Library of Congress
2014-2015 LC Knowledge Navigators Program
Non-paid Intern Projects

  1. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED)

    Project Name:
    African Section Pamphlets
    Number of Interns Required: several
    Duration: One to fifteen weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Numerous internship opportunities exist for organizing, sorting, housing and developing finding aides for Africana pamphlet collection materials in the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Some of this material is quite unique. It may have immense research value but current access to it is limited. The country, linguistic area, format, or topic will be selected according to the length of time available for the internship. The finding aids will be retrievable for researchers via the AMED African country pages.

    Project Deliverables:
    a finding aid.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer, writing and organizational skills.

  2. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED)

    Project Name:
    Conversation with African Poets and Writers Series
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: Six to eight weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Intern will assist AMED staff in developing a portal site featuring a selection of web-based resources on prominent and notable African literary pioneers and new generation emerging African writers. Special attention will focus on audio and video interviews, biographies, photographs, literary awards, and book reviews.

    Project Deliverables: Online portal page on AMED website.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Graduate student with internet searching and intermediate-level computer skills. Ability to work independently.

  3. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED)

    Project Name:
    ElTaher Collection
    Number of Interns Required: 2
    Duration: Fifteen to thirty weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: To organize the newly acquired collection of manuscripts, pictures, books, letters of ElTaher who was a journalist and author who maintained contacts with Arab rulers. The materials cover the Middle East and North Africa from 1912 to 1974 and document the Arab world and society as reflected in the correspondence and meetings he had with several Arab heads of state.

    Project Deliverables: To read and scan materials and to organize the collection in general.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Arabic language and interest in the Middle East and Arab world.

  4. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Packard Campus; Moving Image Section

    Project Name:
    Collection Management and Assessment
    Number of Interns Required: 1-5
    Duration: Ten to thirty weeks
    Location: Culpeper, VA

    Project Description: Care and maintenance of audio-visual collections is an on-going task. This project would be to inspect, describe, and re-house materials already accessioned in the Library. Re-housing and reorganizing of materials to allow for more efficient storage and easier access; developing finding aids and filmographies; and general inspection of material to determine levels of potential deterioration or other physical issues to be addressed.

    Project Deliverables: Increased collection organization and access; finding aids and filmographies highlighting segments of the collection; and a report detailing the physical status of the materials handled.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Computer skills are a must. Film knowledge, including film handling skills, are a plus but being trainable is also an important trait.

  5. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Packard Campus; Recorded Sound/Audio Lab

    Project Name:
    Audio Preservation/QC
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: 10 to 15 weeks
    Location: Culpeper, VA

    Project Description: Assist audio engineers in the set-up and preparation of playback equipment for digitization. Quality check audio files which includes listening to digitized audio files, reviewing and entering metadata, and recognizing and handling preservation media. Also includes the observation of equipment maintenance practices.

    Project Deliverables:
    1. End to end audio preservation workflow
    2. Completion of preservation project assignment
    3. Completion of QC assignments
    4. Completion of metadata assignments

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills, digital literacy, music background, interest and passion for recorded sound.

  6. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Packard Campus; Technology Office

    Project Name:
    Engineering for Audiovisual Preservation
    Number of Interns Required: 1-6
    Duration: 10-30 weeks
    Location: Culpeper, VA

    Project Description: This is an introductory internship in engineering and data fields. This opportunity will introduce engineering school students to the various engineering, computer, data and technical disciplines required in the field of audiovisual and data preservation. These include but are not limited to electrical engineering, electronics engineering; audiovisual, networking and data equipment maintenance engineering including equipment troubleshooting and repairs; audio engineering, video engineering, motion picture engineering, data network engineering, and data storage engineering. Individual internship could be general or may focus on specific disciplines as needed by students and the NAVCC.

    Project Deliverables: Proficiency demonstrated to the engineering mentor in areas covered by the training.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Must be an electrical engineer, or a student in electrical engineering, engineering, computer science, or an allied technical field.

  7. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Packard Campus; Recorded Sound Section

    Project Name:
    Processing Music-related Recorded Sound Collections
    Number of Interns Required: 1-3
    Duration: 1-30 weeks
    Location: Culpeper, VA

    Project Description: Help sort, organize, and describe music-related items in the Recorded Sound Section.

    Project Deliverables: Numerous records described following Recorded Sound Section and LC practices. Depending on length of internship, a post-processing report may be required.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills, demonstrated attention to detail, pursuing degree in music or have significant musical knowledge, interest in historical audio formats and labels.

  8. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Packard Campus; Moving Image Section

    Project Name:
    Theodore Roosevelt in film
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: 10-15 weeks
    Location: Culpeper, VA

    Project Description: View Library’s extensive film holdings to identify films where Theodore Roosevelt appeared, and then chronicle and map Theodore Roosevelt’s travels.

    Project Deliverables: Multimedia web presentation that chronicles and maps Theodore Roosevelt’s travels.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: basic computer skills, attention to detail and interest in film.

  9. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Historic Events Newspaper Collection Processing
    Number of Interns Required: 1-3
    Duration: One week to ten weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The intern will work with the Historic Events Newspaper Collection, housed in the Newspaper Section, which contains representative original issues on historic events, notable individuals, and journalistic milestones. The successful intern will evaluate potential additions to the collection, process selected additions, and create descriptive information in an MS Access database. The intern will also research selected items and write captions which describe the importance of selected items. Each issue will also be recorded in the catalog. The intern will also select noteworthy issues for a division exhibit and prepare caption information for the items.

    Project Deliverables: Inventoried issues in MS Access database and the Library catalog; each issue appropriately re-housed; participation in reading room exhibit through selection of material, caption creation, and curatorial discussion during exhibit time.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Accuracy and attention to detail. Knowledge of U.S. and world history is a plus. Ability to do historical research would be helpful.

  10. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    U.S. Civil War Newspaper Collection Processing
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: One to four weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The intern will work with a collection of U.S. Civil War era newspapers that contain maps of Civil War battles. The collection, housed in the Newspaper Section, requires review for potential use in exhibits. The successful intern will create descriptive information in an MS Access database (noting special features of each issue) and re-house the collection in preservation folders. The intern will also select noteworthy issues for a division exhibit and prepare caption information for the items. As time allows, the intern will also write a general description of the collection.

    Project Deliverables: Inventoried issues in MS Access database and the Library catalog; each issue appropriately re-housed; participation in reading room exhibit through selection of material, caption creation, and curatorial discussion during exhibit time.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to do historical research would be helpful. Historical knowledge of the U.S. Civil War is a plus.

  11. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Develop Topics in Chronicling America for publication on the Chronicling America website.
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: Two to fifteen weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Serial and Government Publications Division is the home of the National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP) which, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), provides free access to more than a million historic American newspaper pages through the database Chronicling America. As part of a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers and select digitization of historic pages, Chronicling America will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. One intern is needed this year to develop finding aids, called Topics in Chronicling America, to include subjects widely covered in the American Press in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The intern will be briefed on how materials are collected and digitized. The intern may also assist the NDNP program in drafting one or two title essays (approximately 500 words) for copyright deposits of historical District of Columbia newspaper titles that will be digitized and made accessible to the public through the Library’s Chronicling America website. Interns will work with reference staff and with the reference collection in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room.

    Project Deliverables: The chosen intern will complete at least one Topics Page for the website per week, to include a topic spreadsheet (with 8-15 digital newspaper pages), a search strategy, a list of significant dates, and (following review) HTML markup. The intern may also assist the NDNP program in drafting one or two title essays (approximately 500 words) for historical District of Columbia newspaper titles that will be digitized and made accessible to the public through the Library’s Chronicling America website.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Applicants should have an interest in American history, possess strong written communication skills, and have the ability to do HTML markup. Completed Topics Pages are published on the Chronicling America website.

  12. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Inventory selected parts of the U.S. Government Depository Library Collection and identify online records
    Number of Interns Required: 2
    Duration: Ten to fifteen weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The intern would inventory selected parts of the U.S. government depository library collection, which is in SuDoc number order and housed in the Serial & Government Publications Division. Then the intern would identify records for the inventoried items in the LC online catalog. Great opportunity for anyone considering working with government documents in a library to become more familiar with the depository library system.

    Project Deliverables: A spreadsheet with publication name, publication type, SuDoc number, corresponding bibliographic record number on online catalog.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills. Ability to search an online catalog.

  13. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Foreign Newspaper Portfolio Collection
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: Variable from two weeks to ten weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: To facilitate access to the Serial Division’s Foreign Newspaper Portfolio Collection (composed of newspaper issues from around the world from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), the intern will inventory and re-house newspaper issues in the Foreign Country newspaper portfolio collection. This includes searching the Library catalog to identify bibliographic records for each title and creating holdings records to reflect portfolio holdings. Re-housing involves placing issues in acid-free folders, organizing them into geographical, title, then date order, and creating a guide to the contents for each folder. The intern will also select noteworthy issues for a division exhibit and prepare caption information for the items.

    Project Deliverables: Organized folders with guides to contents on each folder. Holdings information recorded in the Library Catalog; intern participation in reading room exhibit through selection of material, caption creation, and curatorial discussion during exhibit time.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to do historical research would be helpful. Knowledge of world and US history is a plus.

  14. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Preparation for an Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
    finding aid
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: Ten weeks
    Location: Washington, DC
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    Project Description: The division seeks to prepare one, and possibly two, EAD finding aids for the Federal Advisory Committee Collection. One finding aid would describe the collection at the government agency level and the other at the subject level. The intern would help develop the finding aid’s organizational structure(s); write front matter to be used in the finding aid(s), and develop a limited number of subject headings for the online catalog and finding aid (s). Front matter would include a description and history of the collection. Subject headings would be chosen that were appropriate to the collection and translated into corresponding LC subject headings. The intern would need to read MARC records and work with an MS-Access database. In return, the intern would be exposed to the ideas behind an EAD and learn how an EAD gets created.

    Project Deliverables: Text and subject headings that could be placed into an EAD finding aid.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills. Familiarity with MARC records helpful. Familiarity with archival collections helpful.

  15. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Inventory Government Tangible Media Collection
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: Ten to 15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The Serial and Government Publications Division holds about 5700 CD-ROM’s, some 3.5” x 5” floppy discs, and a few DVD-ROMs that have been received through the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program. The content of these media may be lost due to technological change. As a start towards collections control and an eventual preservation program, the intern will create a spreadsheet inventory of the media, noting physical condition of each item and whether or not computers in the division can access content. The intern will search the online catalog to locate any cataloged versions of each item in the general or special collections, and will search the internet to identify replications of the tangible item and indicate whether the online version is freely available or fee-based.

    Project Deliverables: Spreadsheet inventory of tangible media produced by U.S. government agencies, noting condition of media, whether or not media runs on division computers, if there are other LC copies of the media and if the content has been placed on the internet (as opposed to a disc).

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills, ability to search an online library catalog.

  16. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Serial and Government Publications Division

    Project Name:
    Comic Book processing
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: 16 weeks minimum
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: To facilitate access to the Serial Division’s comic book collection (arguably the country’s largest), the intern will accession and process new comic book receipts. This includes searching the Library catalog to identify bibliographic records for each title, creating item records for each issue, housing the issue in acid-free folders, and creating/editing holdings records.

    Project Deliverables: Processed comic books with holdings information available in the Library Catalog.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Accuracy and attention to detail. Knowledge of comic book publishing practices or interest in comic books as a collector or scholar is a plus.

  17. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Asian Division

    Project Name:
    Japanese Monographs Housing Project
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: Full time one to two weeks; or two days a week for 10 to 30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: This project is to house approximately 5,000 Japanese monographs as the first stage of preservation. Intern is expected to assist the reference specialist in basic housing including: a) item condition evaluation; b) item measurement for box creation, and c) boxing with barcodes and call number.

    Project Deliverables: Preservation of an important Japanese monograph collection; making the collection accessible by bar-coding.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic knowledge of: a) call number system and b) Excel spreadsheet data input. Basic abilities: a) accuracy and b) perseverance

  18. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Asian Division

    Project Name:
    South Manchuria Railroad Company collection
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: Full time one to two weeks; or two days a week for 10 to 30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Review call numbers on materials contained in the South Manchuria Railroad Company collection, compare with the OPAC record and make needed notations.

    Project Deliverables: Ensure access to an important Japanese serial collection.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic knowledge of: a) call number system, b) Excel spreadsheet data input, c) Japanese language is plus but not necessary. Basic abilities: a) accuracy and b) perseverance

  19. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Asian Division

    Project Name:
    Japanese Surplus Monographs
    Number of Interns Required: several
    Duration: Full time one week to two weeks; or two days a week for 10 weeks to 30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: To create a list of Japanese monographs for the surplus program.

    Project Deliverables: List of Japanese monographs for the surplus program.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic knowledge of: a) call number system, b) Excel spreadsheet data input, c) Japanese language. Basic abilities: accuracy.

  20. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Asian Division

    Project Name:
    Indexing of North Korean Serials
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: Two to 30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Intern will assist with reviewing North Korean serials to identify keywords, input keyword index terms into the North Korean serial records and edit pre-existing terms.

    Project Deliverables: Researcher access to specific articles and topics of interest included in the North Korean serials collection.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Knowledge of Korean, basic computer skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently. Past coursework in modern Korean history or the Cold War in Asia is helpful but not necessary.

  21. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (CALM)

    Project Name:
    Improving Access to the Carvalho Monteiro Collection
    Number of Interns Required: 2
    Duration: 12 week minimum
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The Carvalho Monteiro (CM) Library is an approximately 30,000-volume private library created by Brazilian-born Portuguese businessman Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1850-1920). The materials were dispersed among several special collecting divisions of the Library of Congress, but are primarily cataloged as part of the Library’s vast general collection - - books and other materials published after 1801. By finding, reviewing and identifying items from the CM library, interns will learn about the intellectual, cultural, and social milieu of 19th-century Portugal. Actions include: Updating the cataloging record in ILS of items shown to be from the CM library to indicate that their origin; Updating the finding-aid of these materials on a CM library website that could include images, short presentations, and descriptions; Updating the imaging
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    database created for this project by taking digital images of selected pages of the CM books based on criteria established by CALM.

    Project Deliverables:
    • Find and retrieve the books dispersed in the general collections based upon search criteria developed by CALM
    • Review and verify CM ownership
    • Based upon need the items might be re-housed or stabilized.
    • Update the cataloging record in ILS of items shown to be from the CM library
    • Update the finding-aid of these materials on a CM library website that could include images, short presentations, and descriptions
    • Update the imaging database created for this project, by taking digital images of selected pages of the CM books based on criteria established by CALM.
    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic Microsoft programs.

  22. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (CALM)

    Project Name:
    Collections Stabilization and Access
    Number of Interns Required: 2-3
    Duration: 4-12 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The purpose of this internship is to improve the physical integrity of books in the General Collections and to foster awareness of care and handling of the Library’s collections. Interns will work on special rehousing projects of brittle and fragile collections in order to provide more access and preservation to these collections. No previous experience in preservation of collections is required. The participant will receive quality collections care training.

    Project Deliverables: Tasks include but are not limited to removal of acidic enclosures, housing in acid-free envelopes, pamphlet binders or boxes, preparing finding-aids, and sorting books by condition. Intern shall provide a final written technical report to the CALM Collections Officer that captures accomplishments during his/her tenure at the Library of Congress at least 5 days before the last day of the internship.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic Microsoft programs.

  23. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (CALM)

    Project Name:
    Miniature Collections
    Number of Interns Required: 2
    Duration: 4-12 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The miniature collection consists of books smaller than 5 inches that are gathered throughout the general collections for security and preservation reasons. In order to protect these books from damage and from getting lost among larger volumes, this collection is housed inside special acid free containers and is stored off-site.

    Interns assigned to CALM will work under the direction of CALM’s Collections Officer to improve access, stabilize collections and minimize unnecessary handling by:
    • Developing a finding-aid
    • Removing items from acidic enclosures;
    • Rehousing in preservation quality enclosures and containers
    • Labeling items and enclosures
    • Placing metal detector strips
    In addition, intern will receive special training in the care and handling of library materials and collections care provided by CALM’s Collections Officer. He/she will also be trained to recognize damage to the collection including brittle and too-brittle to serve materials.

    Project Deliverables: finding-aid

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills.

  24. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Science, Technology and Business Division

    Project Name:
    Index to the Listing Statements of the New York Stock Exchange
    Number of Interns Required: 2
    Duration: 10-15 weeks
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    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Production of an index by company name to the approximately 330 monthly volumes of the Listing Statements of the New York Stock Exchange covering the period June 1954 – October 1983. This title, which was published from 1884 - 1983, contains the actual prospectuses of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange during that time period, thus providing for each stock offering extremely valuable financial data and information on the company's business at the time of the listing. When completed, the proposed June 1954-October 1983 index will complement an existing cumulative index to this important set which stops with May 1954, and will give researchers access to important financial data for an estimated 15,000 U. S. companies which has heretofore been buried in these un-indexed volumes.

    Project Deliverables: An index by company name to the approximately 330 monthly volumes of the Listing Statements of the New York Stock Exchange covering the period June 1954 – October 1983, which can be added to the Business web pages.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, attention to detail.

  25. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Science, Technology and Business Division

    Project Name:
    This Month in Business History
    Number of Interns Required: several
    Duration: one to two weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Each intern selected for the project will research a significant event in business history associated with a particular date, prepare a brief "human interest" overview of the event and its significance, along with a brief annotated list of selected internet and print resources that can be consulted for more information on the topic. The finished document will be coded by BRS staff and added to the business web pages as part of its on-going series, This Month in Business History, http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/businesshistory/.

    Project Deliverables: A two to three page document that describes a significant event in business history, and includes brief annotated lists of selected internet and print resources that can be consulted for more information on the topic. The document will be coded and added to the business web pages as part of its on-going series, This Month in Business History, http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/businesshistory/.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Prefer graduate student in business and/or library science with good writing skills who is also knowledgeable in basic research methods and citation styles.

  26. Partnerships and Outreach Programs
    Assignment Area: Young Readers Center (YRC)

    Project Name:
    Re-design of the Book Collection of the Young Readers Center
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: 15-30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The YRC is in the process of redesigning and implementing a new database for the collection. During this conversion we will need assistance in transferring data from one database format to another and tagging certain fields with missing or new information. Coding the books in the collection with new references may be part of this process. Managing the collection through this new database will further our efforts in identifying what is missing from the collection as well as what should be weeded out of it. As part of this assignment we will also need assistance in identifying critical resources from this collection to be integrated into YRC displays that support exhibits and events of the Library of Congress. It is also our intent to make this new database accessible to the public.

    Project Deliverables: The conversion from the current/old database to the new version will be an ongoing process with key data inputted first and other fields tagged as they are identified. Assistance with the physical coding of the books in the collection can be an adjunct to this activity along with research of the database to support new displays in the YRC based on this information.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Basic knowledge of Excel software; excellent organizational skills; and facility with records management.

  27. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Manuscript Division

    Project Name:
    Archival Management (Manuscript Collections Processing)
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: 10 to 30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The Library of Congress Manuscript Division is one of the foremost manuscript repositories in the United States and a leading research institution in the scholarly world. Home to more than 63 million items in approximately 11,500 collections, the Manuscript Division documents many aspects of the nation’s political, cultural, and scientific history. Under the direction of the head and assistant head of the Preparation Section, the intern will have the opportunity to help with the processing of the papers or records of prominent American individuals and organizations. Current or upcoming projects include large additions to the papers of designers Charles and Ray Eames, diplomat and political activist Pamela Harriman, and director and acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Tasks include identifying, sorting, housing, labeling, and describing material in various states of preparation. Assignments may vary, and interns will have the advantage potentially of experiencing a range of archival activities from the beginning stage of initial sorting to the final one of helping create a finding aid.

    Project Deliverables: Contributes to a large team processing project.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Knowledge of American history and culture and the ability to organize, describe, and preserve historical papers and records. Applicants should also demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in writing and knowledge of basic library applications and other information technologies. Must be able to work cooperatively in a team setting under the direction of an archivist. Experience or training within an archival or library setting is preferred.

  28. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Manuscript Division

    Project Name:
    Archival Management (Manuscript Reference)
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: Four to thirty weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The Library of Congress Manuscript Division is one of the foremost manuscript repositories in the United States and a leading research institution in the scholarly world. Home to more than 63 million items in approximately 11,500 collections, the Manuscript Division documents many aspects of the nation’s political, cultural, and scientific history. The division welcomes more than 10,000 researchers to its reading room each year and responds to more than 6,800 electronic inquiries. Under the direction of the head of the Reference & Reader Services Section, the intern will respond to reference inquiries received via telephone, electronically, or in-person; analyze reference requests; investigate sources of information; draft, revise, and deliver responses subject to review of the section head; retrieve and re-shelve manuscript materials; and compile reader usage statistics. The intern may also work on special finding aids projects that improve researcher access to the collections.

    Project Deliverables: Through an exposure to various aspects of archival reference and description, the intern will gain an introductory knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of reference management in a manuscript repository.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Interns should demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in writing, knowledge of integrated library systems, basic library applications, and other information technologies. Interns must be able to provide polite, respectful, and courteous service to the public. Knowledge of American history and archival information resources is beneficial.

  29. Partnerships and Outreach Programs
    Assignment Area: Poetry and Literature Center

    Project Name:
    Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature
    Number of Interns Required: 1-3
    Duration: 30 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature project is an ongoing effort to format and prepare the Library’s archived literary recordings for digitization and presentation on the Center’s website. There is an ongoing need for interns to mark individual poems in recordings as well as assist with documentation to coordinate our joint effort to digitize and make public the archive.

    Project Deliverables: Furtherance of Audio Archives project that will be continually updated until all PLC-related audio recordings are available online.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: This project requires knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel; ability to coordinate between multiple databases; and a basic working knowledge of American poetry.

  30. Partnerships and Outreach Programs

    Assignment Area: Business Enterprise Finance and Accounting Section

    Project Name:
    Office of Business Enterprise Finance and Accounting Standard Operating Procedures and Training Guide
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: 10-15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: This project entails developing written standard operating procedures (SOP) and a dynamic training guide. The SOP will provide step-by-step instructions for handling routine and non-routine finance and accounting functions for all lines of business within the Office of Business Enterprises while incorporating agency guidelines. The training guide will serve as a succession planning mechanism to provide business continuity when new staff is hired or for cross-training purposes.

    Project Deliverables: Standard operating procedures; training guide.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Intermediate computer skills using MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and basic accounting skills required.

  31. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Science, Technology and Business Division

    Project Name:
    Update LC Science Tracer Bullet: Dinosaurs http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/dinosaurstb.html
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: 4-15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Update http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/dinosaurstb.html which involves searching the stacks and the Library’s online systems for recent materials on dinosaurs in the categories listed in the Tracer Bullet, e.g., Basic Texts, Dissertations, Handbooks, Bibliographies, Journal Articles, etc.

    Project Deliverables: an updated Tracer Bullet on dinosaurs.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Need a background in science—would love paleontology or earth sciences; some courses in education would be a plus; also needs basic computer skills, and some knowledge of searching online catalogs and databases.

  32. Collections and Services

    Assignment Area: Science, Technology and Business Division

    Project Name:
    Everyday Mysteries series
    Number of Interns Required: 1
    Duration: 4-15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Create a title in the Everyday Mystery series. http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/ This series serves as a reference source for simple explorations into science information or can serve as a springboard for a new lesson in the classroom. The question and answer approach used for presenting information is well suited to the natural curiosity of children and scientific inquiry. Each of the questions on the site is answered and explained in a one-page article. The well-written articles use relevant pictures with suggested websites and readings for additional information. Do not presently have a mystery relating to dinosaurs, but would like one.

    Project Deliverables: a new title in the Everyday Mystery series.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required:
    Need a background in science—would love paleontology or earth sciences; some courses in education would be a plus; also needs basic computer skills, and some knowledge of searching online catalogs and databases.

  33. Copyright Office

    Assignment Area:
    Information and Records Division

    Project Name:
    Digitization Project/Intranet Development
    Number of Interns Required: 1-5
    Duration: 4-15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Digitization Project of the copyright catalog. Students would be assigned to search, analyze, and come up with different suggestions on various methods of accessing the already digitized records. These interns working individually or as a group would have to finish their internship with a proposal. Some assistance with intranet development on an as needed basis.
    Assignment Deliverables: To find efficient methods to make digitized records accessible online.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Advanced computer skills/writing skills/analytical skills

  34. Copyright Office

    Assignment Area: Information & Records Division, Public Information Office

    Project Name:
    Public Information Office
    Number of Interns Required: 1-5
    Duration: 4-15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Search system records to determine current status; assist with correspondence via email/phone; assist with walk throughs/status inquiries.
    Assignment Deliverables: To improve customer service

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Intermediate computer and writing skills; knowledge of Spanish a plus although not required.

  35. Copyright Office

    Assignment Area: Information and Records Division, records Research & Certification Section

    Project Name:
    Customer Support
    Number of Interns Required: 1-2
    Duration: 12-16 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: To assist clients with information regarding the records of the Copyright Office. Advise what records are public, what records are currently available and what fees are applied for various services; acknowledge requests for expedited services, and assist staff with location identifications and deposit retrievals.
    Assignment Deliverables: Intern will have completed a tour of duty of client interaction and assistance in support of the U.S. Copyright records public service desk.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Individual must demonstrate excellent oral and writing skills for client interactions. Must be skilled in data searching across various electronic catalogs and be able to complete service purchases by inputting data into an electronic environment.

  36. Copyright Office

    Assignment Area: Information and Records Division, Recordation Section

    Project Name:
    Recordation Section
    Number of Interns Required: 1-5
    Duration: 4-15 weeks
    Location: Washington, DC

    Project Description: Search for copyright documents; mail certificates/data entry for titles; sort work for distribution to documents specialists.
    Assignment Deliverables: Recordation – to bring the “Titles” (data entry) project up to the present.

    Knowledge/Skill(s) Desired/Required: Intermediate computer skills/writing skills.