Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The general focus of the Junior Fellows Program is on increasing access to the collections and an awareness of the Library's copyright, legal and special collections and digital initiatives. In the past, projects have been developed to make the collections better known and accessible to researchers including scholars, students, teachers, knowledge creators, and the general public. Interns help the Library expose unprocessed collections, participate in digital projects, provide additional services to Congress and the public, and make our collections more immediately accessible to scholars. Interns work under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions. In the past, summer interns have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing rich cultural, creative, and intellectual resources. United States citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration as a Junior Fellow.

Duties

This program offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment and culture of the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access standards, and information management. Interns inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve, and research a backlog of copyright or special collections in many different formats in various divisions, and assist with digital preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. Near the end of their appointment at the Library, the interns join together to present a one-day display of historically significant and compelling gems they found in the course of their work. The display is open to members of Congress, Library staff, and the press and is always an eagerly anticipated event.
 
Program Projects:
2014 Project Names listed below.  For full project descriptions and list of required skills/knowledge for each program project, applicants must review the information at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/about.html prior to applying.1. Office of the Librarian, World Digital Library, Project Name:World Digital Library 2. Congressional Research Services, Project name:Congressional Research Service Centennial Display 3. Copyright Office, Project name:Copyright Historical Records 4. Law Library of Congress, Project name:United Nations Gazettes 5. Office of Strategic Initiatives, National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program, Project name:Collecting & Preserving Digital Culture on the Web 6. Office of Strategic Initiatives, Educational Outreach, Project name: Developing a Primary Source Teaching Tool 7. American Folklife Center, Project name:Digital Preservation of the Local Legacies Collection 8. Veterans History Project, Project name:Digital Preservation Workflows 9. African & Middle Eastern Division, Project name:Letters from Afghanistan 10. African & Middle Eastern Division, Project name:Persian Rare Book & Manuscript Finding Aid 11. African & Middle Eastern Division, Project name:South African Pamphlet Collection Finding Aid 12. African & Middle Eastern Division, Project name:Hidden from Plain View: Uncatalogued Hebrew Treasures 13. Asian Division, Project name:Japanese Microfilm Reorganization Project 14. Collection Access, Loan & Management Division, Project name:Carvalho Monteiro’s Collection: Improving Access 15. Collection Access, Loan & Management Division, Project name:Miniature Collections 16. Geography & Map Division, Project name:Maya Poison Flask Inventory. Skills Desired: Interest in archaeology 17. Hispanic Division, Project name:Distant Neighbors: “The United States and the Mexican Revolution” 18. Manuscript Division, Project name:Mary Wolfskill Trust Fund Internship 19. Manuscript Division, Project name:Manuscript Collections Processing 20. Music Division, Project name:Music Legacy Collections: Bibliographic Access 21. Prints & Photographs Division, Project name:20th-century Photographic Collections related to Architecture & Design 22. Rare Book & Special Collections Division, Project name:Copyright Deposit Collection (1870-1897)
 23. Rare Book & Special Collections Division, Project name:Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection Archive 24. Science, Technology & Business Division, Project name:19th-Century International Trade Resources Collection 25. Serial & Government Publications Division, Project name:Assessing & Promoting the Comic Book Collection 26. Serial & Government Publications Division, Project name; Pulp Magazine Collection: Promoting a Popular Culture Treasure Trove 27. Serial & Government Publications Division, Project name:Topics Pages for Chronicling Americas 28. Conservation Division, Project name:Optimizing Content on the Library of Congress Preservation Website 
29. Preservation Research & Testing Division, Project name:Evaluating Degraded Audio and Video Media 
30. Preservation Research & Testing Division, Project name:Technical Study & Examination of Rare Glass Flutes in the Dayton C. Miller Collection
 
31. Preservation Research & Testing Division, Project name:Non-invasive Characterization of Paper & It's Condition 
32. Preservation Research & Testing Division, Project name:ASTM 100 Year Paper Aging Study   
33. Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access / Asian & Middle Eastern Division, Project name:16th-Century Hebrew Book Collection
 
34. Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access / Asian & Middle Eastern Division, Project name:Hebrew Artist’s Books Collection For more details about the 2014 Junior Fellows Program, click here:  http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/