Insights from a Library Intern

Margaret Library Intern
Margaret, Library Intern

Let me introduce myself, I’m Margaret a third year undergraduate student in Information Studies. In order to graduate at the end of this year (fingers and toes crossed that I will) I’m required to do a three week library placement. After much consideration I thought it would be worthwhile for me to work in a research library in order to gain skills and experiences in a library very different to my current position working in a school.

After contacting Frances Prentice at the Vaughan Evans Library I was pleased to hear that I’d been accepted. During my three weeks I was given a number of wonderful opportunities to enhance my skills and experiences by performing a number of tasks. These have included original cataloguing, indexing and abstracting journal articles, writing a detailed summary of an oral history and my favourite researching enquires from family historians who had contacted the library to find information on voyages taken by particular vessels or passengers who had emigrated from the United Kingdom.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of the Museum for giving their time in order to help me understand how the Museum functions and uses the library’s resources and services. Finally I’m very grateful to the staff of Vaughan Evan’s Library for mentoring and supporting me to further develop my skills and experience in a research library.