Archive Internship - Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (fall 2019)

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Introduction

 

Founded in 1901, The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries is the third largest art research library in the United States. The Archives’ mission is to collect artists’ and architects’ papers that complement and extend both the 400,000+ volumes of the Libraries’ collection as well as the permanent collections of the museum’s curatorial departments. 

 

Founded in 1901, The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries is the third largest art research library in the United States. The Archives’ mission is to collect artists’ and architects’ papers that complement and extend both the 400,000+ volumes of the Libraries’ collection as well as the permanent collections of the museum’s curatorial departments. 

Position Summary

 

It is our goal to create Library Practicum and Internship experiences that are tailored to meet the needs and the career goals of each individual student.

A few of the many valuable experiences we may offer a student with interest in Archives are:

• Survey, arrange, process, and provide preservation and intellectual access to large and small collections. Add accruals to existing collections; evaluate and reorganize existing collections to better facilitate access accordingly.

•Review and update existing finding aids and encode new finding aids in EAD.

•Assist in the establishment, organization, editing, and application of metadata for new and existing digital objects. Digitize collection items when appropriate and develop content for online exhibits, publications, and other uses as required.

•Assist patrons and researchers in navigating collections on-site and online; respond to email research inquiries.

 

It is our goal to create Library Practicum and Internship experiences that are tailored to meet the needs and the career goals of each individual student.

A few of the many valuable experiences we may offer a student with interest in Archives are:

• Survey, arrange, process, and provide preservation and intellectual access to large and small collections. Add accruals to existing collections; evaluate and reorganize existing collections to better facilitate access accordingly.

•Review and update existing finding aids and encode new finding aids in EAD.

•Assist in the establishment, organization, editing, and application of metadata for new and existing digital objects. Digitize collection items when appropriate and develop content for online exhibits, publications, and other uses as required.

•Assist patrons and researchers in navigating collections on-site and online; respond to email research inquiries.

Qualifications

 

  • Undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates (within one year of graduation)
  • Library and Information Science majors preferred, but open to Museum Studies, Architectural History or Architectural Preservation majors
  • Experience in archives, libraries, or museums is a plus
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational skills

 

APPLICATION:

A resume and cover letter are required for the application. Cover letter should address the following questions:

  • What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
  • What you will contribute to this internship?

 

  • Undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates (within one year of graduation)
  • Library and Information Science majors preferred, but open to Museum Studies, Architectural History or Architectural Preservation majors
  • Experience in archives, libraries, or museums is a plus
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational skills

 

APPLICATION:

A resume and cover letter are required for the application. Cover letter should address the following questions:

  • What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
  • What you will contribute to this internship?

Intern Information

 

Length of Program: One academic term (fall, winter/spring, or summer)

College Credit: Available

Compensation: Unpaid

Questions? Please call or email Nathaniel Parks at nparks@artic.edu, 312.857.7676.

 

Length of Program: One academic term (fall, winter/spring, or summer)

College Credit: Available

Compensation: Unpaid

Questions? Please call or email Nathaniel Parks at nparks@artic.edu, 312.857.7676.

Application Time Out Warning

 

The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment. 60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment. 60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

Closing Statement

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

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