Dumbarton Oaks Metadata/Archives Internship


From the VRA listserv:

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks (http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa) is seeking applications for an Archival Intern for the Spring 2013 semester. Please see the internship description below:

Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is seeking for an archival intern for the Spring 2013 semester to complete the processing and digitization of William Betsch’s photographs of architectural capitals taken in Istanbul, Turkey.  The student must be able to take the internship for a course credit.

During the semester, the intern will perform the following tasks:

*   Finalize the existing finding aid

*   Process the collection (e.g., re-house and re-name)

*   Digitize the negatives

*   Create a collection-level record in ICFA’s collection management system (CMS), ICA-AtoM

*   And if time permits, create an online exhibit and contribute to the departmental blog

The student will learn the significance of metadata, digitization, preservation, and the different methods needed to maintain the items for long-term use.  The intern will also learn the value of documentation by maintaining a work journal.

This collection was created by William Betsch, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami and a specialist in the art and architecture of late antique Constantinople.  Betsch compiled these materials for his Ph.D. dissertation, The history, production and distribution of the late antique capital in Constantinople, which was submitted to the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.  The study materials consist of more than 100 negatives (primarily 21Ž2 x 21Ž2 and also 35mm) and one photograph log book.  These items are the products of Betsch’s fieldwork in Istanbul, Turkey in 1970, when he documented and photographed late antique capitals preserved in surviving buildings, in the city and in museums.

The ideal candidate for this internship is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies, and has the following characteristics:

Knowledge of:

*   Archival practices and standards

*   Digitization and metadata standards

*   Finding aids

*   Preservation

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:
Rona Razon, Archives Specialist
Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Email: razonr@doaks.org<mailto:razonr@doaks.org>
Phone: (202) 339-6973
Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dumbarton-Oaks-Library-and-Archives/188985567883483>
ICFA Blog on WordPress<http://icfadumbartonoaks.wordpress.com/>

(Photo used under Creative Commons license: Dumbarton Oaks, Flickr user NCinDC, original can be found here)

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