METRO Spring 2014 Innovative Internship Recipients Announced

May 27, 2014 | News

METRO is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 recipients of its Innovative Internship Program. The goals of METRO Innovative Internship Program are to support innovative work for graduate students and recent graduates entering the cultural heritage profession, fund otherwise unpaid internships, and foster original work within METRO-member institutions. More program details, as well as the final reports of last semester’s recipients, can be found on the program’s webpage.

We received an excellent pool of applications this round and, though we could not fund them all, we continue to encourage all students, recent graduates, and METRO member institutions to apply to the Fall 2014 round of funding that will be announced in August 2014.

Three Innovative Internship projects received funding for the Spring 2014 academic semester. The recipients are:

Emily Kramer, Graduate Student. Emily will be working at Hostos Community College/CUNY to help bring together the Hostos Community College Archives and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the selection, organization, and preservation of ephemera and special collections material documenting the Hostos Center’s 30 years of cultural programming for the Latino and African-American communities of the South Bronx and wider metropolitan area. Hostos is partially matching METRO’s Innovative Internship stipend.

What we liked about the project: We liked the project’s collaborative focus and its goal to build and expand the partnership between the Hostos Community College’s Library/Archive and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. The project also aims to preserve the records and ephemera of a preforming arts organization serving an under-documented community and will work with past performers and external supporters of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture to acquire unique materials documenting its history.

Clarisa Diaz and Conner Gaudet, Graduate Students. Clarisa and Conner are working with the NYPL Labs team to conceive and develop new projects and expand projects already in development at NYPL Labs. They will work with NYPL’s Geospatial Librarian and Labs developers to build a system to capture street names and addresses from historic maps that can then be crowdsourced through Building Inspector. In addition, Clarisa and Conner will help with the release of the Ensemble project and have the chance to develop their own NYPL Labs technology projects and present them to colleagues from across NYPL. NYPL Labs is partially matching METRO’s Innovative Internship stipend.

What we liked about the project: We especially liked that the role for the two interns explicitly included the ability to conceptualize and pitch their own projects and ideas to the Labs team and other NYPL staff members. The opportunity to get exposure to the process of a second phase of an early-stage, innovative digital project like Building Inspector and to help with the launch and promotion of another digital initiative offered an excellent chance for grad students to get exposure to, and experience in, technology projects in libraries.

Emily Toder, Recent Graduate. Emily will be working at Bard High School Early College Queens (BHSECQ) building the Digital Student Archive to “preserve and honor the scholarly and social life” of the BHSECQ community. This project will feature the digitization of student work, the aggregation of digital content such as student musical compositions and faculty publications, mock-up design of the online interface, and exploring ways to facilitate the contribution of future student-generated content. The archive aims to document and preserve content created by students and faculty that uniquely captures the history and activities of the school. Bard High School Early College Queens is partially matching METRO’s Innovative Internship stipend.

What we liked about the project: We liked that the project was formulated to mirror an existing model (The Bard College Archive) and was predicated on the active participation of both students and faculty in contributing content and helping shape the archive’s future collecting activities. The archive will serve as a platform by which the BHSECQ library can play an active role in preserving and exhibiting student-generated digital works. The participatory elements and the integration of the archive into classroom teaching and course work were standout features of the proposal.

Congratulations to these three Innovative Internship funding recipients! METRO is glad to be able to support these innovative projects and we look forward to hearing more from them as they progress.

Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
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