The ARChive of Contemporary Music and the Internet Archive of San Francisco would like to extend an offer to students studying Library and Information Science at Queens College to be involved in a joint book scanning project.
The ARChive of Contemporary Music is the largest collection of popular music in America, with more than two million recordings. Our music book collection is also one of the best in America, numbering 20,000+ volumes. 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.
Currently, we are looking for interns for Fall of 2011 and Spring 2012. Interns will share responsibilities with volunteers and employees and will be involved with every part of the project.
Internship description and duties:
- Scanning involves handling a wide assortment of delicate and valuable books while utilizing the Internet Archive’s Scribe Machine.
- Republishing and touch up is done through open source software at www.archive.org.
- Metadata creation/manipulation requires melding of our filemaker catalog with existing MARC records at the Internet Archive.
- Some library experience and/or graduate-level library classes.
- Good interpersonal skills, responsible, reliable, detail-oriented.
- Familiarity with and enthusiasm for music, books, and the visual arts!
Those that wish to take on a larger role will be invited to apply to formally manage the project for a term of no less than one Semester. Project Management will require overseeing all of the required processes as well as scheduling and managing team members. Management may be ideal for a student interested in receiving credit for independent study, or for those focused on a career in digitizing materials. Potential Interns should email firstname.lastname@example.org and should provide a resume with a few words about their interest in this project.
We would greatly appreciate it if you passed this message on to Queens College students or faculty with applicable research interests (Music Archives, Special Libraries, Digitization, Copyright/ Public Domain Issues). We would also love to discuss establishing a long-term relationship with your program that could be promoted to our mutual benefit. We are regularly undertaking cutting edge projects in the field and always need the help and spark that interns provide.
Will Susich, Archivist / Project Director
The ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street
New York NY 10013 USA