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Job & Internship Opportunities
The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) is a great place to gain experience while in graduate school! The FFL is nationally and internationally renowned for its innovative programs, services, spaces, and collections. It has been named a Library Journal Five Star Library for eight years, and is the home of the first library makerspace in the United States. Through speaking opportunities and innovation tours, the FFL has created partnerships inside and outside of the library industry, and has influenced librarianship on local, national, and international scales.
Support Staff Member
The FFL is seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals dedicated to excellence in customer service to join its current team of part-time support staff members. This position is uniquely designed for graduate students pursuing their library science, education or technology degree or graduate students in a closely related field. Recent undergraduates considering a career in libraries, education, technology or a similar field of study are also encouraged to apply.
As a support staff member, you will:
- Be the face of the library and create friendly, welcoming environment through direct interactions with our patrons
- Generate excitement around the FFL’s collections, programs, and services
- Build your skill set and your resume with additional experience in our dynamic 21st century information environment
To apply, email your letter of interest, resume and references to: Heather Matzel, Director of Patron Services, at email@example.com
This opportunity requires the flexibility to work daytime, evening and weekend hours as needed.
Please be advised that circulation desk duties involve standing and lifting/moving up to 40lb bins of books.
We know that you have unique ideas, skills, and perspectives, and we want your internship experience to utilize all of them. Have an idea? Great! Have lots of interest or enthusiasm, but nothing concrete? That’s great, too! At the FFL you will work one on one with a member of the FFL professional team to create a customized internship plan. If you can dream it, we can do it! We have hosted interns for the following areas:
- STEAM and Making
- Participatory Programming
- Marketing & Publicity
- Partnerships & Outreach
- Grant Writing
- Local history and Digitization
- Archives and Preservation
- Services to Special Populations
- Reference and Instruction
- Collection Development and Access
- Reader’s Advisory and Displays
- Children’s Programs and Services
- Teen Programs and Services
- And more!
To apply, email your cover letter & resume to Sue Considine, Executive Director, to firstname.lastname@example.org
This opportunity is for students interested in unpaid, for credit, experiential learning.
Past FFL Support Staff Members have said:
“Those customer service lessons still serve me well, even though I don’t work in the public library setting anymore. There is no doubt in my mind that it both helped me find a position as a librarian and helped me do a better job from day one than I would have otherwise.” – I.D., Reference & Research Librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi
“I came to know what success meant for a library on the level of the FFL, and found that my own standards had grown to match it. As I neared the end of my graduate degree program and began apply to professional positions it became clear that my experiences at the FFL translated into a tool chest of skills that excited employers, and when I finally received a professional position it was, in large part, because of the work I did during my time at the FFL.” B.B., Branch Manager, Williamsport Memorial Library, MD