Student Jobs in Special Collections & University Archives at UMD!

Do you want pursue a career as a librarian or archivist? Do you love libraries and “old stuff”? Are you detail-oriented and organized? Are you looking for a job on campus with great colleagues? Good news,  Special Collections and University Archives is hiring student assistants!

IMG_0790Student assistants in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD experience a wide variety of public and behind-the-scenes elements of the special collection library/archival field.  They work closely with curators and library staff to make accessible some of the University’s most valuable research collections. And working in Special Collections and University Archives is also a lot of fun!

Our collections cover a wide variety of subjects/formats, including literary manuscripts and rare books, UMD history, labor history, the state of Maryland and other historical collections, mass media and culture, and women’s history. Student assistants get hands on experience working with unique materials like photographs from the Baltimore News American and the Diamondback, audio-visual materials from NPR, paper records of the AFL-CIO, 17th and 18th century French pamphlets, and much more!

Student assistant responsibilities may include the following:

  • Retrieving and shelving special collection materials and providing assistance to researchers in the Maryland Room, the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives.
  • Staffing the Hornbake welcome desk.
  • Processing Special Collections materials, including book, archival, and/or digital collections.
  • Contributing to special projects, social media, events, and exhibits.

We are looking for reliable and enthusiastic students who have an ability to learn quickly, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, a passion for history and cultural heritage, and a willingness to work both independently and collaboratively with students and staff, with minimal supervision. Efficiency in computer programs such as Word or Excel are required. Students must also be able to lift archival boxes and books for retrievals. Experience in an archives/special collection library or doing historical research is helpful but not essential.

We hire student assistants throughout the year, both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be able to maintain a consistent schedule of at least 15 hours per week. Shifts are available from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday, with extended hours available during the Fall and Spring semesters on Wednesday nights and Sundays 1pm-6pm.

These are hourly positions only; not graduate assistantships. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To inquire about open student positions in Special Collections and University Archives, contact Amber Kohl at amberk@umd.edu.

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Join us for an Open House

Join staff from Special Collections and University Archives for our annual Open House. Explore treasures from our collections, mix and mingle with your colleagues and get a behind the scenes peak at what we do. Light fare will be served including sushi, tea and cookies.

Thursday, November 16th
3:00-5:00pm
Hornbake Library North, Gordon W. Prange Reading Room, 4th floor

We hope to see you there.

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Are You Married or Going to be Married?: The Labor Movement & the Business Woman

We are celebrating American Business Women’s Day! In the spirit of this holiday, we will be highlighting an item from the Labor History Collections’ exhibit, “For Liberty, Justice, and Equality: Unions Making History in America.”

Starting in the 1930s and 1940s, women entered the workforce en masse due to war time economic demands. Once the war was over and the men returned home, many women wanted to stay in the workforce because it gave them a newfound independence. With more women working, the labor movement had to make sure that their rights as workers were protected, as well as the already established rights centered on male workers.

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The photos above are examples of the various jobs that women were employed in during the time war efforts. Still Images, Photographic Prints.

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The Equal Rights Amendment: Labor’s Fight for True Gender Equality

Today we are celebrating National Women’s Equality Day! Gender equality in the workplace is a social justice issue that the labor movement has always been involved in.  In the spirit of this holiday, we will be highlighting some of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) items that will be featured in the Labor History Collections’ exhibit, “For Liberty, Justice, and Equality: Unions Making History in America”!

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New exhibit celebrates 125 years of Maryland football

Calling all Terps fans! A new exhibit in Hornbake Library’s Maryland Room features a selection of photos, programs, pennants, uniforms, and more from the University Archives’ collections commemorating the football team’s 125th year.

From the team’s humble beginning in 1892 to today, our Maryland Terrapins have created many memorable moments including 11 conference championships, 27 bowl game appearances, and a National Championship title.

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The University of Maryland’s first football team, 1892

Did you know the Queen of England was an honored guest at a Maryland football game in 1957? Or that the Terps’ first bowl game ended in a tie? Can you recall Maryland’s record vs. Ivy League schools or name the player who broke the color barrier in ACC football? Do you know about Maryland’s unique connection to Under Armour?

Visit us to see the original artifacts, photos, and documents that tell the story of Maryland football.

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Newsletter of the Katherine Anne Porter Society – May 2017

Newsletter of the Katherine Anne Porter Society – May 2017

Special Collections and University Archives is home to the Katherine Anne Porter papers and other related collections. The Newsletter of the Katherine Anne Porter Society features updates on Porter activities at the University of Maryland Libraries, articles, meeting summaries, announcements of conferences and literary prizes, and other updates relevant to Porter’s life and work.

Learn more about the Katherine Anne Porter Society online.

Maryland Day 2017 in Special Collections & University Archives!

On Maryland Day 2017, Special Collections and University Archives welcomed hundreds of visitors to Hornbake Library for a day of coloring, crafts, exhibits, protests, and most importantly…fun!

Visitors enjoyed Maryland Day favorites like designing their own terrapin, coloring their favorite Sesame Street character, recording a radio commercial with our Mass Media and Culture staff, and snagging with very own crochet turtle bookmark as they heard the story of the real Testudo from our University Archives staff.

We also hosted tours of two exhibits, “The Washington Home of the Philippine Suffrage Movement” and “Frederick Douglass and the Wye House: Archaeology and African-American Culture in Maryland”. Visitors also enjoyed tours of the Katherine Anne Porter Room, which houses the personal library and items belonging to American writer Katherine Anne Porter.

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