Summer Ahead + Work Update

As I mentioned, this summer is going to be a busy one. Not only have I picked up hours at the Kinsey Institute Library, I will be visiting 4 different places this summer.

My first stop is Minnesota - I will be visiting a very good friend of mine from undergrad. I haven't seen her three years! I am definitely planning on going to the Walker Art Center, The Great Mall of America and a few other attractions. One exhibition I look forward to seeing at the Walker is the Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

After Minnesota, I will be flying to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I will be attending the Summer Educational Institute Workshop from June 7-10, which will take place at UNC. I am super excited to meet new people and to learn new things, especially how to develop and deliver digital content!

"The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). SEI seeks to provide information professionals with a substantive educational and professional development opportunity focused on digital imaging, the information and experience needed to stay current in a rapidly changing field, and the opportunity to create and be part of a network of supportive colleagues."

One week after North Carolina, I will be headed off to ALA-AC in Orlando, Florida! I will be working at the ALA Store as a requirement of my Student-to-Staff Internship Program. After attending the ARLIS/NA + VRA conference, I feel pretty prepared, even though ALA is way bigger. I am looking forward to meeting some people I met through the DERAIL Forum and through the S2S Facebook page! 

And finally to conclude my summer, I will be interning at Northwestern University's Library. I will be working as a Metadata Aid to the staff in the Repository & Digital Curation and Special Collections. While I am there, I will be entering in data for reformatted slides from a selected artists' archive. It will be interesting to see how MENU (Metadata Editor Northwestern University), a locally developed tool which uses VRA Core to input data, will work. At the Fine Arts Library, I have been using VCAT and ARTstor Shared Shelf to catalog some of our reformatted slides. I will also be gaining experience in using Hydra. I should probably do some research of their collection and web/digital libraries before I start!!! 

Like I mentioned above, I will be working at the Kinsey Institute Library and Archives this summer. My GA position has also been renewed for the Fall. I do enjoy working at the Kinsey, it is such an interesting and important place. Sexual education and gender studies are such important topics, they should never be silenced or not embraced. One part of my job that I absolutely love is receiving donations or coming across artifacts from old gay pride parades, karma sutra books, and women's rights propaganda. Another part of my job that I love is accessioning all the new art  that is donated or purchased - I now have a new view on erotic art and photography. I feel like my views and knowledge on sex, gender, and reproduction were very shallow when I first started work but now I feel like I have a better grasp on these very, very important topics. 

This summer I will be reading:

  • Japan's Sex Trade: A Journey Through Japan's Erotic Subcultures by Peter Constantine (1994)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962)
  • Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks (1994)
  • The Sex Doll: A History by Anthony Ferguson (2010)
  • Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence by Stevie Simkin (2006)
  • Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction by Maria T. Accardi (2013)
  • Sex and Power in History (How the difference between the sexes has shaped our destinies) by Amaury de Riencourt (1974)