Timeline of ipl2/IPL Interns’ Contributions to the Growth of ipl2/IPL

Below are described the invaluable contributions that interns working for the ipl2 (formerly The Internet Public Library or IPL) have made, all of which will hold long-term benefits for the ipl2 and its patrons. Interns were students enrolled in ipl2 consortium member library and information schools who applied and were selected for an ipl2/IPL internship. Note that the summer of 2009 is when we started collecting descriptions of what students did for their ipl2/IPL internships.

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2011

Summer

Kristin Gunn, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): Kristin Gunn was an ipl2 digital collection and maintenance intern from June to August, 2011. Kristin's experience with Drexel MSLIS classes such as Cataloging, Human-Computer Interaction, and Content Representation, as well as her professional experience with website content creation and evaluation were invaluable in helping her perform the necessary tasks of this internship. For example, Kristin learned and worked with Hypatia and QRC to review user website suggestions in subject areas and applied ipl2's collection development policies. She also used Hypatia to create new records, edit existing records and select subject headings, and to review & resolve broken links & redirects from the database. Kristin also learned and used FileMakerPro to create & edit records in the "LitCrit" & "NatAm" databases.

Winter

Mary Gardner, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): Mary used the criteria in the ipl2 Collection Policy to evaluate web resources for inclusion in the ipl2 collection, and added new resources to the ipl2 collection, which involved creating abstracts and other metadata and creating new database records. Mary also performed collection maintenance tasks such as fixing broken links to resources in the collection, and updating metadata on database records.

Maryann James-Daley, Collection Development Intern (University of Pittsburgh): As an intern, Maryann participated in a number of activities involving collection maintenance and development. Maryann evaluated website suggestions for inclusion on ipl2, corrected broken links, re-evaluated current websites in the ipl2 collection, and created records for new websites, which included adding accurate metadata. She also added and edited entries in the LitCrit and Native American special collections and removed out-of-date entries on ipl2.

Melissa Ormond, Digital Reference Service Intern (Drexel University): As part of her weekly Reference Administration shift, Melissa worked closely with the ipl2 community to answer help questions and provide feedback for answers provided by students and volunteers. Additionally, she assisted in updating the ipl2 volunteer Google group by adding new members and both monitored and interacted with the group.


2010

Fall

Emilie, a Drexel University MLIS student, worked with IPL2 reference services and special collections. During her three month internship, she answered reference questions from a multitude of categories such as Business, Education, History, and Political Science. Once she became familiar with the IPL2's guidelines, she provided feedback for answers provided by students and volunteers. The majority of her internship was spent collecting and assisting in the development of the Mobile Apps Pathfinder, a list of free mobile applications in the category of News & Current Events. Emilie gained valuable experience with the IPL2 and counts it as the most rewarding part of her university experience.

Megan O'Karma, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): In addition to fielding backlogged rescue reference questions, Megan contributed to the content, design, and maintenance of the ipl2 Volunteers Google Group. More importantly, she used the Group to reach out to the ipl2 volunteer community to stimulate discussion related to the volunteering experience as well as librarianship in general. In the interest of making the ipl2 Learning Community Wiki an even richer resource, Megan added content to the Wiki's Answer Board, a canned-response portal created for reference volunteers to consult. Having had a wonderful and fulfilling experience as a Reference Intern, Megan jumped at the chance to take on a Collection Development internship the following quarter.

Michael McHugh, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): Mike worked with the Manager of Digital Collections to propose changes and additions to the ipl2 Collection Policy in several categories, including social networking, job listing, real estate, classified ad and "yellow pages" sites. Throughout the fall, Mike also evaluated numerous site suggestions from ipl2 users and created records for resources to add to our collections. He reviewed current ipl2 resources, updating metadata records where necessary and removing outdated links, and sought out sites to fill in gaps in the ipl2 collection in areas such as stress relief. Mike learned a great deal about assessing the trustworthiness and "authority" of a website, and about the complexities involved in developing criteria for collecting so many new and different types of resources.

Stephanie Sendaula, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): I recently completed a collection developement internship with the ipl2, which lasted from September to December 2010. Throughout the course of my internship, I performed a various number of maintenance tasks such as: fixing 290 broken links in Hypatia, sorting through 200 new site suggestions in QRC, and reviewing 364 unreviewed site suggestions in QRC, although only 20 of them were transferred. I also claimed and fixed a handful of NatAm and LitCrit suggestions, although, oftentimes none were available. I found the same to be true for checking links in QRC. Towards the end of my internship, I performed collection development on a number of topics including loans, investing, foreign exchange investing, making money from home, do-it-yourself (diy), web design, dog training, as well as losing weight. At various times, I added new records to Hypatia as needed. Overall, I learned a lot about building an informational collection and how to become a Skype pro!

Spring/Summer

Caitlin Flanagan, Collection Development Intern (Rutgers University): During my Collection Development and Maintenance Internship with the ipl2, I evaluated site suggestions provided by patrons for inclusion in the ipl2. I created new metadata records for sources that met the ipl2's collection development policy using Hypatia. I reviewed and repaired broken links within the ipl2 site. I entered information for President Barack Obama and President James Buchanan to the Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Collection using Hypatia. I added articles, authors and journals to the Literary Criticism (LitCrit) Database and the Native American (NatAm) Database using File Maker Pro.

Susan Krall, Collection Development Intern (University of Pittsburgh): Working as a Collection Development Intern for the IPL2 allowed me to explore a variety of collection development activities. I evaluated patron website suggestions for inclusion in the IPL2 and created accurate metadata records in Hypatia for those that passed the evaluation process. I also performed collection maintenance by updating broken links and weeding inactive links as well as updating the metadata of existing records. I worked with the Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Collection and provided IPL2 resource information for an edition of the monthly IPL2 Newsletter.

Alexandre Pfundt, Digital Reference Service Intern (University of Pittsburgh): In addition to delivering expert reference assistance for the Ask an ipl2 Librarian service, Alex worked closely with the Reference Services Manager on revamping the student and volunteer training manual. Alex also used his professional background in communications and web-enabled systems to offer improvements to the QRC interface and develop better methods of connecting and collaborating with ipl2's many volunteers.


Winter

Shanna Hollich, Collection Development Intern (Rutgers University): Shanna worked with ipl2 main and special collections, primarily by adding new records, maintaining existing records, and evaluating/updating records' associated metadata, all in accordance with the ipl2 Collection Policy. She also did extensive work on the ipl2's POTUS collection, fixing and updating old/broken links as well as adding new content to the collection. She did similar work in the Science Fair, FARQ, Literary Criticism, and Native American special collections. She learned how to use a number of different database and record management systems, including Hypatia, QRC, and FileMaker Pro. Shanna started this internship not even knowing what "metadata" meant and, with the supportive guidance of the ipl2 staff, quickly learned valuable collection development, cataloging, and content analysis skills that should last her a lifetime.

Dan Pevear, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): Dan Pevear worked with the ipl2 collection by maintaining current records and updating their metatdata. He also evaluated new records using techniques learned from the ipl2 Collection Development Policy. Dan worked with both the LitCrit and NatAm collections using File Maker Pro to update metadata. He worked to resolve duplicate records left over from the IPL's merger with Librarians' Internet Index (LII). He also updated URL's for old Geocities records. Dan learned a great deal about evaluating web sources and creating meaningful records for them.


2009

Fall

Stephen Ellis, Collection Development Intern (University of Washington): Stephen spent most of his internship working with the various collections in Hypatia, although he also did some work with the Native American and Literary Criticism databases via QRC link checking. His time with IPL coincided with the transition to ipl2 and so the end of his internship was spent cleaning up loose ends in order to get ready for the merger. Yahoo's free web hosting service 'Geocities' was also closed down during this time and he enjoyed the internet sleuthing involved in finding out whether old IPL Geocities' sites now existed under different URLs. One of the benefits of the job was coming into contact with many interesting web pages and his work evaluating web technologies' sites significantly increased his own personal bookmarks collection. He's also thankful that this internship introduced him to using regular expressions to strip out and add characters to large blocks of text, a very useful skill. He noted that there are not many internships out there where you can gain experience in collection development, cataloging and subject analysis all at the same time!

Trena Taylor, Collection Development Intern (Drexel University): Working in the Internet Public Library's collection maintenance department goes on Trena's resume as her first library experience. She evaluated resources for inclusion in IPL's database, and evaluated, edited, and created metadata in Hypatia. She was particularly excited to have the opportunity to research and suggest a new subject heading for IPL. Also, her work with IPL gave Trena a valuable alternative perspective when one of her class assignments required her to answer "Ask an IPL Librarian" questions. For the class, she was searching IPL and the Internet for information, and through IPL, itself, she was contributing to the data that facilitated that pursuit of information.


Summer

Hope Thompson, Digital Reference Service Intern (Florida State University): As part of her weekly Reference Administration shift, Hope worked closely with the IPL community to sort the questions of patrons and add extra information that would be helpful to the volunteers. Additionally, she assisted in answering Rescue questions that were either past due or needed further attention.

Lindy Brown, Digital Reference Service Intern (Florida State University): In addition to working a Reference Administration shift once a week, Lindy worked through bounced questions to gather examples of "best answers" to serve as an educational guide for students and volunteers in the IPL. (The examples can be found in the IPL Learning Community wiki’s Answer Board). Additionally, she helped search for and collate applications to add to a collection -- to be added to the IPL in the future -- of web 2.0 technologies.

Tricia Burmeister, Collection Development Intern (University of Pittsburgh): Tricia Burmeister evaluated resources, edited metadata, checked links, and added new resources to the IPL. In addition to working regularly with the serials, newspapers, and general collections, she updated the Presidents of the United States (POTUS) collection, the German Ready Reference page, and the Native American Authors and Literary Criticism collections. She suggested changes to the subject hierarchy for Business, then selected and added new resources to the "Small Business and Entrepreneurship" and "Businesspeople" sections of the collection. In preparation for the integration of the Librarian’s Internet Index (LII) with the IPL, she analyzed LII newspaper subject headings and mapped them onto IPL headings and geographic codes. Tricia especially enjoyed using her HTML skills and writing abstracts for resources in many different subject areas.

Janis McKnight, Collection Development Intern (Florida State University): Janis McKnight, as a graduate student in the distance MLIS Program at Florida State University, had the pleasure of being a Digital Collections & Maintenance Intern under Michael Galloway. She learned many things during this internship about evaluating websites (web, blog, serials, and newspapers) and creating metadata; she even learned about all the translation sites to help evaluate web sites in another language. Once she had that down then, she started doing the fun stuff, checking broken links, working on inactivated records, link checking in QRC (the software used by the IPL to manage its online reference service), evaluating new websites and creating metadata, evaluating and updating existing metadata, combining duplicate records and consolidating their metadata together. For example, she combined 165 About.com records into one record. She added new authors and literature to the Native American and Literary Criticism collections and added 200 museum records to the Auxiliary collection. Finally she added new subject subheadings to the Kidspace and Teenspace collections for Virtual Field Trips and then went through the collection and added that subheading to the appropriate records. Overall it was a great experience, and she learned so much about evaluating web sites and creating and checking metadata. She even learned that mindless tasks (in moderation) can be very relaxing!

Lael Voeller, Digital Reference Service Intern (University of Washington): Lael worked with staff and volunteers to research and provide quality answers to the IPL patrons’ questions. Lael answered patron questions and also provided valuable input for others answering questions. She focused on answering the more difficult reference questions. Additionally, Lael updated the IPL calendar with International Independence Days and other National holidays from around the world, using both CultureGrams and the U.S State Department’s website to locate the international holidays.