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The Maryland History and Culture Collaborative is seeking an intern or volunteer for September - December 2011 (with possibility for extension). The qualified candidate will be asked to research available web technologies and project platforms with the intention of migrating the MHCC online content. MHCC currently maintains a wiki (available at: https://spaces.umbc.edu/display/mhcc/Home) with a collaborative blog, repository listing, meeting minutes, and member resources.

Duties:

  • Compile a list of required features and criteria in consultation with the Online Content Development group and available MHCC wiki survey data
  • Review available platforms according to the criteria (Wordpress, Omeka, Drupal, etc)
  • Provide a written review of each platform
  • Provide a final written report with recommendations for how MHCC should host, share, and develop content in an online environment
  • If possible, present findings at the Winter 2012 MHCC meeting

Qualifications: Demonstrated experience in using, maintaining, or contributing to online content. Knowledge of current trends in online communication and social media. Ability to work independently and prepare written progress reports. Interest in Maryland history, archives, and museums preferred but not required. Applicant will need to have access to their own computer and internet connection.

To Apply: Applicants interested in earning academic credit should secure an internship or independent study faculty sponsor at their college. Applicants should then submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for your faculty sponsor. Volunteers that are not seeking academic credit should submit a cover letter and resume. Please send all materials via e-mail to Lindsey Loeper at lindseyloeper@umbc.edu. All applications are due by June 15, 2011. Applications will be reviewed by the Online Content Development group and applicants will be notified by August 1, 2011.

About MHCC: The Maryland History and Culture Collaborative is an informal gathering of information professionals from throughout the state of Maryland whose job responsibilities include the acquisition, preservation, and management of collections related to Maryland history and culture. The mission of this group is to facilitate collaboration and communication in order to better serve both our institutions and our researchers. Members range from large academic institutions to public libraries, historical societies and other organizations. More information about the MHCC is available on our wiki: https://wiki.umbc.edu/display/mhcc/Home

Please direct any questions to Lindsey Loeper at lindseyloeper@umbc.edu.

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