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Introducing our Spring 2018 University Archives and Special Collections Interns

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A Q & A with our Spring 2018 University Archives and Special Collections Interns; Jaime Cornejo, Caralou Rosen, and Scherly Virgill!


Jaime Cornejo

Jaime Cornejo

What is your name and student job title?

Jaime Cornejo, University Archives and Special Collections Intern.

In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?

University Archives and Special Collections.

What is your student job in a nutshell?

Processing and describing collections and cataloging in ArchivesSpace.

What are you working on right now?

Rotary Club of Fullerton collection.

How long have you been at the Pollak Library?

Since January 27, 2018.

Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?

None, but I would love to work for Cal State Fullerton.

Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?

The United Daughters of the Confederacy and War Memorabilia Collections, which I re-processed and cataloged this semester.

What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?

I received a Master of Arts in History at California State University, Fullerton and currently enrolled in the MLIS program at San Jose State University. My intended date of completion for MLIS is Spring 2019. I will finish all my coursework in December, 2018 and take my E-Portfolio Spring of 2019.

What career/s are you interested in?

I am interested in becoming an Academic Librarian/Archivist and teaching at the academic level. I currently work at two public libraries and have done two internships with academic and public archives. After the MLIS program I want to pursue a Ph.D in Military History.

Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?

Yes, my student work in University Archives and Special Collections has introduced me to the academic realm. Prior to this internship I did another internship for my M.A. in history at the Santa Ana History Room and Norco Archives.

What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?

My passions outside of work and school are research, history conferences, paleontology digs, and my research through the National Archives of former British colonies – with an emphasis in New Zealand and Australian military histories.

What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?

I own War Plan Red: The United States’ Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada’s Secret Plan to Invade the United States by Kevin Lippert. This is truly one of my favorite books of all time. The mere fact that this war plan exists in both the United States and Canada is simply astonishing. My favorite section is towards the end of the book where the author provides current information about President Obama and his take on War Plan Red.

 

Caralou Rosen

Caralou Rosen

What is your name and student job title?

My name is Caralou Rosen and I’m an intern in Special Collections.

In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?

I am currently finishing my internship in Special Collection.

What is your student job in a nutshell?

Processing Collections and helping in the archives.

What are you working on right now?

The Gus Koehler Comic Book Collection

How long have you been at the Pollak Library?

Spring 2018 Semester

Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?

I was a Graduate Assistant and SA in the Department of History.

Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?

The exhibit on underground comics. It was a lot of research, but it was quite fun to complete.

What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?

I am a graduate student in the Department of History. I am currently finishing my thesis in Anglo-Iranian Relations. I will graduate in Summer 2018.

What career/s are you interested in?

I would like to get my PH.D in Modern British History or a Master’s degree in Library Science.

Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?

Yes, it has helped me develop my research skills and provided some great experiences.

What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?

Collecting comics, reading, running, cooking, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, and many other things.

What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?

I finished Adam Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts and Todd Strasser’s The Wave. I am currently reading David Gilmour’s Curzon: Imperial Statesman.

 

Scherly VirgillScherly Virgill

What is your name and student job title?

Scherly Virgill, Special Collections intern.

In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?

You can find me at the University Archives & Special Collections, third floor of the Pollak Library.

What is your student job in a nutshell?

My contribution to Special Collections is to reprocess and update the Cameron Stewart Collection (CSC) about the Spanish Civil War and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. More excitingly, I get to advise students enrolled in HIST 435C (The Spanish Civil War) in the use of primary sources.

What are you working on right now?

Aside from assisting students with their research papers, I’m now processing the Cameron Stewart collection into ArchivesSpace.

How long have you been at the Pollak Library?

This is my second semester working for the University Archives & Special Collections. Time goes by fast when you’re having fun!

Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?

In 2016, I participated in the Women, Politics, and Activism Oral History Project for The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History. It was a great experience.

Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?

So far, helping and seeing students use the Cameron Stewart Collection has been very rewarding.

What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?

I’m a graduate student working on my M.A. in History. I’ll be completing my program in Fall 2018.

What career/s are you interested in?

I want to continue my work documenting the lives of the Afro-descendant communities in Central America.

Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?

The training and guidance received by my supervisor Patricia Prestinary while working on the Stewart collection is and will be fundamental to my future endeavors.

What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?

My passion is to be around my two sons. My interest is learning everything about the production and making of coffee.

What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?

Isabel Allende, In the Midst of Winter.

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