Two Summer 2020 Internships (Paid), Art Institute of Chicago

Emerging Art Leaders Internship, Library Cataloging (Summer 2020, Paid)
Job ID 11008
Apply online: https://www.artic.edu/careers/internships

Position Summary
Do you find yourself at the intersections of art history and information?  Does the idea of creating and maintaining meticulously organized systems excite you? If so, then the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries invites you to apply for their Emerging Art Leaders Internship for Summer 2020.

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history. Collections include more than 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, and over 40 subscription databases. All periods and media are covered, but special emphasis is placed on architecture of the 18th through 20th centuries and 19th century painting, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. Special collections include over 10,000 items spanning six centuries.

As a cataloging intern, you will work in Ex Libris Alma and OCLC Connexion to import, edit, and enhance MARC bibliographic records using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), the LC/NACO Authority File, and the cataloging instructions found in Resource Description and Access (RDA). You will also create call numbers using Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and work on projects to maintain existing data in the library catalog. During the course of this internship you will work alongside art library professionals and gain hands-on experience with the various functions of technical services including acquisitions, cataloging, serials maintenance, and physical processing.

INTERNSHIP OUTCOMES
-Mentor relationships with field practitioners
-Peer-to-peer relationships with fellow interns
-Greater understanding of the functions of the technical services department of the Libraries, including acquisitions, cataloging, serials maintenance, and physical processing
-Hands on experience with metadata and resource management functions in the Libraries’ Integrated Library System (Ex Libris Alma)
-Awareness of the inner-workings of a large art museum with a global collection

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Copy cataloging exhibition catalogs and art history books using Ex Libris Alma
-Editing and enhancing existing MARC bibliographic records using RDA, LCSH, and the LC/NAF
-Assigning call numbers using the Library of Congress Classification System
-Assisting with other technical services projects as needed

QUALIFICATIONS
Required
-Undergraduate or graduate student located in or near the Chicago area during the internship period who has completed at least one academic year of post-high school study; recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered
-Enthusiastic curiosity for learning and applying the principles and procedures of professional library work including methods, practices, and techniques of library copy cataloging and classification
-Strong analytical and organizational skills and an attention to detail
-Ability to concentrate on detailed information over an extended period
-Good communication and interpersonal skills
-Committed to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums

Preferred
-Current student or recent graduate of an ALA-accredited program
-Reading knowledge of at least one non-English language
-Knowledge of art history, architecture history, or closely-related field

About the Emerging Art Leaders Internship
The Emerging Art Leaders Internship is open to all qualified candidates with individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts museum field particularly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.

This internship is part of a museum-wide effort to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the museum field, the opportunity to gain experience, career awareness, networks, skills that will together position them to succeed as future art museum leaders. Those selected join an intern cohort and have access to a range of programs to support their development in addition to their specific departmental placement. Mentorship is provided throughout the intern experience. Interns are also encouraged to remain connected to the museum and to other interns as part of an alumni network.

This project is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation. Additional funding for DAMLI is provided by the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation.

APPLICATION
Application must include the following materials:
-Resume
-Cover letter that also includes answers to the following questions:
-What you hope to gain from this internship experience
-What you will contribute to this internship-What challenge(s) or barrier(s) you face (personal, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, etc.) as you consider pursuing a career in the arts, and how this internship might play a role in helping to surmount those obstacles
Please combine all application materials into a single PDF for upload.

PRIORITY DEADLINE
For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Intern Information:
-Length of Program: Summer Term (300 hours, June-August)
-College Credit: Available
-Compensation: Paid

Emerging Art Leaders Internship, Library Reader Services (Summer 2020, Paid)
Job ID 11007
Apply online: https://www.artic.edu/careers/internships

Position Summary
Are you an emerging library professional with an interest in art libraries and special collections? Are you committed to helping individuals access information? If so, then the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries invite you to apply for their Summer 2020 Emerging Art Leaders Internship in Reader Services.

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history. Collections include more than 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, and over 40 subscription databases. All periods and media are covered, but special emphasis is placed on architecture of the 18th through 20th centuries and 19th century painting, prints, drawings, and decorative arts. Special collections include over 10,000 items spanning six centuries.

As the Reader Services intern, your role is two-fold. You will use growing knowledge of the Libraries’ special collections to research and identify museum-quality objects and will provide excellent reference assistance in-person, by phone and email, and remotely through carefully designed digital resources. You will work in collaboration with professionals across library departments and in consultation with the Director of Libraries to earn hands-on training in multiple areas of art librarianship, including reference duties, collection management, electronic resources management, metadata creation, and primary research on library materials.

INTERNSHIP OUTCOMES
-Mentor relationships with field practitioners
-Peer-to-peer relationships with fellow interns
-Understanding of Reader Services department functions, including e-resources management and database lifecycles, interlibrary loan, instruction, circulation, and reference services
-Hands-on experience with resource management functions in the Libraries’ integrated library system (Ex Libris Alma) and patron interface (Ex Libris Primo)
-Familiarity with reading room workflows and policies
-Experience in creating different types of metadata
-Critical thinking skills in analyzing books, electronic resources, and art objects
-Knowledge of how to handle rare and fragile materials as well as archival materials
-Awareness of the inner workings of a large art museum with a global collection

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Research and report on special collections material
-Create metadata, including images and catalog links, for special collections material
-Research museum exhibition history and write descriptions that enhance library content on the Art Institute’s website
-Improve findability of e-resources through editing, updating, and creating records in the integrated library system
-Select, retrieve, and set up general and special collections material for group visits
-Develop LibGuides content on library collection strengths to assist patrons
-Utilize art history reference tools and respond to in-person and e-mailed reference inquiries
-Contribute to collection development decisions by assessing and recommending database and monograph purchases

QUALIFICATIONS
Required
-Current MLIS student located in or around the Chicago metropolitan area; recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-Experience conducting research in a library and writing in a clear, succinct style
-Skill in multitasking and managing multiple projects
-Commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums

Preferred
-Previous library work experience
-Some knowledge of art and architectural history
-Familiarity with the challenges of working with special collections and archives

About the Emerging Art Leaders Internship
The Emerging Art Leaders Internship is open to all qualified candidates with individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the arts museum field particularly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those who demonstrate commitment to the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.

This internship is part of a museum-wide effort to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the museum field, the opportunity to gain experience, career awareness, networks, and skills that will together position them to succeed as future art museum leaders. Those selected join an intern cohort and have access to a range of programs to support their development in addition to their specific departmental placement. Mentorship is provided throughout the intern experience. Interns are also encouraged to remain connected to the museum and to other interns as part of an alumni network.

This project is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding for DAMLI is provided by the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation.

APPLICATION
Application must include the following materials:
-Resume
-Cover letter that includes answers to the following prompts:-What you hope to gain from this internship experience
-What you will contribute to this internship
-What challenge(s) or barrier(s) you face (personal, cultural, socioeconomic, educational, etc.) as you consider pursuing a career in the arts, and how this internship might play a role in helping to surmount those obstacles

Please combine all application materials into a single PDF for upload.

PRIORITY DEADLINE
For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm CST.

Intern Information:
-Length of Program: Summer Term (300 hours, June-August)
-College Credit: Available
-Compensation: Paid

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