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Alexandra Bernson

I am a student in the online archives management program while working at a certain Massachusetts-based database company full time (I bet you all know which one). I'm especially interested in archives and special collections, digitizing collections, and libraries in their communities. I currently live in the North End, Boston, where it is very easy to lose one's self in the historic atmosphere and the smell of garlic and olive oil while literally getting lost in the tangle of streets and brick buildings. While I was born here in Boston, my father was in the Navy and my family has lived all over the world. Now I've returned and I'm trying to earn back my New England street cred. I've already caught myself rounding out my vowels and slurring my "r"s a few times, but I still can't drink iced coffee during the winter.


Entries by Alexandra Bernson

  • NDSR Residencies and Digital Repositories
    Yesterday I had the opportunity of attending the NDSR Mid-Year Event, where NDSR Residents gave presentations regarding the progress of their projects at their host institutions. If you are like me and know nothing about this program, you would be...
  • Flash to 502
    Last Saturday I showed up to the Concord Free Public Library ten minutes late, pumped full of adrenaline, wet from the rain, and clutching a Dunkin Donuts coffee and old-fashioned donut. It wasn't necessarily how I wanted to start my...
  • Dreaming of December Reading
    While free time and sleep are definitely high on my list of "Things I can't wait to have once this semester is over," the top of that list is "reading for pleasure." I've been trying to sneak books in during...
  • Walk the Walk (on Commonwealth)
    Last week I somehow caught laryngitis. To my memory, I have never been that sick in my entire life. I was sleeping 20 hours a day, quarantined to my little apartment, voiceless and surviving on canned soup, white rice, and...
  • Thank you, Boston! - Boston Calling September 2015
    Between a full-time job, a part-time job, and graduate school, I don't have much time for vacations. So this weekend at Boston Calling, a music festival at Government Center, I decided it was time for a little three-day holiday. Throwing...
  • Here Comes the Sales Pitch
    If American libraries and archives were a business, I might just be their best salesman. Not that I'm a particularly good salesman and not that I'm actually making any money for it. But I find myself talking about libraries and...
  • Happy Birthday Trebek: An Ode to Trivia
    Wednesday, July 22nd was a very important day because it concerns a very important man... at least for me. It is the day that Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, turned 75 years old. The first person I knew who was...
  • Summertime Panic
    As an online student, it is difficult to connect with one's professors or fellow students on a regular basis. Certainly in this day and age there are so many ways to reach out to someone - email, social media, Moodle...
  • Awful Library Books at the BPL
    Rogue librarianship. That's what I discovered this past week and it was glorious. I recently had the good fortune to meet a librarian who is subject to scandal in the funniest way possible. While I won't share the librarian's name...
  • It's official! I work in a library!
    Okay, well, I'm technically a library clerk, and a part-time one at that. But still, it's a start! I started my first shift at the Boston Architectural College tonight and I am extremely excited to sit in their high stools...
  • Love in (or Lovin') the Archives
    I've been thinking about the phrase "I have a lot on my plate" lately. It seems like if my schedule were this figurative plate, it would look like I just left an all-you-can-eat buffet. In the last week I have...
  • Ancestors & Acquisitions - My Genealogical Internship
    There is such a difference between learning the theory behind everything we study here and actually putting those theories to good use. As I am currently enrolled in LIS438 (Introduction to Archives), I have the fortune of spending a few...
  • Book Recommendation: The Map Thief
    Despite cancelled classes due to Boston's clearly insane weather system, I'm sure all of you are deep into your classes and the last thing you need is a book recommendation. But I would be amiss if I did not share...
  • Just in time for the holidays - Volunteering at PBP
    I love volunteering, but I never know what exactly I can do. I know I'm not qualified to be building anything, or cooking anything in mass quantities. But recently, a fellow classmate advertised the opportunity to volunteer at the Prison...
  • Local Bookstore of the Week
    Like the good librarian stereotype that I am, I left my two cats to visit David'sTEA (probably while wearing a cardigan) last Saturday when I stumbled upon Commonwealth Books in downtown Boston. Right off the Freedom Trail, between the Old...
  • Sweatpants and lovin' it
    I made it through high school without drinking coffee. Despite all of my friends running to Starbucks after school (but before theatre rehearsal), I only developed an addiction to the little packets of honey. I thought I was being sneaky,...
  • The Librarians - Coming to a television near you!
    Often librarians in pop culture are reduced to over-sexualized stereotypes in low tops and glasses, so I can't help but be excited about librarian portrayals that don't fall into this category. Throw in some corny fantasy and I am completely...
  • #LibrariansReadComics
    Ever since I picked up my first comic book, the possibility of one day visiting Comic Con was the goal. Middle School Alex would probably be rather disappointed in her current day counterpart with regard to my nerd cred: I...
  • John Singer Sargent is my jam, but so are weekend SLIS events!
    As an online student working full time in the Greater Boston area, it is very difficult to participate in the multitude of SLIS social gatherings. Whether it is a lecture, a coffee meet-up, or happy hour, these events always seem...
  • Is this meme making me a hypochondriac?
    "The library is a hospital for the mind." A friend shared this meme on Facebook this weekend and predictably tagged me, his library student friend, in the post (he also tags me in anything at all Game of Thrones...
  • Hey You! Take a Break!
    Even though we are barely a month into the semester, I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed. This post might be a bit premature for some of you reading this blog, but as an online student working full time and...
  • A Day in the Life
    As a first semester MLIS student, I would be the first to tell you that I don't have much experience with archival work. Aside from volunteering in public libraries and a brief stint as a shelver in college, my only...