This list of placement opportunities may change. Some opportunities may not be available each Fall term.
Allegheny County Library Association: http://aclalibraries.org
The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) was founded in 1991 to improve service. Partner opportunities can be focused within any of the departments including youth services, marketing, community partnerships, web development, and collection development. Work is done both on-site and remotely as well as in libraries throughout the county.
Andy Warhol Museum: http://www.warhol.org/
Located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. The Warhol offers placements in the areas of archives, digital preservation, and special collections as well as special projects.
Behavioral Measurement Database Services
Behavioral Measurement Database Services is a business service whose primary focus is database production of unpublished information-gathering tools for clinicians. Located in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, students are involved in database production, production of records, and task analysis.
Carlow University: http://library.carlow.edu/about.html
Carlow University’s campus extends for 14 acres in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Carlow's Grace Library offers over 107,160 book volumes and 23 databases and serves approximately 2200 students. Students work in the area of Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: http://www.clpgh.org
Free to the people since 1895, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the Pittsburgh area with a distinguished history of leadership among the country’s great public libraries. Through its 19 neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is the region’s most visited asset. Students are assigned to the Help Desk in the Main Library on the Oakland Campus and serve as the first points of contact to assist the public in navigating the departments of the library as well as its resources.
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries: http://www.library.cmu.edu
Carnegie Mellon is an internationally recognized institution with a distinctive mix of educational and research programs in computer science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, social sciences, fine arts and the humanities. Pitt Partner students are employed as library assistants in the Engineering and Science Library [science, engineering, technology], Hunt Library [arts, business, humanities, social sciences], and Mellon Institute Library [biology, chemistry]. Reference assistants receive practical training and experience in public services in an academic library, answering questions and providing information using print and online reference tools, live chat, e-mail reference, and multimedia software and equipment as needed. They are often assigned special projects in collection development and management or web development. Archives assistants gain training and practical experience in arranging, describing and preserving diverse collections including multimedia, and creating finding aids. CMU's Digital Library Initiatives utilize students in metadata creation, standards and file format selection, web site deign and usability testing.
Carnegie Museum of Art: http://www.cmoa.org/
The Heinz Architectural Center opened as part of the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1993 and has a collection that focuses on drawings, prints, and models, most from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It comprises one of the most extensive facilities devoted to architecture in an American art museum. Students with special collections background and/or a background in architecture and the visual arts are good candidates for this placement.
Chatham University: www.chatham.edu/academics/library.cfm
Chatham University Jennie King Mellon (JKM) Library’s collection consists of over 88,000 print volumes, videos, DVDs, and audio CDs as well as 50 electronic databases containing thousands of e-journals for research across the disciplines. The campus is located in Shadyside, just minutes from the Pitt campus. MLIS Students placed in the JKM Library work in archives, special collections and technical services.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/about%20childrens
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) has opportunities in both the Family Resources Library and Marketing. Students in the Library provide support to patrons and conduct story-telling. The placement in the marketing department contributes to a project initiated in 2011 to organize and archive photographic and historical materials.
The Children’s Institute: http://www.amazingkids.org/
The Children’s Institute in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is promoting the well-being of children, young people and their families and providing services that meet their special needs. Students with an interest in special libraries, solo librarianship, cataloguing, and resource organization are a good fit for this placement.
Community College of Allegheny County: www.ccac.edu/library/info/hours.html
The Community Colleges of Allegheny County train students for employment or transfer to four-year institutions as well as noncredit continuing education programs. Partners’ students work in the library of the main Allegheny Campus across the river from downtown Pittsburgh.
Community College of Allegheny County – North:
This branch of the Community College of Allegheny County is located 12 miles north of Pittsburgh. Students with an academic librarianship focus can gain experience in reference, marketing and other projects as assigned.
Community Public Libraries:
These facilities are members of the ever-growing family of public library Partners. Reference, preservation and archives, catalogues, and children's programs are a few of the many experiences that students are exposed to in these Pittsburgh area sites. Under the supervision of the library directors, students become familiar with many facets of general librarianship.
Duquesne University: http://www.sites.duq.edu/library/
Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university with an enrollment of over 10,000 located near downtown Pittsburgh. Students are placed in the Gumberg Library -Health Sciences and work on a variety of projects including the library website.
The eiNetwork furthers the mission of libraries by striving to ensure equal opportunity for residents to access information electronically. It is a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and is located on the basement level of the Carnegie Library Main adjacent to the Pitt Campus. Students work on special projects as assigned.
Falk School Library: http://tc.education.pitt.edu/library/
The Falk School Library is located in the Falk Laboratory School on the upper Pitt Campus. The Falk Laboratory School is a K-8 progressive and experimental school that promotes progressive methods of teaching children that can be observed and studied by those who wish to pursue teaching as a vocation. Students assist the head librarian in a variety of tasks required to maintain an elementary school library. This is reserved for students in the SLCP specialization.
Health Sciences Library System:http://www.hsls.pitt.edu
The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh comprises several libraries that support the educational, research, patient care and service activities of the schools of the health sciences (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing, Public Health), as well as the hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Falk Library, the flagship library of HSLS, is located in the University’s Scaife Hall and employs students in reference and technical services.
Historical Society of Upper St. Clair
The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair is located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. This placement offers archives students the opportunity to assist in the preservation and organization of historical photos, maps, and documents. Students may also be involved in identifying methods for storage.
K&L Gates: http://www.klgates.com/Home.aspx
In the 60 years since its creation, the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates has developed into one of the largest law offices in Pennsylvania. Partner positions are available in the area of Archives/Records & Information Management. Students with experience and/or a background in the legal environment are good candidates for this placement.
Penn State Greater Allegheny: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/greaterallegheny.html
Penn State Greater Allegheny is one of 19 campuses of Penn State University with approximately 800 students. The J. Clarence Kelly Library utilizes students in reference & instruction, special collections and archives. The campus is located 15 miles south of the Pitt campus.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre seeks archives students with experience in records management, cataloguing and archives. Students with a background or interest in theatre are a good fit for this placement.
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
This unique library offers parents and children the opportunity to “play” on sight at the East Liberty facility with the many toys housed in the library or to borrow them for use outside the library. The Partners placement focuses on records management, children and youth services, and digital collection.
Point Park University: www.pointpark.edu
Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park University is a small, private, liberal arts university with an emphasis on career-based education that enrolls approximately 3,600 students. Partners students may experience all aspects of an academic library.
Robert Morris University: http://sentry.rmu.edu/web/cms/academics/library
Robert Morris University offers Partners positions in their Pittsburgh Center Library in the School of Adult and Continuing Education. Students are placed in the reference section of this branch in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, just minutes from the Pitt campus.
Senator John Heinz History Center: www.heinzhistorycenter.org
The Senator John Heinz History Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in the state of Pennsylvania. Devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania, the History Center is a 275,000-square-foot museum and research facility that is located in the city's historic Strip District. Students work in the library and archives preserving books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, atlases, newspapers, films, recordings and memorabilia documenting over 250 years of life in the region as well as in the Rauh Jewish Archives.
Sewickley Academy: http://www.sewickley.org/
Sewickley Academy will be celebrating its 175th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year and are undertaking a project to have their archives digitized, catalogued and available for general use. There is 100 years’ worth of photographs, documents, and other archival materials. The goal of this project is to provide students, faculty, alumni and other community members with access to the rich history of the school no matter where they are.
Mattress Factory Art Museum: http://www.mattress.org/
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere. The archives are involved in new projects ranging from use of emerging technologies, increasing the online collections presence, establishing policies and procedures for working with living artists, and documenting the institutional life and developments of this most unique environment. Additionally, cataloguing work is available that ranges from records management to conceptual, ephemeral installation art.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is seeking an archives student with database experience for a placement that will involve inventory of recordings dating back to 1971 in a variety of formats. Primarily using OPAS, a proprietary data management system used by many orchestras, the student may also be able to get some experience using Archivist's Toolkit, which is used for documentary and photographic archival information. Some of the work may take place at WQED in Oakland; however, most will be at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh. Other duties will be assigned to provide general assistance with various aspects of the archives project.
University of Pittsburgh Barco Library: http://www.law.pitt.edu/library
The Barco Law Library is the geographic and intellectual heart of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, dedicated to supporting law school scholarship through excellent library services, comprehensive legal resources and current information technology. Partner students work the reference desk utilizing research skills. Experience and/or background in the legal environment is required.
University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS): www.library.pitt.edu
The University Library System (ULS) of the University of Pittsburgh offers a variety of opportunities within the 17 library units and locations serving the approximately 34,000 students who attend the University. Students may work in a reference department, a departmental library, the Archives Service Center, Digital Research Library, Preservation Department, technical services, or special collections. There are a variety of host facilities offered on the Oakland campus including Frick Fine Arts, the School of Engineering, and the largest facility Hillman Library. The archives, preservation, and the digital research collection is in the Library Resources Building located approximately three miles from the Oakland campus in the Homewood neighborhood.
University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms:
Placements are available with the special collection of the Nationality Rooms housed in the Cathedral of Learning. Through records management and archives and preservation, students contribute to securing its rich history which dates back to 1937 when the first Nationality Room Committee was established.
University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Art History & Architecture: http://www.haa.pitt.edu/
An opportunity exists in the Visual Media Workshop of the Department of Art History and Architecture. Archives students with an interest in digital collections, digital archives and/or active information management are the appropriate candidates for this placement.
University of Pittsburgh World History Center: http://www.worldhistory.pitt.edu/
The World History Center contributes to the establishment of solid institutions to support the study of world history. It draws on Pitt History Department’s long tradition of leadership in social history and reaches in new directions. The Center is active in facilitating collaborative research in world history (notably the World-Historical Dataverse) and in building international institutions in world history. The project is to develop a system of annotated bibliography for the field of world history. As the project progresses, other areas of responsibility will be added. Those with an interest in history will find this placement of particular interest.
UPMC Mercy Brady Library
The Brady Library of the Health Sciences is a part of UPMC Mercy and provides a wide range of services that support patient care, administration, education, research, and the community. Students have an opportunity to be involved in various projects and departments including inter-library loan. The Library is located on the hospital grounds in the uptown section of Pittsburgh.
Washington and Jefferson College: http://www.washjeff.edu/
This four year liberal arts college founded in 1781 is approximately 30 miles from Pittsburgh. Placement opportunities in the U. Grant Miller Library are in the area of public services and special collections.
WQED Multimedia: www.wqed.org
Current opportunities for Partners students are available in records management for WQED-FM radio. Pittsburgh’s only all-classical radio station, WQED is a lively advocate for the arts both locally and nationally and is located just blocks from the Pitt campus.
An organization may contact the iSchool requesting student/s to assist in specific projects which can include: databasing, organizing, cataloguing, creating bibliographies, web editing and a variety of other library-oriented tasks. Some of these projects are self-limiting and will require only one placement (3-term) to complete.