I really dig the library where I am doing my practicum. For those of you who don't know, I graduate in August but in order for that to happen I have to intern (sort of) at an archive or special library, since I NEVER want to work in a public library...and had to have some sort of library experience.
Anyhoo, I'm interning at this special library and am really enjoying it. The collection is pretty neat, they have books from the 160o's, old suffragette papers, Billy Ireland cartoons from the 1910's and loads of other cool stuff.
One of the interesting things about this place is that they focus solely on writers who are native Ohioans or have lived in the state for a significant portion of their lives...oh yea and if they write something about Ohio. So that means in their collection they have things from awesome authors, composers, and illustrators. These include Toni Morrison, Gloria Steinem, and my favorite poet of all time Nikki Giovanni. What's awesome about all of this you might ask? Sometimes I get to talk to these people on the phone. I've already spoken with two very cool people, one was nice the other was sort of a dick...but it was still great!
The other awesome thing about this place is that I have access to papers with author's signatures on them, original manuscripts with corrections in their own handwriting, and the topper is that I have access to their home addresses and personal email accounts. Stop! I know that sounds completely creepy and stalker-ish but I do not mean it like that. It's interesting to see where they live and if they live in Columbus to have a general idea in the city of where they are. It's all very cool...now if only I could get them to offer me a job ;)