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Program Office/Description: 

The Preservation unit of the NY State Library has the responsibility for assuring the physical preservation of the Library’s collections consisting of nearly 20 million items.  In addition to making paper copy available for much of the Library’s collections, the Preservation Unit also performs conservation work to preserve the materials in their original form and imaging services to preserve the content of many items.

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

The Preservation Assistant will work part of their time in the repair and rehousing of library materials, and the remainder in the preparation of documents for shelving, and assist with environmental monitoring.  On-site training will include inspection, evaluation, repair and rehousing of library materials.  Additional training of other preservation areas will also be covered.

Pay Rate Dependent on Candidate: Undergraduate Intern $12.50, Graduate Intern $15

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

Reporting directly to the Preservation Librarian, the Preservation Assistants will receive training in:

  • Archival book and paper repair treatments
  • Pests and mold in the collections
  • Environmental (building) conditions
  • The history of paper
  • The uses for protective enclosures
  • Different types of book bindings
  • Reformatting documents
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Safety in the workplace
Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

This position is open to matriculated undergraduate or graduate students. Preference may be given to those who are pursuing a Bachelors or Masters in Library or Information Science or a combined Bachelor's or Masters in Library or Information Science Art or Art History, and/or those who may be interested in working in book preservation upon graduation. .

Experience working with their hands (origami, sewing, building models), attention to detail, patience, ability to follow detailed instructions, accurate measuring skills, and ability to work independently.


Student must be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week during the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to   Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-F21-4) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Internship Program: 
SUNY/SED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 
New York State Library

Susan Carver

Number of Interns Requested: 
Degree Level: 
Fall 2021
Pay Rate: