student/intern Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program

  • Hosting Service Unit: All Library of Congress
  • Program Contact: [email protected]
  • Interests/Areas of Study: STEM; Collections Conservation and Preservation; Law; Business; Humanities, Art and Culture; Library Information Science; Communications; Chemistry and Science; Congressional Relations; Geography and Maps; Government and Business Administration; Information Technology; Legislative Information; Policy Analysis; Public Relations; Cataloguing; Copyright; Digital Stewardship; Education; Finance; Outreach; Project & Project Management; Research; Web Services
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
  • Application Period: Annually
  • Application Notes: See below for: A. General FAQ on all the programs available at the Library; B. Specific FAQ on the Junior Fellows Program; C. Specific information on the program including project descriptions D. Apply for the 2019 internship at USAJobs in December 2018.
  • Compensation: $4,500.00 (taxable income of $450.00 per week)
  • Academic Credit: The Library does not provide academic credit, but you may arrange with your school in advance to receive credit.
  • Available Benefits: Transit. LC Internal Discounts.
  • Program Duration: Short-term. May 29th - August 3rd, 2018
  • Qualifications: Currently Enrolled Students (Undergraduate, Graduate) or have graduated in the months of December 2017-June 2018
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for the following information on the program:

Program Overview

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library. Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, fellows explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. Fellows are exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access, and information technology. In the past, summer fellows have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing the Library’s rich cultural, creative and intellectual assets. No previous experience is necessary, but fellowships are competitive and special skills or knowledge are usually desired. Selections are based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and an interview with a selection official

Program Focus

The focus of the program is to increase access to special, legal and copyright collections, and to promote awareness and appreciation of the Library's services to researchers including Congressional members, scholars, students, teachers, and the general public. Fellows encourage the use of collections and services − ensuring that the Library of Congress is known as a living, dynamic center for scholarly work and connections. Program participants inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve, and research collections in varied formats, as well as assist in digital library initiatives. Upon completion of their assignments, fellows work closely with Library curators and specialists to plan and present a display of their most significant discoveries and accomplishments.

The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program is made possible by a generous gift from James Madison Council member Nancy Glanville Jewell through the Glanville Family Foundation and from the Knowledge Navigators Trust Fund, which was established with a lead gift from H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest, former chairman of the Madison Council, and with major support provided by members of the Council. The program was originally made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson.

The Junior Fellows Program offers a paid ten week internship for undergraduate and graduate students working with Library of Congress collections. The fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats.

Applications for the 2019 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program will be available (tentatively) December 10, 2018 through January 11, 2019 on USAJOBS.gov. Please check back for further information on application process and/or email the program contact for further information on application process. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

Selection Process

Applications will be forwarded to selecting officials in the Library who will arrange telephone interviews with promising applicants, based on materials submitted. After completion of the selection process those selected will be provided with detailed information on reporting for their fellowship.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Projects for 2018 - Note: A new set of projects will be listed for 2019.

Project Names

Below are the 2018 summer project descriptions, to present the scope and range of work Junior Fellows conduct.

  • #01 - Podcast Development and Archive Management (National and International Outreach)( Center for the Book)(Poetry and Literature Center)

    Short Description: The Poetry and Literature Center’s podcast, “From the Catbird Seat,” launches in April 2018. The Center seeks a Junior Fellow to help secure broader permissions to the Library’s audio archives, manage and transcribe raw audio content, and help create a demo of a limited-episode podcast season featuring the U.S. Poet Laureate’s first-term travels.

    Full Description: The Poetry and Literature Center’s inaugural podcast, “From the Catbird Seat,” launches in April 2018. Using excerpted audio content from webcasts and collections, including the Archive of Record Poetry and Literature, the podcast features the voices of celebrated poets—including Poets Laureate—who have recorded their work at the Library of Congress. Because many of the permission releases on file from authors/estates do not cover permission to download content, much of the podcast work involves securing broader permissions. Additionally, in fall 2018 “From the Catbird Seat” will release a special limited-episode season featuring new audio captured from the U.S. Poet Laureate’s first-term travels. The Junior Fellow will conduct permissions research for the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature; manage and transcribe audio; and assist with content selection, content editing, and podcast production. Because the podcast series is a new endeavor, the Fellow must be willing to be creative, collaborative, and open to exploring/adapting to new ideas and methods.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Interest in and avid listener of podcasts; Knowledge and experience in digital media; Experience with audio transcription; Strong organizational skills with ability to set and meet deadlines; Advanced proficiency in use of computer software; Ability to communicate effectively in writing; Basic knowledge of library information management; Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision; Excellent research skills. Experience with audio editing software, e.g. Adobe Audition (Preferred).

  • #02 - Literary Story Maps (National and International Outreach) (Scholarly and Educational Programs)(Center for the Book)

    Short Description: The Center for the Book (CFB) wants to build the Library of Congress Literary Maps incorporating MARC records for fictional books. CFB is seeking a Junior Fellow to organize data sets, ensure consistency with the metadata structure and program in Esri ArcGIS.

    Full Description: In collaboration with a pilot group of five to ten of its State Centers of the Books, the Center for the Book (CFB) wants to build Library of Congress Literary Maps incorporating MARC records for fictional books. MARC records include information about the location in which a book takes place in field 651. By accessing the Library’s fiction MARC records for a selected group of states, we anticipate building upon an existing metadata structure agreed upon by our state centers for producing literary maps.

    CFP is seeking a Junior Fellow to organize data sets, ensure consistency with the metadata structure and program in Esri ArcGIS system. The Fellow position will be both collections-oriented and service-orientated. We would like for the Fellow to explore the possibility for the State Centers to be able to publish state specific information form the data gathered for the Story Map.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge or experience in Story Maps; Web authoring programs such as JavaScript or HTML; ArcGIS knowledge or experience preferred.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Current graduate student with major coursework in LIS or Computer Science; Ability to work as part of a team; Ability to write in a clear, concise manner; Ability to work with the public in a friendly and articulate manner; Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel,  Outlook, PowerPoint.  

  • #03 - Primary-Source Baseball History (National and International Outreach) (Scholarly and Educational Programs) (Educational Outreach)

    Short Description: The fellow would assist in highlighting items relating to baseball in U.S. history and culture. By bringing together the richest and most complex primary sources related to baseball (ones featured in the Library's exhibition and others), along with materials that support their effective use in the classroom and in the Library's spaces for young people, the Library can create resources that will empower educators and learners in a wide range of disciplines, including language arts, social studies, art, music, math, and science, to engage their students in the study of U.S. history and culture through the lens of this long-lived and still vital sport.

    Full Description: The Educational Outreach office of the Library of Congress, as a service to the nation's K-12 educators and learners, provides materials and programs that support the effective classroom use and exploration of historical primary sources. The 2018 fellow would contribute to the development of an educational resource highlighting items from the historical collections of the Library of Congress related to baseball in U.S. history and culture and supporting teacher professional development and student exploration related to those collections. Duties could include conducting research on the topics; selecting online primary sources from the Library's collections for inclusion in the teacher resource; drafting text for background materials; helping draft student exploration activities to be piloted in the Library's Young Readers Center; brainstorming promotional ideas for spreading the word about the resource in the K-12 educational community

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: The ability to conduct online and offline research; writing for an educational audience; academic background in U.S. history, world history, or K-12 education.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Ability to work well as part of a team; familiarity with current K-12 educational practices and issues.

  • #04 - Digital Scholarship Workshop (National and International Outreach) (Kluge Center) (National Digital Initiatives)

    Short Description: The John W. Kluge Center is a place that centers on fostering the relationship of scholars. The fellow would create a digital scholarship workshop for new and potential Kluge fellows.

    Full Description: National Digital Initiatives is exploring a how to support digital scholarship at the Library and Congress and has is worked with the John W. Kluge Center to learn about the current and future needs of visiting Kluge scholars around digital scholarship. It is a cooperative project to provide support for Kluge Fellows who wish to explore or use our digital collections to perform data analysis, create visualizations, or otherwise use computational methods to explore our resources. The subject areas involved include digital humanities and digital scholarship, researcher and technical services, and outreach and education. The scope of the project is to create a digital scholarship workshop for new and potential Kluge fellows. The Fellow would interview stakeholders and potential workshop attendees, review gathered materials and the curriculum of other workshops, and familiarize themselves with the digital collections and services currently provided by reference librarians, and others. The workshop will serve as introductory materials for those starting to learn about digital scholarship.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge of digital scholarship techniques and methods; Knowledge and experience creating and presenting educational materials in a classroom setting; Superior oral and written communications skills; Ability to work respectfully and efficiently with different groups; Experience in digital scholarship techniques and methods (Preferred).

  • #05 - Library of Congress Labs (National and International Outreach) (National Digital Initiatives)

    Short Description: The National Digital Initiatives Division launched the Library of Congress Labs in 2017 to provide a public space for innovation and iterative experimentation around our digital collections and data. We are seeking a Junior Fellow to produce visual and informative outreach materials for key audiences that Labs is trying to reach, research and develop campaigns and strategies to reach those audiences, and recommend a program to evaluate how well the campaign or strategy reached the desired audiences.

    Long Description: The National Digital Initiatives Division launched the Library of Congress Labs in 2017 to provide a public space for innovation and iterative experimentation around our digital collections and data. We are trying to reach new audiences for digital collections and run several public-facing programs that promote digital scholarship, data visualization, and other computational uses of our collections. These programs include the Congressional Data Challenge, Innovator in Residence, and LC for Robots. We are seeking a Junior Fellow to produce visual and informative outreach materials for key audiences that Labs is trying to reach, research and develop campaigns and strategies to reach those audiences, and recommend a program to evaluate how well the campaign or strategy reached the desired audiences.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge and experience in Communication and Outreach around digital library products and/or services; Visual/graphic Design; Writing and editing.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Professional social media experience; Experience in creating visual branding or style guides.

  • #06 - National Book Festival Project (National and International Outreach) (National Programs)

    Short Description: The Library of Congress National Book Festival is a premier national book event, drawing highly acclaimed authors as participants and thousands of attendees. The fellow of the project is to create a working historical and planning record of the festival.

    Long Description: The Library of Congress National Book Festival is a premier national book event, drawing highly acclaimed authors as participants and thousands of attendees. Coordination of activities must be as near to flawless as possible. The event is highly complex and requires coordination of many tasks and details. Facilitating communications among all the players in this event is critical to a successful festival.

    This project will expose the Junior Fellow(s) to the inner workings of planning a major festival for a government agency.

    The purpose of the project is to create working historical and planning records of the festival. The fellows will also have the opportunity to attend festival meetings, and attend the festival on September 1, 2018. The work entails identifying key sections of content and reorganizing the material into more easily digestible forms (e.g. a series of podcasts with specific themes), adding metadata and additional descriptive materials where necessary. Background in humanities, information science, and basic experience with editing and processing digital audio and video files preferred.

    The Junior Fellow(s) will create one of three deliverables, depending on assignment: a written history of the National Book Festival, recommendations for the revamp of the National Book Festival Website or a project management guide for the National Book Festival. This project will also mine roughly 1000 hours of video content from the past 18 years of the National Book Festival in order to curate and repackage the content for broader use online.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Ability to work effectively and efficiently with others; Ability to communicate orally and in writing; Ability to apply basic project management principles, concepts and methodologies; Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of Microsoft Project; Knowledge of best practices in website management.

  • #07 - Exploring the Library’s Collections through Web Browser Extensions (Librarian’s Office) (Office of Communications)

    Short Description: The project should result in the development of a web browser extension that will increase the public's exposure to the Library's collections. This project would allow the junior fellow to take charge of a web-based project from start to completion and work with multiple areas of the Library including LC Labs, collections, software development, communications, and web policy.

    Long Description: This project should result in the development of a web browser extension that will increase the public's exposure to the Library's collections. An example of this functionality is provided by Europeana and the Art Up Your Tab Chrome extension, http://blog.europeana.eu/2017/03/art-up-your-tab-heritage-in-your-browser/. Instead of a blank screen when a person opens a new tab an image from European cultural collections is displayed or the current image is refreshed. In addition to Europeana, both Wikipedia and DPLA offer browser extensions that enhance the public's access to their collections. The subject areas involved are images from the Library's vast collections. The purpose of the project is to create a web browser extension for the images in the Library's collection. This project is service-oriented. This project would allow the junior fellow to take charge of a web-based project from start to completion and work with multiple areas of the Library including LC Labs, collections, software development, communications, and web policy.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Candidate must excel in written and oral communications.

    Candidate must have knowledge of HTML. Some knowledge CSS and JavaScript would be helpful (preferred).

  • #08 - Constitutional Education and Research (Congressional Research Services) (American Law Division) 

    Short Description: The Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation, “Constitution Annotated”/”CONAN” is a 3,000 page treatise explaining in plain English the Supreme Court's rulings interpreting the U.S. Constitution and more broadly discussing the meaning of every provision within the Constitution. The fellow will help with research on the content of CONAN.

    Full Description: Federal law requires "that the Librarian of Congress shall have prepared" the Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation (commonly known as the "Constitution Annotated" or "CONAN"), currently a nearly 3,000 page treatise explaining in plain English the Supreme Court's rulings interpreting the U.S. Constitution and more broadly discussing the meaning of every provision within the Constitution. ln 2014, the Library, along with several Members of Congress, a Justice of the Supreme Court, and a renowned group of constitutional scholars celebrated the 100th Anniversary of CONAN and thereafter began a large project to reorganize the volume to modernize the work for its second century of existence. The CONAN revision which is occurring over an extended period of time requires updating and restructuring the content of CONAN, establishing a user-friendly web presence for the document, and providing outreach to the public to raise awareness of CONAN. ln aid of this major undertaking, the Junior Fellow would build on the success of last summer's Junior Fellow class by helping with research on the content of CONAN, including identifying select primary sources from the Library's manuscript collections for digital display, and would help promote the project to the public by brainstorming ways CONAN and its supporting materials can be used by the educational community. Last year's Junior Fellow class focused on an essay on the modes of constitutional interpretation; this upcoming year, we have several other CONAN essays the fellows will focus on developing for a broader audience. Ideally, the project would involve two to three Junior Fellows.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: An interest in cutting edge work on constitutional/public history, law, K-12 education, or the digital humanities; Currently in undergraduate or graduate program with a focus on history or law; Strong writing skills and the ability to write for a general audience; the ability to conduct online and offline research.

    Ability to work well as part of a team; Enthusiasm for constitutional history or law; Familiarity with educational practices and issues.

  • #09 – CRS Video for Congress: Get to Know CRS (Congressional Research Services) (Office of the Director)

    Short Description: The Congressional Research Services (CRS) branch of the Library works exclusively for the United States Congress. The fellow would plan and produce a video for the congressional audience to promote and capture a valuable collection within the Library of Congress: the staff of the Congressional Research Service.

    Long Description: The Junior Fellows will plan and produce a video for the congressional audience to promote and capture a valuable collection within the Library of Congress: the staff of the Congressional Research Service. CRS is known for its reports, but it is made up of people -- leading experts in every field of interest to Congress. CRS staff offers Congress subject matter expertise, intimate knowledge of the legislative process and context, and decades of institutional knowledge. The video will be published on CRS.gov, the service's website for Congress, as an outreach/promotional piece.

    1) Background info: CRS has published a promotional video about its staff and services on CRS.gov in the past, but that video is outdated. The new video would take a fresh look at what CRS offers and how congressional clients can best work with CRS experts.

    2) Subject areas involved: Communications, journalism, congressional affairs, videography (although technical aspects, such as camera work, video editing and production may be handled by CRS media staff).

    3) Nature and scope: The nature of the work is communications, journalism, congressional affairs, film, media and outreach. The scope is one short video about CRS experts and services.

    4) This project is both collections- and services-oriented. We think of CRS staff as a valuable Library "collection." The project is also encompasses CRS's service to Congress.

    5) After a comprehensive orientation to CRS, the Junior Fellows will develop a concept and plan for the video in collaboration with staff from CRS's Congressional Programs and Communications Office (CPC). They will write a script/storyboard; perform pre-production planning; conduct recorded interviews with CRS staff members; participate in the video editing process; and finalize, present and promote the video. These activities will be performed in close collaboration with CPC's communications and media staff.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Ability to communicate in writing; Ability to communicate other than in writing; Ability to edit a variety of materials; Experience in conducting interviews; Experience with multimedia.

  • #10 - Hispanic Legal Documents Project (Law Library) (Global Legal Collection Directorate) (Collection Services Division)

    Short Description: The Hispanic Legal Documents Collection Description Project is an ongoing effort to create metadata for a collection of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin language documents house at the Law Library of Congress. The fellow will perform research on the collection material.

    Full Description: The Hispanic Legal Documents Collection Description Project is an ongoing effort to create metadata for a collection of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin language documents house at the Law Library of Congress. The documents were part of a significant purchase of Hispanic Legal Documents that were bought by the Library about 75 years ago. The collection contains a broad selection of documents from Spain and its colonies during the 15th-19th Centuries. It includes correspondence, civil, criminal, and ecclesiastical legal proceedings, newspapers, royal decrees and seals, educational promotions, charts, maps, and other previously inaccessible rare documents. The purpose of the project is to create metadata for these Hispanic documents, to arrange and describe the Law Library of Congress’ collection of historical legal documents from Spain, Portugal and the Americas (fifteenth-nineteenth centuries). The focus of the project is collection work. The intern performs systematic research on the collection material to achieve the following objectives: for each document in the collection, identify genre, jurisdiction, subject matter, time frame, and persons involved. Intern performs any research needed to support such analysis and contributes to a subject guide for the collection. High or native level of Spanish language fluency is required for participation in this project. Academic background in Latin American History preferred.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge of Spanish at a high level of fluency; Knowledge of Spanish Colonial History, Spanish History or related field of History; Knowledge of basic principles of legal research; Capability to perform bibliographic research in the Library of Congress OPAC; Capability to use Microsoft Word; Experience in compiling reports including precise statistics and factual data or a high degree of specificity.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of Latin; Knowledge of basic principles of bibliographic description.

  • #11 - Copyright Archival Records (Copyright Office)(Office of Public Information & Education)

    Short Description: The United States Copyright Office “is responsible for administering a complex and dynamic set of laws, which include registration, the recordation of title and licenses, a number of statutory licensing provisions, and other aspects of the 1976 Copyright Act and the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.” The fellow will research, conduct an inventory, organize, and make recommendations on digitization of archive of copyright bibliographic files.

    Long Description: Research, inventory, organize, and make recommendations on digitization of archive of copyright bibliographic files, developed and long-used by Copyright Office staff for reports on the copyright status of works. Fellow will also inventory and identify a small reference collection of printed materials and recommend items for deaccession. The Fellow will recommend a metadata scheme and populate a database for the materials. Fellow will exercise judgment and creativity in highlighting materials of greater interest and will work with professional staff to create engaging and interactive webpages for selected digitized materials. Fellow will also select materials for a one-day display.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Ability to use Microsoft Excel or Access; Ability to communicate in writing; Ability to work collaboratively with others; Ability to present information orally through briefings and presentations; Experience processing collections; Skill in researching, analyzing, and developing assessments; Ability to plan, organize, and maintain an efficient workflow.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Ability to communicate in writing; Experience processing collections.

  • #12 - St. Mark’s Poetry Project Archive (Library Services)(Rare Book and Special Collections Division)

    Short Description: The St Marks Poetry Project is part of a community arts program which has been operating out of St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY since 1966,

    http://www.poetryproject.org/ External The Fellow will enter metadata from the recordings into the MAVIS database system and organize the paper archives of the collection.

    Full Description: The Rare Book and Special Collections Division has embarked on a project to digitize its St Marks Poetry Project Archives. The St Marks Poetry Project is part of a community arts program which has been operating out of St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY since 1966, http://www.poetryproject.org/ External

    The Project has been the site of readings by hundreds of poets over the years, including Allen Ginsberg, W. H. Auden, Frank O’Hara, Ron Padgett, Kathy Acker, Ted Berrigan, Eileen Myles, and many others, and they were all captured on tape. The collection includes flyers, newsletters, announcements, as well as audio archives of their events. These are probably the most significant post-war poetry readings in existence. The division is already receiving digitized audio recordings back from the contractor who is doing the conversion, and we anticipate having all 4,000 hours of audio recordings digitized before the summer of 2016.

    Junior Fellows, as part of this project, will enter metadata from the recordings into the MAVIS database system. This will require listening to the recordings and entering the participant / poet's information, as well as start and stop points in the recordings. Junior Fellows will also organize the paper archives of the collection and create a finding aid for the collection. An important part of this project that will be performed by the Junior Fellows will be searching the paper collection for release forms for the audio recordings.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge of archival practices; Collections processing experience; Ability to work in a team environment; Knowledge of databases and spreadsheets.

  • #13 - Copyright Deposit Collection (1870-1897) (Library Services) (Rare Book and Special Collections Division)

    Short Description: The Copyright Deposit Collection, 1870-1897, contains the earliest records deposited after the copyright registration activity was centralized in the Library of Congress. The interns will produce an item-level inventory of the collection.

    Full Description: The Copyright Deposit Collection, 1870-1897, contains the earliest records deposited after the copyright registration activity was centralized in the Library of Congress. Indexing this collection is why the Junior Fellowship Program at the Library of Congress was created. Nearly five hundred boxes are filled with thousands of original registration letters and deposit copies ranging from title pages of monographs and journals to colorful graphic advertisements and product labels, commercial designs, game diagrams, and sheet music --a real cross-section of American creativity and publishing history. 

    In order to improve access to this important nineteenth century copyright collection and to identify hidden treasures of American creativity, interns will produce an item-level inventory. Building on the database created by interns in 2006-2014, they will describe the content and condition of copyright records deposited in the1870s. Using basic conservation techniques, intern will remove pins and paper clips and re-house records in acid-free folders and boxes.

    In addition to the Copyright Records project, interns will be exposed to the division’s rich Americana collections and offered opportunities to participate in other aspects of library work.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Proficiency in using Excel spreadsheets; Good organizational skills; Work efficiently with minimal supervision.

    Preferred  Skills/Knowledge: Applicants should be able to recognize significant examples of creativity, and be able to research and write concise, instructive descriptions. Applicants should have an interest in American intellectual and cultural history.

  • #14 - Mapping Marvels  (Library Services) (Science, Technology and Business Division) (Science Reference Section)

    Short Description: Mapping Marvels is a research project using ArcGIS Story Maps software to create a geospatial digital exhibit showcasing Library of Congress, LOC items connected to select engineering marvels throughout the world. The Junior Fellow will have the opportunity to construct this project from beginning to end based on their own engineering interests.

    Long Description: Inspired by titles such as “Famous Engineering Landmarks of the World” and “Seven Wonders of the Industrial World,” Mapping Marvels is a research project using ArcGIS Story Maps software to create a geospatial digital exhibit showcasing LC items connected to select engineering marvels throughout the world. The Junior Fellow will have the opportunity to construct this project from beginning to end based on their own engineering interests.

    “The Geospatial Hosting Environment,” or GHE, is a Library-wide initiative to deliver…effective digital mapping research and analysis with state-of-the-industry geospatial tools and services, using authoritative data” (GHE, 2017). Story Maps is one software component of this initiative that combines geospatial tools (mapping) with text, images, and multimedia content to tell a story.

    The foundational subjects of Mapping Marvels are engineering and technology. Once final engineering topics are identified based on review of general collection materials, items from other subjects/divisions of the Library should be considered (Prints and Photographs, Newspapers, Rare Books, etc.)

    This is a specialized digital exhibit project meant to highlight a variety of LC engineering materials. The work involves subject-specific catalog and materials research, project management, technology skills to include a comfort working with computers and various software products. Mapping Marvels may include the opportunity to create additional LC digital products (e.g. Research Guide, Everyday Mystery, Inside Adams blog post).

    Mapping Marvels is primarily collections-orientated, but since the product(s) will be used to enhance reference services and increase collection visibility the project will also be service-oriented. The Junior Fellow is expected to maintain open lines of communication, report progress, and manage time to meet deadlines, as well as produce the final project-an exhibition of selected engineering materials and related presentations.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Basic Knowledge of LC catalog; Ability to quickly adapt to new computer technology; Basic understanding and interest in engineering; Ability to communicate effectively; Ability to plan, organize, and execute work to meet deadlines. Familiarity with ArcGIS Story Maps (Preferred).

  • #15 - Treasure Hunting - Biodiversity Heritage (Library Services) (Collections and Services Directorate) (Science, Technology and Business Division)

    Short Description: The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access. This proposed project is an effort to discover, digitize, and promote the LC’s collections in collaboration with BHL by giving a Fellow an opportunity to select a species and identify items from the LC’s collection within the public domain (published before 1923 in the US) for digitization and active publicity.

    Full Description: The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The Library of Congress has been a member since April 2013. LC has contributed a large number of rare collections and we also published blog posts and created digital exhibitions at BHL and also at the Library of Congress, for example: https://blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2017/07/cats-and-birds-friends-or-foes/.

    The BHL collection is used world-wide for patrons’ research purposes such as species identifications in botany or zoology, and history of science projects, especially those tracking field work of naturalists. Additionally BHL websites have been used in various fields of the humanities as well as K-12 biology and other STEM education. One of the reasons for their broad use is the quality of illustrations and photo images in BHL collections as often superior to those of other digital collections. A BHL project is applicable to the LC’s goal of increasing the visibility of LC’s collections and providing useful tools for patron services and references activities. Adding content to BHL is an on-going time consuming project, the involvement of a Junior Fellow would boost the progress of LC’s digitization project and publicity for LC’s biodiversity collections.

    This proposed project is an effort to discover, digitize, and promote the LC’s collections in collaboration with BHL by giving a Fellow an opportunity to select a species and identify items from the LC’s collection within the public domain (published before 1923 in the US) for digitization and active publicity. The final products will be an exhibition of selected monographs on biodiversity and lightening talk. The Fellow will also write a post about the exhibition in both the BHL and the ST&B inside Adams blog, and create a research guide.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Microsoft Excel Knowledge (compile detailed information on monographs (title, author, call number, LCCN, notes)); Knowledge of the LC catalog and interest in literature search; Basic knowledge and interest in biology and natural history.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Familiarity with archival work/museum studies; Basic knowledge in book preservation or digitization; Past involvement in digitization projects; Proficiency in French, German, or Latin; Experience with public speaking.

  • #16 - Hauslaub-Liechtenstein Inventory and Research (Library Services) (Geography and Map Division) (Reference Team)

    Short Description: The Hauslaub-Liechtenstein Map Collection is an unprocessed collection of printed and manuscript maps totaling some 9,600 pieces of manuscript and printed military, topographic, and thematic maps. The Fellow will conduct an inventory, creating a spreadsheet on the items.

    Long Description: The Hauslaub-Liechtenstein Map Collection is an unprocessed collection of printed and manuscript maps totaling some 9,600 pieces manuscript and printed military, topographic, and thematic maps assembled by the Austrian cartographer Franz Ritter von Hauslab and later acquired by Prince Jordan II of Liechtenstein, nineteenth century. As recent as the past summer, scholars visiting from overseas have researched the materials. In response to feedback from scholars, the Geography and Map Division plan to better organize the collection and to heighten its profile. The division plans to create a collection-level record and an Encoded Archival Descriptive finding aid (EAD) to represent the materials in the catalog, worldcat, and in other databases.

    The collection concerns topographic, military, and fortifications maps in Early Modern Europe (16th to 19th centuries). The materials are primarily in German.

    An important step in organizing the collection is to conduct an inventory. A spreadsheet will be populated with relevant data to represent the items. A Junior Fellow will be assigned a portion of the inventory, roughly some 100 pieces.

    The project is collection oriented.

    The Junior Fellow, under the direction of Ryan Moore, Cartographic Specialist and EAD encoder for G&M, will help conduct and inventory of a given portion of the collection. The data entry would include title, scale, and other descriptive details. The Junior Fellow would also have the opportunity to create a project surrounding the collection or portion of it. Such a project may consist of researching the provenance of the collection, comparing items within the collection, discussing the historical significance of an item or group of items, and others. Skills and knowledge for the fellowship include a working knowledge of European history and Microsoft Excel. A preferred candidate will have a working knowledge of German.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of European history; Working ability with German; Interest in maps and cartography.

  • #17 - Carvalho Monteiro’s Collection (Library Services)(Collection Access, Loan & Management Division) (Public Service & Collections Access Office)

    Short Description: The Carvalho Monteiro (CM) Library is an approximately 30,000-volume private library created by Brazilian-born Portuguese businessman, Antonio August Carvalho Monteiro (1850-1920). The Fellow will process about 400 volumes, entering the data in the CM tracking database.

    Long Description: The Carvalho Monteiro (CM) Library is an approximately 30,000-volume private library created by Brazilian-born Portuguese businessman, Antonio August Carvalho Monteiro (1850-1920). It was purchased by the Library in 1927 and 1929, being considered the largest acquisitions by the Library at that time and the back-bone of the Hispanic Collection. There is no documentation with a list of books purchased. Once acquired, the collection was dispersed among several special collecting divisions. The vast majority of the collection of books and other materials published after 1801 was primarily catalogued as part of the Library’s large general collection without provenance.

    The Carvalho Monteiro Collection Project designed by the Collections Officer in CALM in 2012 consists in finding; reviewing and identifying items from the CM library in order to create a detailed list of items purchased by the Library as well as updated the ILS records for those items.

    The CM library is typical of its time because of its focus on Portuguese culture and history, but unique as it reflects Carvalho Monteiro’s special interest in the flora and fauna of Brazil and extensive source material on art, architecture and decorative arts in a variety of foreign language texts including Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, and Latin.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Proficient in Microsoft programs; Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint; Collections processing general experience; Attention to detail; Interest in history; Adobe Photoshop; Knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish and French language not required, but preferable.

  • #18 - Miniature Book Collection (Library Services) (Collection Access, Loan & Management Division) (Public Service & Collections Access Office)

    Short Description: The Miniature Collection consists of books smaller than 5 inches. The Fellow will have varying duties such as searching and gathering miniature books from the stacks, researching, and learning to recognize damage to the collection.

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

    This project consists of searching and gathering miniature books from the stacks and other selected areas and processing them for off-site storage. In addition, it has a strong research component, as the Fellow is requested to write a short paper about one selected aspect of the History of Miniature Books.

    In addition, the Junior Fellow will receive training in care and handling of library materials and collections care provided by CALM’s Collections Officer. He/she will also be trained to recognize damages to collection, including brittle and too brittle to serve materials.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Strong research/written skills; Attention to detail; Collections processing general knowledge; Interest in history; Adobe Photoshop; Proficient in Microsoft Programs; Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint.

  • #19 – VHP Archives and Reference Project (Library Services) (American Folklife Center) (Veterans History Project) - Hiring two positions

    Short Description: The Fellow will assist the Veteran History Project (VHP) by digitally preserving part of VHP’s collection of about 105,000 personal narratives of US veterans. The collections include a varying number of items including wartime correspondence, photographs, diaries, artwork, and oral history interviews. The internship will be divided into three project options: a. evaluating optical media for digital preservation; b. evaluating optical media forensic recovery; c. creating metadata for manuscript collections relating to women veterans.

    Long Description: The Veteran History Project (VHP) has three project assignments for two Junior Fellows that will be allocated based on skills and interests: a. review and evaluate previously received optical media to assist VHP staff in determining their long-term digital preservation needs. These media primarily contain oral history interviews, but the intern will also have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of file formats accepted by VHP that represent the digital versions of manuscripts and photographs created by participating veterans during their service. The intern will also be given the chance to participate in all stages of VHP’s digital preservation work-flow from the extraction of the original data to the ingestion of the final product to long-term preservation server space. b. assist VHP staff in identifying damaged optical media that could be salvageable using the Library’s forensic recovery workstations. During the course of this project, the intern will have the opportunity to utilize the Library’s forensic recovery software and help determine the viability of implementing this workflow more broadly within VHP’s collections. c. assist with improved knowledge of holding and creation of descriptive metadata for manuscript collections relating to women veterans. Collections will primarily consist of wartime correspondence, but may also include photographs, diaries, artwork, or recorded oral history interviews in a variety of audio and video formats. The intern will survey VHP’s collections to identify manuscript materials with limited descriptive metadata, write descriptive notes detailing the contact of each collection, perform basic preservation measures as needed, and create Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids for selected collections with high research value. The Junior Fellow will also survey collections to assess opportunities for interpretation, such as inclusion in displays or future transcription projects, and write blog posts and other social media content. The intern will gain experience working with archival materials, interpreting collections, and authoring EAD-encoded finding aids. Completion of this project will increase the discoverability of collection material relating to women in response to increased researcher interest.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Ability to communicate effectively orally; Ability to communicate effectively in writing; Ability to analyze archival materials; Ability to plan, organize, and execute work within specified deadlines; Ability to use computerized search tools, databases, and functions; Knowledge of military history.

    Skills/Knowledge preferred, not required: Knowledge of archival processes and procedures; standard archival descriptive practices and tools (EAD, DACS, MARC); and/or UNIX commands

  • #20 - Recorded Sound Collection (Library Services) (Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound) (Recorded Sound Section)

    Short Description: The Recorded Sound Section holds a large number of unprocessed audio and manuscript materials. The Fellow will focus on preprocessing and processing tasks for a number of collections.

    Long Description: The Recorded Sound Section holds a large number of unprocessed audio and manuscript materials. This collections-oriented project will focus on assisting with preprocessing and processing tasks for various collections, including some experience with materials in the Universal Music Group collection. The covered subject areas could span any topics that can be captured on audio formats. It is highly likely many items worked on during this project will contain musical content, so some knowledge and experience with music would be helpful. The Fellow(s) will be assigned various preprocessing tasks, such as creating inventories, researching information, and performing conservation treatments, as well as describing items in MAVIS. The Fellow(s) will also gain experience in sound recording format identification and handling, and if interested, will have the opportunity to learn more about sound recording copyright and preservation issues. Various section staff will assist in overseeing work and development. 

    Skills/Knowledge: Basic computer skills, including familiarity with Excel; Interest in sound recordings; Knowledge of music.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Experience in processing and/or describing audio materials; archival experience.

  • #21 - Voices of Great Migration Project (Library Services) (Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound) (Recorded Sound Section)

    Short Description: The Great Migration relates to millions of African-Americans relocated from the rural South to large urban cities in the North, Midwest and West during the years 1916 to 1970. The Fellow will create a subject guide, blog posts, and create a web page on the topic.

    Long Description: Millions of African-Americans relocated from the rural South to large urban cities in the North, Midwest and West during the years 1916 to 1970. The Great Migration, as it is known, had a monumental impact on American urban life, resulting in huge demographic shifts. Our project, “Voices of the Great Migration” will identify sound recording of those who were part of this movement. Interviews, oral histories as music will be examined and included in a new subject guide on this topic that is based on increased user interest. The Recorded Sound Research Center staff feels this an area that needs to be researched and documented more thoroughly by identifying historical sound recording that demonstrate the impact on the lives of those who were involved. This service-oriented project will increase discovery, access and use of the Library’s sound recording collection. The Junior Fellow will be expected to research the Recorded Sound Section’s holdings and create a subject guide, including other relevant Library collections on this topic if time permits. They will also be expected to write blog posts and create a web page.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Writing and communication skills and experience. Ability to use integrated library systems and conduct research.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of librarianship and information management principles; Ability to use integrated library systems to conduct research; Knowledge of audio and moving image collections; Knowledge of American History.

  • #22 - Hebrew and Yiddish Periodicals (Library Services) (African and Middle East Division) (Hebraic Section)

    Short Description: The Hebraic Section at the Library of Congress has a very wide range of periodicals and newspapers that played an important role in the history of the Jewish people over the last 100 years. The Fellow will use Integrated Library Systems (ILS) to make the newspapers and periodicals available to researchers worldwide.

    Long Description: Periodicals and newspapers have played an important role in the history of the Jewish people over the last 100 years, often forming the main organ for disseminating information and for forming public opinion throughout the Jewish world. They have also been avidly-read sources of information about the arts and culture, and about the academic study of Jewish life over the ages. The Hebraic Section at the Library of Congress has a very wide range of these periodicals and newspapers, starting from the first issues published in Russia and Germany over a century ago up to the very latest issues being published in our own day and age.

    While most of these periodicals and newspapers have been duly catalogued, information about their holdings is not available in the Integrated Library System (ILS), and it is this problem which our Junior Fellow will address. The Junior Fellow will learn to use the ILS to edit and add holdings statements for bound Hebrew and Yiddish serials and newspaper microfilm so that researchers worldwide will know the volume and dates for major journals and newspapers. This would essentially bring these important holdings into the digital age and thereby provide a major benefit for researchers all over the world.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Currently enrolled in a Library Degree Program (or seriously considering such a program); Interest in learning updated library techniques; Good computer skills; Ability to work independently; Willingness to listen to supervisor when necessary.

    Preferred Knowledge/Skills: Reading knowledge of Hebrew and/or Yiddish is not at all necessary; but it may well increase the pleasure of working with these volumes.

  • #23 - North Korean Serials (Library Services) (Asian Division) (Scholarly Services Section)

    Short Description: The Korean Collection of the Library of Congress manages one of the largest and most comprehensive collections on Korea outside of East Asia. The Fellow will review, clean up, and match correct keywords to the North Korean Serial Indexing Project (NKSIP).

    Long Description: The Korean Collection of the Library of Congress manages one of the largest and most comprehensive collections on Korea outside of East Asia. While most of the collection consists of publications from the Republic of Korea, important research materials from North Korea are also included. The collection holds some 10,000 items including 278 rare journals from North Korea that are vital to scholars and government officials seeking to understand and interpret North Korea.  One of the strengths of our Korean Collection is that it contains the biggest collection of North Korean serials published in particular from the 1940s-60s.  These pre-1950 publications and War publications are rare because many were destroyed during the Korean War. 

    In 2008, The Korean Collection started working on an online database, the North Korean Serial Indexing Project (NKSIP), as a tool for researchers. The NKSIP is an online searchable database that would provide researchers with unprecedented online access to specific articles and topics included in the North Korean collection. At present, a total of 340,000 index records have been created for articles published in North Korean collection. However, we need to ensure information about the titles, over 6,300 keywords in both English and Korean, and other data are accurate since the keywords assigned still need to be reviewed and cleaned up so this unique and valuable collection remains available to support Congress, researchers, LOC staff, and American people.

    The Junior Fellow will review 6,300 keywords already assigned to NKSIP by organizing the data and help match correct keywords to 340,000 index records.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Proficient in Korean and English; Attention to detail and organization; Strong computer skills, and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of the Integrated Library System (ILS) including knowledge of how to search and retrieve bibliographic information; Knowledge of Korean Romanization and word division; Working knowledge of databases.

  • #24 – Pre-War Japanese Serials (Library Services) (Asian Division) (Scholarly Services Section)

    Short Description: The Asian Division’s Japanese Collection known as the “B-collection” is a group of prewar Japanese serials that either no longer exist in Japan or difficult to find. The Fellow will physically check in items on bookshelves, entering data, and create a research guide with the guidance of the project mentor.

    Long Description: This is a collections-oriented project aimed at improving bibliographic control and user accessibility to historical Japanese-language serials by conducting an inventory. Within the Asian Division’s Japanese Collection, the “B-collection” is a grouping of prewar Japanese serials and periodicals covering a wide range of topics, from politics and economics to military affairs and women’s issues. Many of these items no longer exist in Japan or else are very difficult to find. The Junior Fellow will be responsible for conducting an inventory of the B-collection, which will involve both physically checking items on the bookshelves as well as entering and tabulating data at a computer. The project also calls for a research guide to be created in consultation with the project mentor. This will allow the Junior Fellow to exercise their analytical skills by surveying and summarizing the general nature of the collection for the sake of improving research access to it. Finally, if interested, the Junior Fellow may also write a blog post on a topic related to the contents of B-Collection periodicals in order to highlight their research value.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Advanced reading proficiency in Japanese (equivalent to completion of fourth-year undergraduate Japanese or above); Demonstrated familiarity with modern Japanese history; Demonstrated ability to conduct basic research and communicate findings through clear and concise writing in English.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Experience in some aspect of collection management in a research library setting; Prior work experience that required reading ability in Japanese; Familiarity with formal written Japanese from the prewar period (1868-1945), especially older kanji forms and variants; Study of modern Japanese history or literature at the graduate level; Experience using prewar Japanese publications for study or research in an official setting.

  • #25 - Collation of Ethiopian/Eritrean News (Library Services) (African and Middle East Division)

    Short Description: The Fellow will organize the donated pamphlets on Ethiopian art history. The Fellow will also collate two newspaper titles, Adis Zaman and Riportar as part of the continuing preservation project in which ultimately the newspapers will be sent out for microfilming.

    Long Description: Collation of Ethiopian newspapers: Adis Zaman is the official newspaper of the Ethiopian government published in the official language of the country, Amharic. It carries all the major news of the country, its political and economic as well as social issues. It is published daily except on Mondays. Riportar is a privately owned newspaper published in the Amharic language. This newspaper carries economic, political, social issues solicited from the citizens of the country. It is published twice in a week only.

    Tabulation of pamphlets on Ethiopian art history: Dr. Marilyn Heldman, an art historian, donated her pamphlet collection to LOC. Her collection of many years consists of diverse topics on Ethiopian art history regarding the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and of the Eritrean Orthodox Church. This collection is very important to the art historians who do research on Ethiopian church paintings and study of church architecture.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge of the Amharic language is very important for the newspaper collation.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Basic knowledge of computer with tabulation skill will help.

  • #26 - Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (Library Services) (Collections and Services Directorate) (Hispanic Division)

    Short Description: Giving online access to the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape is work that is of great value for the Hispanic Division. The Junior Fellow will enhance catalog records and will assist in updating the Literature on Tape catalog.

    Full Description: The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) dates back to 1943 and is compiled and curated by the Hispanic Division. It contains nearly seven-hundred recordings of poets and prose writes participating in sessions where they read from their own work.

    The AHLOT reel to reel tapes are being digitized and the collection is being put up online since October 2015. The 2016 Junior Fellow for the Hispanic Division will work on the AHLOT:

    -Update catalog records for this collection.

    -Creating metadata.

    -Doing research and gathering biographies of poets and writers of the archive.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Thorough knowledge of Spanish; Understanding of spoken Spanish; Advanced computer and automation skills; Basic knowledge of library information management; Database management experience; Advances research skills; Optimal organizational skills; Optimal research skills. 

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of spoken Portuguese; Basic cataloging experience.

  • #27 - Local History and Genealogy Hispanic Sources (Library Services) (Humanities and Social Sciences) (Main Reading Room II)

    Short Description: The Library of Congress is recognized as one of the premier institutions for researching, writing and collecting family histories and genealogies in the United States.  The Fellow will assist in updating the existing Hispanic finding aid in Local History & Genealogy (LH & G).

    Long Description: The Library of Congress is recognized as one of the premier institutions for researching, writing and collecting family histories and genealogies in the United States.  New people are taking an interest in genealogy all the time.  Many of these are young people who are first or second generation American citizens and who want to maintain a connection to their families' cultures and traditions in the Hispanic world.  Many people now have a greater reach for information through social media and modern technology.  The Library of Congress has created excellent finding aids, including a bibliography for Hispanic materials, but it has not been updated in many years.  We'd like to update it and create some new outreach tools.

    Genealogy, family histories, local histories, Hispanic cultures

    Update the existing Hispanic finding aid in Local History & Genealogy (LH&G), create a webinar about Hispanic sources in the Library of Congress, two Facebook postings and two blog entries which can be posted at any time by the Library of Congress. These projects are services-oriented and relate to the discovery of items within the Library of Congress and their use to create new family histories.

    The Junior Fellow will be responsible for identifying collections and artifacts within the Library of Congress which are particularly suited to Hispanic family research. The Fellow will also create outreach tools in the form of one webinar, two blog posts and two Facebook postings which the Library of Congress can use at any time.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Acquaintance with at least one of the following languages:  Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Ladino, other dialects used throughout the Hispanic world;  HTML, Adobe Photoshop; English writing skills; Social media; Current genealogy skills, i.e. familiarity with databases.

    Preferred skills/knowledge: Library research skills; Proficiency with online catalog and finding aids; Genealogy skills, including research, transcription, and genealogical proof.

  • #28 - Stravinsky/Craft Collection (Library Services) (Collections and Services Directorate) (Music Division)

    Short Description: The Stravinsky/Craft Collection is a collection of 80 of the composer’s works. The Fellow will assist with various tasks including creating a descriptive inventory, finding aid, and physical rehousing of items to appropriate archival containers and labeling.

    Long Description: The Stravinsky/Craft Collection is of important scholarly value as it shows Stravinsky's (and Craft's) corrections and other markings on 80 of the composer's works on proofs, photocopies, and ozalids.  While currently serviceable, it needs a public finding aid for remote users. The subject of the project is: Music (instrumental and vocal). The fellow will assist with creating a descriptive inventory and a finding aid need to be produced.  There will be some physical rehousing into appropriate archival containers and labeling.  If time permits finding aid can be EAD-encoded. This is clearly collections-oriented and falls under arrearage reduction. Under the direct supervision of a Music Division Acquisitions Specialist the Fellow will do a complete inventory and prepare a near final draft of an EAD-ready finding aid.  If there is time the Fellow will contact and work with the Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland regarding their holdings of related items. We may have corrected proofs to manuscripts or corrected proofs that may exist there as well, albeit in a different stage.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Strong organizational skills (ability to set and meet deadlines, follow work plans, and adapt plans with team input as needed); Demonstrable experience reading music; demonstrable knowledge of music history, particularly about the music of Igor Stravinsky; Evidence of research skills, especially in use of primary source materials; Computer/digital skills (e.g., data input, spreadsheet or template design, use of search fields) and willingness to learn how to use Library of Congress finding aid templates; Flexibility in working independently to problem-solve as well as collaborating within a team; Good communication and "people" skills; Familiarity with social media applications, such as tagging and blogs.

    Strong background in music history, preferably at the graduate level; Excellent writing skills; Archival processing experience; creation of finding aids would be helpful; Some knowledge of the standard Encoded Archival Description (EAD).

  • #29 - Martha Graham Legacy Project (Library Services) (Music Division) (Acquisition and Processing Section)

    Short Description: The Martha Graham Legacy Project will focus on processing and accessibility of one or more (time permitting) major dancers of the Graham company. The Fellow will perform the necessary additional archival processing, rehousing, coding of finding aids, and selective/curating scanning to make the collections accessible.

    Full Description: The Martha Graham Legacy Project 2018 will create access to another large component of materials documenting Graham's impact on American dance and culture. Junior Fellow's project will focus on one or more major dancers of the Graham company, whose collections are not yet fully processed and accessible: Jane Dudley and Sophie Maslow of the Depression; Helen McGehee/Umaña, Yuriko, and Ethel Winter/Charles Hyman of the 1950s-1970s, and Armgard von Bardeleben of the 1990s (together, an estimated 35,000+ items). This summer of work will perform the necessary additional archival processing, rehousing, coding of finding aids, and selective/curated scanning to make the collections accessible, along with targeted communications and outreach to alert faculty, students, and scholars about the new resources.

    Scope will be similar to last summer's MGLP, when the Junior Fellow processed about 15,000 items (25 linear feet in 60 boxes) in the Pearl Lang multi-format collection. Already, scholars in theatre and modern dance, Jewish/Yiddish studies, and gender studies have inquired about the collection following the Fellow's blog post and additional outreach with Project Mentor's guidance. The project design provides the Junior Fellow with opportunities to present or publish their work in professional venues and social media.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Strong organizational skills, with the ability to set and meet deadlines, follow work plans, and adapt plans with team input as needed; Demonstrable interest or experience in performing arts (dance, music, design); Curiosity about how arts heritage connects to other aspects of American historical and cultural studies; Evidence of research skills, especially in use of primary sources materials; Ability to make connections between information from multiple sources (playbills, videos, reviews, photos); Sophisticated computer/digital skills (i.e., data input, spreadsheet or template design, use of search fields) and willingness to learn how to use Library of Congress finding aid templates; Flexibility in working independently to problem-solve as well as with a team; Good communication and "people" skills; Familiarity with social media applications such as tagging and blogs; Excellent writing skills; Archival processing experience; Experience with the creation of finding aids would be helpful; Some experience in image scanning or website maintenance, as some Graham-related materials are currently available online.

  • #30 - Indigenous Law Portal: Peru, South America (Library Services) (Policy and Standards Division) (Policy Section)

    Short Description: The Portal for Indigenous Peoples Law is a joint project of American Bar Association, ABA/LS and the Law Library of Congress (LLC). Link available at: http://www.loc.gov/law/help/indigenous-law-guide/americas/. The fellow will research secondary literature that will mostly include web resources.

    Full Description: The Portal for Indigenous Peoples Law, is a joint project of ABA/LS and the Law Library of Congress (LLC), and is up on the LLC home page as a component of the Guide-to-Law-Online since 2015 and had - according to Web statistics - a total of 171 visiting countries:   http://www.loc.gov/law/help/indigenous-law-guide/americas/ 

    Up to now, the Portal presents the Peoples of North America and Central America. The subject area is hemispheric indigenous peoples law, government, human rights and socio-economic conditions. Moving "south of the border," primary sources are rare and hard to come by. Research has to be inventive and is mostly web oriented. The project, the Indigenous Law Portal, a free LC web resource, is "service-oriented," i.e., it disseminates current information on this highly specialized, but not widely understood field of law. The task in particular is research concentrating on secondary literature, mostly web resources, and has often to rely on websites or documents ("grey literature") of national government or of widespread indigenous organizations in support and defense of indigenous rights; such organizations are often the sole resource for information on indigenous communities and their tribal/governmental organization and law.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Proficiency in Spanish (most research is conducted from Spanish resources/materials); Proficiency in OPAC searching; Proficiency in working of Excel spreadsheets; Research may involve use of ethnographic and anthropological works, detailed maps (to be used eventually as visual access to the Portal), as well as general political/constitutional documents and in some instances, use of the national censuses to corroborate the data as much as possible.

    Where resources - web or otherwise – are inconclusive, the Junior Fellow needs sometimes to resort to correspondence with government agencies/organizations or advocacy/development groups - concerned with the rights and welfare of natives (preferred); Portuguese or French language skills are desirable; Basic understanding of classification and ClassWeb, its linking functionality, and other LC authority files would be desirable, but can be taught (preferred).

  • #31 - French and Italian Collections Project (Library Services) (African, Latin American & W European Division) (Benelux, France and Italy Section)

    Short Description: The Fellow will work in the African, Latin American and Western European (ALAWE) Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access (ABA). The project consists of processing a collection of 250 items in French and Italian published in France and Italy.

    Long Description: This project is collections-oriented and involves components of cataloging, collection development, and preservation. The project is for the processing of a collection of 250 items in French and Italian published in France and Italy. The Junior Fellows intern will work in the African, Latin American and Western European (ALAWE) Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access (ABA) Directorate and will report to Monique Graham, head of the Benelux, French & Italy (BFI) Section, where the collection is currently located. Duties will include determining the status vis-à-vis the Library’s collections of this collection of mostly legal monographs, some of which are considered rare items acquired by the Library of Congress, and many which are in a state where decisions must be made as to how to better preserve the items so that they can served in reading rooms of the Library of Congress. The collection dates between the 19th and 20th centuries. The intern will be responsible for consulting and recommending officers of the Law Library, Rare Book & Special Collections and Binding & Collections Care divisions of the Collections & Services (C&S) Directorate, and will assist with making selection, retention, and preservation decisions. Once selections are made and a decision to retain items is completed, the intern will use the Library’s Integrated Library Management System to search items in the Library’s collection that are determined to be kept. The intern will also determine if there are matching (duplicates) already present in the Library of Congress Database (LC Database) or if there are existing cataloging records. The intern will additionally search OCLC WorldCat to locate copy cataloging records, download them into the Library’s Database, and merge them with any existing bibliographic record in the LC Database. The intern will be responsible for creating initial bibliographic control (cataloging) records for those items which have no bibliographic control. If the item is determined to be rare, the intern will move the item to the Rare Materials Section of the U.S. Anglo Division, ABA Directorate for completion of cataloging after creating the initial bibliographic control record or downloading a copy record. The intern will also make decisions on items that should be placed in the Library’s Duplicate Materials Exchange Program, ABA Directorate, because they have been found to be duplicates of the Library’s collections. The intern will work with the Library’s Binding & Collections Care Division to determine measures needed to preserve monographs retained for the Library’s collections that need repair. The intern will receive training to perform all of these duties from librarians and technicians in the BFI Section and from other specialists across the Library. Mentoring opportunities will be provided regularly to the intern, including attendance at divisional and directorate level meetings. Training opportunities will include attendance at courses on cataloging, collections development, and preservation courses as offered in the Library’s Center for Learning & Development. The intern will be exposed to current cataloging rules and regulations, including Resource Description & Access (RDA), collections development and preservation workflows. The intern will receive tours of the Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections Division, the Law Library, and Binding & Collections Care Division, and will attend orientations sponsored by Library Services as they are scheduled during this period.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge of library acquisitions and cataloging rules, practices, and/or procedures; Ability to utilize information technology and online systems; Ability to maintain library collections.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Preferred knowledge of French and Italian, including the ability to read both languages well.

  • #32- Korab Architectural Photographic Archive (Library Services) (Prints and Photographs Division) (Technical Services Section)

    Short Description: Balthazar Korab was a renowned architectural photographer. His documents span from 1955 to 2000. The Fellow will create an inventory to the folders of photographs related to individual projects.

    Long Description: Junior Fellows will help process a large collection of photographs by renowned architectural photographer Balthazar Korab. Balthazar Korab is one of the three most significant American architectural photographers of the second half of the 20th century.  His archive documents America’s architectural ascendancy in the post-WWII period spanning from 1955 to 2000. The collection includes prints, negatives and transparencies. The Fellows will inventory folders of photographs related to individual projects, verifying the contents and preparing the images for service in the Division's reading room. They will scan a small selection of prints for presentation in the Library's catalog and learn to manage the digital files that they create. They will draft catalog records for selected prints. A selection of Korab photographs already processed by the Library is available at: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=LC-KRB00-

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Ability to safely handle photographs; Ability to work in a team; Ability to accurately assign numbers and legibly write numbers on photos; Ability to input data into an Access database or Excel spreadsheet; Ability to interpret, record and update data into pre-existing data fields; Broad knowledge of American architectural history; Ability to convey information verbally and in writing.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Experience working with archival materials, especially architectural photographs; Knowledge of archives and library theory; Knowledge of architectural history as it applies to architectural photography; Knowledge of or experience with cataloging schemes, especially MARC based catalogs; Knowledge of or experience with subject analysis, especially for images; Ability to work with scanners to create digital images.

  • #33 - Glass Composition (Library Services) (Preservation Directorate) (Preservation Research & Testing Division)

    Short Description: The Junior Fellow will research the growth of glass technology related to 19th Century cultural heritage with an emphasis on glass technology. The Fellow will first of all use the Library’s extensive collection of 19th century journals and other pertinent literature to research 19th century glass recipes, manufacturing and distribution.

    Long Description: The industrial revolution led to mass marketing of many materials, a good number of which found their way into 19th century cultural heritage. One such material is glass, the demand for which naturally involved vessel and window glass, but also evolved with the burgeoning field of photography. This Junior Fellow project will focus on charting the growth of glass technology related to 19th Century cultural heritage, with particular emphasis on photographic materials; this will help improve our understanding of the relationship of glass composition and production methods to relative glass stability, which has great impact in terms of defining at-risk collections.

    The Fellow will first of all use the Library’s extensive collection of 19th journals and other pertinent literature to research 19th century glass recipes, manufacturing and distribution. The Fellow will also conduct a follow-up investigation of the condition and composition of daguerreotype cover glasses that were removed and replaced from original artifacts, as recommended by a 1985 PRTD survey of these valuable LC collection items. In this way, the removed cover glass can be identified and analyzed as separate reference materials within the collection. The original survey and new information will be added into a database for the broader category of 19th century photographic glass as part of an ongoing, collaborative, scientific investigation into glass deterioration among historical collections. As a whole, the Jr. Fellow project will tie together primary and secondary resources, and add immense value to the Library’s comprehensive knowledge of the nature and informational value of our unparalleled collection. The project will also contribute to a broader investigation that is expected to have great impact on the cultural heritage community at large, and especially on small institutions such as historical societies.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Knowledge of using catalogues to find historical and contemporary literature; Knowledge of how to manage databases in Microsoft Excel.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Collections processing; Historical research knowledge; Some scientific background.

  • #34 - Photographic Maps of the Civil War (Library Services) (Conservation Division) (Special Format Conservation Section) 

    Short Description: This project is part of an ongoing initiative to identify and understand the use of photography in the reproduction and printing of maps during the Civil War. The Fellow would be trained to identify the markers associated with the identification of 19th century photographically produced maps.

    Long Description: This project is part of an ongoing initiative to identify and understand the use of photography in the reproduction and printing of maps during the Civil War. Photographically printed maps were part of a strategic effort to inform military personnel with up-to-date information regarding troop movements, terrain, and fortifications but not much has been written on them, due largely to their misidentification in collections. The photographic Civil War maps provide researchers new information that changes our understanding of the context of battlefield decisions, how photographers and the military interacted, and the way technology affected the outcome of the war. This project would be a collections-oriented project which would consist of identifying these maps in the Geography and Map Division holdings, scanning them for access and geospatial information, inputting relevant information into a provided database, and helping to identify the materials and techniques used in their production.

    The Fellow would be trained to identify the markers associated with the identification of 19th century photographically produced maps. After training, the Fellow would work independently to sort through large collections of Civil War maps in the division, identifying and separating photographic maps from the larger collections of hand-drawn and printed maps. Collections that contain photographic maps are some of the most important Civil War map collections in the collections, including the Jedediah Hotchkiss Collection and the William T. Sherman Collection, offering the Fellow unique insights into mapping, strategy, and key figures of the Civil War.

    The Fellow will be trained on a large format scanner and will scan the maps they pulled for the Geography and Maps Division. The geospatial data associated with the scanning of these items will be plotted on a larger maps, helping to associate them with possible campaigns during the Civil War. Relevant information regarding surveyors, photographers, generals, and engineers will be recorded in an Access database.

    As time allows, the Fellow may be asked to participate in the analysis of these maps in conjunction with the Preservation Research and Testing Division, including analysis using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to understand their elemental composition as well as scanning electron microscopy to examine particle size and morphology. Also, if possible, a literature search pertaining to the processes and photographers who used these methods would be assembled.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Interest in maps and the Civil War; Ability to be self-motivated, work independently, be detail orientated; Ability to handle rare materials safely and according to instructions; Ability to follow protocols related to the access and pulling of rare materials within the division; Ability to follow directions relating to the use of a large format scanner; Working knowledge of Microsoft Access.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Interest in 19th Century photography; Experience in handling rare and oversized materials; Expertise in the study of 19th Century photography or the Civil War.

  • #35 - Mary Wolfskill Trust Fund Internship/ Elizabeth Pryor Trust Fund Internship (filling two positions) (Library Services) (Manuscript Division) (Reference and Reader Section)

    Short Description: The Mary Wolfskill Trust Fund and the Elizabeth Pryor Trust Fund is used to support internships in the Manuscript Division that will foster interest in archival work among graduate and undergraduate students, particularly minorities or students from smaller and lesser-known schools. The Junior Fellow will respond to reference inquiries received via telephone, electronic means, or in-person; analyze reference requests; investigate sources of information; draft, revise, and deliver responses; retrieve and re-shelve manuscript materials; and compile reader usage statistics.

    Full Description: Named after a longtime Manuscript Division staff member who retired as the head of the division's Reference & Reader Services Section in 2005, the Mary Wolfskill Trust Fund is used to support internships in the Manuscript Division that will foster interest in archival work among graduate and undergraduate students, particularly minorities or students from smaller and lesser-known schools. Interns are employed, usually during the summer months, in the Manuscript Reading Room, where they assist researchers in accessing the division's collection of nearly sixty-three million primary source documents relating to American history and culture. Under the direction of the head of the Reference & Reader Services Section and a designated reference librarian mentor, interns respond to reference inquiries received via telephone, electronic means, or in-person; analyze reference requests; investigate sources of information; draft, revise, and deliver responses; 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 materials. 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 archival management.

    Skills/Knowledge Desired: Demonstrated knowledge of American history and culture; Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team setting; Ability to communicate effectively in writing; Knowledge of integrated library systems, basic library applications, and other information technologies; Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; Ability to think critically and propose resolutions to problems.

    Preferred Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of a variety of automated tools and technologies such as integrated library systems and office applications such as MS Word and PowerPoint.

Junior Fellows Program Specific Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How competitive is the 2018 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program?

      Based on our experience with other fellowship programs offered here at the Library of Congress, we expect this to be a highly competitive program, with a large number of applications from very qualified and motivated students. Therefore, we must strictly adhere to the requirements for application packages and the deadline for their submission. Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully read the application criteria and procedures.

    2. What are the selecting officials looking for in the application?

      Selecting officials may consider course selection, work experience, language skills, and interests related to the various subject areas noted on the announcement. While not required, experience or education in library-related fields can be a plus.

    3. I am interested in more than one subject area of this program. Can I apply to more than one? Must I submit separate applications for each? 

      In your cover letter, state explicitly your areas of interest. Your education, experience, and general background should affirm your selections and demonstrate your wish for serious consideration for each subject area you identified. Submit only one application package.

    4. Do you provide financial aid? 

      No. Fellows receive a stipend of $450.00 per week, not financial aid. They are also eligible for Transit Benefits, a transit subsidy program for qualified individuals who use the Metro system, Virginia Rail Express, MARC commuter trains, and county and commercial buses and qualified commercial van pools to commute to their jobs at the Library.

    5. Do you provide housing? 

      No. Housing is the full responsibility of the fellow. The Library of Congress does not make specific recommendations for housing. The Library of Congress is located on Capitol Hill in Southeast Washington, DC. The nearest metro station is Capitol South on the blue, orange, and silver lines. However, the red line stop at Union Station is an approximately 15 minute walk to the Library. Union Station is also the closest point where commuter trains from Maryland and Virginia stop.

      Fellows may consider arranging housing through their college or university alumni organization. In addition, the information below may be helpful to you in finding housing options:

    6. Do you provide parking options for Junior Fellows?

      No. Fellows are strongly encouraged not to bring private cars to Washington; parking near the Library is very limited and expensive. The Library of Congress is located on Capitol Hill in Southeast Washington, DC. The nearest Metro station is Capitol South. Metro routes may be found at: www.wmata.com External

    7. How many academic credits do I receive in the program?

      The Library of Congress is not an academic institution and does not grant course credits. However, you may want to check with your school about receiving credits for your fellowship.

    8. I am not available to start the fellowship on May 29, 2018. Am I still eligible? 

      The schedule and the length of the fellowship direct that we require all fellows to report on the same day.

    9. Can my fellowship lead to a full-time job?

      The fellowships come with no guarantee for permanent employment. However, we encourage those interested in careers at the Library of Congress to look at all job opportunities listed at the USAJOBS website. The new skills and experience gained during your time at the Library can be used as a stepping stone and the supervisor of your fellowship can be a valuable reference for your future job searches.

    10. Will these fellowships be offered in the Fall/Winter? 

      No. This is a summer fellowship program only.

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