Friday, January 7, 2011

Internship - Villanova University - Digital Library

Check this out if you are in the Philadelphia area and interested in digital libraries...


Villanova Digital Library Internship Spring 2011


Para-Professional, Part-Time


Villanova, PA


Villanova University

Position Description

The Villanova Digital Library offers 1 dynamic and innovative internship position for the Spring 2011 academic semester. Interns will work a 20 hour work week, with flexible work scheduling; starting and ending dates are also flexible. Interns will be provided training in creation and management of digital library collections.

The primary mission of Villanova's Digital Library is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These include materials such as medieval manuscripts, letters, typescripts, books,
photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, and newspapers. During the course of the internship, an intern will follow a project through the development life cycle and will acquire and enhance their digital project management skills. Activities may include image preparation and quality control, metadata creation, text encoding, transcription, scanning, web site development, student supervision, computer programming, research, writing, and interface evaluation. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to assist in digital preservation activities.

Duties & Responsibilities

* Participates in the development of metadata by following project-specific guidelines and procedures and by adhering to established national and local standards.
* Maintains quality control and project goals by reviewing work, site proofing, monitoring of OCR, SGML and XML output, and record editing and updating as necessary.
* Assists in development of supplemental contextual materials for project.
* Maintains statistical records of production by monitoring the material flowing through the unit and resolving work-flow problems.
* Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in department by assuming other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
* Enhances database quality and searchability by collaborating with staff on database design issues.


* Interest in digitization in cultural heritage settings;
* Ability to perform diverse and complex tasks with accuracy and attention to detail;
* Ability to exercise independent judgment;
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
* Ability to work successfully in a production-oriented environment;
* Ability to direct the work of others;
* Flexibility;
* Good written and oral communication skills;
* Working knowledge of historical research methodology and experience with standard bibliographic tools.
* Familiarity with digital projects preferred;
* Coursework or experience in cataloging and/or archival description preferred.
* Experience with digital imaging and OCR software preferred.
* Prior experience in an archival or museum setting preferred.
* College degree with background in humanities or social sciences preferred.
* Current graduate students in a library science, archival studies/public history, museum studies, or computer/ information science program are encouraged to apply.
* Creativity required.

To Apply

To apply, please go to the Villanova HR website at:

Contact information:

Michael Foight
Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator
Falvey Memorial Library
Villanova University
Villanova PA, 19085


$15/per hour


20 hours per week

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