The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is seeking student interns for the position of Gallery Attendant. As the first face seen by patrons, Gallery Attendants greet and welcome visitors to the Map Center, offer gallery tours, perform light reference work, and provide information about map exhibitions and the Map Center’s collection.
During times gallery traffic is light, the individual will work on special projects which will be determined by Map Center’s needs but assigned with an eye towards the individual’s skill sets, areas of study, and interests. Potential projects may involve public programming, educational outreach, reference projects, social media and/or web content creation, light cataloging, administrative tasks such as mailings and filing, or other tasks as needed.
This is a part-time position. Compensation: $11/hour. Shift hours will be assigned among the group of Gallery Attendants.
An ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, and customer service skills; they should be internet and social media savvy, highly motivated, and detail-oriented.
Graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a library and information science, history, museum studies, or education program are encouraged to apply. Previous library or museum work experience is beneficial but not required. Coursework or experience providing reference services are preferred. Special interests in geography, history, maps, and mapping technologies are favorable.
About the Map Center:
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present. In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the collection, and makes its resources available to the public through its website, exhibitions, publications, lectures, and other programs.
The Center has a particular interest in developing innovative uses of maps and geographic materials to engage young people’s curiosity about the world, thereby enhancing their understanding of geography, history, world cultures, and citizenship.
Applicants interested in the position should send a resume, cover letter, and three professional and/or academic references by May 19, by email to: Dory Klein, Education and Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com. No phone inquiries please.
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is an equal opportunity employer.