My name is Kayla Morrow and I’ll be the Barbara Holley Intern for 2017-2018. Amidst all of the excitement in Special Collections this summer, I’ve failed to properly introduce myself.
I’m a 2017 graduate of a small liberal-arts college named Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I double majored in English and Philosophy and was fortunate to have two archival internships at the Mount during my senior year. I had never considered a career in archival science before this point—in fact, I don’t think I knew what archival science even was—but I fell in love with my work at the Mount’s library. Nearing graduation, I decided that I wanted to pursue either a general MLIS or a library science degree with a specialization. But, as I soon realized, picking a MLIS program, let alone a concentration, is beyond difficult when you have so little experience in the library field. Luckily, I stumbled upon an ad for the Holley internship just up the road in Gettysburg, which was already my favorite place to take a study break because Mr. G’s…need I say more? While the Holley position sounded almost too good to be true (they pay you to learn?! I’ve been doing it wrong…) it is an amazing opportunity and has proved to be a great fit so far.
Tomorrow I will finish my first internship rotation in Special Collections, where I have completed a few exciting projects (updates soon to come!). I’ve already learned so much and am looking forward to my upcoming time in the Scholarly Communications Department starting Monday, August 7.
Until next time.