Today’s update comes from Annie Peterson, a Master’s degree student in Library and Information Science, specializing in preservation, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We’re running a summer internship program at UCLA to give students like Annie an opportunity to get their hands dirty (figuratively and literally) and gain experience in how preservation works in practice. Annie did some very good work with us this summer, and we’re really happy to share her observations here, now, and will plan to post some of our research products in the weeks ahead.
The first week in August will be the last week of my eight-week internship working with Jake Nadal in the preservation department at the UCLA Library. During my time here I’ve gained an invaluable wealth of knowledge and have worked on some really exciting projects.
One of the projects I worked on is “Collecting Los Angeles.” The goal of the project is to build a strong, cohesive collection at UCLA that is all about Los Angeles history and culture. The preservation portion of it is a condition survey that will help the library assess the overall condition of its archival collections. I worked on tweaking the survey tool and creating a ratings system for determining how valuable to Los Angeles research a particular collection could be.