Paid Internship Post: Northwestern University Library

Metadata Internship: 2012

Northwestern University Library has an archival collection that requires the generation and/or clean-up of metadata for an EAD finding aid.

Background information:
Item level cataloging for 1044 photographs held in the Vernon McKay papers in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. The photographs visually document about 25 African countries in the immediate pre- or post-independence eras. The vast majority of the photographs were issued by either outgoing colonial information departments or the newly independent government ministries of information. Many of the photographs have detailed contemporary labels. The photographs are an extraordinary resource that document political, social, educational, economic, industrial and public health development.

An EAD finding aid describing the 121 boxes of documents and other materials in the McKay collection was completed several years ago. This finding aids notes four boxes of photographs, but does not describe the photographs individually. The job will involve transcribing information accompanying the photographs or, in some cases, providing titles and other descriptive information where none currently exists. The intern will enter this and other descriptive metadata into the Library’s archival management system, Archon (, which will export a properly formatted finding aid in EAD XML that will be accessible through the Library’s web site (

The applicant must have an interest in cataloging/metadata. This is a 20-hour per week, paid internship. Relocation reimbursement and on campus housing is not available. The internship will begin June 2012, last fourteen weeks, and be located in Northwestern University Library in Evanston, IL.

Please send cover letter and resume to,

Nicole Finzer, Visual Resources Librarian Digital Collections, Library Technology Division, Northwestern University Library