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Adirondack Experience Offers Library Internship in Ephemera Collections

March 27, 2019, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) has received a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership to support a summer internship in its library collection. The intern will be processing and cataloging the museum’s ephemera collections – these are the everyday print materials generated by recreation and industry in the Adirondacks. Items like tourism brochures, souvenir photo booklets, train schedules and ticket stubs, Lake Placid Olympic programs, stagecoach catalogs, and hiking club newsletters richly document how life is lived in this region. We collect and share these evocative historical materials so that the history of the Adirondacks can inform its future. The internship offers a unique opportunity for a student to learn in an incomparable setting and to gain hands-on experience working with and increasing access to historical special collections.

The intern will work on-site at the ADKX Library in Blue Mountain Lake, NY for eight weeks over the summer of 2019. This opportunity will provide the intern with hands-on experience in processing, cataloging, and digitizing historical ephemera collections related to the Adirondack region. These activities are part of an ongoing effort to make the museum’s collections more accessible to the public. In the past year, the library has completed a comprehensive cataloging project to create searchable records for its book collection in an online database and has embarked on digitization and transcription initiatives to transfer unique oral histories from obsolete formats to digital files. In tandem with these projects that make its collections more easily accessed, the museum also works to protect and preserve its collections over the long-term.

Museum and library school students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply at https://www.theadkx.org/about-us/employment/. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2019, and the internship will begin in June 2019.

This project was funded by an agreement (Pl8AC01302J) awarded by the United States National Park Service (NPS) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. NEIWPCC manages CVNHP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities. The viewpoints expressed here do not necessarily represent those of NEIWPCC, CVNHP, LCBP, NPS or the U.S. Government, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or causes constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.