Summer 2022 Library Cataloging Internship (2 positions)

The Temple-Tifereth Israel Lee and Dolores Hartzmark Library is looking for two interns interested in gaining hands-on experience cataloging in a small, synagogue-based Judaica library.

Interns will work with the Temple Librarian to update existing catalog records and help make materials more discoverable in preparation for launching our new online public access catalog.  They will also have the opportunity to meet Temple staff in different departments and learn about how we collaborate to serve our community.  There may also be additional opportunities to assist with programs or special projects.

The Library is in the midst of migrating our current library catalog to OPALS, a cloud-based library management system.  OPALS will allow us to offer an online public catalog, which includes features of particular use to our Learning Center faculty and students.  To make our collection truly discoverable, however, a great many of our bibliographic records need to be updated and descriptive metadata expanded to make them subject and keyword searchable.

Interns will:

  1. Catalog books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs for adults, teens, and children; primarily to update and revise existing catalog records.
  2. Assign call numbers based on local adaptation of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
  3. Use OPALS to create and adapt bibliographic records and item records.
  4. Use Library of Congress Authorities and other databases to assign indexing terms that best serve our Judaica collection.

Learning objectives:

  1. Gain understanding and experience of the cataloging process.
  2. Become familiar with professional cataloging standards as well as local cataloging needs.
  3. Become proficient in assigning call numbers.
  4. Gain critical perspective on the Dewey system and compare it with other systems designed specifically for Jewish libraries.
  5. Become familiar with different classification systems for children’s books.


  • Must be a current student in or recently graduated from an ALA-qualified master’s program in library and information science.
  • Must be resident in the Cleveland area for the term of the internship – this is not a remote position.

Preferred skills, competencies and knowledge:

  • Completion of course in cataloging/resource description, such as LIS 60602 Resource Description and Access at Kent State University’s School of Information.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Strong communication and organization skills.
  • Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish studies (expertise not required) and/or a willingness to learn.

Projected schedule:

Interns work 10 hours per week for at least the number of weeks required by the intern’s academic program (if they are still a student).  Exact schedule to be worked out between the intern and the librarian.

How to apply:

Send a brief cover letter and resume to:
Jane Rothstein, Librarian and Archivist, The Temple-Tifereth Israel,