The Life of a Holley Intern


I’m Steph Bowen, this year’s Barbara Holley Library Intern. What is the Holley internship you might ask? It’s a one year, full time, paid internship for a recent college graduate interested in becoming a librarian! Thanks to a gracious endowment from Barbara Holley, I will get wide variety of library experience.

Fred escorts the Eisenhower into the Chapel.

Thus far into my internship, I spent my summer  in Special Collections processing a collection of papers donated by alum Frederick Weiser ’57. Fred’s collection was full of genealogical research, correspondence in Pennsylvania Dutch and photos from his years at Gettysburg.

I also completely rebound a book…I literally sewed the pages back together and made a new cover. I digitized portion of the George Washington Beidelman letters. George was a young man from Bloomsburg, PA who served in the 71st  Pennsylvania volunteers during the Civil War.  Reading George’s letters was the most fun I had all summer. He’s a very thoughtful and religious young man who is experiencing severe homesickness and the horrors of war, yet still manages to write about meeting pretty girls.

This semester you can find me at the Reference Desk. I’ve spent a good deal of time becoming familiar with the resources Musselman library has to offer. Stop by the desk one afternoon and put me to the test. I welcome the challenge of great questions! I’m also working in Technical Services. To me its the place that keeps the library running. They purchase books and databases, catalog new materials, monitor the electronic resources, AND they do it all with the user in mind. It’s truly awesome.

Digging in Montoursville, PA

As for me, I’m a 2013 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. I was an Archaeology and American studies major, so clearly I need to become a librarian (sarcasm intended). I realized archaeology wasn’t for me when I got heat exhaustion on my first dig. On the bright side, I loved my work study job at Lycoming’s library and decided to investigate becoming a librarian. Based on my experience so far, spending the rest of my life in a library sounds good to me.

Fun facts about me:
– My favorite book (of all time) is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
– I love jazz music, particularly hard bop and free jazz.
– I’m currently reading dystopian fiction (Hunger Games, Brave World New type books)
– I’m a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan.

Look for me on the Reference Desk!

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