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American Library Association
575 Main Street, Suite 300
Posted: September 14 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Paid
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DescriptionThe 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 Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
CHOICE (http://choice360.org; http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice/), the publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division and the publisher of Choice, the premier source for reviews of new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is looking to hire a student intern.
A monthly review service, Choice publishes more than 7,000 reviews annually, spanning all academic disciplines, in print and electronic format. Written by teaching faculty and academic librarians, some of whom reside on the Wesleyan campus, Choice reviews are generally the first professional, post publication comment on new scholarly works.
ResponsibilitiesThe intern will gain valuable publishing experience working with Choice’s editorial director, assisting with a wide range of editorial responsibilities including, but not limited to, optimizing the editorial review process, proofreading and helping to develop feature content, and assisting in a range of editorial administrative operations. In addition, the intern will work with Choice’s general manager in an administrative unit covering the mail room (and the 25,000 books that stream in on an annual basis), our 3,000-plus reviewers scattered across the country, and publishers, both domestic and international, that submit books for review consideration.
RequirementsThe Choice offices, located in Connecticut, are informal and collegial. The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate interested in a career in media, communications and/or academic publishing. The intern should possess excellent writing and organizational skills and be detail-oriented, responsive to schedules, and computer savvy (including familiarity with internet research and Excel). S/he must be willing to participate in the mundane--as well as the more interesting--aspects of publishing.
The intern will work 10-12 hours each week, start date based on student's school schedule and lasting through the school terms (and summer, if interested). The intern will be paid $9.60/hour.
If you are selected, you will need to submit an official transcript and two recommendation letters to our Human Resources department in the Chicago office prior to start date.