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Rare Book Cataloging Internship – Summer 2022, The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (University of Virginia), Charlottesville, VA


The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections is thrilled to announce an internship for the Summer of 2022.  

Under the guidance of the Senior Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, the Rare Books Cataloging Intern will catalog a recent major acquisition of more than 400 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean rare books that comprise a focus on East Asian book history. This position plays an integral part in the discovery and access to these materials.  

The intern will gain experience and knowledge in: 

  • Cataloging standards (specifically DCRM(b), RDA, and AACR2) and the application of these for rare materials.
  • Knowledge of the care and handling of rare materials 

This position reports to the Senior Special Collections Cataloging Librarian and will work closely with the Curator responsible for acquiring this collection. The intern will join in on department and unit meetings and participate in discussions therein. During one week of the internship, Rare Books School is graciously providing free tuition for the intern to attend the course, “The History of the Book in China” taught by Soren Edgren. 

This position requires an on-campus presence while cataloging is being completed. The internship begins May 23rd and will last until August 12th (end date is negotiable). A virtual internship is possible after cataloging is complete.  

Our ideal candidate is currently enrolled in a Masters’ or PhD program with a focus in library science or Chinese history. We are looking for someone with an interest in special collections cataloging and who plans on pursuing this as a career. 

The full details are below: 

  • Title: Rare Books Cataloging Intern, Summer 2022 
  • Duration: 12 weeks (40 hours/week) with possibility for extension 
  • Salary: $25/Hour 
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia 
  • Application deadline: March 1st, 2022 
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 am -5 pm  


  • Bibliographic knowledge of Chinese, Japanese and Korean books 
  • Familiarity with MARC, DCRMB, LC Classification and subject headings, OCLC Connexion, and  SirsiDynix Workflows 
  • Cataloging background with focus in special collections cataloging preferred 
  • Reading knowledge of Chinese language preferred. 
  • Familiarity with Chinese history and culture, especially history and physical description of books 

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