Well, different season, different semester, different internship.
This fall, I’m completing my MLIS with a 100-hour internship working with my local public library to create a fledgling digital collection for some of the materials from their historical collection.
I’m doing the scanning, uploading the files, building the records (using Dublin Core), adding tags, and creating workflows so that I can pass the project on when my hours are up. So much of what I’m doing is building on the skills and experience I gained in the spring semester in Dr. MacCall’s Metadata elective. I’ll also be collaborating with the library director on some publicity for the collection, and training some of the staff in using the Omeka software.
Along the way, I get to read and enjoy some fabulous bits of Stafford history. The best find to date, tucked into an unassuming looking folder of bits and pieces, was an original 1896 copy of The Press, a broadsheet published in Stafford between 1883 and 1935. It’s filled with wonderful ads, local news and public notices. Here’s a sample:
I’m learning so much doing this internship and I’m reinforcing much of what we learned in class. It’s so gratifying to be able to apply classroom knowledge to real-world experience.