Internship Available

Ahniwa Ferrari /

Thank you for your interest. This opportunity is now closed. (May 12, 2015).

 

WebJunction Content Producer and Story Gatherer

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources.

A program of OCLC, WebJunction provides library staff with online access to continuous learning and the shared knowledge and experience of their peers. Founded in 2003, WebJunction is supported in part by OCLC, grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and many state library agencies. For more information, visit www.webjunction.org.

Background: WebJunction provides thought-leadership, learning, and resources on topics and trends to help power relevant, vibrant public libraries. Along with its value as a national learning resource for library staff, in 2014 WebJunction increased its focus on providing original articles related to the library field and sharing stories from libraries.

Job Purpose: Contribute to WebJunction’s value as a resource to the library field by creating and acquiring new content related to current practice and success stories in public libraries. Contribute to the templates and processes necessary to encourage and enable ongoing content creation by library staff, sharing stories that communicate the impact their libraries are having on their communities.

Timeline: Three-month full-time position for the summer of 2015, in accordance with the intern's academic schedule.

Compensation: This is a paid internship. Pay is approximately $17 per hour but may vary DOQ.

Responsibilities:

  • Generate regular posts for the WebJunction news feed that highlight newsworthy stories of public libraries serving patrons and their larger communities;
  • Create an ongoing program of regularly posted library case studies highlighting projects, initiatives, and activities happening in public libraries, including tools, tips and advice to enable others to replicate the powerful impacts that programs are having across and beyond the US;
  • Evaluate existing content for currency and relevance and make recommendations for de-selection.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the issues and subjects that are relevant to today’s libraries, especially U.S. public libraries.
  • Good familiarity with online sources of information about library issues; ability to discover online resources quickly and thoroughly.
  • Excellent English writing ability, including spelling, grammar, and turn of phrase. Experience writing for the web is preferred.
  • Ability to source Creative Commons images from libraries to use to illustrate news stories, and use simple graphic tools to prepare them for web publication.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially over email, that convey professionalism, friendliness, and an ability to persuade others to contribute their time or efforts for the good of the library community.
  • As this is an internship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to the position, either currently in attendance, accepted and planning to attend, or recently graduated.  

To apply, send an email with cover letter, resume or CV, and a writing sample to Ahniwa Ferrari, Web Content Manager at WebJunction, at ferraria@oclc.org.