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Posted: 03/03/2016

Central Park Conservancy
Institute for Urban Parks

Central Park Conservancy is a private not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public. It raises 75% of Central Park's annual Parkwide expense budget and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operations that keep the Park beautiful and vibrant. The Conservancy has overseen the investment of nearly $750 million in Central Park since its inception in 1980, is recognized as the world's leader in urban park management, and sets the standard for excellence in park care. To sustain the Conservancy’s work, the Institute for Urban Parks was established in 2013. As the educational arm of the Conservancy, the Institute for Urban Parks is taking steps to develop responsibility and respect for these open spaces by training and teaching urban park managers and public stewards, both locally and globally. With establishment of the Institute for Urban Parks, the Conservancy aspires to facilitate discovery of the Park and transfer learning of our world-class urban park management and stewardship practices. Documents and images related to the history of Central Park are housed (either physically or digitally) by multiple institutions, including Central Park Conservancy, the Library of Congress, the New York City Municipal Archives, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Archives, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Within the Conservancy, multiple departments retain and organize materials most relevant to their efforts. The archive includes contemporary and historic videos, maps, photographs, reports, memos, and other documents in order to better share our story and solidify our leadership position to a wide public audience by becoming known as the clearinghouse on Central Park information resources.

Digital Library Summer Intern
Internship Opportunity
New York, NY
Open Until
Until Filled


Summary of Essential Intern Functions:

The Digital Library Intern will assist the Archivist in populating and cataloging assets in a new digital asset management system purchased by the Central Park Conservancy. The intern will assist the Archivist by:

            Uploading assets of various formats to the new database

       Entering metadata into records

       Digitizing current collections

       Organizing physical asset in preparation for storage and/or scanning

       Researching ownership, copyrights and provenance of assets

       Perform other duties as required


Minimum Requirements:

       Bachelors degree required

       Currently studying for a Masters in Library and Information Sciences, or a recent graduate

       Strong understanding of and experience with collections and cataloguing of digital resources

       Flexible, attentive to detail, organized

       Able to work independently and on teams to meet deadlines

       Understanding of the importance of urban parks to healthy and vibrant cities and interest in furthering this notion

       The candidate should feel comfortable with and have a strong understanding of cataloguing practices, with studies in library science, history, preservation, design, or planning

       Excellent administrative, analytical, research and writing skills

       Excellent oral and written communications

How to apply
To apply please send a letter of interest and CV to Camille Lannan: clannan@centralparknyc.org
Camille Lannan

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