Periodic checks on different library job listserves gives me a bit of a reality check on my desire to be a youth services librarian. Not that it’s impossible, but if I want to stay in my area, the options become limited.
That made me think about special libraries because the Smithsonian is nearby and has a large network of museums and galleries. With a little digging on www.si.edu I found out that by 2015 the Smithsonian will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Not only that, they currently offer volunteering opportunities and internships. The internships they offer are in cataloging & metadata, collection preservation, and curation.
I’ll wait until next year to apply for the internship, but I’m going to complete a volunteer application before the end of this week!