Historic Map Collection Intern

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DC Public Library Special Collections
901 G Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC
Posted: 496 days ago
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is seeking an intern to work with our historic Washingtoniana Map Collection. The map collection consists of about 8,000 maps of the Washington, D.C. area, dating from 1612 to the present. Currently, searching the collection is limited to a card catalog. The intern will have considerable input in determining how to make this collection electronically accessible. Selected maps from the collection are currently being digitized as part of an exciting grant-funded project with MapStory.


The intern will lead and/or participate in the following activities:

- Coordinate public outreach and public programming to promote digitized map collection
- Create "map stories" using the digitized historic maps (see mapstory.org)
- Continue work on an inventory of the collection
- Create a searchable database and/or finding aid
- Create metadata and input into CONTENTdm
- Some minor preservation work, such as refoldering and ensuring that maps are properly stored


This Special Collections internship is open to current MLS students (or graduate students in related History or Geography programs). Applicants must commit to a semester-long, 120-hour internship working for the Special Collections Department. Interns are expected to commit to 10-20 hours per week, possibly to include evenings or weekends.


- A strong interest in maps and map librarianship required
- Must be a current MLS student (or a graduate student in a related program, such as History or Geography)

To apply, email lauren.martino@dc.gov with your resume and a statement of why you would like to intern with the map collection and what you hope to learn from the experience. Indicate whether you are requesting a for-credit internship, and the timeline for development and approval of the field study contract that is required by your school.

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