For the past two weeks of my internship, I have been focusing on the Architecture collection still. I wanted to show some images of the process when I am adding metadata to a record. First, I open a record, check to see if everything is consistent and spelled correctly. After that I search for the corresponding county interim report. Some of the county interim reports are digitized and some are not. When they aren't digitized it can take a few minutes to figure out the location of house. The amount of time spent looking for the location depends on how much information is provided, in some cases the address has also been provided but a reference link to the interim report it not. When I am not able to digitally search an interim report, I use Google Maps to help me. After I locate the structure in the interim report, I either type out the location in the interim report if I found it physically e.g "Wayne County Interim Report: p. 9" or I link the reference url to that specific page in the interim report e.g. "http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/cdm/ref/collection/IHSSI/id/18804." Then I find the house or building on Google Maps and add in that link. I also check the Library of Congress' Historic Buildings database and the Indiana Historic Architecture Slide collection.
At my internship, I sit at the circulation desk. This way I am available to answer reference questions and provide circulation services to patrons, faculty and students, as best I can. I love the size of the Herron Art Library and I love sitting at the front desk. I get to be a witness to several people using the library in all sorts of ways. It also reminds me of my undergraduate years. I have gotten to the point where I am remembering faces of students! I am glad that I sit at the circulation desk, sometimes, because I haven't worked at circulation in a long time. I have been trying to be more mindful of the way I speak to patrons. There have been situations where a student will ask me if we have books on an artist and I can't help but wonder if they have already checked IUCAT. In most cases, the students don't know what and/or how to use IUCAT. When a situation like that occurs, its my duty to try and teach patrons how to read call numbers and how to navigate IUCAT and the stacks. When I find out that using the library's catalog is not normal, the librarian inside me freaks out. For a long time, I just assumed that students in 2017 would be the best at navigating an online tool to find items...but I guess not.