Intern, Napa Valley Wine Library Collection
George & Elsie Wood Public Library, Saint Helena
This October, Megan Jones undertook a three-month internship at the George & Elsie Wood Public Library (SHPL) in order to develop a general plan for archival materials in its Napa Valley Wine Library Collection in general and its audio and VHS tapes, in particular. The tapes must be digitized now, before they self-destruct. Meganâ’s internship is funded by the NVWLA Preservation Initiative and overseen by Bobbie Vierra, SHPL reference librarian and Technical Services Supervisor.
While in high school, during the summer Megan helped out at Napa Public Library with shelving books and other tasks. After graduating from UC San Diego, Megan interned at Napa County Historical Society, in the Goodman Building in Napa. (When asked about the recent earthquake, Megan said the stone building is still closed to the public although it suffered no structural damage. Sadly, its decorative portico is deemed unsafe, the parapet menacing; the collections, however, are fine.) Then while studying for her library degree, Megan started work at SHPL as an assistant in programs and marketing. NVWLA is delighted to have her at work developing a plan for the NVWL archives.
Megan was trained as an archivist and librarian by San Jose State, as she completed her degree in library and information science and management of archives and records (MLIS). And, more importantly, Megan says she likes working with historical items. She says still photographs, especially those with information on their backs, are currently very popular to use in research.
She defines “archival” as anything anyone wishes to have preserved for any length of time. It need not be old. In the context of the history of Napa Valley‘s wine community, materials from the 1960‘s or 1990‘s are very important and desirable to keep. Megan says her first priority is to define the scope of the collection. Then she can shape recommendations for cataloguing the collection (which presently is listed only by donor); the sorting and weeding of its contents; a coherent storage plan; and the best methods for access both at the library and on-line.