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The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announced the 2018 Professional Development Internship, which will be hosted in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library in Washington DC. This full time, paid internship will take place in summer of 2018 and is open to current library and information science students at the graduate level. Applications close February 2nd, 2018.  Additional project details are below. Full information may be found on our webpage: library.si.edu/ProfDevInternship

Modern and Contemporary Art, A to Z
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries' artists’ files are an exceptional resource for art historical research. Researchers rely on artist files to establish chronologies, flesh out exhibition histories, review stylistic developments, and assess the critical reception of artists over time. These valued and heavily used resources contain items of an ephemeral nature such as small catalogs, brochures, and announcements, many including illustrations. Often these files are the only obtainable sources of critical documentation about well-established artists, as well as lesser known, emerging, and regional artists. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library holds more than 41 file drawers on over 2,000 artists, art institutions, and collectors of modern and contemporary art.

This internship project consists of evaluating the existing folder content for retention and deaccession; updating the physical housing of the collection to current archival standards; reorganizing and relabeling folder content according to best practices established by the Art Libraries Society of North America’s Artist File Special Interest Group; and reconciling collection holdings in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Art & Artist Files Database. The intern will also develop at least one social media story and blog post to highlight the collection, the content of which could be focused on one or more objects or artists, or thematic.

The student will learn library and archival best practices for the physical maintenance and day-to-day processing and arranging of numerous and varied items found in special ephemeral collections. The student will develop knowledge of artists, stylistic developments, and chronologies in modern and contemporary art. The student will gain practice in researching and writing about art topics, and learn about issues of copyright and attribution.


For detailed application instructions, see our webpage: library.si.edu/ProfDevInternship






Erin Clements Rushing

Outreach Librarian

Smithsonian Libraries

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