Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional development includes unpaid opportunities such as: mentoring, leadership, volunteering, call for papers (cfp).

Fellowships in Dance Archiving and Preservation

Dance/USA invites applications for the 2020 Summer Fellowships in Dance Archiving and Preservation for master’s degree students in library and information sciences. The theme of this round of Fellowships is Honoring Dance Elders and Pioneers. Four Fellowships will be awarded for Summer 2020.

The goal of this program is to develop an engaged, passionate, and well-trained next generation of archivists in the dance field and to advance models for community-based archiving assistance to regional dance communities. Aligned with Dance/USA’s core values of equity, inclusion, and diversity, this Fellowship program invites applicants who are committed to advancing a more equitable and inclusive archives field that reflects and supports the true diversity of voices, practices, and identities within dance communities. Applicants should be interested in building bridges of access to the arts with a wide range of diverse communities.

This program builds on the Fellowships in Archiving and Preservation offered by Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC), between 2001 and 2014, and on Dance/USA’s 2018 pilot Archiving Fellowships. Read about Dance/USA’s previous Archiving Fellows and their projects here.

This opportunity is generously supported by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Program Format and Project Descriptions

Timeline and commitment: June-August 2020, approximately 450 hours total.

Locations: Atlanta, GA (DanceATL), Los Angeles, CA (Viver Brasil), San Francisco, CA (World Arts West), Oakland, CA (AXIS Dance Company)

Stipend: $10,000.

The Fellowship will be supervised and administered by Dance/USA’s Department of Archiving & Preservation. The Fellow will receive orientation and training in dance-specific concepts and resources for archiving, and will work with local mentors and organizations on projects to preserve and create access to unique dance materials. Each Fellow will be assigned to work on one of the following projects.

Project Descriptions:

AXIS Dance Company: In order to secure, preserve, and make accessible the historically significant archives of AXIS, a pioneer in the field of physically integrated dance, the Fellow will:

  • Conduct an initial assessment of archives;
  • Develop and implement  a workplan to organize and inventory the archives
  • Train AXIS staff in systems and practices for maintaining the archives
  • Work with archivists at the University of California-Berkeley’s Bancroft Library to support the eventual transfer of archival materials to the Bancroft’s Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement (DRILM) Collection.

Viver Brasil: The Fellow’s project will have a joint focus on improvements to the sustainability of Viver Brasil’s archives and preservation of the legacy of the late Joselita Moreira da Cruz Silva, aka Zelita, a master elder and cultural specialist of the dance and music of Reconcavô of Bahia. The Fellow will:

  • Conduct a general archive assessment and, in consultation with archivist mentors, develop and implement systems and workflows to improve VB’s ability to manage their records and secure their legacy;
  • Inventory archival video documenting the dance and teaching of Zelita, and develop a plan for digitizing these at-risk analog recordings.
  • Contribute to planning and activities around enhancements to the archive, including the creation of oral histories.
  • Work with archivists in the UCLA Library Special Collections to develop plans for the long-term sustainability and accessibility of the archive.

World Arts West: World Arts West, the presenter of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, holds materials that not only document the organization’s own history, but the works of hundreds of individual artists and companies working in traditional dance forms. The Fellow will:

  • Conduct an initial assessment, develop and implement  a workplan to organize and inventory the archives
  • Prepare unique materials for digitization and scan select materials for preservation and access;
  • Visit select artists and dance companies in the Bay Area to conduct initial assessments of their archival holdings, with a goal of developing an environmental scan of the needs of traditional dance artists and their organizations in the region.

DanceATL: To support DanceATL’s new archive initiative to preserve and share Atlanta dance history, the Fellow will help design and pilot the following activities:

  • Select initial subjects for oral histories, develop oral history questions and methodology, and coordinate recording of interviews;
  • Assist with the selection, location, and acquisition of archival records documenting the careers of these oral history subjects;
  • Draft manuals for arrangement and description of archival records and assist with planning for long-term preservation and accessibility of records, including building partnerships with local archives and libraries.
  • Contribute to the development of institutional partnerships with archives in the Atlanta area with the goal of establishing a sustainable long-term plan for the archive project.

Other professional development activities

  • Fellows will keep a blog throughout the Fellowship period that shares their learning and discoveries and engages with the themes of the program. View blogs by former Dance/USA Archiving Fellows.
  • Fellows will attend Dance/USA’s annual conference in Denver, CO (June 17-20), and the Society of American Archivists Annual Conference in Chicago (August 2-8). Fellows will receive financial support for these trips.
  • Fellows will assist Dance/USA staff with tracking metrics and evaluating the program’s outcomes. 

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements:

Current full- or part-time enrollment in an ALA-accredited graduate program through (at least) Spring 2020. Fellows must be available to work full-time for approximately 13 weeks during June, July, and August 2020 and able to travel for conferences. (Exact start and end dates can be coordinated with academic year commitments.) Applicants who identify with ALAANA (African-American, Latinx, Asian-American, Arab, Native American) races and ethnicities, as gender diverse, as disabled, and/or as committed to advancing social justice causes, are strongly encouraged. 

Application Process

Submit a resume, list of references, and a Vision, Values, and Goal Statement explaining what the applicant hopes to contribute to and gain from the Fellowship and how this opportunity aligns with career goals and personal values. This statement should highlight any experience or connection with dance/performing arts and dance legacy materials. Please include any language skills. Applicants may, but are not required to, express a preference for one of the four projects described; however, Dance/USA does not commit to assigning the applicant to the preferred project.

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Please send Vision, Values, and Goal statement, resume, and contact and relationship (e.g. professor, supervisor) information for 3 references as one PDF named “Lastname_Firstname.pdf” to Hallie Chametzky, Archiving Specialist,

Applicant Finalists will be contacted to schedule a phone/video conference interview with Dance/USA staff. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of current enrollment in an accredited program.

About Dance/USA

Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, supports the field through research, advocacy, and convenings, including an Annual Conference. Dance/USA has adopted core values of equity, inclusion, and diversity which inform all aspects of the organization’s activities and programs.

In 2017, Dance/USA began the process of integrating the archiving and preservation programs of Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC). Formerly a stand-alone nonprofit, DHC was founded as an alliance of institutions holding major dance research collections with a mission to document, preserve, and create access to the legacy of dance. With the integration, Dance/USA has taken on this mission to provide archiving services to the dance field and build skills, resources, and awareness of dance heritage.

About the Project Sites

AXIS Dance Company, founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, CA, is one of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers. AXIS accomplishes its mission through three pillars of activity: Artistry, Engagement, and Advocacy. Led by Judith Smith from 1998 to 2017, and currently led by Marc Brew, AXIS has toured widely in the U.S. and abroad, collaborating with high-profile choreographers, while offering an extensive outreach and education program that is the primary pre-professional training ground for aspiring dancers with disabilities. More than any other company in the United States, AXIS has been at the forefront of the field, building a bridge between contemporary dance, integrated dance, and disability culture.

DanceATL, a service organization that supports the Metro Atlanta dance community, seeks to forward dance as a vibrant part of Atlanta’s arts ecosystem by connecting artists to resources, growing and engaging audiences in the city, and supporting the full range of the industry by cultivating an awareness and appreciation of dance that is sustainable and expansive. Project activities focus on advocacy, professional development and information resources, and are designed to gather and disseminate information, convene individuals and groups around key issues, facilitate networking, and stimulate the communal voice. DanceATL’s new archive project aims to build a community-based archive that preserves and shares the voices of elders and pioneers of Atlanta dance and gives visibility to the rich and diverse history of dance in Atlanta. 

Viver Brasil, a Los Angeles based company founded in 1997 under the artistic direction of Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró, honors Brazil’s African legacy through bold contemporary dance theater and increases awareness of the rich history of Afro-Brazilian dance and music through performances, arts education, community engagement and an annual cultural immersion program to Salvador, Bahia, that engage a variety of communities from youth to adults and seniors. Through rigorous research and continuous dialogue with living masters and virtuoso musicians and choreographers in Bahia, Viver Brasil drives contemporary representations of Brazilian dance in the United States.

World Arts West is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that supports over 450 Bay Area dance companies that are sustaining and celebrating the world’s cultural legacy. The work of World Arts West includes producing and presenting the nationally acclaimed San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival each June. With a forty-year history, World Arts West is being increasingly recognized for creating the epicenter for dance from over 100 unique world cultures, resulting in the most vibrant and diverse dance community in the world. Over the years, the Festival performances have featured over 26,000 artists. World Arts West is led by Executive Director Anne Huang.

Summer Internship at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Academic Library Intern

Bonisteel Library

Dates: 6/15/20-8/10/20

This is a great internship opportunity for someone interested in librarianship as a career. This position serves the needs of the Interlochen Arts Camp by helping to provide campers, faculty, and staff with resources to support their arts specialty and personal interests while on campus.

Duties include circulation, shelving, book processing, and implementing summer programs. This position also requires the ability to assist library patrons of various ages and interests with finding information by utilizing a variety of databases and the catalog. Other responsibilities may include summer projects ranging from collections management to work on the library website.

Applicants currently in an MILS program are preferred. Applicants must possess excellent customer service skills, proficiency with technology, attentiveness to detail, and a willingness to participate in a team environment. Experience with Mac OS and its applications is desirable. Stipend: $1700 which also includes shared dorm room and all meals.

To apply go to

Required documents for application are: cover letter/letter of interest, resume, and a current listing of three references. You can additionally upload these documents during the submission of the application process by selecting “Apply and continue to upload documents” button. Please upload your documents in a pdf format.

Archives and Special Collections Paid Internship, Loyola Notre Dame Library

Working in the Archives and Special Collections department of Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) under the mentorship and supervision of LNDL archivists, the Archives and Special Collections Intern will participate in accessioning, arranging, describing, and managing archival collections. The Intern will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities of the department, including public services, environmental monitoring, management of the rare book collection, and outreach initiatives.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assess collections, create processing plans, and process collections with guidance from LNDL archivists
  • Create finding aids with ArchivesSpace, utilizing best practices established by the department
  • Participate in public services duties, such as monitoring the reading room or responding to reference inquiries
  • Participate in outreach activities, such as promotion of the Archives via social media and the library website
  • Assist in gathering, reporting, and analyzing data from environmental monitoring systems
  • Assist in the management of the rare book collection

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate student or recent graduate of a master’s program in library and information sciences or public history with coursework in archives
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a commitment to delivering high quality customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives
  • Proficiency in use of the Microsoft Windows operating system, especially Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of archival standards and practices through education and/or work experience

Schedule and Compensation:

This internship is for 10-19.5 hours per week for the spring semester. Compensation is $18/hour. Experience may be applied toward a field study or practicum, subject to faculty approval.

Application Procedures:

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should provide examples in their resume and cover letter that demonstrate they meet the position requirements. Please submit electronically a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references with “Archives and Special Collections Intern” in the subject line to Jenny Kinniff, Head of Archives and Special Collections:

Librarians-in-Residence Program, Library of Congress

  • Program Website
  • Hosting Service Unit: All Library of Congress
  • Program
  • Interests/Areas of Study: Library & Information Science: Acquisitions & Collection Development; Cataloging & Metadata; Collection Preservation; Reference & Instruction; Systems & Standards; Digital Management of Information Assets.
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Application Period: Ongoing
  • Application Notes: Opens December 12, 2019 – Closes January 17, 2020. See USAJobs for detailed See USAJobs for detailed information. Application Link:
  • Compensation: GS 09 Pay Level
  • Academic Credit: No Credit
  • Available Benefits: LC Internal Discounts
  • Program Duration: Short-term. Temporary, Not-to-Exceed six months with the possibility of an extension for up to four months.
  • Qualifications: The program is open to students who earned or will complete their Master’s degree in library and information science from an American Library Association-accredited program after December 2018 and by June 2020.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The Library of Congress seeks early-career librarians to bring their intellectual engagement, technological savvy, and theoretical understanding of library and information science concepts to bear on practical challenges via the Librarians-in-Residence Program. The service units hosting residents are: Library Services; National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled; Law Library of Congress; Congressional Research Service; and U.S. Copyright Office.

Library and Archives Internship at Longwood Gardens

MLS (or equivalent) student or recent graduate to gain experience in the operations and management of a special library and institutional archives.

The intern is immersed in each section of the unit—Library, Digital Gallery, and Archives. He/she works on a variety of assigned projects as part of a team to achieve the unit’s goals in supporting Longwood Gardens’ mission. Currently, unit goals are focused on developing robust intellectual control and access across all collections.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Arrange and describe archival collections, develop finding aids, and make recommendations regarding storage, conservation and preservation treatment of archival materials in various formats, including born-digital records.
  • Perform basic administrative level tasks in Digital Asset Management System (Asset Bank), including scanning, uploading, editing, training patrons, and supervising volunteer projects.
  • Assist with cataloging of library materials and the strategic initiative to improve Authorities control in the EOS ILS.
  • Assist in cataloging materials including object collections and digital assets.
  • Assist in Records Management functions, including accessioning new records and ensuring timely destruction of expired materials.
  • Perform basic reference interviews and services as well as circulation maintenance routines, such as check-in/check-out, shelve books and compile usage statistics.
  • Perform routine environmental and pest monitoring in collection storage spaces.
  • Assist with Interlibrary Loan tasks as needed.
  • Perform various daily administrative and technical tasks.
  • Participate in Longwood student/intern activities and all required student/intern work projects.


  • Be pursuing or have recently completed a Master of Science in Library Science (MLS) or related equivalent.
  • Demonstrate a strong professional interest in cataloging and intellectual control of collections.
  • Strong Excel and data manipulation skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Be able to work on multiple projects in a busy, fast-paced environment.
  • Be able and willing to work independently.
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to interact in a courteous, patient, and professional manner.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Be willing to follow all of Longwood Gardens’ policies and procedures.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship. Apply by February 1 for a spring start.

To Apply:

Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship, Yale University

The Yale University Library welcomes applications for the 2020/21 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship, and is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.  Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students in distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally- ranked Department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department of the Yale Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston’s art libraries and museums are within two hours’ travel, providing further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues.

The Kress Fellowship is a 10-month appointment and focuses on multiple areas of art librarianship including public services, collection development and management, special collections, and digital collections.  Projects and activities will draw on subject areas served by the Haas Arts Library including the history of art, architecture, drama, and aligned area studies. The fellow will gain experience in reference services and library research education in the Haas Family Arts Library, Haas Arts Library Special Collections, and the Library and Archives of the Yale Center for British Art. Other activities will vary based on current Yale Library needs and the fellow’s interest and experience.

During their tenure at Yale, Kress Fellows are expected to pursue mutually agreed-upon projects resulting in a publishable paper, a new library service (such as a webpage or research guide), or other relevant deliverables. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to perform collection development activities or assist with library-based exhibitions. Kress Fellows also participate in library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and other collaborative activities. Fellows are expected to be professionally active and represent the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. 

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science (degree must be completed before date of hire). Background in history of art, architecture, or related arts disciplines. Excellent analytical, organizational, management, customer service, and interpersonal skills.  Ability to effectively build partnerships and promote the benefits of change in an academic culture that often values ambiguity, diversity of opinion, and historic precedent.  Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written expression.  Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.

Preferred:  Advanced degree and/or relevant experience in history of art, architecture or related arts disciplines.  Experience with web design and development and digital information resources. Reading knowledge of two or more Western European languages.

The Kress Fellowship is a competitive position. Applicants should submit a current resume or CV, a brief cover letter/statement of interest, and names and contact information for three professional references to Lindsay King via e-mail at, before February 1, 2020. The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community. There is no application form. Please be sure to include “2020/21 Kress Fellowship” in the e-mail subject and cover letter.  A search committee of Yale librarians will review submissions and contact candidates who are selected for interviews. The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for ten months and will receive an award of $40,000, prorated over the fellowship term. Health insurance will be provided.

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

For more information on how to apply, see

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Paid summer fellows program for MLIS students, UNC Charlotte

Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is accepting applications for our Atkins Fellows summer program. Applications submitted by February 3, 2020 will receive first consideration. These fellowships are designed to give LIS students hands-on experience in an academic library.

The Atkins Fellows program is an eleven-week paid summer fellowship for students at the mid-point of their Library, Archives, or Information Science degree program, or those within one year of having completed such a program. The program is designed to provide fellows with a work experience that is focused on professional-level tasks, with high levels of independence and creativity. The five projects proposed for 2020 include library work with accessibility, discovery services, instruction, special collections exhibits and outreach, and textbook affordability. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, job talks, and local conferences, as well as job shadow and participate in library meetings. Participants in this program will receive a $6,600 stipend, paid at an hourly rate ($15/hour, for eleven weeks of forty hours per week).  This year, we are excited to be able to offer program participants an additional $750 housing and transportation stipend to help with the cost of moving to Charlotte for the summer. 

Want to learn more about the program? Visit our website or join us for one of the following informational webinars where you can ask questions of the program coordinator and Atkins Fellows alumni. Click on the dates to register.

Tuesday, January 14, 5-6pm EST
Wednesday, January 15, 5-6pm EST

About UNC Charlotte and Charlotte, NC

With current enrollment at nearly 30,000, UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing campus in the UNC system, and Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Participating fellows will be able to enjoy an extension to our light rail system that will transport you from the university to many of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. As North Carolina’s urban research university, we provide access to all of the amenities expected of a city, including sports and music venues, museums and galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries, while still within driving distance to the mountains and the ocean. This is an exciting time to live in Charlotte and work at Atkins Library and we hope you will consider joining us this summer!

Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program (Paid)

  • Hosting Service Unit: All Library of Congress
  • Program
  • Interests/Areas of Study: STEM; Collections Conservation and Preservation; Law; Business; Humanities, Art and Culture; Library Information Science; Communications; Chemistry and Science; Congressional Relations; Geography and Maps; Government and Business Administration; Information Technology; Legislative Information; Policy Analysis; Public Relations; Cataloguing; Copyright; Digital Stewardship; Education; Finance; Outreach; Project & Project Management; Research; Web Services
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Application Period: Annually
  • Compensation: $4,500.00 (taxable income of $450.00 per week)
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: Transit. LC Internal Discounts.
  • Program Duration: Short-term. May 26, 2020 – July 31, 2020
  • Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students (Undergraduate, Graduate) or have graduated in the months of December 2019 – June 2020

For more info:

Now accepting applications: 2020 Andrew W. Mellon Native American Library Fellowship, Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum

Since 2010, the Peabody Essex Museum has gathered talented emerging Indigenous scholars and cultural heritage professionals for summer-long positions within the museum. In 2017, PEM added longer-term (12-24 month) fellowship opportunities to this program. 

The next long-term Native American Fellow at PEM will be hosted by the Phillips Library in 2020.

Applications are now being accepted; the deadline is November 15, 2020. This fellowship is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

More information, and the application materials, may be found here:

Join us for an Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the New Museum, October 27th!

Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the New Museum this Sunday, October 27th!

Join us in the Sky Room for an afternoon of workshops, readings, and talks by artists and scholars, as well as guided editing sessions dedicated to expanding Wikipedia entries for feminist figures across the gender spectrum.

Work sessions throughout the afternoon will be centered on creating and expanding Wikipedia pages for feminist figures chosen by artists in the New Museum community, including artists Vaginal Davis, Juliana Huxtable, and Jana Hunter of the band Lower Dens. The afternoon will focus on the work of a wide range of visionary artists, curators, and activists who have critically shaped culture through a series of open Wikipedia editing sessions and talks by A.J. Lewis, founder of the NYC Trans Oral History Project, and artists Nash Glynn and Keijaun Thomas.

We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to bring a laptop and join us in the Sky Room for an afternoon of public programs and a work session devoted to updating Wikipedia pages. Wikipedia training will be provided throughout the day. More information about the event is available on our website, here.


1:00PM Wikipedia training

2:00PM Talk: A.J. Lewis

2:30PM Free edit

3:30PM Talk: Nash Glynn

4:00PM Free edit

5:00PM Talk: Keijaun Thomas

If any of you are in NYC this weekend, we would be thrilled if you could join as our guest. Please RSVP by completing this form.