Friday, July 20, 2012

Internship in Paris

For all you Francophiles out there--Ooh la la!

The American Library in Paris seeks a dynamic, creative and enthusiastic Children's and Young Adult Services intern who has a passion for programming, outreach services and literature.

The American Library in Paris, established in 1920, is the largest English-language library on the European continent, serving more than 2,500 members of all nationalities, about half of them American. Its Children’s and Young Adult department serves children and their families from birth through high school, as well as local teachers. The department contains more than 12,000 children’s books, DVDs, and audio materials.

The intern will report to the manager of children’s and young adult services, and will work closely with other interns and volunteers on the youth services team, in
            Helping to plan and present programs for children and teens
            Assisting with collection development, including reviewing books and other materials in the existing collection and general collection maintenance tasks (shelving,
sorting, labeling, etc...)
Providing customer service at the Children’s Library service desk
Creating and supplementing book displays
            Providing support for children’s programming
            Helping with a new English-language outreach program to local schools

The selected intern will work for the duration of the academic year, September-October through May-June, approximately 25 to 30 hours per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday afternoons.

This is an unpaid position. Benefits include: vacation, medical and personal leave, meal vouchers, and a modest honorarium not intended to cover living expenses.

Candidates must have a bachelor-level university degree and strong knowledge of English- language literature for children and young adults. Creativity and public speaking and storytelling skills are essential, as is experience working with children and teens. Strong customer service, organizational and long-range planning experience is highly desirable. Knowledge of French is a plus!

Applications are being accepted now.   Finalists will be interviewed by Skype or telephone during the month of August. Please send a one-page cover letter and brief resume to Celeste Rhoads, Manager of Children’s and Young Adult Services, The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France.  For further information on this opportunity contact Dr. Betty J. Turock, Professor and Dean Emerita LIS or 732-742-6579.

For more information about the American Library in Paris, see the website:

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