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Intern - Digital Collection (Fall Quarter)

Fall Quarter 2019
Application Due Date: August 1, 2019

Title: Digital Collection Intern - unpaid
Department/Location: Bullitt Library, Seattle Art Museum
Staff Mentor: Senior Librarian

Learning Objectives:
The intern will develop and create a digital collection derived from the brochures/checklists of the Northwest Annual Exhibitions held at SAM and its predecessor organizations from 1914-1976. The intern will perform an environmental scan on digital collections that are similar in theme or subject matter to the collection we plan to undertake and make recommendations for best practices. The intern will scan, research, and provide metadata on each digital asset and, if necessary, help determine permissions and fair use status for works in the collection. The intern will work with library staff to upload and create an online exhibit around this collection on the Library’s Omeka.net site. At the project’s end, the intern is offered the opportunity to create a blog post publicizing the collection.

Intern Tasks:
• Research and analyze similar digital collections at other institutions and make recommendations for best practices (useful terms, organization, etc.)
• Scan documents and photographs and make minor edits.
• Research and provide metadata on digital assets.
• Conduct copyright/permissions protocols on items on digital assets and, with the assistance of the Senior Librarian, make determinations about fair use.
• Work with library staff to make collection accessible through Omeka.net.
• Promote collection with blog entry on SAM website at conclusion of internship.
• Expected time commitment: minimum of five hours per week or consistent with university requirements for course credit, for at least one university quarter or semester (can be extended), scheduled within Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm office hours.

Qualifications:
• Ability to analyze data and synthesize best practices.
• Ability to understand and consistently implement standards (metadata, cataloguing, etc.)
• Ability to use a scanner.
• Proficiency with Adobe products, particularly Photoshop and Acrobat Professional.
• Excellent research skills.
• Extreme attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
• Ability to work with staff and volunteers in a professional manner on a variety of tasks.
• Ability to communicate effectively to staff, volunteers and public.
• Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work.
• Abide by the Standards for Museum Volunteers/Interns as outlined in the Volunteer/Intern Packet.

Education:
• Currently or recently enrolled in a MLIS or MSIM program or related field.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications due: August 1, 2019
Each application should include:
• Application form
• Cover letter
• Resume
• Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted separately by the writer to internships@seattleartmuseum.org)

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