Our next volunteer spotlight is an interview with Polina Vynogradova from Middelburg, the Netherlands. Polina comes from Ukraine and is currently a student at the University College Roosevelt.
(Dickinson State University professor Dr. Eric Brevik recently visited the Netherlands and met Polina. He will be discussing his trip in a future blog post.)
What motivated you to become a Theodore Roosevelt Center digital library volunteer?
It was part of an academic internship offered at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands.
What has been your favorite part of volunteering?
I enjoyed writing a paper about Theodore Roosevelt. I used some information that I found in letters through the cataloging system while I was doing research on the topic Theodore Roosevelt and the Russo-Japanese War.
Telegram from Herbert H. D. Peirce to Theodore Roosevelt, August 29, 1905. From the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
What has been the most challenging part of volunteering?
Finding appropriate FAST headings [while entering subject headings in each document’s record.]
Tell me about your favorite “discovery” while cataloging…
I am surprisingly good at cataloging, or at least I would like to believe so.
What advice would you give to a future Theodore Roosevelt Center digital library volunteer?
Communicate with other volunteers. You can become part of a big community, share your experience and simply have fun.
The Theodore Roosevelt Center staff would like to thank Polina for her volunteer work throughout her internship. We welcome everyone to learn more about the Theodore Roosevelt Center’s digital library volunteers and the Roosevelt Study Center.