News: Summer 2011 internship in Italy
I am currently on a working vacation in Italy, reprising my role as consultant and intern for a nonprofit organization (NIAUSI) focused on cultural exchange and architecture in Seattle and Italy.
Last summer (2010), I supervised a group of three other interns as we (physically and conceptually) organized about 2,500 books, and structured, translated, and recorded metadata for them over the course of a month. The purpose of the project was to increase access and usability for the fellows and visitors who use the facility, as well as for the retired architect who owns the books, and has lived in Civita for several decades. I wrote a bit in anticipation of and reflection on this experience at the time.
This go around, I am creating guidelines and a labeling system for the library, which I and my two assistants for the month will then begin to implement to improve ease of use. In addition, we will be finishing an inventory of other materials at the site, including slides, architectural drawings, sketches, personal correspondence, and official documents, in preparation for making some best practices recommendations for the collections as a whole.
For a fuller discussion of this project, see my portfolio and this page; for a more informal picture of this process and (predominantly) my experiences in Civita, feel free to glance at my travel blog.