The ACOR library offers unpaid internships to qualified students and graduate students.

In the recent past, American students enrolled in Arabic study abroad programs in Jordan have served semester-long internships with the ACOR library, sometimes earning academic credit. Jordanian students also serve in internships with the ACOR library.

Internships are unpaid. The kind of work interns are asked to do may range from assisting with daily library operations, working in data entry, working in the ACOR archives, and supporting archaeological projects by sorting and cataloging material items. Occasionally an intern is paired with an ACOR Fellow as a research assistant.

To apply to the ACOR internship program, send a CV and cover letter to acor@acorjordan.org.

Library Internship Laura Khoury

 

Lora J. Khoury, ACOR Library Intern 2012-2013 wrote:

The ACOR center possesses an extensive collection of regional maps, but  those maps were not entered into the library’s catalog or stored in a way that ensured their longevity. Thus, the goals for my work with the library’s map collection were twofold: to draw up and execute a long-term preservation plan for these fragile and valuable items, and to enter the maps into the library’s catalog in a way that would make them easily discoverable and accessible to all the patrons of ACOR’s library.

Since undertaking this project, important steps have been taken toward these goals. First, the map collection was assessed, a preservation plan was drawn up in consultation with archival experts from CAORC, and a price projection for the archival materials needed to protect the maps was generated and delivered to the director. Secondly, under the expert guidance of Diane Ryan of the DLIR, I have been inventorying and recording the pertinent information necessary to properly catalog these complex items in anticipation of adding them to our newly updated library software Liberty 5 OPAC. Since the upgrade in mid-March, I have been able to add a steady number of maps to the catalog, and anticipate this phase of the project should be completed by summer’s end. It is my hope that these valuable documents will be available to future generations of students and scholars in Jordan.

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