Information Connections Research Intern, Smithsonian Institution

Information Connections Research Intern ā€“ Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

Assigned to the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, supervised by the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives


POSITION SUMMARY: 

Reporting to the Archives and Digital Collections Librarian and the User Services Librarian, the Information Connections Research Intern plays a key role in a pilot project to digitize archival collections and biological specimens, to create usable metadata for these collections, and to established appropriate connections between the digitized materials and the published literature in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org).  This project is funded under “Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes to Specimens and Published Literature,” a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Intern will be assigned to the National Museum of natural History in Washington, DC, and will be supervised by the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.  Duties will include assisting in the development of an online toolkit that will support the cataloging and management of biological field books, and contributing to efforts to publicize the results of this project.  This position is a 320-hour appointment and carries a stipend of $5000.00

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with Academy and SI staff to identify and define the nature of connections between field book references, citations in published literature, and natural history collections
  • Work with Academy and SI staff to establish a weighting system for assigning degrees of certainty to the different types of connections identified under the first bullet
  • Work with Academy and SI staff to define a sample set and assess the frequency of the different types of connections
  • Collaborate with staff in both organizations to develop a set of recommendations for Field Book Registry developers that will expand functionality to support links between related connections
  •  Collaborate with staff in both organizations to develop a set of recommendations for Field Book Registry developers to consider for system design that will support possible automatic identification of connection indicators
  • Assist in the design of a web interface to expose and publicize the “Connecting Content” project as part of the Library website, using the Research Division Content Management System, as well as the Smithsonian Fieldbook Registry
  • Contribute to efforts to publicize the “Connecting Content” project by submitting blog entries or similar content to the Library website, the Field Book Project website, and/or presenting a poster at a relevant conference
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

Please note that it is required that the Intern be a Graduate Student enrolled in an MLIS program, with completion of core requirements.  Experience in cataloging and web design required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Experience in library, archival and/or natural history cataloging, classification, and or metadata schema
  • Interested in participating in a cutting-edge project with a chance of failure
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Sense of humor

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 15 lbs.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75 % of the time.

 

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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