SAA @ UCLA presents “UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor.” The Fields of Endeavor series introduces UCLA Library and Information Studies program graduates and current interns who are out in the field taking knowledge learned in the program and putting it to use! We are pleased to feature international intern Kylie Harris.
Kylie in Rome, during a research trip for the UN
Name: Kylie Harris
Graduation Year: 2013
MLIS Focus: Archival Studies
Job Title and Site: United Nations Internship at the Joint Inspection Unit: Archives and Records Management Evaluation in Geneva, Switzerland
What do you do all day?
It all depends on the day, but it could be anything from background research on the records and archives management policies of the different UN entities, designing questionnaires for the units responsible for archives and records management, building a survey on Survey Monkey for staff in all business units to determine actual records management practices, designing and completing tables to compare the different UN entities across a wide variety of archives and records management issues, drafting sections for the report, discussing the project with my supervisor, having team meetings with the Inspector, attending interviews with professionals in the field from the different UN entities, to going on mission with the team to conduct interviews in Rome, Paris, and Brussels.
Most frequent response when you tell people what you do:
When I tell people that I am studying library and information science, specializing in archives, they often respond by saying or asking, “Oh, how interesting…” (whilst looking quite uninterested) or, “So what do you do exactly??” or, “What made you decide to do that??” When I tell people from California about the internship in Geneva they often express excitement and surprise, but when I tell people in Geneva about my internship at the UN they just say “Oh okay, cool” or something like that. So many people in Geneva work for international organizations that to them it’s no big deal.
Most interesting item, record, document, etc. you have come across:
It may seem boring, but for me the most interesting document I worked with was the archives and records management policy document for the UN Secretariat (called the ST/SGB/2007/5). It wasn’t interesting because it’s a great or influential document, but exactly the opposite. Continue reading