Digital Archivist, JPL

This was a practicum requirement for the certificate at Pasadena City College. During the summer of 2016 I was hired by the Library Archives & Records Department of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to continue a digitization project begun by the two previous summer interns. My responsibilities included the scanning and preservation of photographs and negatives reaching back to JPL’s earliest history in the 1940s, as well as scanning any photos or documents requested by JPL staff and students on the campus. Using Silverfast, I scanned photo negatives as TIFF files, then corrected them in Photoshop, whereupon the corrected files were saved as high quality JPEGs. By the end of the ten week internship I had scanned nearly 2000 negatives, ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s. I also created a digitization plan to assess the feasibility of meeting JPL’s goal of digitizing its entire photographic collection by 2025. Other important experience: federal clearance and the handling of sensitive documents!

PowerPoint presentation coming soon