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5 Questions: What I did during my summer internship Shaterah Hall ’15 Creative writing White Sands, N.M. Where you interned: I worked closely with archivist Rachael Woody and Rich Schmidt, director of resource sharing, in Nicholson Library at Linfield College. What were your primary duties? I was responsible for housing, repairing, digitizing and creating an online search tool and inventory for the Linfield College Photograph Collection. What were the best and most challenging aspects of your experience and why? Most people I’ve met are just as pleasantly guilty as I am of wishing they owned a time machine. In the archives, turning through folders, binders, plastics and boxes, I have never felt quite so transfigured. The gentle handling of what are essentially artifacts is both sobering and exhilarating. It’s as if I’m an eyewitness to documented proof of mouth-open, arms up, academic and off-the-clock intriguing blurbs throughout time. The biggest challenge is attaching accurate and approximate dates to certain series. What did you learn and how might that impact your future career path? I would not have fully appreciated just how much it means to so many people to have been a part of their college history. Beyond that, I perceive there is something so profoundly beautiful in looking back at the doors that college experience opens. Going forward, I am anxious to combine my passion for creative arts with anthropological practices within the information science of archival projects. How did your Linfield education support you in your internship? Every one of my courses at Linfield has concluded with my understanding expanded. I walk closer toward commencement with a richer empowerment in how to more deeply affect the world around me. Close reading, thematic critical analyses, and practice in defending and revising derived viewpoints, all aid in the detail orientation necessary in the archives. Sensitivity to the heritage of items, then, is a part of the continuous personal growth, stemming from interest cultivated in a community that loves learning. Cats to Careers Help Linfield students apply their knowledge and skills through an internship experience with your company or organization. Contact Kristi (Vertrees) Mackay ’91, assistant director of career development, 503-883-2606, kmackay@linfield.edu for assistance. 2 0 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2014


2014 Fall Linfield Magazine
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