Fall 2014 Innovative Internship Recipients Announced

by Margo Padilla, Strategic Programs Manager, METRO

METRO is pleased to announce the fall 2014 recipients of its Innovative Internship Program. The goals of METRO Innovative Internship Program are to support innovative work for graduate students and recent graduates entering the cultural heritage profession, fund otherwise unpaid internships, and foster original work within METRO-member institutions. 

InnInt.jpgWe received an excellent pool of applications this round and, though we could not fund them all, we continue to encourage all students, recent graduates, and METRO member institutions to apply to the Spring 2015 round of funding that will be announced in December 2014.

Two Innovative Internship projects received funding for the Fall 2014 academic semester. The recipients are:

Tess Colwell, Graduate Student, St. John's University. Tess will be working at the Center for Jewish History on creating an innovative, semi-automated process for collecting and making accessible user-generated images of special collections, rare books, and archival materials. By utilizing a digital camera with a wireless memory card and leveraging existing descriptive metadata, images of materials created by users in the Center's reading room will be automatically sent to the Center's Flickr page. A note that user-digitized material is available is also added to the collection's MARC record. By incorporating the materials that patrons use and digitize themselves, the amount and diversity of materials imaged and made available online will be augmented considerably.

Sarah Davis, Graduate Student, Pratt Institute. Sarah will be working at New York Public Radio on preserving CD-DAs. This project includes ripping CDs using custom tools, documenting error rates using PlexTools Software, cataloging audio using XML/XSLT, and exploring the value of embeddable metadata into audio preservation workflows (using tools like BWF MetaEdit and ffprobe). Sarah will be working on ways to creatively present these newly digitized recordings to the listening public, both on the radio and online. NYPR is partially matching METRO’s Innovative Internship stipend.

Congratulations to the Innovative Internship funding recipients! We are glad to be able to support these innovative projects and we look forward to hearing more from them as they progress.