New York, NY: Multiple Summer Internships, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Job Opening Title: Summer 2015 JDC Archives Digitization Program Opportunity
Institution/Organization Name: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): New York, NY

Wikipedia Editor / Digital Preservation Researcher

The JDC Archives is the institutional repository of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization since its founding in 1914. Holding over 3 miles of records documenting JDC’s global rescue, relief, and renewal work in over 90 countries in the past century, the JDC Archives is one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history.

We seek students for an experiential education opportunity to support our digitization program, an ongoing effort that has digitized and made available online more than 2.4 million pages of text and 63,000 photographs. The position includes two main areas of activity:

1.      Wikipedia Editor

The goal of this project is to increase the visibility of our archival resources on Wikipedia. The Wikipedia editor will identify, edit, and/or add information to Wikipedia articles that pertain to primary source material in the JDC Archives.

Responsibilities:
• Review existing text and links to ensure accuracy and update as needed
• Identify content from the Archives that can be added to existing Wikipedia entries
• Write new entries based on JDC Archives resources

Qualifications:
Experience editing Wikipedia articles preferred; an interest in and knowledge of 20th-century Jewish history helpful but not essential.

2.      Digital Preservation Researcher

As the volume of our digital assets has grown, we are increasingly aware of the need to prepare for their long-term preservation. The researcher will investigate best practices, explore the plans that similar institutions are implementing and the collaborations that are being developed among institutions, and propose recommendations. For students who receive course credit, this is an excellent opportunity to produce a written report on an essential aspect of digital asset management.

Responsibilities:
• Evaluate existing JDC Archives digital assets and preservation practices
• Conduct online research and literature review
• Consult with other institutions and archival organizations
• Assess current and future risks and needs

Qualifications:
Strong interest in digital archives; basic understanding of technical issues (e.g., fixity, authenticity, obsolescence, preservation metadata) through at least one relevant course and/or relevant experience.

All opportunities are unpaid, but may be taken for course credit. Candidates will be supervised by professional archival staff and will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings and workshops. An expected schedule is 8-12 hours per week.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to rebecca.weintraub(at)jdc.org.

Job Opening Title: Summer 2015 JDC Archives Photograph Collection Opportunity
Institution/Organization Name: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): New York, NY

Photograph Collection Opportunity

The JDC Archives’ Photo Collection contains over 100,000 images. These photographs offer a rich historical overview of JDC’s relief activities over the past century in 90 countries. More than 60,000 photographs have already been digitally scanned. We seek students for an experiential education opportunity to assist with image cataloguing and preservation. The broad range of countries and topics in our scope of this collection, which encompasses regions and time periods such as postwar Germany, 1950’s North Africa and 1960s-70s Israel, allows us to tailor projects to different interests.

Special projects:
• Adding to our online database the following photo collections:
o Community life, education and health services provided to
Tunisian Jews from the 1950s-70s
o  Post-WWII Jewish refugees living in Displaced Persons Camps in
Austria and Germany
o  Youth and elderly care programs in 1960’s Israel.
o  Assorted collections of JDC activities in Jewish communities of
Bulgaria, Greece, India, and many others
• Preparing unprocessed images documenting JDC activities in 20 countries (1940’s-70’s) with emphases on Israel, France, Germany and Iran for digitization and preservation.

Responsibilities include:
• Creating metadata and integrating new photographs into cataloguing system.
• Conducting research and fact-checking to enrich descriptive data for photographs.

Qualifications:
Proficiency in Word and Excel required. Familiarity with database procedures is recommended. Candidates must have completed at least one semester of graduate work in archival, museum, or library studies, or art history. The ideal candidate will also have an interest in photography and pictorial history.

All opportunities are unpaid, but may be taken for course credit. The expected schedule is 12-20 hours per week. Options are available in the NY office located in midtown Manhattan and our offsite facility in Long Island City.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to rebecca.weintraub(at)jdc.org.

Job Opening Title: Summer 2015 JDC Archives Processing Opportunity
Institution/Organization Name: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): New York, NY

The JDC Archives is the institutional repository of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization since its founding in 1914. Holding over 3 miles of records documenting JDC’s global rescue, relief, and renewal work in over 90 countries over the past century, the JDC Archives is one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history.

We seek students for an experiential education opportunity who are interested in gaining archival processing experience. The broad geographic and programmatic scope of our institutional records allows us to tailor projects to different interests.

Projects:
• Arrange, rehouse, and describe unprocessed records of JDC’s activities in numerous countries around the world from the 1970s-1990s, including Israel, the Soviet Union, Tunisia, and Yugoslavia.
• Conduct basic preservation procedures.
• Metadata creation and management in database.
• Prepare collections for off-site storage.
• Database cleanup.
• Contribute to collections management procedures and documentation.
• Other special projects as they arise.

Qualifications:
Proficiency in Word and Excel required. Familiarity with database procedures is recommended. Candidate must have completed at least one semester of coursework in archives or library science.  Interest in Jewish history preferred.

All opportunities are unpaid, but may be taken for course credit. Candidates will be supervised by professional archival staff and will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings and workshops. An expected schedule is 12-20 hours per week. Options are available in the NY office located in midtown Manhattan and our offsite facility in Long Island City.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to rebecca.weintraub(at)jdc.org

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About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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