Intern: Cataloging & Processing, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library , Oakland

ORGANIZATION TYPE: Special Libraries [law, medical, etc.]

LOCATION: Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library ( link goes to non-SJSU web site)
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA link goes to non-SJSU web site 94609

JOB TITLE: Cataloging and Processing Intern

The Niebyl-Roscoe Proctor Marxist Library for Social Research aims to help working people understand and create our role in history by maintaining and building an accessible library and archive, by organizing classes and discussions, and by providing community space and resources to promote culture and critical thinking. We are inclusive, independent, nonsectarian, anti-capitalist and committed to struggle for democracy and against all forms of discrimination.

We have recently begun to catalog our book collection of around 13,000 volumes, and need the help of an intern with cataloging knowledge and experience. We are also interested in working with folks without experience, so if you are interested, but lack any of the below, please feel free to reach out!

During your internship, you will help with:

  • cataloging. This will mainly be copy cataloging, but some original cataloging may be performed depending on knowledge and experience.
  • data entry
  • processing of library collections including applying spine labels and barcodes

Depending on qualifications and experience, there is potential for assisting the Cataloging Librarian with classification and subject analysis.

In addition to technical services work, there will be an additional need for help with other duties as assigned such as:

  • outreach
  • social media assistance
  • fundraising

Some physical labor including carrying books, moving boxes, shelving, reshelving, and shifting may be required. If you are otherwise interested and unable to perform these latter tasks, please let us know so we can accommodate you.


TASK TYPE: Non-Archival


The below qualifications are recommended but not required. The more experience you have, the better it is, but not all (or potentially any) of the below is essential before starting this internship.
  • Knowledge of cataloging practices including AACR2 and RDA
  • Familiarity with creating and editing bibliographic records in MARC format
  • Knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system and subject headings
  • Previous work with an ILS, preferably Koha
  • Familiarity with cataloging tools and standards such as ClassWeb, the RDA Toolkit, MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data and OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards.
  • Subject matter expertise such as knowledge of Marxism, anti-capitalism, anti-colonialism, communism, the Labor and Peace movements, liberation movements, along with related struggles.
  • Familiarity with Windows operating systems, wireless networking, and basic tech support

SEMESTER(S): Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020
HOURS: Initial schedule will be 4-6 hours a week on a weekend day. As the internship progresses, flexibility in schedule including weeknights and/or remote work may be possible, but this is not guaranteed.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating interest and experience via email.

CONTACT: Ari Kleinman, Cataloging Librarian
PHONE 1: 9257056130
PHONE 2: 4158542622