Diverse Bookfinder Intern, Bates College

By IS Lab May 13, 2021

Website Bates College

The Diverse BookFinder is seeking applications for fall ‘21 interns from library and information science graduate programs. This internship is designed to provide successful candidates with professional experience in librarianship and diverse children’s literature. This experience will allow the interns to both explore a growing area of expertise in librarianship and prepare the interns for professional opportunities. Interns will work with the Diverse BookFinder team of librarians, faculty, children’s book authors/illustrators, and publishing professionals.

Specific responsibilities of this position are grouped into two main areas: social media content, outreach, community engagement; collection development, including identifying appropriate titles and communicating directly with publishers.The Diverse BookFinder is an online, searchable database and associated physical collection designed to facilitate the discoverability and exploration of multicultural picture books. Our goal is to diversify and balance bookshelves everywhere, that all our children can find themselves reflected and celebrated in libraries, schools, and homes across the nation.

We specifically seek candidates with a critical understanding of race, culture, and power, and a strong interest in the application of this knowledge to analyses of BIPOC representation in picture books. Candidates who can enhance the diversity of our team are encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilities

Social Media Intern:

The Diverse BookFinder is seeking a social media intern to create, publish, and share relevant, original, high-quality content across our presence on Facebook and Instagram. We aspire to be a go-to resource for librarians, educators, parents, book creators, and publishers who seek to create collections in which all children can see themselves — and each other — reflected in the picture books they read. This internship is designed to provide meaningful, hands-on training and experience in the areas of critical social media literacy in librarianship and multi-audience outreach. Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator/ Editorial Manager the Social Media Intern will:

  • Design & share relevant, creative, and engaging content for all DBF social media platforms.
  • Create a regular publishing schedule & implement an editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific, timely campaigns.
  • Review national, state, and local news sources re: diverse book advocacy to select content to share.
  • Review Facebook and Instagram feeds related to the diverse books movement for content to repost or regram.
  • Build awareness of DBF tools, services, and research/data with online audiences.
  • Foster engagement with DBF audiences across all social media platforms currently in use.
  • Make recommendations regarding current platforms and others we might consider & suggest successful strategies for using social media tools.
  • Create, curate, and manage all published content (images, video, text).
  • Monitor, listen, and respond to users in a “Social” way while cultivating leads and conversions.
  • Oversee design (ie: Social media graphics for Facebook cover, profile pic, thumbnails, ads, landing pages, Blog, etc.).
  • Design, create and manage promotions and social ad campaigns, being sure to integrate with DBF’s overall marketing plan.
  • Compile reports for the team showing results using Google analytics, FB analytics, Instagram analytics.
  • Make recommendations and plans for revising social media, content marketing, SEO, and social advertising campaigns.

Collection Development Intern:

  • Utilize vendor services, professional tools, nontraditional resources, and professional judgment to evaluate and select picture books to maintain and grow the Diverse BookFinder collection.
  • Identify and request items in a timely manner; familiarity with online selection tools is preferred.
  • Maintain good communication and relationships with publisher contacts, and establish new ones as necessary.
  • Respond to collection-related questions from DBF audience/users and publishers/distributors.
  • Provide input for annual purchasing process through the Ladd Library.
  • Maintain collection-related databases — including acquired titles, titles to acquire (through both purchase and donation), and publisher contacts.
  • Evaluate and suggest new collection development tools and services that may improve or streamline processes.
  • Assist with the creation, maintenance, and updating of collection policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively — independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate a professional, positive, cooperative, team-oriented working relationship with colleagues.
  • Must exhibit effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and flexibility.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited LIS program and use this internship opportunity for credit or to fulfill program requirements.
  • Minimum commitment of one term (summer, fall, spring semester options)
  • Minimum of 60 hours over the term and maximum hours to be determined by interns’ program requirements.
  • Weekly hours negotiable, minimum of 10.
  • Weekly check-in’s via Zoom, midterm, and end-of-term reflective writing.
  • Of the two primary areas of responsibility, interns may have duties in either depending on time and workload. This internship is unpaid and to be used for program credit.

To apply to intern with the Diverse BookFinder please submit a cover letter, resume or C.V., and contact information for an academic advisor and one reference. The cover letter (maximum 1 page) should be focused on your interest in and/or experience with the role of librarians in diversifying children’s collections and advocating for diverse books. Specific internship interests (collection development or social media) will be discussed and explored at the time of a Zoom interview. Applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2021. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

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