Virginia graduates!

Our graduate student assistant of two years, Virginia Blake, is graduating this Friday, May 6th, with her Master of Library and Information Science!!  In honor of her graduation, I thought we should take a trip down memory lane and look in at some of the things she has accomplished here…

Virginia, Gabby, and Debbie inventorying a large incoming collection at our old Pearle Warehouse.

Virginia has inventoried, arranged, and described MANY collections for us.  She worked on the papers of Bud Ferillo, Mary Kelly, and the League of Women Voters, all of which are open for research.  She has also worked on the papers of Grady Patterson, Edward Hull, John Spratt, Joe Wilson, and more.

Virginia removing an award from a frame

During the 2009-2010 school year, she also helped me organize just about everything under the sun in our old warehouse to prepare for our move to the new Hollings Library.  She worked with oversized material, scrapbooks, framed items, banners, you name it…along with helping to inventory and double-check the condition of countless collections.  She even helped take apart many items, as pictured here.  A lot of “destruction” activities go on at our warehouse.  You’d be surprised, I think.


It hasn’t been all hard work, though. We like to kick back and relax occasionally…


Virginia, Debbie, and Laura at Debbie’s farewell gathering in 2010





Dorothy, Virginia, and Allison at the South Carolina State Fair in 2009




Virginia and a hula hoop at our 2009 Hawaiian Day celebration.


We’re thrilled that Virginia will be returning to us next week to start her duties as temporary staff member while she job hunts.  Congrats on your graduation, Virginia!  And thank you for all the good work and good humor you’ve brought to us these last 2 years.

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