I am currently employed at the Frick Art Reference Library in New York City as a scan technician in the conservation department. I help digitize rare and fragile books. I love being part of the process that preserves this amazing collection. I’m also earning a masters degree in Library and Information Science at the Pratt Institute, with a focus on archives and special collections.
My internship was one of the most important things I did during my time at Moore. I interned at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Print and Picture Collection, working with 19th century glass plate negatives and prints. It opened my eyes to a career that I didn’t even know existed. As a photography student, my classes in traditional, digital and alternative process photography gave me a unique perspective on the collections I was working with. In addition, Moore’s commitment to exposing students to the latest technology and equipment really gave me an advantage. I entered my internship, and later my career with a real understanding of the digitization process as it applies to images.
My advice, to Moore students would be to try everything, even if it’s outside your comfort zone. A last minute internship changed the course of my career, and opened my eyes to the alternative paths photography & digital arts could take me. Explore all of your options, and don’t underestimate the skills you have earned.