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Internships that go the distance: A how-to-do-it  (and how-not-to-do-it)  guide  to online internships   Rebecca Goldman C...
Let’s get some things straight… “ Angry cat” by CiCCio.it http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciccioit/221427543   INTERNSHIPS UR...
Internships are NOT free labor <ul><li>Good internships require an initial time investment for planning and an ongoing tim...
Student + archives =  internship?  <ul><li>Just because a grad student is doing the work,  </li></ul><ul><li>Just because ...
Student + archives +  learning  = internship! <ul><li>Interns should be able to demonstrate by the end of the internship t...
Internships are about more than official responsibilities <ul><li>Interns should feel like valued members of your staff </...
Interns are like puppies Photo credits: @craudma, @jenlrile, and @reality4check
Incorporating all of these things into an online internship is HARD <ul><li>How do you provide a realistic work experience...
But…online internships have some pretty sweet advantages <ul><li>Students who don’t live near archives can get experience ...
An experiment “ Breaking Out of the Facility” by Shuttermoth  http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuttermoth/100644472
Our subject Screenshot by Megan Atkinson, with a guest appearance by Grrr!.
Internship components <ul><li>Develop a metadata policy for archived websites and create metadata for some of those sites ...
Archive-It <ul><li>Subscription service from the Internet Archive for archiving websites </li></ul><ul><li>Decide which si...
Describing websites in Archive-It
Does Archive-It work well for an online internship? <ul><li>Yes! It’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Naturalistic: the same work an...
Our “digital asset  management system”
Don’t try this at home
Metadata for digital images  could  be a good internship if… <ul><li>You have a web-based system for storing images and cr...
How Dickinson State’s Theodore Roosevelt Center made it work <ul><li>Task: catalog documents in a digital library and writ...
Remote metadata creation  that works Images from Krystal Thomas, Theodore Roosevelt Center
One internship, two perspectives Happy intern   Unhappy intern   “ I would characterize this experience as being very in...
General advice for online supervisors <ul><li>Be clear about goals and expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Have multiple channe...
General advice for online interns <ul><li>Make sure you have time! </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you manage your time well <...
Online interns are like digital puppies Photo credit: jdruschke  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jilldruschke/2232374988
Further reading <ul><li>“ Online Archives Internship”: Megan’s (heavily edited) article in  Archival Outlook  May/June 201...
Thank you! <ul><li>Megan Atkinson, for being an awesome online intern </li></ul><ul><li>Lori Lindberg of  SJSU SLIS , for ...
Contact me <ul><li>Rebecca Goldman </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>215-951-1965 </li></ul><ul><li>This...
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  1. 1. Internships that go the distance: A how-to-do-it (and how-not-to-do-it) guide to online internships Rebecca Goldman Connelly Library, La Salle University (formerly of the Drexel University Archives) October 22, 2011 Photo credit: Sideonecincy http://www.flickr.com/photos/sideonecincy/5882191626
  2. 2. Let’s get some things straight… “ Angry cat” by CiCCio.it http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciccioit/221427543 INTERNSHIPS UR DOIN IT WRONG
  3. 3. Internships are NOT free labor <ul><li>Good internships require an initial time investment for planning and an ongoing time commitment from internship supervisors for training and guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t expect your interns to do the work of professional archivists </li></ul><ul><li>If you want someone who’s done it before, </li></ul><ul><li>hire a professional </li></ul>
  4. 4. Student + archives = internship? <ul><li>Just because a grad student is doing the work, </li></ul><ul><li>Just because the work is happening in an archives, </li></ul><ul><li>Just because your archives really needs that work done, </li></ul><ul><li>… doesn’t make it an internship. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Student + archives + learning = internship! <ul><li>Interns should be able to demonstrate by the end of the internship that they have learned new skills or improved existing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Ideally, an internship culminates with a tangible end product, like a finding aid, an exhibit, or a report </li></ul>
  6. 6. Internships are about more than official responsibilities <ul><li>Interns should feel like valued members of your staff </li></ul><ul><li>Interns should get a sense of what life is like for archivists </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes internships make students realize they don’t want to be archivists anymore—and that’s okay! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Interns are like puppies Photo credits: @craudma, @jenlrile, and @reality4check
  8. 8. Incorporating all of these things into an online internship is HARD <ul><li>How do you provide a realistic work experience in an online environment? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you keep track of your intern’s progress and check in with them if you don’t work the same hours? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you socialize your interns and show them what it’s like to be an archivist if they’re never around other archivists? </li></ul><ul><li>If your repository can’t handle an on-site intern, you definitely aren’t ready for a remote intern </li></ul>
  9. 9. But…online internships have some pretty sweet advantages <ul><li>Students who don’t live near archives can get experience </li></ul><ul><li>Students who work during the day can get experience </li></ul><ul><li>Digital projects are great for sharing with prospective employers </li></ul><ul><li>Some archives tasks work just as well online </li></ul>
  10. 10. An experiment “ Breaking Out of the Facility” by Shuttermoth http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuttermoth/100644472
  11. 11. Our subject Screenshot by Megan Atkinson, with a guest appearance by Grrr!.
  12. 12. Internship components <ul><li>Develop a metadata policy for archived websites and create metadata for some of those sites </li></ul><ul><li>Provide metadata for a collection of digitized photographs </li></ul>
  13. 13. Archive-It <ul><li>Subscription service from the Internet Archive for archiving websites </li></ul><ul><li>Decide which sites you want captured, when to capture them, and how you want to describe them </li></ul><ul><li>Totally web-based </li></ul>
  14. 14. Describing websites in Archive-It
  15. 15. Does Archive-It work well for an online internship? <ul><li>Yes! It’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Naturalistic: the same work an intern would do if she were on site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible: the intern can create metadata anytime, and the archivist can review it anytime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shareable: the intern can share links to archived websites with metadata that she created </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Our “digital asset management system”
  17. 17. Don’t try this at home
  18. 18. Metadata for digital images could be a good internship if… <ul><li>You have a web-based system for storing images and creating metadata, and you already know how to use it </li></ul><ul><li>The images don’t require inside knowledge of your institution </li></ul>
  19. 19. How Dickinson State’s Theodore Roosevelt Center made it work <ul><li>Task: catalog documents in a digital library and write blog posts about the documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The digital library isn’t live yet, but check out the blog posts from summer 2011 at http:// www.blogtrc.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Basecamp site with message boards, file sharing and “writeboards” for sharing controlled vocabulary terms </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual “office hours” in Skype </li></ul><ul><li>They pay their interns </li></ul>
  20. 20. Remote metadata creation that works Images from Krystal Thomas, Theodore Roosevelt Center
  21. 21. One internship, two perspectives Happy intern  Unhappy intern  “ I would characterize this experience as being very independently driven. This is something I am fine with…” “ While I would have appreciated a more thorough orientation for my internship, I have not had any major problems with it.” “ I am satisfied with the work I’m doing. I feel like I am contributing to [Archives], and also gaining skills that are critical to my future archives career.” “ The instruction [Archivist] mentioned in an initial email never came, and I was quite unclear what my internship entails until recently.” “ Common sense would dictate that you would give the interns an overview of what they were doing… I am always ‘on my own’ and feel like a slave.” “ Overall this is the worst internship I have been a part of - I'm not sure if it even qualifies as an internship since…the only educational experience I am receiving is from my own self-study.”
  22. 22. General advice for online supervisors <ul><li>Be clear about goals and expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Have multiple channels of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Be familiar with your intern’s grad school program </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for training </li></ul><ul><li>Check in with your interns regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that interns are people too </li></ul>
  23. 23. General advice for online interns <ul><li>Make sure you have time! </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you manage your time well </li></ul><ul><li>Know your work habits and what you need to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to ask for things </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t get all the archives experience you need from online internships </li></ul>
  24. 24. Online interns are like digital puppies Photo credit: jdruschke http://www.flickr.com/photos/jilldruschke/2232374988
  25. 25. Further reading <ul><li>“ Online Archives Internship”: Megan’s (heavily edited) article in Archival Outlook May/June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Archival Internships: A Guide for Faculty, Supervisors, and Students by Jeannette Bastian and Donna Webber </li></ul><ul><li>SJSU internship guide: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/classes/294/ </li></ul><ul><li>libr294guide.htm </li></ul>
  26. 26. Thank you! <ul><li>Megan Atkinson, for being an awesome online intern </li></ul><ul><li>Lori Lindberg of SJSU SLIS , for sharing internship advice and (anonymized!) internship reports </li></ul><ul><li>Krystal Thomas of the Theodore Roosevelt Center , who supervised 22(!) online interns this summer, for sharing info and screenshots from the TRC’s online internship project </li></ul>
  27. 27. Contact me <ul><li>Rebecca Goldman </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>215-951-1965 </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is available from http:// www.slideshare.net/rebgold </li></ul>Photo: State Library and Archives of Florida http://www.flickr.com/photos/floridamemory/3251651362
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Internships that go the distance: A how-to-do-it (and how-not-to-do-it) guide to online internships. Presented at the Fall 2011 MARAC meeting in Bethlehem, PA.

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