Good-bye Mark!

Mark with SCPC staff

L-R, Mark, Laura, Dorothy, Herb, Kate (Lori taking picture!)

Our graduate summer intern, Mark Firmin, said good-bye yesterday, his whirlwind 5 weeks with us coming to a close.  Mark came to us from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.

During his time here, Mark completed a digitization project, “Robert McNair: In His Own Words.”  He got to experience the joys and sorrows, the highs and lows, of pulling together a coherent set of documents, scanning all of them, writing a lot of good description for each (metadata!), and communing with CONTENTdm as he uploaded all the documents for the world to see. When his efforts go live in a couple of weeks, I’ll announce it here.

Mark in SCPC

Mark at his desk in the SCPC processing room

Mark did a wonderful job for us.  His attention to detail and good scholarship will be immediately evident when people look at the finished product. He was a pleasure to have around our office–hardworking, of course, and always with a smile.  He also brought us good luck, as he arrived right when the Gamecocks were playing in the NCAA Baseball Regionals and was here when they won the National Championship a week ago. Not relevant to his work, I know, but important nonetheless.

Mark at his computer in Digital Collections

Mark at his digitization station in the Digital Collections department

Funding for Mark’s internship was made possible through the Schuyler L. and Yvonne Moore Endowment. Every summer, SCPC welcomes a paid intern from an out-of-state graduate archival program. If you’d like to think ahead to next spring, we’ll be welcoming more applications at that time!

–contributed by Lori Schwartz

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