This week I did not learn many new things besides the things viewing the videos has taught me, but I did work to finish cataloging the piece of the collection that I was working on. I did finish so it was very nice to be able to say that I accomplished something. In the course of the internship I think I was able to catalog over 60 items. I have to count them up, it’s a bit of a blur.
I enjoyed my experience at this internship and I feel that I have walked away with a marketable skill. Although I did not really get to see much of how the archives worked outside of cataloging it was nice to have more time to hone a specific skill. It was kind of like I took a summer course. In the future I do hope to be able to use this skill, although I realize that cataloging is not something that I would like most of the time at my future job to consist of. I would like it to be a smaller function of my entire job. It is important to be able to know what you want to do, knowing what to look for in job applications, and to know what you do not want to do. So, I will appreciate every experience that I can get while still in school.
I will admit that I am sad to be leaving the archives, although it took a significant amount of my productive hours, it was nice to have something to do that can be helpful to somene. I have chosen not to work in different archives or libraries on campus during my graduate education thus far, mostly because I am a Graduate Assistant with the other half of my Dual Degree program. But I think that I should look for some more experiences in the library for this final semester of school. Just one of the lessons that I have learned. You have to be flexible.
I am ready for any cataloging challenge (well, maybe not but to take off the training wheels and try any challenge), now to update my resume…..
Thanks for reading and coming along with me on this internship experience.
Question of the Week: What was the best part or your internship experience or what was the most exciting thing you learned during it?