About midway through the internship, Denise assigned me a small collection development project, which was a nice change of pace from looking through boxes for the digital inventory for a couple of days. The items that were donated consisted of white and grey literature, as well as some relatively recent books that we were able to send on to the Philanthropy Library. Denise gave me some advice on how to determine whether or not we could 1) keep the item in Special Collections, 2) send the item to the Payton Philanthropy Library, or 3) not add the item to the collections, especially if IUPUI and/or other IU branches already owned the item. I spent a couple of afternoon searching for the items in WorldCat and IUCAT to see how rare the items were and if IU already had a copy somewhere and sorted the items for Denise to check through.
I had never worked with grey and white literature before, so it was interesting to see how those items could fit into the Archives’ collections once processed. I had done a little bit of collection development while volunteering as the librarian for the Classical Studies graduate library but had never had any formal training and wasn’t sure what the procedure was for a university library. Tagging each book with a colored slip of paper that had its destination marked on it was an easy way to mark each item and to signal to the person cataloging the items where each item was intended to go. Once the collection development project was done, I returned to working on the digital media inventory.