization of the Paul Motian Jazz collection. "Stephen Paul Motian (b1931-d2011) was an American jazz dummer, percussionist and composer who came into prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trios of Bill Evans. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties."

Duties of processing archivist include survey of collection, organizing and creating finding aids with cross-referencing. Must have knowledge of preservation of paper based materials. Knowledge of Jazz History helpful. Hours are flexible. Location in Rockland, Maine.

Please contact to discuss your interest in this special project.

McArthur Library, Biddeford, ME

McArthur Library in Biddeford has the challenge of offering computer assistance to patrons and would welcome an intern to learn more about this area of librarianship and to assist patrons in developing computer skill. This may include: ways to assist in finding materials of all types, using public access computers, learning basic computer skills such as creating an email account or filling out applications, and assisting patrons with various personal digital devices. This internship experience would offer the chance for an ILS student to see what public library service is all about and to work with a terrific, knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Please contact to discuss your interest in this special project.

Research/Outreach Opportunity (Maine)

A town in Maine is looks for a library student who might be interested in conducting a phone survey of town residents regarding their small library. Survey instrument development, research on phone surveying library constituents and experience in gaining Institution Review Board approvel would be part of the learning experience.

*As a capstone experience this would be open to Seniors with extensive library background per the 499 guidelines. For volunteer experience outside of the capstone would be open to all students to discuss with ILS program Coordinator. This project might also be undertaken as an independent study for a senior ILS student.

Please contact to discuss your interest in this special project.

Raymond Village Library (Southern Maine)

The Raymond Village Library is a rural library in Southern Maine and is looking for a volunteer/intern who is interested in learning every aspect of the library.

Currently, RVL is about to launch an open-souce circulation system called KOHA. RVL has an active children's programming and programs for teens and adults which include:

  • regular storytimes
  • author visits
  • book discussions and other collaborative efforts including:
    • upcoming Norway Savings Band financial management classes for businesses and entrepreneurs
    • Foreign Policy speakers via Maine Humanities Council in collaboration with Windham Library and local Chamber of Commerce (proposed grant)
    • collaboration with local schools.

RVl has an active volunteer base Customer Service is a priority. There are plenty of opportunities for special projects and fundraising is an important aspect of the library. This summer is our ongoing Book Sale and assistance with that will be needed. A Library Intern is welcome at any time during the year.

Library Hours are Sunday 10-5, Monday 10-7 and Wednesday 10-7 We may be adding an extra day this summer.

For more information, please contact Jodi Williams,

Southwest Harbor Public Library, Maine

The Southwest Harbor Public Library is open to hosting an ILS intern in their library. The Southwest Harbor Public Library owns a collection of over 6000 historic photographs. These form a visual diary of Mount Desert Island scenery, vessels, building and people. The pictures range from 1850 up to the present.They include work done by photographers Henry L. Rand, G. A. Neal, W. H.Ballard, Bryant Bradley and C. A. Townsend. The Library is also the repository of the Henry R. Hinckley Co. photographs.

A project students can undertake would be to scan and completely catalog this e collection. This is currently being done by volunteers but there is assistance needed with certain aspects of the work. Specifically they need help with converting tiff and jpg files into thumbnails, assembling documents and clippings into PDF files, and processing digital orders for prints.

For more information, please contact Jodi Williams,

Falmouth Historical Society, Falmouth Maine

The Falmouth Historical Society in Falmouth, ME is in need of a wide variety of help in our growing genealogical and collections activities. Our need cary from migration of our manual accession information to a software program; genealogical research; location and mapping of significant historical sites in Falmouth; assisting in program development.

For more information, please contact Jodi Williams,

Library Intern/Children's Services: Auburn Public Library

We are seeking an intern to offer assistance in a variety of tasks in the children's department. Hours can be flexible but we need reliability and commitment to the position.

Duties: The children's intern will be responsible for patron assistance, clerical work, circulation duties, book processing, program assistance, data entry, shelving/shelf reading, bulletin board prep and other projects as needed.

Benefits: This is good opportunity to gain valuable library experience in many areas of library services to children.

Qualifications: Information & Library Science majors are encouraged to apply,
Demonstrated interest in libraries and literacy, Strong attention to detail, Ability to learn quickly, multi-task, Computer knowledge helpful, Responsible and committed person, Cheerful and friendly manner is important and previous customer service experience helpful.

Contact: Debora Cleveland, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street, Auburn, Maine 04210, (207)333-6640, e-mail:

Interested students should also contact Jodi (1-800-850-5379) or send an email

Maine Media Workshops & College Opportunity*
(*Possibilities for Fall 2014)

Rockport Village! Maine Media Workshops and College is a 38 year old institution which has been a nonprofit school for the past four years. As one of 36 colleges in the state, we are small in size and big in focus and diversity, with over 2,000 students coming here from 48 states and 43 countries last year alone. We have the industry's cutting-edge equipment and technology; and, throughout the year, enjoy over 200 expert photographers, multimedia artists, and filmmakers as faculty.

Currently, we have a great need for a knowledgeable person to help us organize our library. While we cannot pay someone a salary, we can provide experience, support, room, and board. If you know of a student who is available, even part-time or during the summer, who can help, I am very interested in talking with this person.

Interested students should contact Jodi (1-800-850-5379) or send an email

South Thomaston Public Library

The South Thomaston Public Library is an all-volunteer effort open to the public 15 hours/week. We offer just about every service a large public library does, but on a much smaller scale.

We are interested in working with UMA to offer an internship to a local ILS student to enable the student to learn the ropes of working in a small rural library. We do have an MLS librarian with many years of volunteer supervisory experience. We would love to share our passion for good library service with the up and coming generation. We are open to new ideas and this would be an ideal sharing atmosphere for an ILS student and aspiring librarian.

We are totally automated (using LibraryWorld for our circulation/cataloging/OPAC), have a dedicated webpage, soon to have a Facebook page. We have two pre-school story hours per week with a monthly attendance of over 100! We also have an adult book discussion group that meets monthly, public access computers, and provide ILL to our patrons. Our collection is small (about 6000 books and videos) but meets the needs of our patrons. We also participate in the Maine Downloadable Overdrive consortium. Interested students should contact Jodi (1-800-850-5379) or send an email

Waterboro School Media Center

We have opportunities for field study or internship opportunities to students in an exciting high school media center.  We are transforming our outdated and traditional school library into a vibrant, information-packed media
center. We would love the opportunity to work with an ILS student. Great flexible opportunity for a student who is interested in learning more about school media centers in a changing environment.

Interested students should contact Jodi (1-800-850-5379) or send an email

Kennebec Historical Society

At the Kennebec Historical Society we have a collection of books, manuscripts, images and ephemera that currently exceeds 50,000 items, less than half of which has been appropriately inventoried and cataloged. The items cover 18th century to present Augusta and surrounding communities in Kennebec County.

We would welcome students and other interested people who would learn from and enjoy an opportunity to participate in what is now an ongoing process of getting all of these items into a computer database. We can provide volunteers training and supervision in the details of our catalog and database. We can provide computer skills guidance but would need interested parties to have good essential computer skills. The Society is generally open from 10:00 to 2:00 on Wednesday to Friday, but work hours can be arranged most days of the week.

For more information about the Kennebec Historical Society, please see our website. Interested students should contact Jodi (1-800-850-5379) or send an email

Outside of Maine

There are some libraries outside of Maine in the New England area interested in hosting additional ILS students if you live in that region, as more contact us, we will post their information:

Hingham Public Library: MASSACHUSETTS

HPL has possibilities for ILS students in their area. They are at 66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA, 02043. Contact for more information.

Grantham Public Library: NEW HAMPSHIRE
September through November, possibly December 2012
1) Possibility for the implementation of programming already planned, including storytimes on Thursday mornings, plan programming for the fall, and possibly for the spring for implementation. There is the possibility for 10-15 hours a week, and some work could be done outside the library.
2) A second possibility would be copying/moving all our web materials from their current location with the vendor Citymax probably to either blogger or wordpress or a similar hosting situation. The same "in-house" schedule would apply and same number of hours.

Please contact Jodi Williams ( for more information

Lincoln College of New England: CONNECTICUT

We are looking for student interns for the Hartford campus at this time. The library has great hours, and we have lots of projects to be done.

Lincoln College of New England is part of Lincoln Educational Services, we have 54 campuses Nation wide. We have an online college, our eCollege, and have 3 college campuses in Connecticut. The Suffield Campus will be closed by Mid August. We will be transferring the library materials from Suffield to Hartford, and will need help shifting the Hartford materials and re-cataloging the Hartford materials.


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