The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center is seeking a paid Public Service & GIS Intern, beginning September, 2019.
Those who hold these internships will oversee and maintain all public-facing spaces of the Map Center, which is located inside the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL). Interns will focus their attention on enriching the visitor experience for a full array of audiences - from exhibition-viewers, to researchers, students and educators, the Leventhal Map & Education Center (LMEC) tallies an average of approximately 350 visitors per day.
Those who hold these internships will also contribute to a digital initiative funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) designed to open access to historical urban atlases of Boston and surrounding towns. Interns will use a combination of commercial and open-source GIS tools and softwares to make these heavily-requested cartographic resources more widely available.
In the role as the primary point-person to the public, those in this internship will use their knowledge of the Leventhal Map & Education Center and the Boston Public Library’s numerous digital access points to assist with requests for primary source materials located at the Map Center. They will directly support Map Center librarians by fielding, recording, organizing, and garnering insights from reference requests. Interns will also promote, gather, organize, and periodically report on various other feedback mechanisms designed to better understand public impressions of various library services, including exhibitions, research services, and public programming.
During downtime, interns will work on a variety of projects designed to open access to and foster discovery of the Map Center’s historical map collections. These projects will take on the form of finding aids, library guides, websites, blog and social media content, web maps and occasionally the opportunity to hone presentation skills by developing and leading public-facing tours, talks, and workshops on a variety of topics, all related to the increased discoverability of the Map Center’s primary source materials.
The duration of the internship is not limited to a specific semester or time period. Each intern will be compensated hourly for betweenfifteen and twenty-five hours per week. The hourly pay is $12 an hour. Scheduling is flexible, and will be determined by interns' educational schedules and other responsibilities, as well as Map Center gallery coverage needs. Each intern will work approximatelythree days a week, and should have at least one day available on the weekend for coverage. This position is subject to a CORI check.
Public Service Responsibilities (~70%):
Serve as the first face of the Map Center, greeting guests, enthusing with them about maps, exhibitions, and the library
Maintain visual appearance of gallery and learning center by dusting, refilling brochure racks, reshelving atlases, monitoring visitors’ behavior, and having a keen eye for detail
Provide reference to visitors; use familiarity with digital collections to answer questions and make people feel comfortable learning more about digital offerings
Field reference requests requiring access to rare materials and direct to appropriate staff
Lead weekly gallery tours and occasional talks or workshops
Research historical items in the collection to contribute to growing knowledge of materials, and generate content for social media posts and presentations
Support communications efforts of the map center by creating newsletters and other graphic design-centered tasks
Create digital library materials such as finding aids and library guides designed to open access to Map Center collections
Collect data on gallery attendance, reference and map reproduction 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 Responsibilities (~30%):
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 standardized and efficient
Support statistical and geospatial data services offered by LMEC and BPL librarians via the acquisition and description of local data
Support reference and instruction via the creation of library guides, workshops and tutorials describing LMEC geospatial services
Perform general administrative and library tasks
About this Organization:
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.