Research Intern, Future of Libraries

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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 throughout the library profession. 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 Center for the Future of Libraries was established in 2014 to help identify emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve and to promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their futures. The Center works to build connections with innovators from diverse disciplines and perspectives to help libraries address emerging issues.


Working with the staff of the Center, the intern will explore trends or developments from the technology, education, or government sectors and develop resources or tools that might help libraries and library professionals better define their future roles in society. This internship will provide opportunities to learn from the Center’s current research and foresight process while allowing the individual to pursue activities and projects applicable to their educational/professional interests.


Advanced level coursework and/or experience. Enthusiasm for technology and social media. Ability to work independently, good organization and project management skills, and strong communication skills. Available for undergraduate or graduate students.

Open to Multiple Areas of Study: Library and Information Science, Advertising, Architecture, Arts Management, Communications, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Design, Education, Environmental Studies, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, and more.

8 – 15 hours per week, Monday - Friday

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