ARChive of Contemporary Music-Digitization Intern

Approximate Date of Posting: March 9, 2017

Position: Digitization Intern

Location: New York, New York

Company/Organization   ARChive of Contemporary Music

Schedule/Hours: flexible–we ask that you are available for at least one full day (11:00-6:00) per work week

Time Frame:  Immediately as well as through Summer 2017

Compensation Unpaid- but we are certainly willing to help you meet any requirements to receive course credit.

Source: Indeed


Founded in 1985, the ARChive of Contemporary Music is a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center located in New York City. The ARChive collects, preserves and provides information on the popular music of all cultures and races throughout the world from 1950 to the present. Since the ARChives founding in 1985 our holdings have grown to over 2 million sound recordings, making the ARChive the largest popular music collection in the United States. In addition to sound recordings and publications, the ARChive actively collects all books, magazines, videos, films, photographs, press kits, newspapers clippings, memorabilia and ephemera relating to the history of popular music.

To scan this resource the Internet Archive has installed one of their Scribe machines in our Lower Manhattan facility. When completed, all of our materials will be preserved electronically, OCR Readable, and available in-house for reading and research.

Digitization interns will be trained to scan initially, then will be introduced to more complex tasks once they are familiar with the process. Tasks include:

– Loading, Scanning, and Republishing books while ensuring high quality standards.

– Training and working as a team.

– Trouble shooting the scribe machine, mitigating cataloging inconsistencies, and navigating open source software at Internet Archive.

– Keeping work areas and equipment clean, neat, and organized.


– Strong technical (software/hardware) and troubleshooting skills

– Ability to sit for 6-7.5 hour periods, and comfort with repetitive motion

– Highly organized

– Excellent attention to detail

– Familiarity and enthusiasm for music, books, cultural heritage preservation and the arts!

– Previous library or archive experience or education is preferred, but not essential..

– Be able to handle delicate and valuable materials with care.

Undergraduate library experience and/or graduate-level library classes are preferred.



Deadline: Unspecified


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