2020 HomePLACE Summer Digitization Internship

Purpose and Scope

The Roddenbery Memorial Library in Cairo, GA seeks highly-motivated, responsible applicants for a Summer Digitization Internship fieldwork opportunity. This is a part-time, paid summer internship opportunity lasting from May-August 2020, $10 an hour for a total of 200 hours of work. Intern work shall be conducted onsite at either the Roddenbery Memorial Library in Cairo, GA or at the Georgia Public Library Service offices in Atlanta, GA as determined by the project needs and student’s location. Accommodations will gladly be made for candidates completing the internship for course credit.

Minimum Education, Training, and Experience

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated desire to work with archival materials, will possess excellent communication skills, be detail-oriented, able to work independently, have fine manual dexterity, strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong experience using Windows-based applications and the Google Suite.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This position requires dependability, tact, knowledge of library policies and procedures, and the ability to work as part of a team. The ability to start, finish, or pick up work projects at various points, without direct supervision, is vital. Assignments will vary according to the individual project needs, and the intern may assist with other tasks as assigned. All equipment and training will be provided by Georgia HomePLACE.
The 2020 HomePLACE Summer Intern will contribute toward making digitally available 54 audio oral history interviews with African American citizens from the Cairo, Georgia area. The project, which was conducted in 1982, will also include scanning and description of 50 color slides of African American churches in the area.
The Digitization Intern will:

  • Research biographical details about the interviewees, as well as relevant historical information about Cairo in order to best describe the collection;
  • Research any privacy restrictions;
  • Create a collection-level finding aid and box list;
  • Rehouse original media into archival enclosures where required;
  • Convert recordings from VHS to digital video;
  • Scan slides on a provided flatbed scanner;
  • Perform quality control checks to ensure successful conversion;
  • Record descriptive metadata and create a detailed record for each recording and image;
  • Upload recordings to the Roddenbery Memorial Library’s YouTube account;
  • Create subject access to the recordings using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer;
  • Create a press release and other promotional material, including but not limited to blog and social media posts and a web graphic;
  • Assist staff of the Roddenbery Memorial Library in designing a public program related to the themes and content of the digitized collection;
  • Keep a daily log of work and prepare a final report of work completed;
  • Tour the DLG and GPLS offices and work with staff to ingest the records and recordings;
  • If applicable, complete work required for course credit.

The Digitization Intern may:

  • Reach out to the partner organizations for possible collaboration;
  • Hand key transcription for full-text searchability;
  • Assist staff of the Roddenbery Memorial Library in implementing a public program related to the themes and content of the digitized collection;
  • Co-curate an online exhibit and/or subject guide to related collections. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of general library and archival principles and philosophy;
  • Computing proficiency, including the use of Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications;
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles, practices, and application of Roddenbery Memorial Library policies, procedures, and activities;
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work with people with tact, patience, and courtesy;
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance;
  • Ability to learn metadata standards and schemas;
  • Ability to learn technical processes for making digital files publicly accessible;
  • Ability to read and interpret print, script, or cursive handwriting.

About the Partnership

The Summer Digitization Internship program is a partnership between the Roddenbery Memorial Library and Georgia HomePLACE, a unit of the Georgia Public Library Service.
The mission of the Roddenbery Memorial Library is to continue our commitment to public service, assisting all individuals and groups in Grady County to attain the highest level of educational, cultural, economic and social enrichment possible.
Georgia HomePLACE encourages public libraries and related institutions across the state to participate in The Digital Library of Georgia, an initiative of GALILEO. HomePLACE offers a highly collaborative model for digitizing primary source collections, and is supported with Federal LSTA funds administered by IMLS through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.


Applications can either be filled out online or printed and mailed to:

Roddenbery Memorial Library
320 N. Broad St.
Cairo, Ga 39828.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020.
Questions may be sent to jboudet@rmlibrary.org

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s