What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal?
After graduating from my undergrad, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. My friend was completing the MPA program at Dal and thought of me when she learned about the MLIS program. After reading about the program and the different opportunities it has to offer, I almost immediately knew that the MLIS program was for me.
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries?
Throughout my first year I have been drawn to both academic libraries and archives. Having already gained some experience doing archival work at the Sexton library during my practicum, I was interested in an internship with the Dal Libraries in order to explore the other area I am interested in. I was happy to get the internship at the Sir James Dunn Law Library; while I don’t have a background in law, I was up for the challenge. Everyday I’m learning and the people I work with are happy to explain anything I might be unsure of.
What’s your educational background?
I have a BA in English from University of King’s College here in Halifax.
What have you been doing during your internship?
During my internship so far I’ve been doing a little bit of everything. I’ve been learning how to answer legal reference questions as well as working at the circulation desk. One project that I have begun to work on involves our rare book room. We are looking to make the material more accessible and searchable to patrons online, with the goal of even digitizing some material. I am very excited about this project because it will also involve using some of the archiving skills I have already learned. I’ve even helped create logic puzzles and rewired a 1940s telephone for an escape room in which law students will be able to test their legal research knowledge in September!