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[BKARTS] Preservation Intership at University of Chicago

The Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Internship
The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library is accepting applications for the 2006
Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Internship.  This newly established
Internship has been made possible through the generosity of Dr. Albert Somit
(AB '41, PhD '47), University of Chicago alumnus and past president of
Southern Illinois University.  Dr. Somit has established the Internship to
honor his parents' legacy, serve the needs of the Library's collection and
prepare individuals for important work to preserve and protect library
materials and other scholarly works so that they are available for research
and teaching in the future.

The Internship is intended to provide firsthand experience and a broader
understanding of the care and treatment of library and archives materials in
an academic library.  Under the direction of the Preservation Librarian, the
Intern will learn about the organization and operations of a comprehensive
preservation program and preservation issues and challenges within the
context of a large research library.  The Intern will work with staff from
the Preservation Department and the Special Collections Research Center
(SCRC) who are responsible for binding, preservation reformatting,
conservation and other preservation activities. The Intern will be required
to complete a project based on their interests and skills and the needs of
the Preservation Department and the SCRC.  Representative activities may

* Gathering background documentation and synthesizing information on
  selected preservation issues or topics. Through this work, the Intern will
  become familiar with literature in the preservation field as well as
  successful preservation strategies.

* Working with staff who make preservation selection decisions for materials
  that will be transferred to the Library's planned new shelving facility,
  materials that will be digitally reformatted, and materials needing other
  preservation actions and treatments.  The Intern will learn how library
  materials and research patterns differ from one discipline to another and
  how these factors and priorities impact decision-making for preservation.

* Designing and implementing a pilot project that documents the variables and tests the workflow for a preservation production operation, such as identifying materials in need of preservation and testing preservation approaches.  This will be an opportunity to apply, test, and fine-tune hypothetical concepts in a day-to-day working environment. 

* Developing, performing, and documenting condition assessments or surveys for print and media collections. This information will be used to prioritize, plan, and implement general or specific treatment programs. 

Eligibility and requirements: Graduates and currently enrolled students of a
recognized library or conservation program; or students (graduate or
undergraduate) with equivalent experience and training in preservation or
book conservation.  Applicants must be familiar with preservation principles
and conservation treatments and possess the ability to work collaboratively
and independently to accomplish project goals. Familiarity with Windows
and/or XP, PC network environment, word-processing and spreadsheet software
is important.

Applicants must commit to six consecutive weeks of full-time work or a
schedule that is mutually agreeable.  The 2006 Internship provides a $3000
stipend.  A final project report is required.

Students who are interested in the Internship should submit a letter of
application expressing their interest in this opportunity as well as a
resume and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Applications
received by December 1, 2005, will be assured consideration.  The Internship
is available after January 1, 2006.  The actual appointment date will be
based on discussions with the Preservation Librarian and the successful

The University of Chicago Library is an equal opportunity/affirmative action

Applications should be sent to:

				Sherry Byrne
				Preservation Librarian
				University of Chicago Library 
				1100 East 57th Street, JRL 150
				Chicago, IL 60637
				Phone: (773) 702-9313
				Fax: 	(773) 702-6623
				Email: 	sbyr@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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