Archive Intern – American Craft Council

Location: Twin Cities Metro
Closing Date: Mar 2, 2018
Job Type: Intern – Paid
Salary: $15.00 per hour
Hours: Part-time

The American Craft Council (ACC) Library is currently seeking a bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated intern to work on a grant-funded digitization project under the supervision of the ACC librarian.

The primary responsibility of the intern will be assisting the librarian in selecting, and preparing for digitizing, the artist file materials within a large donation from the library of the Friends of Fiber Arts International. In addition, the intern will be responsible for organizing materials and writing metadata using the library’s content management tool (CONTENTdm). The internship is a great opportunity to experience working with visual collections within an art research library.

As a program of the American Craft Council, the Library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing over 20,000 books and exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, over 3000 artist files and an accompanying database, the Library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The Library is located in NE Minneapolis, and is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm, and Friday, 9am-4pm.

Primary Responsibilities
• Assist in the selection of materials for digitization from Friends of Fiber Arts and ACC artist files.
• Prescribe metadata and manage content in the ACC’s CONTENTdm digital repository.
• Make use of controlled vocabulary resources to enter data into the important subject data fields.
• Scan images to file and make adjustments as necessary using Photoshop.
• Execute proper care and storage of materials.
• Communicate regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues and progress on tasks.
• Assist with answering reference and research questions as needed.

• Junior or senior in an undergraduate or graduate level library science, museum studies or art history program, or a recent graduate.
• Experience using controlled vocabularies and/or tagging in data creation.
• Preferred coursework in archival studies and/or experience working in an archives or library setting.
• Familiarity or experience with CONTENTdm or other digital asset management system.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Careful attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
• Ability to take initiative and work independently.
• Preferred interest or background in contemporary craft and craft history.

Additional Info:

15-20 hours/week for 12 weeks, sometime between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday; starting May or June 2018

Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject: Archive Intern

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