And so it ends! As my internship wraps up I have to look back and see just how far I’ve come. I started my internship on May 12, 2020 and in eight weeks I was able to learn about the field of digital preservation and interview six different IU Libraries’ staff members to learn more about their responsibilities and how they approach digital preservation at IU. I created my own digital preservation survey and sent it to all IULMIA employees to learn more about how digital preservation is understood by the IULMIA staff. I started with absolutely no written policies or general practices for IULMIA and ultimately wrote a 68-page preliminary report, complete with the seven sections I wrote as well as five appendix entries of background and supplemental material, including the a glossary for the report, the IU Libraries Digital Preservation policy, the questions I asked of my experts, my survey, and the survey results. I cannot express how happy I am to have made this contribution to IULMIA, and I am proud of the work I’ve completed!
This is the end of my internship with IULMIA, however, I am in a fortunate position in that the end of my internship will not be the end of work with IULMIA. In addition to my (former) position as an IULMIA intern, I am also a student employee for the archive. Thanks to this, I can continue to work with IULMIA and begin to implement some of my recommendations for the archive. Even without this opportunity, the end of my internship only marks the beginning of my work with digital preservation and the onus falls upon me to continue to pursue as many opportunities as possible to learn and grow as an archivist.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the amazing people who helped make my internship possible. Thank you Forrest, Mike, Rachel, Mary, and Brian for agreeing to speak with me and share your experiences. Thank you to all of the IULMIA employees for sharing your thoughts and opinions about digital preservation. Thank you to the ILS department for helping to make this internship a reality. And most especially, thank you Carmel Curtis for being both my supervisor and my mentor throughout this journey. This internship would not have been possible with your help, and I am forever grateful. I hope you’ve enjoyed joining me on this journey, and I hope that through my experiences you’ve learned a bit more about the challenges and excitement of working with an archive when such work would otherwise be impossible to accomplish!