Cataloging Internship (Remote Work)

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Created: March 14, 2013


Digital Cataloging and Review Internships

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University is seeking interns to participate in the cataloging of historical documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. The goal of the Center is to serve scholars, tourists, teachers, curious citizens, and students of all ages as they explore the life and achievement of the 26th President of the United States. Launched to the public in late 2011, the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library is the primary portal the Center uses to convey that goal to a national audience. More than 18,000 items from 12 different collections are already available at
The Center has over 150,000 digitized documents from the Theodore Roosevelt Papers at the Library of Congress, including letters to and from Roosevelt, newspaper clippings, speeches and executive orders, photographs, maps, and personal diaries. About 28,000 of these items are in various stages of cataloging. In order to make the digital files available to the public online, the Center is seeking interns to help with creation and review of metadata for these documents in our online database. Interns will work a minimum of 240 hours (approximately six weeks), viewing documents on a computer screen and typing and reviewing information in a Web-based form. Interns will also evaluate other catalogers' work to make sure all standards are being met.

Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in copyright review of collections in order to continue growing the digital library holdings available to the public. Interns selected for copyright review will receive additional training to complete this task. Interns will also be encouraged to ask questions and to volunteer projects depending on their own interests in digital libraries, Theodore Roosevelt historiography, and cataloging.

Since the work is Web-based, the internships will be conducted remotely. Interns do not need to relocate to Dickinson, North Dakota, to complete their work. Training will be provided through an online classroom environment at the beginning of the internship. A moderate hourly stipend may be available. Internships are to be completed between May 1 and August 31, 2013, with preference given to applicants who can complete the internship by June 30, 2013.

Required qualifications:
- Graduate students or recent graduates in history or American studies, archival studies, library science or information management
- Attention to detail
- Commitment to accurate, high-quality work
- Self-motivated worker, as all work will be done remotely
Desired qualifications:
- Knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt and/or American History in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
- Experience working in digital collections, particularly creating metadata/catalog records
- Knowledge of digital standards, particularly Dublin Core and controlled vocabularies

To Apply:
Send letter of application (including proposed start/end dates and your reasons for interest in this internship) and resume to Keri Youngstrand, Digital Library Coordinator/Archivist for the Theodore Roosevelt Center, at keri.youngstrand(at) Applications must be received by April 12, 2013, for consideration.


Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 21:26 UTC

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