September 17, 2018 – “Using Connections”

Hello, everyone!

As another week begins, the responsibilities left in my care have become more routine. Of course, this in reference to cleaning the fifth floor study hall. Aside from this, the relabeling process of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection continued as all the folders in Box 74 were finally settled. I also managed to use my connections (asking my supervisors) to help with an assignment for one of my classes. Perhaps a better elaboration of the events that unfolded today is needed.

Since today was a Monday, the responsibility of cleaning the fifth floor study hall rested on my shoulders. After retrieving the cleaning supplies, I began scrubbing the desks. “Simply astonishing” is the only comment to describe the state of some of the desks (not in a positive connotation, either). After twenty-eight minutes, I eventually finished cleaning all the desks. Unfortunately, I ran out of Lysol wipes and because of that, the rest of my colleagues will sadly not have that advantage for the rest of the week.

Before resuming the relabeling process of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, I spoke with Mr. Ogreten regarding an assignment from one of my classes this semester. The details of the assignment includes contacting someone in charge of a digital project and ask them about the policies and procedures about their jobs. Mr. Ogreten offered some names of people I could contact, but suggested that I should wait for Ms. Rubin to arrive as she might have a much better notion of who would fit the assignment’s criteria. Ultimately, he was correct and Ms. Rubin gave me the email address of the person I should contact.

With all other distractions settled, my attention refocused toward George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. I resumed relabeling folders from Box 74 and I became increasingly aware of the deceptively numerous folders in the box. As such, the relabeling process took longer than usual. Fortunately, Courtney kept me company while she was working on her own side project. By the end of my shift, I completed Box 74 and began Box 75.

When time came for me to leave, something odd happened. Courtney left 11:30 AM (which was normal), but Robert left a few short minutes before I did. The experience was as if a great diaspora occurred as all of the student staff suddenly left! Not to be rude, I made sure said farewell to the remaining before I left.

In review, I cleaned the fifth floor study (despite running out of Lysol wipes), asked my supervisors about anyone who I could question for an assignment, and finished relabeling folders in Box 74. Tomorrow, I will certainly finish Box 75 and then finish examining the remaining materials related to the Multimedia Files Series. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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