This particular entry not only represents another end of a week, but also the last entry of the 2018 Summer Semester. Reflecting back to the beginning of the semester, I never thought that I was going to be hired by the Library Special Collections and University Archives. This blessing was a very welcome one and I hope to continue to be of service until my graduation. Maybe I will get hired to stay on post-graduation? Nevertheless, this blog will continue until then and, as such, the report for today will commence.
As I walked into the office, Courtney was placing her belongings in her locker and we exchanged greetings before resuming our respective duties. As I logged in to one of the computers, Courtney courteously retrieved Box 52 for me and I resumed relabeling the remaining folders. However, I did so as quietly as I could have as one our interns was conducting a presentation with Ms. Rubin and Professor French. The scene reminded me of my summer internship in 2012 before I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree.
As I finished Box 52, I also printed new lists for Courtney to retrieve folders from accordingly. A quick look through the spreadsheet informed me that the Campaign Series was the second largest series in the collection and the list of rest of the remaining series could be printed on a one or two pages each. I can not believe how close this step is to be actually done! But, the current series needs to be finished first.
When I begin relabeling folders in Box 53, Ms. Rubin informed everyone that she had been accepted start the Fall 2018 Semester as graduate student in Digital Media. While I am happy for her, I wonder how she will balance her work load with being a student. Regardless of such worries, she seemed excited on the prospect.
As I worked through Box 53, some reoccurring trends seemed to manifest themselves once more. Courtney reported more instances of missing folders vexing the collection. Both of us agreed perhaps those missing folders will be encountered as the collection continues to be thinned. Another trend encountered is two similarly labeled folders being placed in wrong positions in the collection. Fortunately, I was able to correct the misfit folders into their proper place.
When I eventually completed Box 53, I glanced at the remaining time I had left in my shift. Sadly, I realized I did not have the time to finish Box 54. I relabeled what folders I was able to before cleaning my work place to prepare to leave. Before I left, I checked in on Courtney’s progress: she was collecting folders for Box 58 and maybe she was willing to go further beyond that. Nevertheless, I said my farewells and ate a cookie as I left for the day.
Well, thus ends another week at the archives. However, there is a two-week break in between this semester and the Fall 2018 Semester. As such, the calm before the storm is a welcome one. Until next Monday, enjoy the weekend and stay safe! Bye!