I have completed my second spring semester at Walsh University and I am excited for the summer. While this semester was great, I am not sad to see it go. Seems like spring semesters are always the toughest ones to get through.
I am happy to say that I am staying at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum as a volunteer after completing my internship for Walsh. I’ve learned quickly about what an archivist does through watching Mark Holland, archivist at the museum. Through this, I’ve even implemented my own ideas into the library.
One of my main ideas for the library was to make it more accessible to the public. So many time I’ve heard “I didn’t know I could even go in there.” or “I’ve lived here my whole life and I didn’t even know it was there.” So I made it my job to change the way people think about the library. It was a personal task that I felt could really make people see the museum and the library in a different light. So far, it has turned out quite well and people comment on our posts all the time. People love to share their own memories and I think it is great that through this, we are actually engaging the public. You might think of social media as the “Millennial” thing, but there is so much more you can do through the power of the internet. The effects of social media are amazing and honestly, it is probably one of the best forms of communications when you can’t go outside and scream about how awesome it is to go to the Presidential Library. The world is changing and it always will, so always try to see the positive effect of what people are doing. Not everything that is new is bad or damaging, new things can mean better opportunities, which is exactly what we should strive for.