October 29, 2018 – “Festive Mood”

Hello, everyone!

Before recounting today’s events, there is an announcement that has to be restated. Due to the Capstone Exam tomorrow, there will be no blogpost. Expect the next one to be on Wednesday.  Now with the announcement restated, this entry can resume normal operations.

Like most Mondays, my first responsibility of the morning is cleaning the fifth-floor study hall. The study hall was filthier than normal. The entire cleaning process was forty-five minutes long and baffled me as to how the desks became so marked from pencils and pens, stained by coffee,  and had gathered loose hair. After returning the cleaning supplies, I resumed my new task of relabeling all of the folders in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection with a special designation.

As a reminder, I had finished Box 1 last Thursday. So, I retrieved Box 2 and continued the process. Fortunately, Joe Kaminsky provided some entertainment that prevented the experience from becoming dull. Joe was examining past resumes from 2004 of candidates from the student senate as they made their bid for the position of Senate president pro tempore of the student government. Some of the candidates’ responses made me laughably question the reasoning for their student senator positions, let alone their presidential ambitions. The fun came to an abrupt end as Courtney entered the office with instructions by Ms. Rubin to adorn the Reading Room with Halloween decorations.

As per tradition, the library hosts a special Halloween celebration with thematic-stations presented by each department. Placement of such decorations were confusing at first, but an order was established for each decoration. I contributed by helping Courtney set the lights around the windows and tape the door decorations with Joe. This opportunity also gave me a chance to explore my own artistic vision: a tiny skull gaged with “bloody” gauze that is held inbetween two skeletal hands, a rat caught in a spider’s web and about to become the next meal for the spider, and a rat cornered by three spiders. After all the decorations were set, we returned to our collections.

Unlike most weeks, my schedule for this week has been structured for me to work for approximately five hours. As such, I have to adhere to the mandatory 30 minute brake. Aside from this difference, my day proceeded as usual.

I continously relabeled folders from Boxes 2 through 8, only having to stop to remove some staples that managed to evade detection until today. There was also a spelling error that had to be corrected (“amateur” is spelled with two “a”s) and the folder order needed to be reorganized as a result. After addressing these problems, I returned the boxes to their places and left once my shift was over.

In review, the fifth-floor study hall was cleaned, Halloween decorations were adorned in the Reading Room, and all the folders in Boxes 2 through 8 were relabeled (again). On Wednesday, the relabeling will resume with Box 10. 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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