Musselman Updates: Human Library, Summer Externship, and Fall Internship Opportunities

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The Human Library: Everyone Has a Story

On Wednesday, March 27, Musselman Library will host the Human Library. What is it? The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.  It’s a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered.  Through on-one-one or small group conversations, books and readers will have a chance to challenge prejudices and stereotypes and learn about different perspectives.


All “books” will be available in the Apse in Musselman Library.  When you borrow a human book, you will sit down with them at one of the library tables, and talk and listen for up to 20 minutes.

More information is available on the Human Library Guide. Click on the “Meet Our Books-2019” tab to learn more about the stories available. “Book” topics range from living with grief to growing up in poverty to raising goats.  Human Library 2019 is shaping up to provide fascinating conversations.  You don’t want to miss it!

If you want to make sure you have the opportunity to “read” a particular book, click on the “For Readers” tab to sign up to reserve a book.  Or swing by during the program, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. in the Apse of Musselman Library (main floor), and read whoever is available.
The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Engagement, and is part of Stop Bias at the Burg.

Careers in Library & Information Science – A Week-Long Summer Externship

Are you interested in the field of library and information science?

Bryn Mawr, Gettysburg, Haverford, Lafayette and Swarthmore College Libraries are seeking students to participate in a week-long, paid externship on the Bryn Mawr College campus (May 20-24, 2019).

The goal is to introduce students from underrepresented groups to the field of library and information science and to promote the American Library Association’s fundamental values of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. A cohort of up to 10 students will participate (1-2 from each campus). The week will include presentations, discussions, readings, and field trips – this is not a traditional job shadowing experience! Together externs and librarians will explore career options and connections between librarianship and pressing social issues.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend. Housing, meals, and transportation to/from Bryn Mawr (from Gettysburg or a similar distance) will be covered.

The Gettysburg student extern(s) will have the opportunity to be employed in Musselman Library in fall 2019, as well.

Apply online by Sunday, March 31, 2019. Questions? Contact Janelle Wertzberger, Assistant Dean of the Library,, 717-337-7010.

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Opportunity to Conduct Semester-long Research in Special Collections, Fall 2019

Are you interested in historical research? Does having the opportunity to get paid to use primary source materials sound like a dream come true? If so, consider applying for the Fall 2019 Glatfelter Internship.

This internship is named for history professor Charles H. Glatfelter, class of 1946. In honor of Dr. Glatfelter’s intellectual curiosity and meticulous research methods, the successful candidate will conduct semester-long historical research on a topic using documents, photographs, artifacts, and/or ephemera present in the College’s collections. Research topics will vary and will be determined by the needs of Special Collections and College Archives as well as the interests of the chosen intern. The intern’s research will culminate in an end product such as a research guide, presentation, small physical or online exhibit, etc. The project will be designed to fit the research topic, semester time frame, and skill set of the intern.

The internship is open to current Gettysburg students who have completed at least one semester of coursework.  This PAID internship requires 6-8 hours of work each week during the fall semester. For more details about the position and instructions for applying, visit the Musselman Library website.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

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