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Website Launch and Other Odds and Ends

 Last week at my cataloging internship at the American Archive for Public Broadcasting (AAPB) at WGBH Boston, our website launched and went live. This has been a long time coming and many, many people worked very hard to make this happen, so I wanted to take a minute and share it with you. Understandably, we had a party at lunch. I basically only ate cake and powered through the afternoon on a sugar high from the excellent buttercream frosting. Here's a link to the AAPB, so you can see the results and learn more about the project I'm working on:

This week was busy, but I managed to break my routine a few times. First on Tuesday, I went to happy hour at a near by bar called the Squealing Pig. The event was sponsored by the SLIS Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSSA), and there was all sorts of good food and good company. It was a nice mid-week break. Later in the week, I had an interview for an audiovisual digitization internship at a local cultural heritage institution. It's two days a week over the summer, and I hope I get it, but I won't know for a little while. Fingers crossed! The other three days of the week, I would continue to work at Snell Library at Northeastern University. Plus, I'm taking a full course load, so I'm definitely not worried about being bored. Actually, I'm really excited and grateful that I'm finally at a point where I could potentially have full-time LIS employment (even if it is two part-time jobs).

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The Myth of Spring Break

Only after experiencing this week, the first week back at SLIS after Spring Break, can I now fully express why Spring Break is a myth. As an adult in graduate school, I was not expecting beaches and cocktails with umbrellas in them, but I was looking forward to some sort of respite.

Here's why that didn't happen:

  1. Boston broke the record for most snow in a winter that week. And then the weather was great long enough for me to wear non-construction worker boots for all of a day for the first time in months before I had to ditch the cute shoes.
  2. All of my friends were either out of town or took a five-day short course on corporate library management, so I couldn't really socialize with anyone.
  3. I still had to go to work and my internship.
  4. I had a paper due over the break for one class and another group assignment due two days after.
  5. Everyone acted like I should have been very rested and refreshed this week, when the only difference between the two weeks was that I did not have to go to the only class I have in person on the main campus. So basically, I had a four-hour Spring Break. But I'm not complaining, because I got to sleep in, so it was a great four hours.

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First Fridays

My friends and I have a sort of tradition, though I don't know if that's really the proper word. Maybe it's habit or ritual or pattern. Anyway, I'm talking about how we always congregate monthly at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) for its "First Fridays" event, which happens on the evening of --you guessed it-- the first Friday of every month. We do this for many reasons. First of all, the MFA is beautiful, and it's a completely different experience seeing it lit up at night. It's also only about two blocks from the main campus, so the location is convenient. Additionally, we all get in for free with our Simmons student IDs. (This is also true at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is literally right next door.)

Just to reiterate: We have an amazing museum nearby open late with plenty to explore and free admission. If those aren't enough reasons to go, the event also sells drinks for a reasonable price (rare in Boston) and has a tasty assortment of light snacks. On top of that, a deejay spins music, which people more inclined (or intoxicated) than I am to dance seem to enjoy. All of this serves as the backdrop for a night when my friends and I catch up and forget about pressing assignments.

So if you're ever in the neighborhood when the event is happening, feel free to join us. We're the slightly tipsy, nerdy, dressed down patrons huddled together walking room to room either in awe of the artwork or making snarky, elitist jokes about it (which incidentally is a great way to blow off steam).


A view of First Friday from the third floor of the MFA. Photo by Samantha Quiñon. All rights reserved 2015.

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