Unpaid Internship: Two positions at the Corning Museum of Glass Library and Archives, Corning, NY

RAKOW RESEARCH LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES INTERNSHIP

The Rakow Research Library is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, covering subject areas from archaeology to zoology and everything glass in between. The Special Collections & Archives department holds nearly 200 unique collections from glass manufacturers, studios, renowned glass artists and scholars, as well as design drawings and works of art on paper.

Crafted to meet the professional skills desired by the intern, this internship will provide career-relevant, hands-on experience with special collections and archival materials.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:

  • Gain knowledge about the library’s collections and archives.
  • Build a network of working professionals in the library and archival fields.
  • Through practice, enhance analytic, observation, and organizational skills.
  • Learn about archival theory and the best practices in the professional field.
  • The intern will submit a self-reflection piece upon completion of the internship, addressing his/her work experiences during the program. The essay format will be flexible, to be chosen by the intern.

RESPONSIBILITIES

This internship has two track options:

RESPONSIBILITIES: TRACK ONE, ARCHIVAL PROCESSING

The intern will work through all phases of processing an archival collection, beginning with accessioning, preserving, researching, arrangement and description, and culminating in the creation of an online finding aid in ArchivesSpace archival management software.

Additionally, the intern will participate in special collections/archives activities, including reference, and education and outreach, to gain a comprehensive overview of the operation of a special collections and archives department. The intern will put into practice techniques learned in courses, analyze archival issues as they come up in a real world setting, and observe principles of good practice.

RESPONSIBILITIES: TRACK TWO, INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES

The intern will take part in planning and executing the appraisal, ingest or disposition, arrangement and description of the physical and born-digital records of the institutional archives of The Corning Museum of Glass. The intern will train in ArchivesSpace archival management software, entering existing data as well as new incoming records into the database.

Additionally, the intern will participate in special collections/archives activities, including reference, and education and outreach, to gain a comprehensive overview of the operation of a special collections and archives department. The intern will put into practice techniques learned in courses, analyze archival issues as they come up in a real world setting, and observe principles of good practice.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

  • Interest in the archive profession.
  • Current or recent graduate student in a Library Science program
  • Coursework/experience in archiving.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently; ability to take direction; willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work with foreign language materials
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and push a book cart

This internship is available beginning in the fall of 2015. Ability to commit to at least 10 hours/week is preferred, and we can offer some flexibility regarding terms and hours. This internship is unpaid, but we will provide you with valuable work experience in a unique library setting. We are happy to work with your institution to arrange for course credit when possible.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • 15% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Shops
  • 15% Discount in The Corning Museum of Glass Café
  • Free admission to the museum during your internship for you and your guests

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please send a cover letter expressing career goals and interest in the internship, along with a curriculum vitae to interns@cmog.org.


RAKOW RESEARCH LIBRARY PUBLIC SERVICES FALL INTERNSHIP

The Rakow Research Library, the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, is excited to offer an internship for a library science student interested in the area of public services. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work with our diverse international patron base, ranging from grade school students to studio artists to advanced scholars. Intern will work with the Public Services Team, and the internship may be tailored to the strengths and/or interests of the individual intern.

The preferred candidate is energetic, outgoing, and dynamic. Applicants should have some practical experience with reference, instruction or interlibrary loan. The intern will have strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to work in a Windows environment is required.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Gain experience in the area of public services
  • Gain experience in reference, instruction, and outreach
  • Gain an understanding of the organization and inner workings of a specialized museum library

POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES

Other duties may be assigned

  • Respond to basic reference queries, in person and virtually
  • Assist in staffing the reference desk
  • Project work with LibAnswers
  • Project work creating LibGuides
  • Conduct instruction sessions
  • Plan campaigns and create content for social media

WORK & EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Currently enrolled in a library or information science program
  • Coursework, experience, or familiarity with reference, instruction, outreach, or interlibrary loan
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently; ability to take direction;  willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to work in a Windows environment; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and push a book cart

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Employee discounts in the CMoG Shops and Café
  • Free museum admission for you and guests during your internship

TO APPLY

This internship is available beginning in the Fall of 2015.  Ability to commit to at least 10–15 hours/week is preferred, but we can offer some flexibility regarding terms and hours. This internship is unpaid, but we will provide you with valuable work experience in a unique library setting. We are happy to work with your institution to arrange for course credit when possible.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to interns@cmog.org.  Deadline to apply is August 31, 2015.

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