Research Library Graduate Intern, Animation Studios - Summer 2020

  • 1.  Research Library Graduate Intern, Animation Studios - Summer 2020

    Posted Jan 22, 2020 04:04 PM

    Research Library Graduate Intern, Animation Studios - Summer 2020

    Job Summary:

    At The Walt Disney Studios, you'll help bring compelling stories to life through film, music and live entertainment.

    The Animation Research Library (ARL) is dedicated to the preservation of the artistic heritage of the Walt Disney Animation Studios for enrichment and inspiration. We house a collection of more than 65,000,000 pieces of original artwork, which includes, but is not limited to, conceptual art, storyboards, maquettes, hand drawn production art, 3D models, textures, image files and final rendered images.

    This internship will be embedded with the ARL's Collections team, which is tasked with the long term preservation and organization of Disney Animation's production artwork, including the preservation, cataloging, and digitization of the physical collections and the preservation and organization of the born digital collections.


    Working with the Archives Data Specialist, the intern will be part of our ongoing efforts to create a comprehensive catalogue of our collections. In preparation for migrating to a new collections management system, we are cleaning data, preparing authorities and visualizing a new system. We also continue to catalogue original artwork as it is prepared by the collections team. Tasks will include:

    • Creating catalog records for animation artwork in a proprietary image database
    • Updating legacy catalog metadata to current standards
    • Participating in ongoing database migration project
    • Rehousing and organization of animation artwork in collaboration with the collections team

    Working with the Senior Asset Archivist, the intern will be part of our ongoing efforts to collect and curate digital production material for proprietary online resources. Tasks will include:

    • Editing web pages to include new content
    • Maintaining organization of digital files
    • Tracking and cataloging original source creators and filenames

    Basic Qualifications:

    • Detail-oriented, with conscientious work habits
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Basic familiarity with library and/or archives processes and standards
    • Experience handling original artwork or documents
    • Interest in animation and/or original artwork
    • Familiarity with standard word processing and spreadsheet software

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Cataloging experience
    • Experience with authority records and biographical research
    • Familiarity with SQL/MySQL or willingness to learn
    • Basic knowledge of web design, HTML and/or WordPress
    • Experience with Google tools (Drive, Calendar, etc.)

    Required Education

    • Master of Library and Information Science or student working toward the degree
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in animation, fine art, art history, or film is a plus

    Additional Information:

    • At least 18 years of age
    • Unrestricted work authorization
    • Available full time for 12 weeks from May/June through August/September
    • Ability to provide own relocation, housing and transportation. Position is located in Glendale, CA.
    • Enrolled in a graduate program in Library and Information Science and taking at least one class in the semester prior to participation in the internship program, or recently graduated within six months at time of application

    Sharon Mizota
    Archives Data Specialist
    Walt Disney Animation Research Library