[GBW] student summer projects

Roberta Pilette roberta.pilette at yale.edu
Thu Jan 31 14:56:30 EST 2008

Apologies for cross-postings.

Bobbie Pilette
Head, Preservation Department
Yale University Library

Preservation summer internship/practicum
Preservation Department
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University Library

The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and 
research at the University, has more than 12 million volumes housed in the 
Sterling Memorial Library and 22 school and departmental libraries. It 
employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the 
opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, 
participate on committees and are involved in other areas of staff 
development. A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and 
manuscripts to rapidly expanding network of electronic resources, 
constitutes one of Yale's distinctive strengths. The Library is engaged in 
numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of 
scholarly information. Yale is a member of the Program for Cooperative 
Cataloging and contributes to the NACO and BIBCO Programs. For additional 
information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's Web 
site at: <http://www.library.yale.edu/>http://www.library.yale.edu/.

Yale University Library's Preservation Department, started in 1971, is one 
of the oldest in the country.  It has strong administrative support and has 
played a major role in the development of the preservation field.  The 
department consists of units covering special collections conservation, 
collections care and reformatting with system wide responsibilities for the 
treatment of rare and special collections materials and circulating 
materials, mass deacidification, reformatting, staff and user-education and 
consultation on wide variety of preservation concerns.

Under the direction of the Head of Preservation and working closely with 
appropriate Preservation staff, the student will learn about the 
organization and operations of a preservation department in a major 
research library.  Through a project designed to serve both the educational 
needs of the student and Yale University Library the student will plan the 
project, setting appropriate deadlines, producing written documents such as 
procedures or drafts of policy as well as provide any cost analysis and 
sources for products if appropriate.  The student will have opportunities 
to collaborate with Library staff as well as experience a certain amount of 

Eligibility and requirements
-         Applicants must be current graduate students in good standing in 
a library science, information studies, preservation, archives or related 
-         Applicants must have completed at least three preservation or 
conservation courses before the start date of their internship
-         Applicants must commit to 5 or 6 consecutive weeks of full-time 
employment between June 2 and August 29, 2008; projects may vary slightly 
in length
-         At the end of the internship, interns will be required to submit 
a final report or project
-         Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
-         Successful applicants will need to pass a security background check

Interns will receive a stipend of $500 per week for a maximum of $3,000 to 
be used for housing, travel and other expenses.  The stipend will be 
divided into three payments: one upon starting, the second halfway through 
and the third upon completion of the internship.

The Library strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented 
communities to apply.

Applicants should submit the items below by March 17, 2008.  Successful 
candidates will be contacted in the beginning of May.
-         Cover letter - please explain in a brief paragraph or two why you 
are interested in this internship/practicum.  What do you hope to achieve 
by the end of the internship/practicum?
-         Current resume
-         Three letters of reference and contact information, including one 
from your current institution
-         List of completed classes (unofficial transcripts acceptable)

Diane Y. Turner, Associate University Librarian for Human Resources, Staff 
Training & Community Development, P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520-8240
fax: (203) 432-1806
email: <mailto:hrlibrary at yale.edu>hrlibrary at yale.edu,:

Please send any questions concerning the internships to 
<mailto:hrlibrary at yale.edu>hrlibrary at yale.edu

Possible projects
-         Condition assessments and treatment proposals
-         Collection surveys, including printed materials, manuscripts, 
photographs, and A/V materials
-         Coordinate environmental monitoring program and analyze data
-         Liaise with vendors, including RFPs, contracts, and  proposal 
reviews, for conservation treatments, housing, reformatting, and mass 
-         Aid in developing documentation including policies, procedures, 
best practices for workflow

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