By Alice Bampton
Lisa Kruczek, currently enrolled in Drexel University’s Master of Library and Information Science program, is a Digital Library intern for the summer. She is specializing in archival studies, one of Drexel’s six optional concentrations, but is considering adding digital libraries for a double concentration.
Kruczek says that her internship, which is “structured in such a way that it is a meaningful experience,” providing experience in scanning, metadata and other aspects of digital librarianship, will aid in making her decision.
Kruczek, a resident of Merchantville, N.J., has a bachelor’s degree in media arts from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. She worked as a video editor and as a graphic artist before reevaluating her career. She has always been interested in history, media and computers, and these interests led her to enroll in Drexel’s Library and Information Science program. “In a perfect world I’d work in a moving image archive,” says Kruczek.
Her research interests are music (its different types and its history) and film, noting that in her first career she worked with film. Her hobbies include movies, books and music. She is currently reading Snow Crash, a “light contemporary science fiction adventure,” by Neal Stephenson.
Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, says, “After a period of intensive training and practical experience consisting of a set of modules including management of digital libraries, selection for digitization, social media, online exhibits, copyright, metadata, cataloguing, rare materials handling and scanner training, each intern selects, in conjunction with the needs and priorities of the digital library enterprise, a project that highlights one of these content area modules and produces a representative work project” about four weeks into his or her internship.
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