The Preservation Reformatting Division (PRD) provides access to at-risk
Library serials, brittle books, newspapers, photographs and manuscripts by
converting items to new formats such as microfilm, facsimile copies or digital
reproductions. Reformatting is accomplished through programs for
microphotography and digital capture.
The goal of the internship is to provide Library Science and Information
Technology students, graduates, and post-graduates with the opportunity to
study and work with state-of-the-art digital technologies: those used for the
digital reformatting of library materials; those used to document and model
reformatting and related preservation workflows; and those used to ensure
proper workflow execution by enabling statistical process monitoring and
Interns have the opportunity to participate in the following key activities to
plan, get, describe, sustain, and make accessible reformatted digital and/or
microfilm formats for serials, photographs, manuscripts, brittle books, and
Digital Preservation Activities
Plan: Processing management (e.g., assessing materials, processing brittle
books, reviewing reformatting policies, etc.) in order to identify the
functions and processes to be represented in a fashion comprehensible to
library management and IT personnel.
Sustain: Microphotography using two state-of-the-art microfilm digitization
workstations (16/35mm roll and fiche), a high-resolution color overhead
capture workstation, and an image processing and data storage infrastructure
that enables: high-resolution digital image capture/importation and image
quality analysis from microform and printed materials; and image
inspection/auditing, editing, post processing, image quality measurement, and
process control activities, with a focus on digitizing microform materials.
Make Available: Digital imaging production processes of books and serials with
open-source and commercial image editing/image processing software (e.g.,
imaging materials, managing vendor-created images, conducting quality reviews,
and preparing files for use in online delivery systems).
Research: Specification development and deployment using computerized
modeling/design tools to develop preservation-relevant process models, data
models, flowcharts, and other products that represent existing and planned
Preservation Directorate operations.
Tours: The Library of Congress has tremendous quantity, quality, and diversity
in its holdings. Interns have the opportunity to tour the other Directorate
divisions as well as the many custodial divisions in the Library.
Training and Conservation Professional Activities: Participation in outreach
activities such as lab tours for visitors and relevant in-house lectures and
conferences. Interns meet curators to discuss collections and are expected to
give a farewell presentation of work and accomplishments to Library staff.
Application and Selection Procedure
Internships may be on part-time or full-time schedule, but minimum of 200
hours is generally required. The length of the internship generally ranges
from 6 weeks to 6 months.
Applicants should complete and submit by email the Preservation Fellowship and
Internship Application Form [PDF: 18 KB / 3 p.], plus a resume, two letters of
recommendation, and a formal letter of interest. Please follow the additional
instructions on the application form and note that the Preservation
Directorate uses this one application form for all of the various internships
and fellowships offered. Citizenship requirements: U.S. citizenship not
Applications are accepted at any time.
To apply, please direct applications to:
Preservation Education Specialist
Library of Congress
Telephone: (202) 707-8345
FAX: (202) 707-1525
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