The Junior Fellows Program at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for summer 2017. This is a paid opportunity and it is a truly wonderful experience. All of your students (both grad and undergrad) should be encouraged to apply!! Many projects do not require any previous library experience.
Information about the program is available here, including detailed project descriptions. Of particular interest to our field is the Prints & Photographs project:
Photochrom Prints Collection
(Library Services, Prints and Photographs Division)
Process a collection of historical photochrom prints, which include views from around the world (such as landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture), and were made between the 1890s and 1910, using a photomechanical process. The Junior Fellow would inventory each print, capturing title, date, and publication information in an Access database, which would later be converted to catalog records. The Fellow would also select prints; scan them for presentation in the Library’s catalog; learn to manage the digital files that he/she creates; and draft MARC catalog records for selected prints. A selection of prints previously processed by the Prints and Photographs Division is available at: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/pgz/.
Ability to safely handle prints; Ability to work in a team; Ability to accurately assign numbers and legibly write numbers on prints; Ability to input data into electronic forms; Ability to interpret and record data into pre-existing data fields; Ability to convey information; Experience working with archival materials, especially printed visual materials; Knowledge of archives and library theory; Knowledge of foreign geography; Knowledge of or experience with cataloging schemes, especially MARC based catalogs; Knowledge of or experience with subject analysis, especially for images; Ability to work with scanners to create digital images