*LIBRARY INTERNSHIP WITH THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM*
The California African American Museum (CAAM) is located in Exposition Park
adjacent to the University of Southern California and on the edge of downtown Los Angeles. CAAM was chartered by the State of California in 1977. The Museum’s primary mission is to research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment, the history, art, and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States. CAAM maintains more than 3,000 objects of art, historical artifacts, and
memorabilia in its permanent collection.
CAAM’s library and archival collection includes more than 60,000 items of books, periodicals, research materials, audio and videotapes, vintage films, and other artifacts related to the Diaspora.
CAAM’s Research Library is being renovated to meet 21st Century standards and best practices as outlined by the American Library Association and Special Libraries Association. The goal of the Library is to serve the Mission of CAAM as a cultural organization as well as to encourage and support intellectual inquiry and scholarly research being conducted by a wide variety of community members. The Research Library is open to our varied constituencies five days per week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment
*Research Library Internship(s)*
Internships are considered part of the Museum’s volunteer program, and therefore are unpaid opportunities, though credit will be offered in exchange. All interns are directly supervised by the Research Librarian. An interest or background in African American studies, art history, and museum studies is helpful*, but not required*.
Possible projects (a general list which is subject to change) include:
- Research, identify and gather information concerning various grants available for funding support of library projects;
- Initial plan development and research for proposed oral history projects;
- Original & copy cataloging using Library of Congress standards;
- Cataloging & serials check-in for library’s serial collection;
- Retrospective catalog conversion project from Dewey to LOC;
- Reference collection update project;
- Once new shelving is installed, re-shelving of books and cross-checking them in the current catalog to ensure accuracy and currency.
Denise L. Mc Iver, Research Librarian