IU, Bloomington Offer SLIS Students Options for Working, Interning and Volunteering

For students entering the archives profession, experience is an integral component of the graduate program. Fortunately for SLIS students, Indiana University and Bloomington offer a number of opportunities to gain valuable experience. To help you navigate some of your options, we’ve compiled a list of institutions at which students interested in archives and special collections can work, intern and volunteer.

Office of University Archives and Records Management

“The Office of Archives and Records Management at Indiana University Bloomington is a department within the IU Library system. As an archives, the primary mission is to collect, organize, make accessible and preserve records documenting Indiana University’s origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors.”

 The Lilly Library

“The rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington. Lilly Library holdings include about 400,000 books, more than 100,000 pieces of sheet music, and more than 7.5 million manuscripts.”

Indiana University Libraries

“On the Bloomington campus, the Herman B Wells Library, with its double towers of Indiana limestone, is the visual center of the multi-library system and primarily supports the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.  Especially noteworthy are the collections that support IU’s international and area studies, including interdisciplinary research collections developed in the areas of African Studies, Russian and East European Studies, Uralic and Altaic Studies, East Asian Studies, and West European Studies. The Wells Library, however, is only one entry point to an entire system. You’ll also find branch libraries across campus that support specific academic interests. The William and Gayle Cook Music Library, for example, provides resources and services to support the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music.  The Fine Arts Library, the Education Library, the Chemistry Library (to name only a few) offer on-site spaces for students and faculty of those schools to study, interact, research, and learn.  The IU Bloomington Libraries rank 19th among member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries.”

Indiana University Digital Library Program

“The Indiana University Digital Library Program (DLP) is dedicated to the production, maintenance, delivery, and preservation of a wide range of high-quality networked resources for scholars and students at Indiana University and elsewhere.The DLP is a collaborative effort of the Indiana University Libraries,University Information Technology Services, and the university research faculty with leadership from the School of Library and Information Science andSchool of Informatics and Computing.This collaboration capitalizes on the institutional capabilities of Indiana University, focusing university resources on digital library services and projects that support the teaching and research of IU faculty, support the learning and research of IU students, and foster research about the digital library.”

Auxiliary Library Facility

The Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) is a high-density shelving facility designed to alleviate shelving space constraints in the Indiana University Libraries. It provides low-cost housing with conservation-level environmental controls for library materials. Low-use materials, archives, manuscripts, as well as rare and fragile materials are transferred to the ALF from the Indiana University Herman B Wells Library and many campus library locations. The facility also includes the state-of-the-art E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, a book freezer (to assist with treatment of water-damaged materials), space for accessioning, lending, and staff, as well as a secure collections vault with a capacity of approximately 2,800,000 bound volumes.

 The Mathers Museum

“The Mathers Museum’s collections consist of over 20,000 objects and 10,000 photographs representing cultures from each of the world’s inhabited continents. These materials have been collected and curated to serve the Museum’s primary mission as a teaching museum within a university setting.The Museum’s collections strengths include traditional musical instruments, photographs of Native Americans and the Bloomington community, Inupiaq and Yupik Eskimo materials, and Pawnee material culture, among others.”

The Liberian Collections

“As part of Indiana University’s renowned Archives of Traditional Music (ATM), the IU Liberian Collections now enhances the ATM´s rich holdings of audio and videotaped recordings of Liberian music and dance. The Liberian Collections include historical and ethnographic documents, newspapers, government publications, books, journals, dissertations, maps, slides, negatives, photographs, microfilms, audio & video tapes, artifacts and memorabilia.”

The Kinsey Institute

“The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For over 60 years, the institute has been a trusted source for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction.”

The Black Film Center/Archive

“The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans. Included are films which have substantial participation by African Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those which depict some aspect of black experience. The BFC/A is a facility where scholars, students and researchers can view films and have access to auxiliary research facilities on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Black Camera, the micro-journal of the Black Film Center/Archive, serves as an academic, professional, and community resource.”

Archives of Traditional Music

 “The Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University is the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, and include commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.”

 Wylie House Museum

“Wylie House contains an outstanding collection of early to mid-19th century American furnishings, including many Wylie family artifacts. A large collection of Wylie family letters and personal papers are housed in University Archives. The mission of the museum is to preserve and study the house, artifacts and documents and through them to interpret for the public our local history and domestic heritage as it is embodied by the early Wylie home.”

 The Monroe County History Center

“The mission of the MCHS is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Monroe County’s history, culture, and natural environment by all.”

 The Monroe County Public Library (Indiana Room)

“The Indiana Room can help you with in-depth research on historical and current issues concerning the state and local area. It is the home of a special collection of genealogy. The collection also includes city directories, public information files, climatological data, laws, and more, including various indexes.”


The Society of American Archivists Indiana University Student Chapter seeks to: *provide a forum to address issues in the archival profession in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. *facilitate a meeting place for students with interests in Archives, Special Collections, Manuscripts, or Personal Papers. *raise awareness about archives and their importance in the university and surrounding community.
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