I spent my summer internship at the JDC Archives, a division of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The organization has provided aid to Jewish communities, refugees, and victims of natural disasters since 1914, and the archives consists of documents, books, oral histories, film, and video.
During the Spring of 2016, I interned at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in their Library and Archives division.
For my internship this summer I worked in the Special Collections department of the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library, under the supervision of AV Archivist Siobhan Hagan, a graduate of the MIAP program.
At Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, I worked with Mila Pollock, the Executive Director of Library and Archives, on a data management survey project. This involved designed an interview template, contacting scientists who agreed to the interview, researching their lab's work before the interview, and finally transcribing the audio recordings of all the interviews.
Under the supervision of Amy Sloper, I was an intern for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, working on projects that involved film handling and inspection, collection assessment, and prioritizing items for preservation.
At the Moving Image section of the Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation I worked on identifying and inspecting nitrate film from the John E. Allen collection, rehousing and cataloging film from the Viking Film Distributors collection, and received extensive training in the Library's MAVIS database system.
At the UCLA Audiovisual Preservation Lab, I worked on a partially processed private donation from S.A. Griffin, a prolific poet and actor from the Los Angeles neo-beat movement of the late 1980s to early 2000s. The S.A. Griffin collection includes a range of art, ephemera, and audiovisual materials, such as footage of poetry readings and various musical and art performances at Los Angeles venues, some that no longer exist.
At the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley I performed a comprehensive collection assessment of moving image items in the Bancroft’s collection. This included assessments of storage conditions, item-level inspection, and interviews with staff.
In Summer 2015, I got a chance to intern at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab and the Department of Special Collections. I participated in the management of the film, video and born-digital media collections in Redwood City facility.
Over the course of my 8-week internship at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), I assessed and cataloged born digital works from the museum collection. These works were then ingested into the museum’s digital repository.
The New York Academy of Medicine is a health policy and advocacy association founded by New York City physicians in 1847 and acts as a voice for the medical profession in relation to public health reform. Under the supervision of archivist Rebecca Pou, I worked with the NYAM’s collection of audiovisual materials, which included audiotape reels (447) and VHS tapes (113).
By following “Less Process More Product”, I was able to provide physical characteristics and condition of the collected items as well as transcribe content details from item containers and film leaders.
Since I began my internship at IJS, I have learned to think quickly and be prepared with manageable solutions to issues. During my time at IJS, it was decided that my main focus would be IJS’s film collection.
The time I spent at the Mable Smith Douglass Library at Rutgers University was exciting. I had the opportunity to assess the Robert Moevs collection, and send it to a vendor for digitization.
The Frick Collection of artworks collected by Henry Clay Frick is kept in his former residence on 5th avenue. In addition to the permanent collection there are temporary exhibitions and a variety of events held on site, such as symposia, lectures, and a rich tradition of classical concerts. Recordings of these concerts were a primary focus of my work at the Frick Collection.
While interning at the NYU University Archive at the Bobst Library, I was able to work with two important collections: the WNYU Radio collection from the Late 80s/Early 90s, and a video collection of concerts and lectures held at the Loeb Student Center in the early 1970s.
My internship at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, more commonly called "Centro," consisted of assessing the quality and condition of a wide variety of object from several collections. I helped create inventories of 16mm film, VHS tape, 1/4" open reel audio tape, lacquer discs, and many other formats.
At the Courant Institute Library I worked under the Head Librarian Carol Hutchins. I was tasked to organize the donation of all materials related to the '75th Anniversary Collection' that were used to create a documentary for the institution.
While at the JDC I viewed and identified many hours of unknown and unlabelled tapes in the JDC collection, selecting tapes that would be made part of the JDC catalog and in some cases tapes that would be used in future projects.
City College Archives and Special Collections houses a broad variety of materials, from oral histories and broadcast videotapes to personal documents, manuscripts, trophies, cannonballs and other unique objects, produced and collected by City College faculty, students and alumni dating back to school's inception in 1847.
My work at the American Jewish Historical Society involved creating a complete inventory of its audiovisual collection, more than 1,200 items, and highlighting priorities for preservation.
While working in Fales Library & Special Collections at Bobst Library NYU, I processed the Paper Tiger Television video archive. This is a collection that Fales acquired in 2007 consisting of approximately 530 tapes (mostly 3/4" Umatic) spanning the years 1981 to 2005.
Throughout my internship at the Lloyd Seeley Library in John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I identified all audiovisual materials present in the Special Collections. I then conducted an item level collection assessment of 1,289 items that were present in the collections.
During the fall of 2014, I interned at the Film and Video Reserve located at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Under the supervision of Elena Rossi-Snook, NYPL film archivist, I was given the opportunity to work directly with various 16mm film prints and perform and number of different tasks.
In the Special Formats unit of NYPL, I processed a collection of videotapes from the National Dance Institute. I also performed critical comparisons of different copies and generations of videos, to determine which was more original.
I spent the summer of 2014 in Portland, Oregon, working in the Oregon Historical Society's film archive. The main focus of my work was on the Society's nitrate collection. Stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled vault, this collection of more than 400 cans of film had been only partially cataloged.
As a summer intern at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, I assisted the archives and audiovisual staff with basic archival functions such as processing, preservation, reference and general archival work.
At the Center for the History of Psychology I worked with the film collection of Arnold Gesell, a psychologist and pediatrician who helped develop the field of child development.
Pamela Vizner Oyarce interned at the New York Public Library’s Special Formats Processing-AV Group under the supervision of Tom Christie. The primary goal of her internship was to analyze and articulate how preservation workflows are implemented in the context of a large non-profit library.
The Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division (MIRS) Internship at the Schomburg Center is a hands-on position helping process and preserve the 25,000 LP collection.
At the American Jewish Historical Society, I was the first to assess the entire audio visual collection that is composed of numerous formats such as film, audio discs, and several variations of magnetic media.
For my final MIAP internship, I worked at the American Museum of Natural History under the supervision of Sarah Galloway (Media Producer Exhibition Department), & Barbara Mathe (Museum Archivist and Head of Library Special Collections - Research Library). During my internship I worked on the first phases of a project with the long-term goal of moving the over 7,000 video materials that comprise the Exhibition Department Media Library to the museum’s main library.
I worked in a new department at the Academy; Oral and Visual Histories Projects. These projects are rare in that they involve working with several departments within the Academy, primarily the Academy Film Archive and the Margaret Herrick Library.
I spent my summer at the Rose Goldsen Archive for New Media Art at Cornell University working with the Experimental Television Center collection and the Turbulence.org Archives collection.
Steina and Woody Vasulka are reknowned "pioneers" of video art, currently in the process of depositing their collection of video art, photographs, slides, schematics, diagrams, user manuals, and miscellaneous papers to the University of Colorado - Boulder archives under the umbrella of the Brakhage Center.
The spring internship at JDC was focused on collection management of videotapes.
I had the incredible opportunity to intern during fall semester of 2012 in the Special Formats Processing – Audiovisual (SFP-AV) group, located in the Library of the Performing Arts at New York Public Library.