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Subject: Internship at Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Internship at Smithsonian Institution Libraries

From: Vanessa Haight Smith <haightv<-a>
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A paid internship opportunity at the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) is
open to United States citizens (or permanent residents) and is
designed for those who are currently enrolled (or that have
graduated in the past six months) in an advanced (masters) degree
program in the conservation of library materials and are interested
in working in research and/or museum libraries.

The book conservation internship, located in the SIL conservation
lab in Landover, Maryland, is ideal for a candidate with a
familiarity of library preservation issues including knowledge of
the principles of book and paper conservation, historical book
structures, and binding techniques.

The intern will receive an overview of basic preservation needs and
performing conservation treatments for library collections.
Treatments may include: dry cleaning, washing, paper repair, leather
consolidation, board reattachment, construction of custom
enclosures. Cooperation and involvement with decision-making is
necessary for treatment recommendations.  The intern can demonstrate
the incorporation of knowledge in book/printing history with library
research needs.

The goal of the Conservation Internship is to enable conservation
graduate students to enhance decision-making, manual, and technical
abilities. Interns focus on conservation problems in the context of
a diverse museum library and are challenged to develop solutions for
large collections and their intended uses for research and access.

Interns may receive up to $500 per week, which is awarded to the
student as a stipend. Internships are full time (35 hours per week)
for six weeks. Internships typically begin in early June 2014,
though exact dates are flexible.

For more information and to apply online:

SIL website description of 2014 professional development


Use the SOLAA System to Apply Online:

    Select "Smithsonian Institution Libraries" as the Unit and
    "Smithsonian Institution Libraries Professional Development
    Internship" as the Program.

Applications will close March 21, 2014.

Vanessa Haight Smith
Book Conservator
Head, Preservation Services Dept
Smithsonian Libraries

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