Hi all, I am Carl Nelson, I hope your day is going great and you enjoy this post! First off, if you have chance to work in the Archives, do it. Our boss, Lisa Sjoberg, is an angel and just a great boss to work for. She is so understanding of our schedules, she gives you challenging and rewarding work tasks, (which may sound like something a person may not want to do for a campus job, but it is nice knowing that what you're doing something everyone else may not necessarily be able to do) and she is an angel. (whoops did I say that already?)
I love my story of how I ended up in this wonderful place called the Archives. This past summer (2013) I had been doing a job that just did not suit me well. One of my roommates, Nate LaCombe, who was and still is working at the Archives told me to talk to Lisa about a possible job opportunity. I met her once and she decided to offer me a job for at least short term, since some other workers were coming back and she was not sure about having enough space to keep me. I jumped at this opportunity, even if it was only short term. I could at least spend that time trying to find a job that better suited me than the one that I started out doing that summer. The month flew by and I was sad to leave this wonderful place, but some random events occurred involving one of the employees not being able to come back for the rest of the summer. When Lisa asked if I would like to stay, I was grateful for the chance to stay at this awesome place and ended up working here the rest of the summer and now into the school year. It will almost be a year now from when I started here! Time flies!
I am currently working on a project with my bro Adam Nelson. We are doing some demographic research on Alumni of their hometowns for all the years ending in "1" (1891, 1901, 1911, etc.) and counting how many students are from each town. It is pretty enjoyable to see exactly where Concordia's students are coming from and how far some of them are from Moorhead! A few other running jobs (jobs that never end) are relabeling folders and boxes in the record room and entering video cassette tapes into the database so they can be searched by the students and found easier. A project that I had just finished before this demographic research was a patron form database for the Archives that was previously just written down in a binder. It is a database that as patrons come in searching for something, an Archivist can enter what exactly they were searching for, how long it took to help them, what date it was, etc. Lisa and I hope this will be able to streamline the process and put all this data to good use. We are still deciding how it should be implemented and such, but I am pretty excited about the possibilities it will give us!
Whenever you are on the fourth floor of the Library, do not be afraid to stop in a say hello! All the workers here are so friendly and it is just a great atmosphere to be in! I am so thankful that Lisa gave me the opportunity to work here last summer, it has been a blast. See ya! :)