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 31, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Six Stanford Library workers, along with colleagues from Stanford and around the world -- digital humanists all -- trekked to the University of Nebraska (in lovely Lincoln), last week to participate in the international Digital Humanities 2013 conference.
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!
The Stanford Library interns continue to thrive as they gain more insight about the Stanford Libraries, its numerous resources, the richness of its staff and friends, and the surroundings that make Stanford such an amazing place at which to learn, work and play.
Highlights of the past couple of weeks include lunchtime sessions with some of Stanford’s (former and present) faculty and staff and tours of a couple of campus laboratories.