SILS Renewable Scholarships for New Students

These scholarships are renewed from academic year to academic year and are awarded at the time of admission. For example, if a student was awarded a scholarship of $3,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year, the award will automatically renew for 2016-2017.

SILS Continuing Scholarships

All currently enrolled SILS students are eligible to apply for the Continuing Student Scholarship, which is awarded for the upcoming academic year (2015-2016). Scholarships are awarded based on merit. Students must register for a minimum of 6 credits for the semester in which the scholarship is awarded. The deadline for this year is 5 PM EST Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Please see the Downloads section below for the application.

SILS Fellowships

SILS currently offers a number of fellowships in partnership with NYC museums. These are: Four fellowships at Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, two at Brooklyn Museum Library and Archives, one at NYARC/MoMA and, one at Frick Art Reference Library, and one at the Guggenheim Museum Archives Each fellowship requires the completion of a year-long internship (120 hours/semester) and is accompanied by a scholarship in the amount of $7,668.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline is 5 PM EST Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Applications are available in the Downloads section below. Please be aware that the fellowships have different requirements that are detailed in the application.

Pratt SILS-Metropolitan Museum Watson Library Fellowship

Fellowship recipients will follow a guided learning experience for which the outcomes include learning experiences across the key activities of art librarianship. The first semester will function as a survey of all the areas of operations in the library. This will take place in the context of hands-on work whenever possible, but also through meetings and demonstrations with staff members. Interns will: work hands-on with technical services workflows; copy catalog monographs and auction catalogs in Millennium; gain experience on the desk working opposite a trained reference librarian; learn how to perform basic book conservation procedures (making enclosures, plastic covers, etc.); carry out basic acquisitions functions such as placing orders, selecting and receiving; learn the basics of creating metadata in CONTENTdm and work with our cutting edge scanners on digitization projects; help with record loads and data transformation; become familiar with serials workflows; and participate with various circulation activities such as paging, shelf-reading, and searching for missing books. The second semester will be an opportunity to focus more deeply on several of these areas, based on interest and aptitude.

Specific skills and learning outcomes include: using Serials Solutions; familiarity with MarcEdit; ClassWeb vs. LOC Authorities; EDIFACT invoices; data manipulation using Excel; using Connexion Client for copy cataloging; familiarity with conservation vendors; conducting preservation needs assessments; identifying books with artifactual value; basic preservation theory, and preservation issues specific to art books; best practices in technical services, from a workflow level down to a personal level; compliance with technical services competencies already in place for Watson Library staff.

The fellowship recipient will commit to working on-site at the museum for 8 hours/week (120 hours/semester for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters; 30 weeks total from September 2015-May 2016). This fellowship includes a scholarship in the amount of $7,668 that will cover the cost of 2 SILS courses (6 credits) – LIS 667 Art Librarianship (or another art libraries/special collections course as appropriate, subject to approval), to be taken in fall 2015, and LIS 698 Seminar & Practicum (to be taken in spring 2016). The successful applicant must take at least 6 credits in both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.

Pratt SILS-Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives Fellowship

Two fellowship recipient opportunities are available in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives:

  1. Libraries: assist with the review and cataloging of auction catalogs and be introduced to basic copy cataloging and the inputting of records in the Library Online Catalog

  2. Archives: assist in processing archival records, including arranging materials, creating folder-level descriptions and inputting descriptions into a database

Both interns will also be responsible for creating posts for social media to expand knowledge of all the NYARC collections. These interns will participate in discussions regarding the research collections and how they are used by Museum staff and the public.

The fellowship recipient will commit to working on-site at the museum for 8 hours/week (120 hours/semester for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters; 30 weeks total from September 2015-May 2016). This fellowship includes a scholarship in the amount of $7,668 that will cover the cost of 2 SILS courses (6 credits) – LIS 667 Art Librarianship (to be taken in fall 2015) and LIS 698 Seminar & Practicum (to be taken in spring 2016). If the fellowship recipient has taken and completed LIS 667 Art Librarianship in a prior semester, this requirement can be substituted with another art librarianship/special collections/archives course subject to approval. The successful applicant must take at least 6 credits in both the fall 2015 and spring 2015 semesters.

Pratt SILS-Frick Art Reference Library Fellowship

The fellowship recipient will assist with web archiving using the Frick's subscription to Archive-It; evaluate candidate sites for web archiving; be trained in using Archive-It to capture websites; assist with permissions process; perform review, maintenance and QA of crawled websites; participate in discussions regarding web archiving policy and workflow for the Frick and NYARC; and assist with research and fact-checking.

The fellowship recipient will commit to working on-site at the museum for 8 hours/week (120 hours/semester for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters; 30 weeks total from September 2015-May 2016).  This fellowship includes a scholarship in the amount of $7,668 that will cover the cost of 2 SILS courses (6 credits) – LIS 667 Art Librarianship (to be taken in fall 2015) and LIS 698 Seminar & Practicum (to be taken in spring 2016). If the fellowship recipient has taken and completed LIS 667 Art Librarianship in a prior semester, this requirement can be substituted with another archives/special collections course subject to approval. The successful applicant must take at least 6 credits in both the fall 2015 and spring 2015 semesters.

NYARC-MoMA Library Fellowship

The fellowship recipient will assist the MoMA Library bibliographer in all aspects of collection development. Duties include general assistance in processing new acquisitions and gifts into the collection, and helping with requests and correspondence with MoMA staff, booksellers, galleries, other institutions, and donors. The ideal candidate would have an interest in modern and contemporary art and also artists' books. The fellow would be introduced to basic copy cataloging and inputting information on records in the Library Online Catalog.

Please note that the heavy lifting of library materials weighing up to 25 lbs is involved so the physical ability to lift, reach and ability to move books from shelves, book trucks, and desks as well as heavier boxes of materials from floor to table or book trucks is required.

The fellowship recipient will commit to working on-site at the museum for 8 hours/week (120 hours/semester for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters; 30 weeks total from September 2015-May 2016). This fellowship includes a scholarship in the amount of $7,668 that will cover the cost of 2 SILS courses (6 credits) – LIS 667 Art Librarianship (to be taken in fall 2015) and LIS 698 Seminar & Practicum (to be taken in spring 2016). If the fellowship recipient has taken and completed LIS 667 Art Librarianship in a prior semester, this requirement can be substituted with another art libraries/special collections course subject to approval. The successful applicant must take at least 6 credits in both the fall 2015 and spring 2015 semesters.

Pratt SILS Born Digital Archives @ The Guggenheim Museum Fellowship

The purpose of the Pratt SILS Born-Digital Archives Fellowship is to provide support for a Pratt-SILS MSLIS student with the advanced certificate in archives to apply born-digital archival skills and practices in one of the city’s great museums: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The fellowship allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they obtained from their course work in a professional setting while developing new skills through participation in an on-site internship. Relevant skills and technologies include managing born-digital records, digital forensics, file format migration, web archiving, and using tools such as ArchivesSpace and Archivematica.

The fellowship recipient will commit to working on-site at the museum for 8 hours/week (120 hours/semester for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters; 30 weeks total from September 2015–May 2016). This fellowship includes a scholarship in the amount of $7,668 that will cover the cost of 2 SILS courses (6 credits) – LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives (to be taken in fall 2015) and LIS 698 Seminar & Practicum (to be taken in spring 2016). If the fellowship recipient has taken and completed LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives in a prior semester, this requirement can be substituted with another archives course subject to approval. The successful applicant must take at least 6 credits in both the fall 2015 and spring 2015 semesters.