Yes, I think I may be crazy. Or perhaps this decision will prove to be genius, only time will tell. All of you 2014-15 HAs remember our dear professor Mike Jackson right?
Our former professor Mike Jackson, Illinois’ premiere Historic Preservation expert, offered me an archival internship with one catch – I had to do it this summer! So I decided to pull double duty and get my internship requirements done in record time. This week I went to Springfield to the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) for training. I got MORE scanning training, Library Science training, and book conservation training.
My internship is the result of a grant from the family of Robert Vale Cole Jr. (an Illinoisan architect). It is their wish to make his vast collection of early 20th century architecture books available online for public access. Luckily, 70% of this work will be done from my home office- using flex time. So my friends, that is how one can work 80 hours per week! I will be splitting my time at the Tarble and doing work for the APT.
This internship will also involve some travel- as I will be going with Mike to San Antonio Texas sometime this summer to acquire more historically important trade catalogs to scan. So stay tuned to see how frazzled this HA Coffee Addict will get by August!