Library Intern

Website City of South San Francisco


Applications are being accepted for the position of Library Intern – History Collection (Part-Time Hourly) with the City of South San Francisco.


SALARY:  $28.00/ hour; interns will be expected to work at least 10-15 hours per week for a total of 10 weeks. Internship period begins in January 2022 and ends April 2022.

The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 68,000 residents that grows to 110,000 during business hours. South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area’s main transportation routes, including 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 460 full-time regular employees.

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past.  In recent years, the City has been redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit, which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World.

South San Francisco’s biotechnology cluster is the largest in the world, with roughly 45,000 life science workers, 200 biotech companies, and over 12 million square feet of office/R&D facilities – with an additional 9 million square feet of new R&D facilities in the development pipeline.

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play.


The South San Francisco Public Library is a full-service library committed to delivering quality services to a diverse community. Library services are available at three sites, including the Main Library (on West Orange Avenue) the Grand Avenue Branch Library, and the Community Learning Center (CLC). Lifelong literacy services are provided by Project Read and at the CLC. The CLC offers reading, writing, computer, parenting, and workplace literacy skills, and homework assistance for elementary school students. Both Project Read and the CLC are known for their creative grant-funded projects and collaborations with local schools, CBOs and government agencies.  The Library’s annual budget is $4.3 million with a staff of 40 FTEs and a collection of 167,000 volumes. The Library is an active member of the Peninsula Library System and the Peninsula Libraries Automated Network, known for their innovative programs and management.

Ideal Candidate


Under supervision, interns will assist with archival projects at the City of South San Francisco Public Library and the Historical Society of South San Francisco. Interns will assist with collection processing, cataloging, digitization, public events, and social media and/or other outreach initiatives. They will gain an on-the-job understanding of archival standards and best practices and learn how to use the ArchivesSpace management system and other technologies used at both organizations. They will also gain experience working with a variety of archival materials. In addition to archival projects, the interns will help plan, coordinate, and host one public event in April. The internship helps develop the intern’s communication, research, information management, and problem-solving skills.


Performs a wide variety of archival work including processing, cataloging, and digitizing materials; conducting research, writing, and creating content for our website; and assisting with internal and external communication and public outreach.


Knowledge of: basic archival standards and best practices; proficiency with Windows and database software; experience using ArchivesSpace or similar management systems is desirable.

Ability to: Communicate well, both orally and in writing; detailed-oriented, highly organized, adaptable, and energetic; work both cooperatively and complete assignments independently; learn how to process and catalog collections and materials housed in the Library’s History Room and Historical Society; organize resources and establish priorities; and perform duties as assigned.

ExperienceNone required.

Education:  Intern applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university or college.  Coursework in Library Information Science, Digital Content Management, Archiving, Museum Studies, History, or Education is desirable.


This is a non-benefited, part-time hourly/temporary position.

Special Instructions


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Prior to hire, and after a conditional offer of appointment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract and is subject to change. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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