Intern – Special Formats / MIAP, NYPL

Job ID: 2014-8065
# of Openings Remaining: 1
Location: US-NY-Manhattan
Type: Unpaid Intern
Department: Special Formats Processing
Position Description:

The Special Formats Processing – Audio-visual group of The New York Public Library is tasked with processing Audio-visual materials from throughout all of NYPL. Based at the Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, SFP-AV works extensively with all divisions of the Library as well as the Preservation Division. NYPL’s collections include extensive amounts of historic AV material which are in need of identification, description, and preservation.  Special Formats will be offering a limited number of spring internships. We provide interns  with the unique opportunity to receive professional training in handling, describing, re-housing, and researching archival audio/visual materials—training that builds upon an intern’s graduate coursework in library and archival studies. Interns will receive direct and hands-on supervision from skilled librarians, archivists, and preservation personnel who process the NYPL’s recorded sound and film and video collections and are given a special opportunity to be involved in the inner workings of describing and providing access to these historic, active, and exciting collections.

Interns are required to make a minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week. Course credit may be arranged.

Interns will learn:
Interns will receive full training in the following common archival tasks and will be asked to perform them under supervision, with full feedback from staff. By identifying, rehousing, and researching audio-visual items in various collections, interns will learn:

• How to create item-level inventory lists for audio/visual collections.

• How to properly rewind, conserve, and stabilize a/v items for preservation and storage.

• How to research holdings to assist with preservation and cataloging processing.

• How to create metadata for future preservation activities.


Current enrollment in Master’s level program in librarianship, archival studies, or preservation (or similar) with a demonstrated interest in audio/visual collections.

Interns are required to make a minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week.

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