Bookbuilders of Boston 2016
Bookbuilders of Boston, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1937 to promote excellence and innovation in book publishing and manufacturing, makes annual grants to Boston College and other area universities and colleges to provide student stipend to support engagement in projects that build awareness and practical knowledge of various aspects of the publishing industry.
The Boston College Libraries will be acquiring a multitouch table this year for use in the library to engage students, exhibit collections, and present digital scholarship. We are seeking a BC undergraduate or graduate student interested in developing a technical expertise with the presentation software used on this touch table, applying skills towards sharing historical and cultural heritage collections, and engaging with the public’s use of a new type of technology.
Initially, you will learn the touch table software and how to use it to develop exhibits. You will investigate and learn options for creating sample exhibits, populating each with sample library content, including, eg, digitized manuscripts, photographs and rare books from the library’s special collections and archives, as well as exhibition text, citations and guides.
Following will be an exciting production period. From the prototypes developed initially, content and functionality will be outlined, exhibit templates will be created, and the initial touch table exhibit presentations will be developed.
We are looking for someone interested in and able to learn new applications and technology, and a keen interest in sharing historical collections with the public in new ways. No computer programming skills required, but an understanding of basic HTML and CSS, as well as popular digital publishing platforms, such as Omeka or WordPress, will be beneficial. The stipend for this work, to continue until spring 2017, is $3,500.
To apply, please send a one- to two-page statement outlining your interest and relevant background, skills and learning goals by Friday, March 4, to Burns Library administrative assistant Maureen McVeigh (email@example.com). Please include your full name, class year and contact information on a separate cover sheet.
Interviews will take place the week of March 14. An award decision will be made at the end of March and presented on March 30 at the annual BookBuilders event at Boston College.