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Meet Alison and Marjorie, Spring 2015 Digital Library Interns

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2015
  • Filed Under: People

Photo of Alison Dolbier.Alison Dolbier has an M.Phil. in American Military History from George Washington University and has previously worked in archives and museums. With this internship, Alison is looking to learn more about cultural heritage activities in the digital age. “Digital libraries are interesting places because they combine the public access part of museums with the preservation aspect of archives,” Alison said.

In her free time, Alison likes hobbies such as spinning wool, sewing, and other handcrafts. She also enjoys spending time with her family, who like to go kayaking together. The last book Alison read was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

If she could travel anywhere, Alison would like to visit Scotland. “It’s always been on our list to go walk along Hadrian’s Wall,” she said.

Photo of Marjorie HainesMarjorie Haines has a Master’s in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East from University College London. She has volunteered in the Keck Archaeology Lab at Dickinson College and at the British Museum. With regard to this internship, Marjorie is looking forward to gaining more experience to apply to future positions and having fun geeking out over cultural heritage materials along the way.

In her free time, Marjorie enjoys going for walks, listening to music, reading, and trying to teach herself new skills such as coding. She also teaches belly dancing on occasion. She is currently reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, the latter of which she is savoring slowly because she doesn’t want it to end.

If she could travel anywhere, Marjorie would love to visit Middle-Earth. She also wouldn’t mind a visit to the Enterprise.

We are happy to welcome both Alison and Marjorie for the Spring semester!

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Meet Ruth Martin, Spring 2014 Digital Library Intern

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: February 1, 2014
  • Filed Under: People

Ruth Martin began working for the Digital Library as a volunteer intern over the 2013 summer semester and after volunteering throughout the fall 2013 semester, she continues her service this semester as one of the part-time staff Digital Library interns.

Ruth loves the idea of preserving old documents and making them accessible. She is looking forward to using the skills she learns during her internship to help local historical societies and churches preserve their history when they don’t have resources.

Ruth loves to rollerblade, but hasn’t found a good place to skate around here, so she’s taken up running instead. History is a hobby as well as profession. She is currently making her way through “The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Space and Time” by Wolfgang Schivelbusch. She looks forward to reading fiction again some day, when she has a bit more time.

If she could travel anywhere, Ruth would like to go somewhere in the United States in the mid-19th-century because that was the point when a more traditional order began changing to a more modern order.


Meet Bill Robinson, Fall 2013 Great War Exhibit Intern

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: October 29, 2013
  • Filed Under: People

Bill Robinson, Fall 2013 Great War InternWilliam Robinson, who goes by Bill, is the second of our Great War Exhibit Interns for the Fall 2013 semester. This internship is a joint appointment with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) with interns in this position spending one day a week at HSP and one day at Villanova, contributing to a collaborative online exhibit commemorating the Great War that will be launching next year.

Bill grew up in Havertown in the Philadelphia suburbs. He went to Fordham University for both a BA (History) and MA (U.S. History). Bill is now back in Philadelphia and working on a Master of Library Science degree at Drexel University.

Regarding the internship, Bill is looking forward to experiencing hands-on the life cycle of a digital project, seeing how digitized items are brought together and presented to the public. Between Villanova and HSP, Bill is scanning materials, selecting items for inclusion in the digital exhibit, and will eventually contribute to the exhibit website, once that is up and running. He is also excited to be working for “two great institutions that are known for their digital work.”

In his free time, Bill likes reading, playing guitar, and writing songs. He is currently reading The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey.

If he could travel anywhere, Bill would like to visit any big city in America during the Gilded Age. Bill said that time period had “a very interesting convergence of events and social movements happening” and would be interesting to experience.


Meet Rachel Yerger, Fall 2013 Digital Library Intern

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: October 10, 2013
  • Filed Under: People

Fall 2013 Digital Library Intern Rachel YergerRachel Yerger is one of our Digital Library Interns for the Fall 2013 semester. Rachel is from Harrisburg. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Kutztown University and an MA in History from Villanova University, which she completed in 2011.

Regarding her internship, Rachel is most excited about working with the Dime Novel and Popular Literature materials, especially “getting to work with materials of that time period and seeing how they reflect the contemporary culture.” One of her first projects has been scanning issues of the Motor Stories.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys watching movies, particularly costume dramas and other period films. She also likes listening to music and going to concerts and her favorite genres are alternative and country. Rachel is currently rereading Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility.

If she could travel anywhere, Rachel would love to go to the Tuscany region of Italy.

A view of San Gimignano as seen from the Via Francigena after passing through the town walking south.
A view of San Gimignano in the Tuscan region.
Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Wikimedia Commons.


Meet Becca Solnit, Fall 2013 Great War Exhibit Intern

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: October 3, 2013
  • Filed Under: People

Great War Intern Becca SolnitRebecca Solnit, who goes by Becca, is one of our two new Great War Exhibit Interns for the Fall 2013 semester. This internship is a joint appointment with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) with interns in this position spending one day a week at HSP and one day at Villanova.

Becca grew up in Connecticut and earned her Bachelor’s in History from Dickinson College. She moved to Philadelphia in August. Becca loves history projects and is looking forward to getting back into hands-on historical research and preservation during her internship. She would like to continue her education with a Master’s degree in either History or Library Science, so she plans to use the internship to gain experience and help determine which course to take her further education.

In her free time, Becca enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and reading. She is currently reading Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, as background for the Great War exhibit, and The Red House by Mark Haddon.

If she could travel anywhere, Becca would love to do a backpacking trip through South America. She studied abroad in India while in college and would love to go back there as well.


Meet Kelly Wiles, Fall 2013 Digital Library Intern

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: September 18, 2013
  • Filed Under: People

Intern Kelly Wiles, Fall 2013Kelly Wiles is one of our new Digital Library Interns for the Fall 2013 semester. Kelly is originally from South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor’s from the College of Charleston with a dual major in Art History and Historic Preservation & Community Planning. Kelly moved to the Philadelphia area to complete her Master’s in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.

With regard to the Digital Library internship, Kelly says that she is most excited about getting to know the materials and “being able to touch and experience the collections.”

Currently, Kelly is also helping with the restoration of a home in Elfreth’s Alley. Kelly’s hobbies include architecture and genealogy. She loves furniture and going shopping at antique stores. She also loves cooking and dinner parties. She is currently reading Julia Child’s My Life in France.

If she could travel anywhere, Kelly would like to see the wreckage of the RMS Titanic. She says that she’s always been fascinated by the Titanic and “seeing it in person would be pretty exciting.”

Bow of the RMS Titanic wreck
Image from Wikimedia Commons.


Meet Lisa McColl, Fall 2012 Digital Library Intern

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: September 27, 2012
  • Filed Under: People

Intern Lisa McCollEarlier this month, Lisa McColl joined the Digital Library team as the Fall 2012 Digital Library Intern. Lisa is currently employed as a cataloger at Norristown Public Library, as well as holding an appointment as an adjunct instructor in cataloging at Clarion University. She earned her MLS from Clarion and also holds a Masters in Music from Florida State University. Lisa plays the clarinet and she says that music is a big part of her life.

With regard to the internship, Lisa says she is most excited about working with metadata, which allows her to delve into the collections and learn about them. She will be working more in depth with a set of metadata as her internship project.

Next up on Lisa’s “to read” list is Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Her middle name is Abra, after a character in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Lisa’s favorite color is deep purple, like tulips.

Purple Tulips by Selbe B
“Purple Tulips” by Selbe B on Flickr



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