Internship Library Reading Room Unit (European Parliament - Brussels)
Offre d'emploi mise en ligne le 25/11/2021
WHO WE ARE
The European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) is the in-house research centre and think tank of the EP. It provides research, analysis and information, on an independent basis, to Members of the European Parliament and parliamentary committees on all EU policies, legislation and issues. Usually known as the European Parliamentary Research Service, we comprise four directorates: the Members’ Research Service, the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, the Directorate for the Library and Knowledge Services, and the Directorate for Resources.
In addition, there are three horizontal units within the Directorate-General’s central services: the Strategy and Innovation Unit, the Linking the Levels Unit, and the Strategic Foresight and Capabilities Unit. The directorate-general comprises a total of 24 units and around 300 staff. ‘Empowering through knowledge’ is the guiding principle of EPRS, underpinning the mission of the entire DG.
In concrete terms, between 2014 and September 2021, EPRS:
- Answered over 21,000 requests for substantive research and analysis from over 90 per cent of individual Members of the European Parliament;
- Replied to over 3,100 such requests from other parliamentary clients;
- Undertook targeted research work for 20 parliamentary committees;
- Treated over 134,000 reference requests from within the Parliament and over 433,000 citizens’ enquiries;
- Produced over 7,200 publications, most recently at a rate of around 700 physical publications and 200 digital-only texts annually.
A video about the EPRS is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7mXXUZSq0g
A video specifically on EPRS publications is available at:
We are a team of around 10 library professionals, managing the Brussels Reading Room of the Library of the European Parliament. Our collection focuses on European policies, law, international relations and politics. Apart from the books, there is a growing number of e-books (now more than 150.000) and online databases, media sources and specialised e-journals available.
We operate a front desk, replying to some 20 000 reference requests per year and we organise classroom or individual training sessions for our clients, e.g. in the use of databases. Regularly, the Library’s reading room is the venue for events with an academic character, organised by the European Parliamentary Research Service or by Members.
Depending on your background and interests, you could participate in a variety of library tasks:
- Catalogue maintenance;
- Collection management, including electronic resources;
- Assistance with events held in the Library;
- Assistance in the management of the Reading Room or assistance with enquiries at the front desk.
- You have a strong interest in libraries and you are aware of the information needs of researchers;
- You should preferably have experience of working in a library and/or an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in librarianship or information science;
- You have a keen interest in ICT with the focus on the end user and have strong communication skills;
- You are able to work in the English language. At least a passive knowledge of other EU languages, especially French, is an advantage.