Welcome back! (I should also tell myself that, although this is my second visit in a week…yay!)
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m studying photography and have a huge love for the medium, and for many other art forms. As any reader who frequents my blog will know, I recently had the incredible opportunity to travel to Paris in May for a photography-related course. That course focused on archives and collections, specifically on their preservation, conservation and management strategies.
Having returned to my normal school schedule this past Fall semester, I signed up for a co-operative internship course. This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain real-life field experience while still gaining academic credit. Given my interest in collections and archives, I knew this was the field I wanted to intern within, and I had the great fortune of doing so at the Archives and Special Collections department at Ryerson University’s Library and Archives. Here, I got to experience some of the day-to-day tasks that take place in archives and collections. While many of the projects I worked on were quite monotonous, I have a great appreciation for them as it is these types of tasks that ultimately help to preserve, document, and share objects of the past with generations to come.