Into the Stacks - NBLA Assistants

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December 4, 2017

Corinne Mona, Sara Horn, and Emily Martin

Welcome to December’s variety show at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives!  We are the Library Intern, the Photo Project Assistant, and the Archives Assistant, and we are delighted to give you glimpses into our lives in these three branches of the Library & Archives.

NBLA Assistants - Venture in the Niels Bohr Library & ArchivesCorinne Mona, Library Intern (left): I have had the pleasure of working with the books and journals as Library Intern since July 2017.  I draw on experience from my background in academic and public libraries for this job.  Although I know little about physics (though I’m learning quite a bit!), I am thrilled to be working with the fascinatingly unique collection and environment here at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives, the flavor of which I will endeavor to share with you throughout this upcoming month on social media.  I assist Allison Rein, the librarian and Assistant Director of Special Collections, with copy-cataloging donations, assigning call numbers to books from NBL’s custom classification scheme, shelving books and journals, maintaining and beautifying the stacks area, and a large variety of side projects, such as book conservation, digitization, and weeding potential donation book lists against what we already have in the collection.  Conservation is one of my personal favorites, as I get to “heal” deteriorating books with art supplies.  Outside of the library, I read (of course), bake sweets, play and teach the western classical flute, and attempt to converse with my dogs in Norwegian.

Sara Horn, Photo Project Assistant (middle): Working in the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, I review images of physicist and physics related photographs all day. As a project assistant, I worked on the W.F. Meggers Gallery of Nobel Laureates, creating an online exhibit by collating the metadata of all the portraits in the collection. While working with Audrey Lengel, Photo Librarian, I’ve taken on the responsibility of working through the backlog of photos that have been donated to the archives. During this process I am creating collections while rehousing photographs and providing preservation recommendations. In addition, in a long running project the visual archives are going through a metadata clean-up of all the images available on our website. I’m excited to share my many “mini adventures” as I work through processing and identifying varies photographs. In my free time I’m an avid movie watcher, thrift shopper extraordinaire and a collector of ticket stubs I’ve used.

Emily Martin, Archives Assistant (right): I’m Emily Martin, and I have the pleasure of working with the archives collections here at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. I am in my first semester of graduate school at the University of Maryland in the Library and Information Science program. I started working here back in May 2017 and have loved every second of it. The archive offers me a great opportunity to get hands on experience and apply the information and skills I am learning in class in a real-world setting. I work with Amanda Nelson assisting her with processing collections which involves creating a collection plan, inventorying the collection, assessing the condition of the collection, refoldering, rehousing, and creating the collections online finding aid. I am also responsible for creating EAC-CPF biographical data for our Nobel Laureate project, and whatever side projects that come up. I’m looking forward to showing you some of the projects I work on through the eyes of a current Library Science student. When I’m not at school or work, I enjoy going on runs through Rock Creek Park, cuddling with my two cats, and of course reading.

For the month of December, we will be managing the Niels Bohr Library’s social media. You will get a peek into a librarian handling the cataloging of books, the tasks of a photo assistant arranging collections and how archivists process a collection. We are excited to show you what it is like to work at a library and archive from our different perspectives. Follow us @AIPhistory on Twitter and Facebook to see updates on our projects.