SPRING INTERNSHIP – NEW YORK SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN ARCHIVES – Unpaid

Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted to the design of the interior environment. It is dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of interior design through education, research, professional development, public programs, and community outreach. Critical to its mission is the engagement with New York City’s cultural institutions, access to design resources, and its immersion in the city’s economy.

The Library at the New York School of Interior Design is one of the only educational collections devoted to the practice and profession of Interior Design in the United States. A full time librarian has been on staff at NYSID since 1964, and the library sits in its third space during that time. Both library services and collections have grown significantly over the years. Currently, the collection holds 15,000 volumes that include books on architecture, design, decorative arts, décor, art history, construction codes and standards and sustainable design. The library also holds a range of material types, from books and journals, to digital images and audiovisual and manages a materials collection. NYSID is in the process of founding an archive and would like to first organize and create strong access points to its own institutional history leading up to its Centennial in 1916.

INTERNSHIP DUTIES

· Assess the condition of Institutional materials and rehouse multi-format items according to archival standards

· Arrange items into container and folder levels using systematic labeling

· Create Finding Aid using Archivists’ Toolkit

· Assist with storage and maintenance of the collection

· Determine if and how to treat items that need preservation

· Research provenance, scope, content and other necessary background information to optimize accessibility of letters, publicity items, photographs, distance learning pamphlets, and other items

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS

Required:

· Enrolled in or completed a Library and Information Science Master’s Degree

· Bachelor’s Degree in art history, design or a related discipline

· A demonstrated understanding of the principles of archival process

· Completed or pursuing a certificate in archives

· Familiarity with Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and experience and/or training working in Archivists’ Toolkit

· Competent in Microsoft Word and Excel

· Excellent writing and communication skills

· Ability to work well in a team environment

· Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds and be able to stand or sit for several hours at a time

COMMITMENT

· 15 hours per week, unpaid

· Internship can be done for credits through your academic institution

APPLY

Send cover letter and resume to Camille Lannan (Librarian of Cataloging, Outreach & Instruction) at clannan@nysid.edu with “Spring Internship” in the subject line

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