Cataloger/Historical Collections

Opportunity Type: Internship

FIGHT Program: AIDS Library

Employer: Philadelphia FIGHT/ The AIDS Library
Location: Philadelphia, PA


We seek volunteers with library science training/education to assist in cataloging books and DVDs, developing OPAC in KOHA, an open source ILS. Volunteer positions are ideally filled by current or former students of Cataloging I or II or Library Automation, who are looking for more experience. Students with an interest in Open Source Software are especially encouraged to take the opportunity to work with KOHA 3.14.05


weekly: 2-3, any time M-F 10-5pm, and Thursday 1-7pm (5-7pm preferred)

Tasks and Responsibilities

Cataloger: copy and original cataloging books and DVDs; create Item Records for materials that have Catalog Records in the system to enable automated circulation.

Collections: assist in evaluating/processing materials that meet criteria for currency and historical significance; work with staff to maintain relationships with relevant archives.


Background knowledge of HIV/AIDS issues, cultural and medical.

This position is ideal to gain historical perspective of the AIDS pandemic; experience in current and archive collections. Internship can be used for practicum credit.


Required: an understanding of the principles and concepts of MARC and AACR2 is required. Volunteers would benefit from:

  • experience with integration, development, and maintenance of an open source ILS
  • knowledge of open source indexing systems (Zebra, Solr, etc.)
  • programming skills in Perl and experience with mySQL
  • familiarity with MARC, MARCXML, Dublin Core, Z39.50 protocol
  • self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented; excellent database and search skills


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