This past Tuesday’s ice and light snow preventing our new cataloging intern from starting on time, since the university severe weather policy kicked in, so he started yesterday morning. I think his field experience got off to a very good start, even though most of what we did was administrative stuff like getting his ID badge, logging into the computer, and some initial training. A chunk of his shift yesterday was actually taken up with our department’s annual holiday-luncheon-in-January at a local restaurant, an event we look forward to after Christmas each year! I was glad that the intern’s schedule fell on the day of our luncheon, because it’s always nice to see most of the department come together, especially for something relaxing like a meal together.
Anyway, the intern seemed so excited to have the field experience in our department for the semester, and I could tell he has been enjoying the library science school experience as well. We talked some about professors and classes, and his face lit up as he answered my questions. It made me even more excited about applying for and starting the program! 🙂
One of the things I try to do with each intern is learn some about their background (undergrad major, particular hobbies, stuff like that) so that we can possibly tailor the semester field experience if possible. Something else that the intern talked about enthusiastically was his growing (old) comic book collection. When I asked how he stored the old comic books, he told me about mylar bags, acid-free boards, and his safe deposit box.
Yesterday was his first time on the Duke campus, to boot, so I’m looking forward to giving him a brief tour of our campus library system once the weather warms up. There’s something fun about seeing your work environment through fresh eyes.