TITLE: Franklin Research Center Collections Intern
LIBRARY: Duke University Libraries
CITY: Durham, NC
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
$16.00 per hour (minimum); The position is not eligible for University fringe benefits or moving, housing, or relocation expenses.
This internship is a temporary, part-time position available for 12 hours per week for the academic year (9 months) with possibility of renewal. Hours are flexible within a M-F, 8:30-5:00 work week, but assistants are expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule.
This position is part of a Mellon-funded project to develop a new documentary website on the history and impact of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Under the supervision of the Director of the Franklin Research Center, this position will primarily provide support for technical and research services activities for new acquisitions related to the history of SNCC and the Civil Rights Movement. The Collections Intern will also assist in identifying and coordinating access to materials that may be held in private hands or in other institutions that would enrich the website. The Collections Intern may also contribute to the project in other ways, including researching primary sources related to SNCC and helping to coordinate meetings and public outreach.
It is the expectation that a successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities, including: customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.
Required: Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or social science fields. Current enrollment in an accredited graduate archival studies, public history, or information and library science program; enrollment in a related graduate program combined with archival experience or training or recent graduate from accredited graduate archival studies, public history, or information and library science program.
Required: Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; strong project and time-management skills; interest in Civil Rights History; demonstrated experience with collaborative projects; excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.
Preferred: Prior experience working in a special collections setting and/or completion of at least one course in archival theory; comparable work experience in an archival setting; prior experience with Archives Space; academic background in Civil Rights history and/or activist background.
• Normal office environment
• Attendance at occasional events outside of normal work hours
• Must be able to lift 40 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials
• Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
• Normal office environment.
• Occasional weekend shifts required.
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
• Assists with collections intake for new Civil Rights collections by establishing initial physical and intellectual control of incoming manuscript materials through arranging and rehousing this material, creating records in Archives Space, and other activities.
• Performs processing of archival and manuscript collections and assists with analyzing their organization, arrangement and preservation needs.
• Prepares descriptive tools for collections including finding aids and catalog records.
• Coordinates the digitization of archival and manuscript materials for inclusion in Duke’s digital collections. Applies metadata to the resulting digital surrogates.
• Provides research services support for SNCC and civil rights materials in the Rubenstein Library
• Assists with research to identify digitized historical materials held elsewhere that could be used in the SNCC Digital Gateway and helps to coordinate access to those sources.
• As needed, assists with public programming and other outreach activities such as website development and maintenance, blog posts, and event planning.
• As needed, provides support for Advisory and Editorial Board meetings.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
AVAILABLE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
APPLY TO: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/main.html. Refer to requisition # 401124552.
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