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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When Chris and I created this internship we reviewed literature about similar internships. We discussed mission and vision statements. We discussed objectives and measures of success. After meeting with Dr. Judith Ned, we ultimately decided to focus on one overarching goal. We wanted to make sure these 1st Generation students left our internship "Lovin' Libraries!"

To that end, we planned activities to make them comfortable with library resources at Stanford and at their schools. We planned activities to help them realize the vast support resources available on campus. We planned activities to allow employees to get acquainted with them and to build relationships.

Sadly, three interns (Samantha Castaneda, Joseph Thornton, and Ivory Brown) have already left. Luckily, we still have four interns (Heyab Chocol, Mia Kirkendoll, Abraham Tewolde, and Jazmin Contreras) until the end of this week.

As the internship drew to a close, we realized that we needed more time to spend getting to know the interns individually. We tried to remedy this with a few lunches for smaller groups before their last week. August 16th seemed so far away when they began working on June 3rd. Unfortunately, time flies when you're having fun.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Special Collections, Barchas Room

Once again, it is brought to our attention the unique treasures that are housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections department and its equally treasured staff members.

For months Ilias Chrissochoidis, a Stanford alumnus and Continuing Studies lecturer, frequented SUL's Special Collections department. It wasn't until recently that staff members were pleasantly surprised to find out the results of those visits.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ronnie Fields

It was 1984 when I stepped onto the Stanford campus to begin my first summer job. As I parked my bike outside of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building, I had no idea what to expect at my first place of employment--Branner Library.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I have worked in the Libraries for a very long time.  I've supervised student workers, temp-casuals, non-exempt and professional staff. Working this summer with the interns, however, has been an experience apart. It's not just because they are smart and eager to learn and help - which they definitely are! It's not only due to the fact that I had work that needed to be done that I would perhaps not have been able to do so myself. No, it's much more than that.

I have seen staff members drop everything to give an intern an impromptu tour of their area. I have seen the staff who are thoroughly engaged in their work share their enthusiasm and enable the interns to see how much more there is to the libraries than they ever thought. I have seen relationships build quickly as staff and intern
find mutual interests. This program has showcased for me how much more than their jobs our staff are.   Overall, this program has been a reminder AND an eye-opener for me as regards our staff. I know that it has been a similar experience for the interns I have worked with.

Thank you to Felicia Smith and Chris Bourg for bringing us this opportunity!

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