In June and July at the APRL the library was especially pleased to welcome Aristide LaVey as a library intern. Aristide is currently a Master of Library and Information Science student at the University of Rhode Island. Previously he was an undergraduate and graduate in art history and Russian Studies.
Back in May, Aristide contacted Marian Mills, APRL Technical Services Manager, about the possibility of doing a two month internship at the APRL through the ASEEES Internship Grant Program. Aristide arrived in June to begin the internship and immediately became a welcome part of the library team. Fluent in Russian, he took on a number of tasks greatly benefitting the library.
Among the many projects he accomplished in his two month stay were processing and cataloging Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet print and electronic resources; weeding and updating online catalog records for 29 Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet serials; providing assistance for Russian-related reference research requests; researching and suggesting updates to the APRL Manual of Philatelic Headings for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Carpatho-Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Empire, Russian Federation, Soviet Union, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan; and finally, indexing articles for several Russian journals, among them the Ukranian Philatelist.
Finally, Aristide created and completed a template for processing and cataloging Russian and Ukrainian resources utilizing original and copy cataloging skills. This template will assist the library in the future with processing, cataloging and organizing materials in these subject areas.
In all, Aristide provided almost 230 hours of library service during his internship and we wish Aristide all the best with his career and his future in librarianship.