Thursday, April 14, 2011

Internship - Digital Curation Services

Digital Curation Services - University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville VA

The University of Virginia Library, a leader in the development of digital library initiatives and infrastructure and recognized for the strength and variety of its special collections, is excited to offer an eight-week summer internship to provide a graduate student with practical experience in both areas.

One of the primary caretakers responsible for the transformation of the Library's rare and unique materials to digital formats, as well as the stewardship of these images, Digital Curation Services, comprised of eight staff members and twenty student employees, oversees several grants, multiple donor projects, user requests from faculty and students, and its own library collection building practices. In order to enhance researchers’ access to UVa’s rare manuscript collections, Digitization Services, a unit within Digital Curation Services, has recently undertaken the digitization of several thousand collection guides created by the Special Collections department over the last 70 years.

In the next phase of this digitization project, the guides - scanned, keyboarded, and marked up in EAD - will require quality assurance and preparation for inclusion in the UVa digital repository. Working with Digital Curation Services’ staff, the metadata intern will be involved in assessment of the returned EAD, metadata standardization, working with the physical collections to resolve discrepancies, and collaboration in planning for the migration of the guides into the digital repository. The intern will also have responsibility for creating both documentation and processing instructions for use by student employees.

This internship would be ideal for an MLS student looking for experience in working in a university research library, and will provide the opportunity to work closely with UVa manuscript collections. Upon completion, the intern will have become familiar with XML and the metadata mapping process, and will be skilled in applying EAD and MODS metadata. This 35hr/week, eight-week internship provides a stipend of $5,000.


* Applicants must currently be enrolled as a graduate student in good standing in an ALA- accredited master’s program in library and information studies.
* Applicants must commit to 8 weeks of full-time onsite service (35 hours/week).
* Internship must be completed during the months of June, July and August.
* If not a U.S. citizen, applicants must have student or working visas.

Students interested in the internship should submit (via email) a letter of application stating their areas of proficiency and interest, a resume, a list of completed classes (unofficial transcript), and contact information for three references to Jocelyn Triplett, Project Manager and Production Coordinator, Digital Curation Services ( by May 1st, 2011.