At the start of the tour we had a quick discussion about the reading room and the various steps it takes for scholars to access material. In understanding how the library manages their holdings, we later proceeded our way down to the stacks area, where we came across the all-too-familiar archival boxes. What was a real treat to witness was the photo lab, which the library utilizes to take photographs of material for either publication purposes or research requests. What was even more interesting than the photo lab itself was something archivists don’t necessarily get to do very often in our line of work: conservation. Within the conservation lab we witnessed a really high-tech facility and further discussed the implications of conservation in archives.
All in all, I truly enjoyed this experience, as it was also an opportunity to connect with fellow classmates! We hardly ever get the opportunity to meet outside of our usual online setting, so it was a tremendous pleasure to meet a few of my classmates in person.