Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Date Posted: February 07, 2019
Region: Eastern Massachusetts
The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center is seeking a paid intern to work one day a week, helping to monitor the Map Gallery, and to work with the GIS Team in developing geospatial digital resources that increase accessibility to the historical map collections. The intern will work between 8-9 hours a week, splitting the day between gallery monitoring, and working on GIS projects.
This is a part-time position, the duration of which is flexible depending upon applicant's educational goals and other responsibilities. Compensation: $12 an hour. This position is subject to a CORI check.
Gallery (~4.5 hours per week):
Serve as first face of the Map Center, greeting guests, enthusing with them about maps, exhibitions, and the library
Maintain gallery and learning center by dusting, refilling brochure racks, re-shelving atlases, monitoring visitors’ behavior, and having a keen eye for detail
Provide light reference to visitors; use familiarity with digital collections to answer questions and make people feel comfortable learning more about digital collections
Field reference requests requiring access to rare materials and direct to appropriate staff
Lead approximately one tour, talk, or other public program monthly
Research historical items in the collection to contribute to growing knowledge of materials, and generate content for social media posts and presentations
Collect data on gallery attendance, reference requests and general visitors questions and impressions
Perform general administrative and library tasks
Adhere to Intern Expectations and the policies of the Leventhal Map & Education Center and the Boston Public Library.
GIS (~4 hours per week):
Contribute geographic metadata to a collection of urban atlases spanning from 1861-1965
Communicate with GIS Team to ensure data description and processing workflow is standard and efficient
Develop and lead talks, workshops and tutorials describing project process and progress
Interest in museums/ and or libraries and geospatial technologies
Ability to perform routine tasks on a Windows PC and Microsoft Office
Ability to complete detailed work with a high degree of consistency and accuracy
Able to respectfully and effectively work with diverse visitors and staff
Ability to solve problems independently as well as collaboratively
Interest in and ability to learn unfamiliar tools, software, and hardware
Experience studying GIS (in any discipline), history, public history, library science, or museum studies
Interest in UI & UX design, data visualization, or digital humanities
Intermediate or Advanced knowledge of desktop GIS and/or web GIS technology
Experience with any of the following: Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Access, Carto, StoryMaps, QGIS, or Github
Proficiency in language(s) other than English
The Leventhal Map & Education Center is an independent nonprofit organization that offers extensive programs to K- 12 students and teachers both onsite and in school classrooms. Based at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, the Leventhal Center also presents changing exhibitions and public programs including lectures and family events, collects, catalogs and conserves a collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases, and provides reference and research services.