Approximate Date of Posting: March 8, 2017
Position: Library Intern
Location: Washington, D.C.
Company/Organization District Department of Transportation Library-Howard University
Time Frame: June 5th and runs for 10 weeks.
DDOT Internship Program
Research, Development, & Technology Transfer Program
As part of the District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) cooperative agreement with the Howard University Transportation Research Center (HUTRC), DDOT engages full-time students as interns from universities in the DC Metropolitan Area and all over the country to promote the advancement of engineering and policy research. HUTRC recruits the interns and manages the program on DDOT’s behalf. In 2017, the program will start around June 5th and run for 10 weeks.
Applicants for the internship positions must be in good standing at an accredited college or university and be enrolled full-time in a degree program related to the posted internship.
Minimum GPA Requirement (on 4.0 scale):
Undergraduate: 2.5 GPA
Graduate: 3.0 GPA
The DDOT Library houses the agency’s general, reference, map, serial, periodical, multimedia, and historical collections, as well as a small archival collection. The collection includes studies, reports, and plans from the various administrations across DDOT and the District government, as well as manuals, specifications, and other publications from professional and government organizations.
The Library is seeking an intern to assist the Librarian with two projects as well as running the day to day operations of the library.
Photo digitization project:
- We are currently undertaking a project to digitize our photo collection (many of which are historical) which contains roughly 10,000 photos
- The intern will scan photos and assign data, organizing them into folders on our shared H drive
- The intern will assist the librarian with uploading photos to our Omeka site, adding metadata and tags
Archival finding aid project:
- We are also undertaking a project to make our archival documents more organized and accessible to both employees and the public
- The intern will create basic finding aids for our historic archival documents (which are already inventoried and arranged into collections) which will eventually be uploaded to our OPAC for employee and public viewing
- The project has already begun and there are guidelines from the previous intern laid out, so the new intern would be able to follow these
The intern will also assist with various day to day library needs, including but not limited to:
- Shelving materials in Library of Congress call number order
- Assisting with daily reference requests/use our OPAC
- Assisting with the library’s Tumblrpage
- Assisting with selecting fragile and valuable archival items as candidates for digitization
- Candidates should be currently enrolled in a Library and Information Science Master’s program.
- A basic familiarity with Library of Congress classification
- Knowledge of how to use library cataloging software and perform searches
- Knowledge of how to scan photos and upload them to a content management site
- Some archival experience and/or a completed class on archival practice/theory, is preferred