Heritage Room Now Accepting Applications for Internships
Salary: unpaid internship, without benefits
Hours: flexible schedule of 8-10 hours per week, with a 3-hour shift minimum
Duration: Temporary, September 2016-April 2017
Deadline for applications: August 5, 2016
Purpose and Scope
The Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia seeks highly-motivated, responsible applicants for an exciting year-long Digitization Internship fieldwork opportunity, described below. Two positions are available. These are part-time, unpaid, academic-yearlong internships running from September 2016-April 2017. Interns will complete a total of between 120-150 hours of work per semester. Accommodations will be made for candidates completing the internship for course credit.
Examples of past and current digitization projects include:
- Library Board minutes (https://archive.org/details/@acclheritageroom);
- Athens-area high school yearbooks (in progress, at https://archive.org/details/@acclheritageroom?and=subject%3A%22annual%22);
- Digitization projects in conjunction with the Digital Library of Georgia and Digital Public Library of America (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/Institutions/arl.html);
- and Flagpole Magazine (in progress, to be added to the Digital Library of Georgia’s online newspaper archive)
Other projects are listed at http://athenslibrary.org/athens/departments/heritage/contribute/volunteer.
These positions require dependability, tact, knowledge of library policies and procedures, and the ability to work as part of a team. The ability to start, finish, or pick up work projects at various points, without direct supervision, is vital.
Minimum Education, Training, and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent required, with college degree or college experience preferred. Applicants enrolled in a degree program focusing in archival studies, history, public history, or library and information science are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will have a demonstrated desire to work with library materials, will possess excellent communication skills, be detail-oriented, able to work independently, have fine manual dexterity, strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong experience using Windows-based applications.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assignments will vary according to the individual’s skill set and interests, and the intern may assist with other tasks as assigned. All equipment and training will be provided by the Heritage Room, where all work will be performed.
The Digitization Interns will:
- Assist the Heritage Room staff in capturing images from microfilm and original documents
- Edit images
- Record descriptive metadata
- Create public access to digital content
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Personal computer proficiency and the ability to use and understand computer applications
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate successfully with staff
- Ability to work with staff and volunteers with tact, patience, and courtesy
- Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance
- Ability to learn practical applications of metadata standards and schemas
- Ability to learn technical process for making digital files publicly accessible
About the Heritage Room
The Heritage Room is the archives and special collections arm of the Athens-Clarke County Library. In support of the Athens Regional Library’s mission to serve the community and region as a resource center, the Heritage Room collects materials on the business, economic, social, cultural, and natural history, politics and government, geology, archaeology, and geography of the local area, Georgia and the South. The Heritage Room seeks to serve serious students of Georgia history, local history and genealogy of all ages, from the beginner to the experienced researcher.