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Panama Canal Museum Collection Internship

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Title:
Panama Canal Museum Collection Internship
Creator:
Marcetti, Jessica
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL
Publisher:
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Language:
English
Physical Description:
Funded internship proposal

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Subjects / Keywords:
Panama Canal Museum
Panama Canal
Exhibits
Museum Studies
Internship
Grant
Public Scholarship

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Abstract:
During this one-semester internship in Fall 2016, the Panama Canal Museum Collection (PCMC) Exhibits Intern will develop exhibits for the newly created Panama Canal Corridor Gallery in the Smathers Building. The exhibits will communicate information about the PCMC and raise public awareness of the collection and the historical significance of the Canal. In developing the exhibits plan, the intern will conduct research, select objects, develop themes, write labels and narrative text, and design exhibit layouts. The exhibits will not be installed during the internship period. The intern will conduct an assessment of unprocessed PCMC materials to identify objects for inclusion in exhibits, and will create a report recommending processing priorities. The intern also will create a plan for developing traveling exhibits based on the Corridor Gallery exhibits.
General Note:
Funded internship award for Jessica Marcetti, Panama Canal Museum Collection Internship, 1 semester (fall 2016; value of $2,500).

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1 Panama Canal Museum Collection Internship (Jessica Marcetti) Fall 2016 Project Overview/D escription During this one semester internship in Fall 2016, t he Panama Canal Museum Collection (PCMC) Exhibits Intern will develop exhibits for the newly created Panama Canal Corridor Gallery in the Smathers Building. The exhibits will c ommuni cate information about the PCMC and raise public awareness of the collection and the historical significance of the Canal. In developing the ex hibits plan, the intern will conduct research, select objects, develop themes, write labels and narrative text, and design exhibit layout s. The exhibits will not be installed during the internship period. The intern will conduct an assessment of unprocesse d PCMC materials to identify objects for inclusion in exhibits, and will create a report recommending processing priorities. T he intern also will create a plan for developing traveling exhibits based on the Corridor Gallery exhibits Activities, Goals and Objectives By September 2016, produce an assessment report of unprocessed PCMC materials stored at ILF, with recommendations for accessioning and processing and identification of any objects selected for possible inclusion in exhibits. To gain an under standing of the PCMC, conduct research in the collection review digital objects, discuss the collection with SASC curators and other Libraries personnel, and p articipate in at least two PCMC Friends Ex ecutive Council conference calls. By December 2016 pr oduce an exhibit s plan for the Panama Canal Corridor Gallery which includes a MagicBox interactive display and six exhibit cases. Consult with the Exhibits Coordinator on policies and best practices. By December 2016, create a plan for traveling exhibit s based on the Corridor Gallery exhibits To increase knowledge and skills relating to exhibits and special collections throughout t he semester c omplete weekly assigned readings participate in discussions with the internship supervisors and a tten d curator talks and other scheduled library lectures and events By December 2016, p resent exhibits plan and overview of completed activiti es to Libraries personnel. Deliverables PCMC ILF Collection Assessment Report o Recommendations for accessioning and processing priorities and identification of objects selected for possible inclusion in exhibits Exhibit s Plan for Panama Canal Corridor Gallery o Title/ Theme o Narrative o ID labels o Object list o Object layout by case Planning for 7 cases of varying sizes Estimated 3 to 12 objects per case, for a total of 25 to 35 objects Traveling Exhibit Plan o Title/ Theme o Narrativ e o ID labels o Object list

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2 o Proposed layout o Proposed production (reproduction & framing) o Suggested travel locations o Budget including r ecommendations for sustainability Impact The project s upports and promotes a priority collection for the Libraries. The Panama Canal Corridor Gallery will be a distinctive, publicly accessible showcase for materials from the PCMC and a permanent space dedicated to exhibits highlighting the history and relevance of the Panama Canal Zone. The Libraries and the Friends of the PCMC are engaged in a fundraising campaign to establish the Corridor Gallery which has started off very successfully. T he exhibits developed during this internship will be ready for installation as soon as the Gallery has been created. Traveling exhibits can be created at any time to promote the PCMC off of campus The exhibits plan also may be used to create online exhibits, enabling even greater opportunities for discovery. B ene fits to the I ntern The intern will gain: Hands on object handling and museum/library registration experience Theoretical and practical experience in exhibition creation E xpertise in PCMC subject matter Improve d research skills Experience producing project specific deliverables Project owner ship in a highly visible library exhibit Experience in problem solving realworld archival challenges Opportunities to participate in library trainings and professional development events B enefits to the Libraries and Academic U nit The Libraries will gain: Skilled support for a high profile collection E xhibit s that can be easily installed in the new Corridor Gallery S upport for community engagement and fundraising efforts Recommendations for processing priorities A plan for producing traveling exhibitions The Museum Studies Program will gain: A paid internship opportunity for one of their graduate students to gain knowledge and experience A strengthened relationship with the Libraries, which have provided support for Museum Studies students thro ugh paid positions, internships, assistance with courses, and research opportunities. Student Learning O utcomes The intern will: Review contemporary archival practice / exhibition literature Compare and contrast library and museum processing schema Formulate and justify a collections processing plan Develop a logical and engaging narrative exhibit s plan Select and organize appropriate materials for exhibition Apply primary source research skills to generate narrative exhibit content R oles of the Internship Director and Team M embers Jessica Marcetti, Internship Director will be the p rimary intern supervisor responsible for g uiding and supervising all aspects of collections assessment and exhibit design projects

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3 John Nemmers, Team Member will be the secondary intern supervisor responsible for g uiding and supervising collections assessment projects Lourdes SantamariaWheeler, Team Member will be responsible for g uiding and advising intern during exhibit design Metrics for Project Deliverables The interns success in this project will be measured by completion of: 1.) PCMC ILF Collection Report a. Recommendations must be informed by collection digitization / exhibition priorities b. Objects must be identified in a manner that makes them findable by others 2.) Exhibit Plan for the Panama Canal Corridor Gallery a. Narrative must be logical and relevant to the collection materials b. Selected objects must be suitable for display (stable condition, fits narrative, etc.) c. Labels must follow established Library Exhib ition Style Guide formats d. Object list must be organized and include all relevant information for objects to be retrieved 3.) A proposed traveling exhibition plan a. Plan must reflect current best practices for traveling exhibitions b. Plan must be formatted as a fo rmal proposal that may be submitted to outside institutions

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4 Plan of A ctivities for the Fall 2016 Semester The intern will attend a CV/resume workshop and an orientation to the Libraries at the start of the semester. The Internship Director will attend a workshop on supervising and mentoring at the start of the semester. The intern will provide weekly activity updates so that the supervisors can monitor progress, provide feedback, and respond to questions. The interns and supervisors will also discuss week ly assigned readings. The intern and all team members will meet monthly to discuss activities and assess progress on goals. By the end of September, the intern will deliver a PCMC ILF Collection Assessment Report. By the end of the semester, the intern wil l deliver an exhibits plan and a traveling exhibit plan. By the end of the semester, the intern will deliver a presentation to Libraries personnel and other stakeholders on the outcomes of the internship Opportunities for regular assessment and feedback Weekly meetings with primary and/or secondary supervisors for assessment and feedback Formal assessment in September and December, upon completion of deliverables

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5 Position D escription We have identified a graduate student in Museum Studies named Elizab eth Bouton who is interested in this internship project. Her CV is attached, and a description of the position is provided below. Summary of Responsibilities and D uties Reporting to the Coordinator for the Panama Canal Museum Collection (PCMC) and the Ass ociate Chair of the Special & Area Studies Collections Department (SASC), the Exhibits Intern is responsible for developing exhibits for the newly created Panama Canal Corridor Gallery in the Smathers Building. The exhibits will support education, communic ate information about the PCMC, and raise public awareness of the collection and the historical significance of the Canal. The intern will create exhibit narratives and designs for the Corridor Gallery, but the exhibits will not be installed during the int ernship period. To create the exhibits, the intern will participate in multiple aspects of exhibit development including research and interpretation, selecting objects, developing themes, writing labels and narrative text, and designing exhibit layout. The intern will conduct an assessment of unprocessed PCMC materials to identify objects for inclusion in exhibits, and will create a report recommending processing priorities. The intern will consult with the Exhibits Coordinator for the Libraries regarding p olicies and best practices, and will engage with community members by participating in monthly discussions with the Friends of the PCMC. After completing the narratives and designs for the Corridor Gallery exhibits, the intern will create a plan for develo ping traveling exhibits and/or online exhibits based on the physical exhibits. The intern will present all outcomes and deliverables to Libraries personnel and other stakeholders. Qualifications The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in museum studies, public history or library/archival studies. Coursework and/or experience relating to exhibits is strongly preferred. Excellent communication and organizational skills required. The candidate must be able to work independe ntly. The candidate must be able to lift heavy boxes and objects (up to 40 lbs). Experience handling special collections or museum objects preferred.