Awards Internship, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

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The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1876, our mission is to share our vision of the importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information.

ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from our Washington Office. Our main office is located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, right off of Michigan Ave, with satellite offices in Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a division in the Chicago office.


We are looking for an intern interested in children’s literature, librarianship, and/or publishing to help with a number of research and archival projects. Possible projects include: updating our awards webpages, including Newberry and Caldecott sections, of the ALSC website with interesting and historical material (scanning/uploading photos, digitizing/uploading speeches, adding an FAQ section); create and converting manuals that exist as Word documents into Web-based documents; possible award-winning author/illustrator interviews.

Day to day activities will include: curating our children’s book awards submissions collection by unpacking and shelving shipments; answering phone call from parents, educators, and the general public about ALSC’s award programs and other work; and returning messages and inquiries from publishers. Help us organize and present the vast array of information we offer about children’s media, ALSC initiative and projects, ALSC committee work, ALSC history, and more.

Part-Time:12-14 hours/week (either 2 days @ 7 hours or 3 days at 4 hours each) preferably one academic school year; will consider 1 semester.

Candidate Pool- student with interest in Children’s literature and reading
Dominican University MLIS program, National Louis University, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education, or UIUC GSLIS LEEP Program

Major/area of study: LIS, Children’s Literature, Education


Ability to work independently in addition to working effectively with internal staff and members; intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); good organization and project management skills; excellent communication skills (written and oral); strong English grammar, and proofreading skills; Web development including HTML; comfort with step ladders; ability to lift up to 40 lbs frequently; previous experience in an office environment and an interest in children’s librarianship is a plus.

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