The Smithsonian Institution seeks a summer digitization intern for the
Field Book Project, a joint initiative by the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History (NMNH) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).
Internships are 10-12 weeks and must take place between June 1 and August
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Field Book Project is seeking an intern to work
with the primary source field book collections in the Department of
Botany. The Field Book Project is a collaborative initiative between the
Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of Natural History
and works to improve access to primary source field notes, expedition
journals, photographs, and other materials documenting field work for
scientific research and discovery. The field book collection spans more
than 150 years of scientific field work and contains manuscripts and other
materials that document information on specimen collections that may not
be available on the specimen labels or in published literature. Interns
will reproduce original works in digital format for a myriad of imaging
QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be able to handle delicate manuscripts
carefully, should have a healthy respect for historic collections, and
should be interested in learning about best practices and techniques for
digital imaging in an archival repository. Attention to detail for quality
control purposes is a must. Any previous experience with digitization
and/or knowledge of digital image file formats, settings, embedded
metadata and naming conventions should be mentioned in the application.
AWARD PACKAGE: None
DEADLINE: February 25, 2012.
Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking two library school students interested in a summer archives internship. Interns will work with the Museum’s Theater Collection or Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection and will have the opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, evaluating the condition of the object for conservation and preservation, collection processing, and/or writing finding aids. Interns may assist with reference inquiries and the Museum’s ongoing digitization project, as needed. Projects will vary according to an individual’s skill set and interests.
About the Collections:
The Museum’s Theater Collection documents theatrical activity in New York City from the late 18th century to the present day. Tracing the relationship between New York City and the theater, collection holdings include: over 5,000 costumes and props, costume renderings, theatrical posters and window cards, drawings and photographs of theatrical personalities, a Yiddish theater collection, and 17,000 folders documenting local productions since the 1800s.
Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection
These objects document the day-to-day life of New Yorkers over the last 300 years with the bulk of the materials dating to late 19th and early 20th centuries. The ephemera comprise a variety of formats, including print material such as menus, invitations, pamphlets, and handbills; textiles such as pennants, sashes, ties, and scarves; and three-dimensional artifacts such as badges, buttons, children’s identification tags, and promotional items. The manuscript collection includes papers of influential New Yorkers and their families. The subject of the material encompasses a wide scope of events and subjects pertaining to development of New York City.
Each internship requires a minimum commitment of one full day a week (7 hours), scheduled during the Monday – Friday workweek. Internships are unpaid. Preference will be given to students completing the internship for course credit. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Masters program for Library Science. Interns must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds. Students with a focus in Archival Studies are encouraged to apply
To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Theater Collections Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK HISTORY WORKSHOP
Lyon, 1 – 4 September 2008
For the sixth edition of its Book History Workshop, organised in
collaboration with the Rare Book School (University of Virginia),
the Lyon-based Institut d’histoire du livre is offering four
advanced courses in the fields of book and printing history.
Courses on offer this year are:
GOTHIC ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK
(new course, in English)
PRINTED EPHEMERA UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS
(course in French)
TYPE, LETTERING AND CALLIGRAPHY: PART TWO 1830-2000
(existing course, for the first time in English)
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF INCUNABULA
(course in English)
The Book History Workshop is aimed at book and printing
historians and at the many other specialists who encounter
questions related to book and printing history in the course of
their work: researchers, teachers, archivists, librarians, museum
curators, antiquarian booksellers, collectors, designers, etc.
The four-day courses offered by the Institut d’histoire du livre
cover various aspects of the history of the book and graphic
communications. Subjects are dealt with from both theoretical and
practical points of view through illustrated lectures,
discussions and close study of original documents. The courses
make abundant use of the collections of Lyon City Library and
Museum of Printing.
The courses will take place in Lyon from the 1st to the 4th
September 2008. Classes will be held at the Ecole normale
supérieure – lettres et sciences humaines (Lyon) with sessions at
the Lyon City Library and Printing Museum.
Tuition fee: 490 euros (mid-day meals included).
In order to facilitate access to collections of original
documents the number of participants is limited to twelve per
For further information see:
Bibliothèque de la Part-Dieu
30 boulevard Vivier-Merle
alcollomb at bm-lyon dot fr