The Print Department is greatly benefiting from the help of college interns this winter and spring. Currently, the department is fortunate to host Lydia Bello, a Bryn Mawr College senior, who will spend approximately eight hours a week throughout her spring semester assisting us. Lydia will process digital files as we finish up work on a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund cataloging and digitizing of ephemera. She is also helping to inventory and re-house a newly acquired collection of trade cards, and assisting with day-to-day departmental duties.
Lydia, a Growth and Structure of Cities major, plans to return to her Portland, Oregon, home after graduation to pursue library work. In a year or two she hopes to return East and attend graduate school. Lydia describes her time at the Library Company as both “educational and fun.” “As part of my internship I combine the practical work I’m doing at the Library Company with background readings,” writes Lydia, “so I know the history of the postcards I’m processing or the trade cards I’m rehousing. I especially enjoy the ‘surprise’ element of working with ephemera – I never know what I’m going to find!” Check the LCP blog as Lydia will periodically write about her experiences.
In early January, between winter and spring semesters, Haverford College sophomore Jon William Sweitzer-Lamme volunteered his time in the department processing digital files, posting images on Flickr, and carrying out general curatorial tasks. He also wrote a blog entry about his experience. Jon accomplished far more than we had thought possible in such a short period of time.
We are glad to have fresh, enthusiastic new faces in the department!