Thank You to Collections Intern & Public Services Assistant for Summer 2009

Recent University of Minnesota graduates Addie Mrosla and Ann Brigl contributed during summer 2009 to the IHRC as a collections intern and public services student assistant, respectively.

Addie Mrosla volunteered as a summer intern while preparing for coursework this fall in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee master of library science program. Ann Brigl assisted researchers and visitors to the IHRC as public services assistant during the summer semester. She was admitted to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and entered the doctoral program in fall 2009.

Addie Mrosla's internship was supervised by Halyna Myroniuk and Daniel Necas, and she assisted with processing print and archival materials from May 26 to September 3. Addie helped to complete the final portion of the IHRC's multi-year "Current Newspaper Cataloging Project" in May 2009. She also accessioned and performed data entry of Ukrainian newspapers and periodicals on microfilm, doing "an exceptional job" at the detailed recordkeeping of materials in Ukrainian and English, according to Halyna Myroniuk.

She completed a series of archival studies and special collections theoretical readings as part of her internship, coordinated by Haven Hawley. Daniel Necas trained Addie in archival procedures, allowing her to process the John Krawiec Papers in the Polish American Collection.

Ann Brigl staffed the front desk during the summer semester, registering patrons and assisting with collections searches through the IHRC's online finding aids and online resources. She researched a variety of immigrant groups in COLLAGE, the IHRC's online digital images database.

Ann prepared materials for and assisted Haven Hawley with a presentation on Minnesota immigration history to 100 fourth-grade students in Edina during the summer. She spoke to the students about her Norwegian heritage and prepared a curricular component for teaching about ethnic identity, which will soon be posted as a K-12 Educator Resource on the IHRC website.

Congratulations to both Addie and Ann, and best wishes on your graduate school work!