In 2014 I graduated from the Pratt Institute's Library and Information Science program with an M.S.L.I.S. and an advanced certificate in Archives. I’m currently working as a reference archivist at the Brooklyn Public Library, where I work with rare books, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps and atlases, illustrations and ephemera in a department that specializes in the history of Brooklyn.
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. I loved working hands-on with the collection; it was a turning point in my relationship with objects, images and “old stuff.” The classes offered at Moore allowed me to explore photography in my own way, taking on projects tailored to my interests and questions. My photo work and class readings really helped build a foundation that shaped the unique perspective I bring to the collections I work with.
My advice to Moore students is don’t be afraid to try something new, 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 could take me. The city has so much to offer. Make sure you’re taking advantage of it.