Internship – Week 7

As part of the coursework, interns have to keep a weekly journal of our experiences. Blog entries are acceptable and I thought this would be a great way to keep everyone updated on my library activities at the Lilly Library!

October 5 – 9

Monday, October 5th (3 hours):
Today I worked for a while as reading room reference assistant. There’s an undergrad class coming in throughout the next two weeks to look at primary materials for a project; I’m there to help get the materials and assistant the regular reading room attendant. I will be teaching a treasures class on Wednesday so the majority of my time was spent creating a “cheat sheet” of notes. I know some of the treasures, but not all 15. Creating this document was more a matter of looking at past class notes and copy/pasting into a new document. Not too difficult, but very time consuming.

Wednesday, October 7th (3 hours):
I taught another class! Today was a class introducing the Lilly to some students, so we shared some of our treasures with the group.The class was supposed to be 50 minutes, but they showed up a little late so I only had ~30 minutes to explain 15 items. This class was much easier to teach because a)I’ve seen these materials before b)it wasn’t purely academic. This was “showing off,” in a way. It’s much easier to excited over materials that you’ve seen before. I still had my notes to remind me dates and a few other particulars, but on the whole I could just talk. I related how this primary sources can be used in everyday studies – I wanted to make these rare and precious treasures feel more accessible. We are a library(!) – the materials should be accessible. A few visitors wandered in at the end of class and I told them about the materials too. They just happened to catch me before I put away these great objects and got to hear about them all in one place. Hopefully, I left a good impression of the Lilly in their minds! Lastly, I worked on reference questions: one about correspondence in the Orson Welles collection with Duke Ellington.

Poe first editions from the Lilly Library (@IULillyLibrary tweet)
Poe first editions from the Lilly Library (@IULillyLibrary tweet)

Bonus: On this day in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died… and James Whitcomb Riley was born!

Friday, October 9th (4 hours):
I spent the early part of this shift compiling a list of works for a Lutheran Bible study group. I want to get experience selecting materials and researching them; get the entire teaching experience. We have some very cool religious materials here at the Lilly and I’m excited to compile a new list. Rebecca even said that some of the materials could be used for a school group attending later in the semester. Rebecca and I met to have a mid-term discussion. We basically just reviewed the jobs that I have been doing, removed some jobs from our original goal’s list, and discussed what we want to do for the rest of the semester. I’ll probably upload that information to the Intern website this weekend. I spent some time as the Reading Room attendant, wearing the pager, retrieving materials. I routed some of the books from the Alice in Wonderland exhibit; and finally I helped shelve some materials in the vault.


Day 17: Touch of Evil

Sunday, July 12, 2015
I had the intention of visiting Borough Market and a few other libraries today, but guess what?! It’s Sunday! Things are closed on Sunday!

I feel silly for not remembering, but alas, I still had a fun day.

It started off this morning with the intention of finding a book. Our class is leaving tomorrow morning for Edinburgh, Scotland and it will be a 12 hour bus ride… it’s going to be a looooong day… I should be fine for the length of it (I did drum corps for goodness sakes!), but thus my reasons for preparing today.

The past two weeks I’ve noticed a book stall under the Waterloo Bridge and decided to start my search there.

Books! (via K. Emmons)
Books! (via K. Emmons)

Success! All are second-hand books, which is perfect for my intentions! I found a bargain book to keep me entertained for the duration of the trip (hopefully I don’t finish it before the trip even begins).

Once purchased, I went in search of a nice café to have an almond croissant. Another success! Le Pain Quotidien was nearby, next to the Southbank Center. Visit my Food page to see the flaky triumph! I also managed to get a GIGANTIC latte to wash it down with. Utter bliss!

Walking home, I decided to stop in at the British Film Institute (they have an archive, by the way) and inquire about showings for the afternoon. The BFI is having a session on Orson Welles, whom I’ve recently becoming acquainted. The Lilly Library, where I work and go to class, has a great collection of Orson Welles materials, paper and otherwise. I’ve gotten to hold the Oscar he won for Best Original Screenplay for Citizen Kane!

Indiana University hosted a Centennial Celebration this past spring where the IU Cinema, the Lilly Library, the Media School, and others participated in showcasing this man of great talent. I saw Citizen Kane two months ago and thought today was the perfect day to see another movie!

Dramatic film noir poster! (via
Dramatic film noir poster! (via

Touch of Evil sounded like the perfect choice for such a grey afternoon.

I walked into the theater half an hour early and this is what greeted me:

Welcome... to the THEATER (via K. Emmons)
Welcome… to the THEATER (via K. Emmons)


It’s so perfect! This is the epitome of a film theater in my mind. There was uplighting, red curtains, rows of plush, red velvet seating…

Plush, red velvet chairs (via K. Emmons)
Plush, red velvet chairs (via K. Emmons)

It was soooo comfortable. Now, here’s the synopsis provided for the film:


I really enjoyed the movie. It was presented the way Welles most likely intended and not the way the production company originally aired it. The Lilly Library got a mention in the credits too for supporting the person who remixed the scenes!

Also – beautiful people are beautiful.

Marlene Dietrich (via
Marlene Dietrich (via
Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh (via
Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh (via
Charlton Heston (via
Charlton Heston (via

I should watch more early films. There’s nothing quite like them…

Anywho – tomorrow will be our bus trip to Edinburgh. The rest of the week is a little up in the air on if I’ll have computer access to create blog posts. I guess we’ll have to see!

On to Day 18!