Approximate Date of Posting: March 3, 2013
Position: Library or Archives Internship in the Research Resources Department
Location: New York, New York
Company/Organization Whitney Museum of American Art
Schedule/Hours: Full time:
Time Frame: June 5–August 4, 2017 (nine consecutive weeks)
Compensation 5,000 as a stipend
Source: Palmer I School
About the Research Resources department Research Resources provides information and access to primary resources relating to the Museum’s history, collections, and programming. Comprised of the Archives, Permanent Collection Documentation Office, Special Collections, and The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, the department addresses the research needs of Museum staff and qualified members of the scholarly and arts communities.
About the library The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library at the Whitney Museum of American Art contains a comprehensive research collection in the field of twentieth‐century and contemporary American art. It was originally built on the collections of books and papers of founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and the Whitney Museum’s first director, Juliana Force. Of paramount importance to research and scholarship on American art of the twentieth and twenty‐first century, today’s collections of books, periodicals, archives, and special collections are accessed by the Whitney’s own staff as well as by outside scholars and researchers. Combined, these resources chronicle the development, over seventy‐five years, of an institution committed to American art and artists.
Library Internship Under the supervision of professional library staff, the intern(s) will gain first‐hand experience in multiple areas related the management of a library in a museum setting. Interns will participate directly in departmental activities ranging from metadata and preservation projects to routine administrative tasks.
Responsibilities may include:
- Metadata creation for ephemera and books.
- Collections assessment and library space planning.
- Preservation rehousing for special collections.
- Reference and circulation duties.
The ability to work independently with attention to detail is required. Some heavy lifting is involved. Knowledge of MARC, LCC and LCSH, and Voyager ILS is a plus.
If interested, please send a cover letter and current resume to email@example.com
Archives Internship Under the supervision of the Archives Manager, the intern will gain first‐hand experience in multiple areas related to the management of archives in a museum setting. Interns will participate directly in departmental activities ranging from formal archival processing and description, patron assistance, and routine digitization.
Responsibilities may include:
- Archival processing (arranging, describing, re‐housing) archival materials according to archival standards.
- Creating and editing online finding aids using ArchivesSpace.
- Monitoring the reference desk and assisting researchers with reference requests.
- Digitizing and preparing digital surrogates of select archival material.
- Labeling and numbering folders.
The ability to work independently with sharp attention to detail is required. Knowledge of Archivist’s Toolkit/ArchivesSpace, DACs, and Adobe Photoshop is a plus. The ability to lift cartons (up to 40lbs) is required.
If interested, please send a cover letter and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org