LA Law Library
The Los Angeles Law Library is in search of MLIS interns for the coming terms. Although the position is unpaid, they do provide a really stellar internship experience, and past interns have spoken very highly of what they’ve done and learned there. If you’re looking for practical experience in a special library, law library, community-based information and education center, or in public-facing and policy-setting library roles, I recommend getting in touch with Esther Eastman or Malinda Muller to find out more about their openings.
LA Law Library is a vibrant community education center in Los Angeles County and a leader in providing public access to legal knowledge, putting national and international sources of law into the hands of those seeking legal information. In addition to acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources comprised of nearly one million volume equivalents — including one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections, LA Law Library serves as a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation. Our staff serves more than 50 thousand patrons annually, both nationally and globally, and the number continues to grow daily as new programs and workshops are developed with the assistance of our many partners to provide innovative legal research technology and services.
An internship at the library offers an optimal field environment for obtaining practical hands-on experience working with an approximate 1M equivalent volume collection, learning effective reference skills, honing communication techniques for interacting with a diverse public, and exploring collection development and management practices.
Under the supervision of professional librarians, students currently enrolled in a graduate program of library science will benefit from ongoing interactions with an ample cross section of library users, have the opportunity to explore career options as a special librarian, assist with and attend all training classes offered by the library to the public and industry professionals, and attend library board meetings.
Interns may also participate on committees and have a voice in discussions addressing current trends in digitization, preservation, grant writing and program development. Students will also obtain firsthand experience learning the tools of institutional policy, procedure and management-related decision making. Additionally, program participants may attend and participate in administrative and committee meetings while obtaining “on the ground” experience in all departments, from collection management services and technology to public services.
Candidates who are interested in obtaining the depth and breadth of experience made available through affiliation with a large institution like the LA Law Library will benefit from an intern experience with LA Law Library. A law degree is not required to participate in this internship.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter by email to: Esther Eastman, Legislative Librarian, Reference & Research, Patron Services (EEastman@lalawlibrary.org). Questions can be addressed to Esther (213)785-2532 or Malinda Muller, Director, Patron Services (213) 785-2560.
For more information, visit us at:
or call: 213.785.2529
301 W. 1st Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012