Project Title: Biodiversity Heritage Library Marketing Intern
Dates preferred: Spring or Summer 2013
Full time or Part time: Part time
Location of internship: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC);
virtual work options also available.
Desired knowledge/skill sets (include education level): Students pursing a
Library and Information Science Masters or recent graduates. Strong writing
and research skills a must. Students with a demonstrated interest in a
biological sciences subject specialty, reference librarianship, digital
librarianship, and/or library marketing are strongly encouraged to apply.
Brief description of project: The Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open
access digital library of natural history literature
(http://biodiversitylibrary.org/), seeks an intern to help tell the story of
life on earth within the context of the historical biological literature to
benefit the BHL blog (http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org). Interns will
conduct research on the publication history of a given species or natural
history event, such as a scientific expedition or breakthrough discovery, and
communicate these findings in writing to demonstrate the relevance of the BHL
collection to modern audiences. Interns will work closely with BHL Outreach
and Collections staff to perform an environmental scan of competitive
biodiversity related blogs as well as generate ideas to reinvent or create new
blog series. Where appropriate, interns will repurpose their research on
associated BHL outreach platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
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