Remote Work: Paid Digital Cataloging & Review/History Interns, Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University

Job Opening Title: Remote Digital Cataloging and Review/History Internships

Employer Name: Dickinson State University

Job Location: Remote

Application Deadline: 3/9/2022, 7 a.m. MT

Salary Range: $1,000/month

Link to job posting: https://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/media/Files/Get-Involved/Internship%20Job%20Description-2022.pdf

Years of experience required: 0

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University is seeking interns to participate in the cataloging of historical documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. The goal of the Center is to serve scholars, tourists, teachers, curious citizens, and students of all ages as they explore the life and achievement of the 26th President of the United States. Launched to the public in late 2011, the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library is the primary portal the Center uses to convey that goal to a national audience. More than 70,000 items from 36 collections are already available at www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org.

The Center’s core collection is the Theodore Roosevelt Papers from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, including letters to and from Roosevelt, newspaper clippings, speeches and executive orders, photographs, maps, and personal diaries. About 15,000 items have been digitized from other collections, including the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, sites within the National Park System, and Harvard College Library. In order to make the digital files available to the public online, the Center is seeking interns to help with creation and review of metadata for these documents in our online database. Interns will work a minimum of 240 hours (over 10 to 12 weeks), participating in all facets of the development of the digital library. These will include cataloging (viewing documents on a computer screen and typing and reviewing information in a Web-based form), conducting copyright review of collections, reviewing the work of other catalogers to make sure all standards are being met, to clear materials for publication.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center’s website includes interpretive content, such as articles and timelines that promote the understanding of Theodore Roosevelt’s life. This content utilizes the same subject headings as the items in the digital library to enhance the relationship with primary source documents. Candidates selected for the internship will be invited to contribute to this interpretive content through encyclopedia or blog entries, or digital humanities tools of their own choosing.

Since the work is web-based, the internships will be conducted remotely. Interns do not need to relocate to Dickinson, North Dakota, to complete their work. Training will be provided through an online environment throughout the internship. A moderate stipend will be provided. Internships are to be completed between June 1 and August 31, 2022.

Required qualifications:
• Graduate students (at least one year of studies completed by June 2022) or recent master’s-level graduates in history or American studies, archival studies, library science, or information management
• Knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt and/or American History in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Attention to detail; commitment to accurate, high-quality work
• Self-motivated worker, as all work will be done remotely

Desired qualifications:
• Experience working in digital collections, particularly creating metadata/catalog records
• Knowledge of digital standards, particularly Dublin Core and controlled vocabularies

To Apply: Send letter of application (including your reasons for interest in this internship), resume, and unofficial transcript to Erik Johnson, Digital Collections Specialist, at erik.a.johnson@dickinsonstate.edu. Applications must be received by 7 a.m. MT March 9, 2022, for consideration.

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