Graduate Student Volunteers

The Brookline Public Library is always seeking volunteer help staffing our Teen Space during the regular school semesters (September to December, January to May.)

We currently only consider volunteer applicants who are actively enrolled in a graduate school library and information science program.  For example, if the applicant is attending Simmons College, then they should have completed Reference (LIS 407) and Information Organization (LIS 415). Completion of Young Adult Literature (LIS 438) and/or Children’s Literature and Media Collections (LIS 481) would be helpful, but not required. Interest in Young Adult/Teen Services is strongly preferred.

Volunteers will work an average of 5 hours a week for 25 weeks, and duties will include:

  • providing information to patrons using the teen space
  • monitoring computer use and troubleshooting basic computer problems
  • basic shelving and shelf-reading
  • familiarizing patrons with the collections and the space

We are seeking enough volunteers to cover the afternoons every day, Monday through Friday, usually in four hour shifts, although evening volunteers are also welcomed.

More specific projects can be given if desired, to be determined by the intern and the Teen Services librarian.

Volunteers will learn about the daily workings of a public library, specifically in Teen Services, and gain practical experience in staffing a public service desk in a busy public library.

Interested parties should send resume, the names of three references and a short statement describing why you would like this internship to Robin Brenner, Reference and Teen Services Librarian, Brookline Public Library by emailing her at teenlibrarian (at) brooklinelibrary (dot) org.

All volunteers are required to fill out a CORI form.

Teen Volunteers

Currently we do not have any positions open for teen (ages 13-18) volunteers, nor will we during summer 2015.