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Internship Announcement


The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of one internship position available from late May through the end of August 2008 to last no more than ten weeks (dates are negotiable). Located in Athens, Ga., the Digital Library (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/) works together with Georgia's libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of cultural heritage to provide access to the cultural and historical resources of the state of Georgia. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These may include materials such as original manuscripts, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers, primary source materials on microfilm, audio, video, and other formats.

The internship position will be available from late May through the end of August 2008 to last no more than ten weeks (dates are negotiable). The intern will work a thirty-five hour work week and assist in the collection and upgrading of partner metadata related to the history and culture of the state of Georgia. Activities also may include image preparation and quality control, metadata creation (possibly including text encoding), site development, and interface evaluation.

Interns have a choice of compensation packages:

  • $8/hr. plus on-campus housing (on-campus housing is only available from Monday, May 19, 2008 to Sunday, July 27, 2008) or
  • $14.50/hr. (the intern will be responsible for securing his/her own housing arrangements).


*Participates in the development of metadata by following project-specific guidelines and procedures and by adhering to established national and local standards.

*Maintains quality control and project goals by reviewing work, site proofing, monitoring of OCR, SGML and XML output, and record editing and updating as necessary.

*Assists in development of supplemental contextual materials for project.

*Maintains statistical records of production by monitoring the material flowing through the unit and resolving work-flow problems.

*Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in department by assuming other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

*Enhances database quality and searchability by collaborating with GALILEO and Database Support staff on database design issues.


Recent graduate or current student of a masters-level library science, archival studies/public history or museum studies program; Interest in digitization in cultural heritage settings; Ability to perform diverse and complex tasks with accuracy and attention to detail; Ability to exercise independent judgment; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Ability to work successfully in a production-oriented environment; Ability to direct the work of others; Good written and oral communication skills; Working knowledge of historical research methodology and experience with standard bibliographic tools; Familiarity with digital project setting preferred; Experience with SGML, XML and/or HTML preferred; Coursework or experience in cataloging and/or archival description preferred. Experience with digital imaging and OCR preferred. Experience in an archival or museum setting preferred. College degree required with background in humanities or social sciences preferred. Knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement a plus.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter detailing your suitability for the position, and contact information for three references. Applications should be postmarked by February 22, 2008 and be sent to Sheila McAlister, Assistant Director, Digital Library of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library, Athens, GA 30602-1641, mcalists@uga.edu.