Flying over the National Mall,  © Kimberly Jackson, 2015


Photo credit: Library of Congress, 2015

Just a few weeks after graduating from the University of Hawai‘i with an MLISc and a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation, I moved to Washington, D.C. and began work as the Preservation Digital Technology Intern at the Library of Congress in the Preservation and Reformatting Division under the Preservation Directorate.

In the last few weeks, I have gained experience in investigating and executing digital reformatting techniques and technologies for media relevant to ongoing and new Preservation Reformatting Division projects. This includes work in brittle books reformatting, forensic data extraction and archiving as well as studying and revising the existing workflows, which support the projects and activities of the Division. This internship in the world’s largest archives is an unparalleled chance to gain professional experience with mass digitization, preservation, conservation, database building and streamlining workflows.

“We are very proud of [her] being selected by the Library of Congress,” wrote Dr. Andrew Wertheimer, who coordinates the LIS program’s Archival Certificate Program…Kimberly has been a leader in the program, and is always trying to find new ways of experimenting with technology in order to serve cultural heritage institutions. We are sure that the Library of Congress will offer her new challenges and opportunities, and that it will be a transformative experience in her dynamic career.”

I was fortunate to be granted the 2015 Hawai‘i Library Association and the 2015 Beta Phi Mu scholarships, funds which were used to help me in this endeavor. Throughout the summer, I will also be taking time to explore the city and its rich history by visiting national monuments, historic sites, attending lectures and talks offered at the Library of Congress, attending tours and meetings with related LC Divisions.

For the duration of my internship, I collaborated with staff in investigating and executing digital reformatting techniques and technologies for media relevant to ongoing and new Preservation Reformatting Division projects. This included brittle books reformatting and deaccessioning, streamlining workflows in Visio, reformatting all obsolete media through the Forensic Recovery of Evidence (F.R.E.D.) system using Forensic Toolkit (FTK) and bagging for ingest using Bagit, and editing master record entries in Voyager using MARC. My internship ended in the completion of a streamlined process, which was outlined in a Tangible Media Project Guide, which was then presented and distributed to PRD staff for future use and training.

Readings Assigned by LC Supervisor
  1. Ascher, Marcia. Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas. Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole Pub., 1991.
  2. Casey, Eoghan. Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation. London: Academic, 2010.
  3. Chan, Lois Mai, and Theodora Hodges. Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
  4. Diener, Chris. Using Choice Modeling to Supercharge Your Business: Know What Your Customer Wants, Know What You Can Do about It : The Essential Non-technical Guide to Choice Modeling, Its Benefits and Applications.
  5. Elkington, Nancy E. RLG Preservation Microfilming Handbook. Mountain View, CA: Research Libraries Group, 1992.
  6. Kilty, Jennifer M. Demarginalizing Voices. UBC Press, 2014.
  7. Leavy, Patricia. The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research. 2014.
  8. Lupovici, Catherine, and Julien S. Metadata for the Long Term Preservation of Electronic Publications. The Hague: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 2000.
  9. McQuarrie, Edward F. The Market Research Toolbox: A Concise Guide for Beginners. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1996.
  10. Silver, Bruce. BPMN Method and Style. Aptos, CA: Cody-Cassidy Press, 2009.
  11. Steedman, Carolyn. Dust: The Archive and Cultural History. [Repr.] ed. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
  12. Tillett, Barbara B. What Is FRBR?: A Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 2003.