Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Program

Do you like history? Do you enjoy genealogy? Do you find government records interesting? Is preservation important to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then do we have an opportunity for you!

The Licking County Records & Archives Center is looking for volunteers to assist with various archival projects. Volunteers are a valuable facet of our department, assisting us with a range of archival projects from indexing and cataloging to cleaning and preserving our historic county records. We will happily work with you to develop personalized projects that match your interests and meet the needs of the department.

Here are some examples of projects that our volunteers have fearlessly taken on:

  • County Infirmary Cemetery Burial Index
  • Loose Paper Deed Index
  • Processing and Cataloging
  • Record Cleaning and Preservation

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our Reference Archivist and Librarian: Miranda Shield over the phone: 740-670-5121 or via email: archives@lcounty.com

Internships

The Records & Archives Center also has internship opportunities for college and graduate students who are looking for experience with archival and records management work in conjunction with their course of study. Interns may shape their experience with the Licking County Records & Archives Center by performing projects related to their specific research interest(s). Interns will also receive one-on-one time with the department head and staff members to gain an understanding of daily department operations.

Internship candidates for the coming semester are currently being considered. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references and Licking County application to Tammy Smoke at tsmoke@lcounty.com

Below are internship project focus areas:

Administration:

Gain a hands-on understanding of the role of records and archives at various levels of government. Learn more about Ohio’s public record law and the policies surrounding record access, accession, retention, and preservation.

Collections/Preservation:

Working with Records & Archive staff on a range of projects to ensure intellectual control and the physical preservation of the collection housed in the Records & Archives Center. Acquire experience with cataloging, cleaning records, building specialized archival boxes, and collection maintenance.

Reference:

Apply public records policy by helping to provide the public access to their records. Assist members of the public with county record related research through the development of research strategies. Learn more about genealogical research and how county records can be used to learn more about individuals and their family relations.

Outreach:

Explore how the Records & Archives Center communicates with the public through special events, programs, and exhibit development. Learn more about building relationships with not only the public, but also other institutions.

Digitization:

Work with Records & Archives imaging staff to obtain practical experience with the equipment and methodologies used to digital preserve records. Learn more about record preservation in the digital age and its advantages in providing access to the public and other county agencies.


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