Web Archiving Interns

New York City
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Created: December 18, 2013


We are looking for interns to help us develop our Mellon-funded web archiving program.  This paid internship is a great opportunity. Details follow....
Part-Time (10  hours/week during winter academic semester)
At completion of the semester-long internship, a stipend of $1,500 will be provided

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), consisting of the libraries of The Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Frick Collection, seeks three students in graduate programs in information science, art history, or related disciplines to become interns in a  grant-funded program that will collect, capture, describe, and archive web content of resources for the study of art. The program is funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will be administered by and based at The Frick Collection. Building on a previous study that examined the organizational, economic, and technological challenges posed by the rapidly increasing number of web-based or “born-digital” resources that document art history and the art market, the current program will implement the recommendations that emerged from the study to acquire, preserve, and provide unified access to these unique and often ephemeral materials.

Reporting to the Web Archiving Program Coordinator, each intern will be assigned to a NYARC library to work on relevant web-based collections in five areas of focus that correspond with analog collection strengths.

Using Archive-It and other tools, the interns will build and refine web-based collections, perform quality control, and create descriptive metadata for captured content.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Use Archive-It and other tools to create web collections defined by NYARC Directors
  • Perform Quality Control of WARC (Web ARChive format) files
  • Create metadata for captured content
  • Create and update administrative records
  • Participate in beta testing of discovery platform
  • Participate in meetings
  • Provide written reports and evaluations as requested
  • Assist with interviews of curators and scholars at NYARC and elsewhere to identify current and potential uses of web content and archives in scholarly research
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited Master’s Degree program in Library/Information Science, Art History, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated interest in web archiving and metadata creation in a research library or comparable environment
  • General knowledge of software applications supporting integrated access to online collections and associated technologies
  • Knowledge of current trends and emerging technologies in web archiving
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other team members in a consortial environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to meet deadlines
Preferred Qualifications
  • Coursework/training in metadata
  • Experience in library or archives
  • Knowledge of web archiving tools and techniques
  • Knowledge of scholarly literature of art history
Benefits as intern:

The opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge program of new technology in leading museum libraries;  Free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums; Discounts on Museum Shop purchases; A beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Internship Timeline:

We would like applications to be submitted by and will make a selection by December 16, 2013.  The internships will begin in January 2014, based on the semester start date.

The internship is for the winter semester, with a possibility of extension to additional paid internships for summer and fall semesters of 2014.

Application Instructions:
  • Please title the subject of your e-mail: Web Archiving Intern
  • Attach your résumé as a PDF
  • Include a cover letter in the e-mail body that includes:
  • Your reasons for applying to the New York Art Resources Consortium
  • Your contact information
  • The name, professional affiliation, and telephone number of one professor who may be contacted as a reference.
  • Please e-mail your completed application to Sophia Walter, Library Administrator, walter@frick.org.


Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 03:08 UTC

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