Approximate date of posting April 28, 2019
Position: Oral History Archives Interns (2)
Eligibility Demonstrated time management, organizational, and communication skills as well as attention to detail.
Ability and willingness to work varied hours as required.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Excellent computer skills and willingness to learn new programs, including audio-editing programs.
Interest in history and in gathering and sharing the everyday stories of citizens.
Location: Louisa, VA:
Company/Organization The Louisa County Historical Society is seeking two organized, enthusiastic interns to assist the Society’s Oral History Program. The interns’ primary focus will be helping to organize and prepare the oral history collection for public access and research. This is a multiyear and multifaceted endeavor involving research, writing, and summarizing and transcribing oral histories as well as digital file management.
Time Frame: 3-6 Months
Compensation: $13.00 –
Description Supervised by the Historical Society Director, the interns will focus on processing interviews, including but not limited to digital and paper file organization, converting and backing up files, and creating indexes and transcriptions. The Intern will also have the opportunity to provide input on the development of the Oral History Program, such as the creation of controlled vocabulary and recommendations on how to best make the interviews accessible online. This Internship will also provide exposure to the operation and activities of a historical society.
- Create an inventory of existing oral history interviews in the Historical Society’s archive.
- Process and catalog incoming oral history interviews and associated items (photographs, release forms, etc.) and revise processing instructions for others to follow.
- Assist with the digital preservation of oral history files, which may include converting recordings to different media or file types.
- Drafting interview summaries, biographies, indexes, and/or full transcriptions of oral history interviews and develop training resources and instructions for other to follow.
- Assist with organization and addition of controlled vocabulary terms.
- Occasionally attend monthly meetings of the oral history volunteers held to plan future interviews and share information.
- Research and write a proposal for the best method to make the interviews publically-accessible online.
- Research the best practices and ethical guidelines offered by the national Oral History Association and ensure that work performed in the archive meets national standards.
- May perform other duties as assigned.
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