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[BKARTS] Preservation Internship at Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct a preservation internship program focusing on Native American Library staff. The program focuses on preservation management of library materials and sound conservation practice, and is designed to build a preservation infrastructure in tribal colleges and universities via a train-the-trainers model. The program will prepare the interns to train other librarians, archivists, and technicians in the basic book repair, rebinding, enclosure construction, preservation of work of art on paper, photographs, reformatting techniques, and other related hands-on skills, as well as preservation program development through workshops, seminars, on-site surveys, simulations, needs assessments, and the establishment of a regional disaster plan and response capability.

By focusing on the train-the-trainers model, this program will have an impact well beyond the interns, and will lead to the development of direct tribal responsibility for indigenous cultural heritage materials. As with other internship programs that Cornell has conducted, the Cornell staff will continue to act as mentors beyond the period of the project. The program of training will provide Native American tribal colleges with the ability to greatly extend the life of their cultural heritage library and archives materials, to conduct fruitful studies of their collections and services, and to prepare viable proposals for external grant funding to support Native American library and archives collections.

The internship will be held from June 5, 2006 ? August 11, 2006. There is funding available for travel to Ithaca, NY and a $5000 stipend for each intern. There is no charge for housing.

Please contact Barbara B. Eden (beb1@xxxxxxxxxxx) for an application.

Barbara B. Eden
IRIS/ Department of Preservation
and Collection Maintenance
Cornell University Library
B15 Olin Library
Ithaca, NY 14853

email:  beb1@xxxxxxxxxxx
phone: 607-255-5291
fax:    607-254-7493

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