Spring 2020 Internships -Nantucket, MA

The Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Library is offering three internships during spring 2020. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply for these internships.

Requirements for all internships: Enrollment in or graduation from an ALA-accredited master’s program; completed coursework in archival theory and practice or relevant experience with archival materials; solid time management skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed; strong research skills and an attention to detail.

Please send a cover letter that indicates the internship for which you are applying and a description of how this internship aligns with your career goals, a resume, and two references to aholmes@nha.org. Deadline for applications is November 30.

Archives Intern:

Preference for this internship is given to recent graduates from ALA-accredited library science programs and then to currently enrolled graduate students.

Working closely with the Associate Director, the archives intern participates in all aspects of archives management and gains hands-on experience working with manuscript, photographic, and audiovisual collections. They conduct specific processing and cataloging projects, document and refine existing procedures, and assist with collection development activities. The intern also participates in the Research Library’s reference desk schedule, develops collections-focused posts for social media, and compiles processing and reference statistics. Based on the intern’s interests, they may also plan and propose outreach projects, contribute to ongoing collections assessment work, or catalog print materials.

Requirements: Completed coursework in archival theory and practice or relevant experience with archival materials; solid time management skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed; strong research skills and an attention to detail.

Skills/Knowledge desired: Basic understanding of archival appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation; familiarity with DACS and MPLP methodology; experience with handling rare/fragile materials; strong research and organizational skills.

The archives internship is twenty weeks with a January 13 start date, though there is some room for flexibility. The intern works 37.5 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; they are paid $12.50 per hour on a bi-weekly basis. Shared intern housing is available, and interns are eligible for a public transit commuter pass.

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Digitization and Metadata Intern:

This internship is open to current graduate students in an ALA-accredited library science program for course credit.

Working closely with the NHA’s digitization archivist, the digitization and metadata intern participates in all stages of the digitization workflow, including selection of materials, image capture, and metadata creation. They work with the digitization archivist to develop digitization priorities, with a focus on bound materials and photographs, and research intellectual property issues related to collection materials as needed. Working with staff and fellow interns, they respond to researcher-based reproduction requests, creating invoices, scanning materials, and delivering files. The digitization and metadata intern also completes ongoing metadata cleanup and verification as part of the organization’s collections management software migration. They explore opportunities to promote the library’s collection through social media posts, the NHA member newsletter, and other applicable outlets.

Requirements: Completed coursework in archival theory and practice or relevant experience with archival materials; solid time management skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed; strong research skills and an attention to detail.

Skills/Knowledge desired: Familiar with handwritten documents; familiar with digital imaging and image file types; comfortable with learning new technology and problem solving; familiar with descriptive standards and metadata schemas.

The digitization and metadata internship is sixteen weeks with a January 13 start date, though there is some room for flexibility. Interns work 37.5 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The intern will receive a $250 weekly stipend, shared intern housing, and a public transit commuter pass.

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Map Cataloging Intern

This internship is open to current graduate students in an ALA-accredited library science program for course credit.

Working closely with the Associate Director, the Map Cataloging Intern gains hands-on experience with library technical services work, including cataloging, processing, preservation, and collection maintenance. The intern first learns how to perform RDA-compliant copy cataloging using books in the Research Library’s backlog, search for MARC records in OCLC Connexion, and update records in the association’s collections management software. Once they are comfortable with these processes, the intern focuses on cataloging and rehousing the association’s map collection. They create original catalog records as needed, in consultation with the Associate Director. They note conservation priorities, document workflows, and compile cataloging statistics. They explore opportunities to promote the library’s map collection through social media posts, the NHA member newsletter, and other applicable outlets.

Requirements: Completed coursework in cataloging; solid time management skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently, to seek clarification, and to offer suggestions when needed; strong research skills and an attention to detail.

Skills/Knowledge desired: Familiar with MARC, RDA, Library of Congress subject and name authorities, and Dewey classification system; dedication to getting the details right; familiarity with and interest in geography and cartographic materials.

The special collections cataloging internship is sixteen weeks with a January 13 start date, though there is some room for flexibility. Interns work 37.5 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The intern will receive a $250 weekly stipend, shared intern housing, and a public transit commuter pass.

Amelia Holmes

Associate Director, Research Library

Nantucket Historical Association

7 Fair St.

P.O. Box 1016

Nantucket, MA 02554

Office: (508) 228-1894 ext. 301