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FINAL REPORT OF YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FOR PARTICIPANT:

Marite Apenite
August 31, 2011 - December 15, 2011 

photo of Marite Apenite

As a Baltic Internship Program Fellow in the Slavic, East European and Central Asia Collection, I could work in an American research library and obtain a wealth of many new professional opportunities and personal experiences from August 31st until December 15th, 2011 in this famous university library – the Sterling Memorial Library of Yale University. I would like to express my special thanks for this wonderful experience of a one- semester internship to the Yale alumnus, Dr. Kristaps Keggi, who generously supports this program for Baltic Librarians. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to the Curator of the Slavic, East European and Central Asia Collection, and the founder of this great program, Mrs.Tatjana Lorkovic, and to her assistant, William Larsh, for their very friendly demeanor and for their wonderful care in helping me all throughout my internship at the Sterling Memorial Library. Also I want to note a special thank you to Patricia Thurston, Team Leader of the Specialty Cataloging Team, who is also the Slavic & East European Catalog Librarian of the Catalog & Metadata Services in the Sterling Memorial Library. Patricia was so friendly to me and I am grateful for her professional support. The Baltic fellowship offers librarians from Baltic countries a chance to view the American academic library system, provides new experiences and encourages them to be more creative in doing their tasks when they return back to their home libraries. The internship also provides further possibilities of closer professional and personal contacts and connections between American and Baltic libraries and librarians.

My participation in the Baltic Internship Program at Yale was very important for me because it provided me the opportunity to learn about different aspects of American librarianship and it enriched my own repertoire and practical knowledge. As a cataloger in the Slavic Reading Room`s daily work, I could improve my editing skills, too. During the course of the internship, the majority of my work was spent in the Slavic Reading Room of the Sterling Memorial Library, where I could participate in the department’s daily work. My work in the National Library of Latvia is closely connected with data processing – the creation of bibliographic and authority records (subject cataloging and the classification of incoming publications in various branches of sciences in lot of languages), the control of bibliographic and authority records in the Catalog of Libraries of National Significance (this entails editing the Library of Congress Subject Headings and adaptation into Latvian in accordance with the Library of Congress Subject Cataloging methodology and Latvian language requirements). During the internship I had many interesting visits to various departments and libraries within the Yale University Library system and I was able to participate in and enjoy various meetings, conferences, lectures and other events at Yale, as well as at other institutions, too. I also had wonderful opportunities to meet and develop good contacts with cataloging specialists at Yale University, the Library of Congress and the Harvard College library. I enjoyed and gained important information during the course of all my visits to such wonderful and interesting libraries in the United States of America – the Library of Congress in Washington, the Columbia University libraries in New York City, and the Harvard University libraries in Boston.

Work in the Slavic and East European Reading Room

During my stay at the Sterling Memorial Library, I worked in the Slavic, East European and Central Asia Reading Room (in short – the Slavic Reading Room). My daily duties included searching and checking for books and records in the Yale University library electronic catalogue (ORBIS), the Library of Congress and OCLC databases. I created preliminary bibliographic records for incoming new publications, checked authority records for individual and corporate authors, downloaded relevant bibliographic records, merged appropriate records from LC or OCLC databases with preliminary records from the Yale cataloging system, ORBIS. I worked with books in Hungarian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, Czech, Macedonian, Croatian, Estonian, Finnish, Lithuanian, and with some books in  English and Latvian as well. I processed many books from various vendors: Kubon & Sagner from Germany, Kozmenko from Moscow, East View Information, which is based in Minneapolis, Serbica Books of Toronto, and the Estonian vendor, Teek, to name just a few. My daily work was very interesting because I processed not only books, but also CDs and DVDs. I could learn also about the Library of Congress system of transliteration from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabets, which is valid for American libraries, and how the Yale Library inputted records for languages with different types of diacritics, such as Czech, Polish or Hungarian. It was an interesting work experience for me and I obtained valuable new professional skills, too. In my internship at the Slavic Reading Room I could hone and improve my editing skills as well. I edited a plethora of bibliographic records from the Sumner Smith Digitization Project.

Visits to different libraries and collections of the Yale University Library

During my internship I was able to visit various libraries of the Yale University library system and was introduced to such beautiful and interesting collections. For example, in the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical library I could see some fascinating collections of rare medical books and medical instruments. I also had amazing meetings with specialists from the Preservation Department of the Sterling Memorial Library and the Divinity School Library, and I experienced some emotional moments in the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies of the Sterling Memorial Library. I also greatly enjoyed my visit to t he impressive Walpole Library in Farmington. All my meetings with the library’s   different subject and area specialists were very important for me because I could learn about the work flows and procedures of these other units and departments within the Yale University library system. But the most important thing for me is that I met so many friendly and interesting new colleagues.

Visits to other libraries

The Baltic Internship Program includes visits to other libraries in the United States. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit various interesting libraries – the Library of Congress in Washington, the Columbia University libraries in New York City and the Harvard University libraries. I met so many friendly librarians and saw great buildings, collections and exhibitions, and it was very important to me to visit the Library of Congress and the Harvard University Widener Library, because I could become familiar with these libraries’ work in cataloging and subject cataloging and I could compare their procedures with our experience in the National Library of Latvia. This was very useful to me because for almost the past 12 years we have worked in the National Library of Latvia with the subject cataloging methodology of the Library of Congress. I have developed new contacts and my hope is that my library’s Cataloging Department librarians will in future intensify our contacts and build cooperation with our colleagues from the Library of Congress and the Harvard Widener Library.

Cultural life

During my stay in the United States, I greatly enjoyed the rich and interesting cultural life not only of Yale University and New Haven, but of New York City, Washington and Boston. I visited different museums and art galleries, listened to so many amazing and wonderful musical performances and concerts, watched films and saw various interesting exhibitions. In New Haven my favorite place was the Yale Center of British Art, where I enjoyed viewing not only some wonderful and incredible art collections, but also attended many lectures, concerts and movies. For me it was very important that I had this great possibility, since New Haven is close to New York City, to visit the fascinating city of New York and I spent a lot of time in this beautiful and dynamic city, where I always felt such great and positive emotions, impressions and energy.

Conclusion

I greatly enjoyed my time at the Yale University Library and in the United States in general. My participation in the Baltic Internship Program was very important for both my professional and personal growth because I added not only to my professional knowledge and practical skills, obtained many new professional and personal experiences, but I also came away from the internship with a stronger ability to “believe in myself.”  The internship really helped me to develop my self-esteem and confidence in myself. I was able to overcome my personal fear of speaking in English and the program was a great opportunity for me to improve my English language skills. I really appreciate the attention, the warm and friendly attitudes and efforts of all the people who helped me during my stay here. I met so many wonderful and friendly people during this time, and my new colleagues always wanted to help me and they made it possible for me to live here with an open heart and mind. Last but not least, I hope that my internship will promote closer cooperation between the Yale University Library and the National Library of Latvia.

This trip was the biggest challenge of my life and I am so happy that I was not afraid to undertake this opportunity to come to the United States and experience life and work at the Yale University Library! I will never forget my internship here and especially all the friendly people and the wonderful places I was able to visit.

Below is the schedule of activities in which Ms. Apenite participated while at Yale:

1st week, August 31–September 4

August 31st, Wednesday

After my very long trip (Riga-Helsinki-New York), I arrived in New York’s Kennedy airport at 4 p.m., where I met Mr. William Larsh from the Slavic, East European and Central Asia Collection and his good friend Mr. Alan Biron. From New York City we took the train to New Haven. At 9 p.m. I was at my new home – an apartment at 111 Linden Street.

September 1st, Thursday

This was my first day in the Sterling Memorial Library. I had my first experience in my new workplace and met with Ms. Tatjana Lorkovic, the Curator of the Slavic, East European and Central Asia Collection. William Larsh, who is Mrs. Lorković`s assistant, accompanied me to various Yale University offices to settle the necessary official paperwork, helped me to open up bank account in the Bank of America and arranged for me to get my Yale ID. Today I visited and registered at the Office of International Students and Scholars, Yale University, too. After lunch I checked my e-mail and wrote to my family and colleagues in Latvia. After work I walked to my apartment, listened to the wonderful music of the bells of the Harkness Tower and enjoyed the amazing architecture of New Haven.

September 2nd, Friday

Today William Larsh taught me to how to create preliminary bibliographic records in ORBIS, explained to me the American transliteration system for Cyrillic alphabets, how to search for books in the LC electronic catalogue and the OCLC database. I worked with Russian books from the vendor Kozmenko, based in Moscow. I had a nice tea-break with Tatjana Lorković and her colleagues from other departments of Sterling Memorial Library.

After this tea-break I worked with books in Serbian, Ukrainian and Russian by myself – I both searched and copied records from LC or OCLC, and created new preliminary records, etc. During lunch I went with William Larsh to Gourmet Heaven, a restaurant close to the library. The name of this place is very, very good and appropriate because there are so many delicious dishes and fruits. William Larsh also showed me where the Farmers’ Market is too, on the Beinecke Plaza. The market sells fresh vegetables, fruits and homemade cookies, etc.

After work William Larsh accompanied me to the Yale Medical Center, where I enrolled in an English Class. There I met my English tutor, Mr. Jerry Delamater and his students from China, Korea, etc. After the class I went home with Shao Mei from China, who lives nearby my apartment on Linden Street. We had an interesting talk about our countries and life in America.

September 3rd, Saturday

This was my first weekend in New Haven. In the morning I got several phone calls from my family. Afterwards, I walked around the Yale Campus and downtown New Haven. I looked at the amazing architecture and lots of stores, where there were interesting souvenirs and other goods. At noon I went to the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery. These are such amazing places, because I could see interesting art objects and paintings. In the evening I began to write my diary, watched a movie and read a book.

September 4th, Sunday

In the morning I called to Latvia, because my mother had her name-day. After my call I met with William and his friend Alan, because they invited me to by car to take a long trip. In the beginning we were in the East Rock Park of New Haven. It was a very beautiful and amazing place. I could see all the landscape of New Haven from above, on the bluff. The day was sunny and warm. Afterwards we went by car to Bridgeport, which is the third biggest city of Connecticut, where we could see a little seaport called “Captain’s Cove”. We had some interesting talks about airplanes, culture, music, etc. We could listen to some live music and see such beautiful and amazing small stores (some were built like fairy-tale houses), where one could buy interesting souvenirs, etc. Later we drove by car to another town – West Haven, where we ate delicious seafood in the restaurant called “Jimmie’s of Savin Rock”. Today I could see an ocean for the first time in my life, too. This day was long, but very, very interesting.

2nd week, September 5th- September 11st

September 5th, Monday

Today was Labor Day. My third free day in New Haven! In the morning I cleaned my apartment and put in order my clothes. At noon I walked around New Haven, listened to the wonderful carillon music of bells of the Harkness Tower again. At home I wrote my diary, listened radio, watched TV and learned some more English.

September 6th, Tuesday

In this morning, I created new preliminary records, copied and merged records from LC or OCLC for books in Serbian, Russian and English. I had a nice lunch with William Larsh in the Gourmet Heaven. After lunch I continued working with books from the Russian vendor, Kozmenko. At 2 p.m. I had a visit to the Preservation Department of Sterling Memorial Library, where I met with the director of this department, Ms. Roberta Pilette. She told me about various preservation and conservation processes in her department, and after this discussion, I and two other library fellows met with the Chief Conservator for the Yale Library - Christine McCarthy, who told us very interesting facts about documents preservation and conservation, rebinding and preserving not only old books, but also other materials format, for example, photos. We saw interesting and elegant packets of photos, etc. I was able to look at in the Special Collections Conservation sector rare books and old maps of New England from 1614.

After my visit I searched in the Voyager Cataloging Module for records of books from Princeton University in Russian and English. I took the Yale Shuttle bus to get home after work. In the evening, I watched the Travel channel on TV, listened to the radio, learned some more English and read a book.

September 7th, Wednesday

Today I continued checking books from Princeton University in the Voyager Cataloging Module and LC or OCLC in Russian and English. After a nice lunch in the Asian restaurant, Pan Asian House, with William Larsh, I continued working with books from Princeton University. I created new preliminary records, with some records copied from LC or OCLC for books in Russian and English. In the evening, I watched a TV cookery show and read a book.

September 8th, Thursday

Today I received my Yale University e-mail address. I searched on the computer, with the help of William Larsh, some information about my Yale health insurance. All day long I processed books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner (Munich, Germany) in Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian. I searched in the Yale online catalog, ORBIS, and the LC catalog and the OCLC database. I created new preliminary records, copied other bibliographic records and added new holdings and barcodes to these new books. After lunch, I saw the interesting exhibition, “Nature`s Own Shape: Embroidery in Early Modern England”. This was very amazing and interesting because I could see not only lot of old books and pictures about this topic, but also some tools such as needles, silver scissors, etc. At home I wrote my diary, studied English and read a book.

September 9th, Friday

In the beginning I continued working with books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Bulgarian, Hungarian and Czech. After a nice and delicious lunch I checked my e-mail and continued working with books from the German vendor. At 2.30 p.m. I met Patricia Thurston, who is not only Team Leader, Specialty Cataloging and Slavic & East European Catalog Librarian, Catalog & Metadata Services at Sterling Memorial Library, but also a very friendly and interesting person. She accompanied and helped me find information about my health insurance at 221 Whitney Avenue, but later we went to the Yale Health Center. When we returned back at Sterling Memorial Library, Patricia Thurston showed me her department and we met with some other catalogers. We had an interesting talk and walk together. After this I went to my English Class, where I could learn not only English, but also I was able to meet new acquaintances and our very friendly tutor Jerry and then we all ate some ice-cream. In the evening I read a newspaper, the “New Haven Register,” and a book and planned my upcoming weekend.

September 10th, Saturday

In the morning, I spoke on the phone with my mother.  At noon, I went to the New Haven Museum. This was very interesting, because I got to know about history of the town from 1638 up to modern times. I saw a building on 360 State Street, what is so majestic and rich with beautiful architectural ornaments. At 1.30 p.m. I took part in a small group walking tour of the Yale Campus. It was a very interesting tour about historical and architectural aspects of the Yale Campus. In the evening, I watched an amazing concert on TV - “The Irish Tenors from Ellis’ Island” – and later I read a book.

September 11th, Sunday

Today was a day of commemoration for the American people, because 10 years ago so many people were killed in the terror attacks. In the morning I watched TV, where they broadcasted the program “America Remembers” from New York City. After this I went to the Bass Library and read my e-mails and wrote to my family and colleagues. In the evening, I read a book.

3rd week, September 12th - September 18th

September 12th, Monday

Today I continued to process books in Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian and German from the vendor Kubon & Sagner. I created new preliminary bibliographic records, copied some records, etc. One book was from the vendor Centre D’échange de Publications Scientifiques, in Finnish, too. After lunch I checked my e-mail about visits to other departments and libraries of Yale University. In the afternoon, I went to an English Class at Rose Center, where I met interesting people. I had a nice talk with a Mexican woman, Melba, about our work, countries and languages, etc. In the evening, I wrote my diary, prepared for my visit to the Divinity School Library, learned English and read a book.

September 13th, Tuesday

In this morning, I continued working with books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Macedonian, Hungarian and English. I created new preliminary records, some records copied from LC, etc. William Larsh taught me how to work with multi-volume sets and CDs. I worked with books from the vendor East View Information Services, too. During lunch I went with William Larsh to an amazing place – Zaroka, which is an Indian cuisine restaurant and where one can find not only delicious dishes, but also a beautiful and interesting design and a pleasant atmosphere. After lunch, I worked with books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner. At 2.30 p.m. I went to the Divinity School Library and William Larsh accompanied me, because it was a new place for me and a long walk, too. The Divinity Library is located in an amazing place down Prospect Street, on low hills. My tour was led by Mr. Paul Stuehrenberg, who showed me this interesting library and told about its history, work processes and collections. Here are not only books what are related to Christianity, but also periodicals, CDs and Video records. I saw a beautiful small chapel with a wonderful and interesting altarpiece, too. Afterwards I had a conversation with Erik Frieder about data processing in the National Library of Latvia. I showed him not only our Catalogue of the Libraries of National Significance and Authority Database, but also our Digital Library and some projects, including our new digital project – The Lost Latvia. After this meeting, I had a very nice walk home. Today I discovered New Haven from another side, because I could see this amazing landscape opposite the hills from Prospect Street. In the evening, I watched TV, talked on the phone with my acquaintance Ljuba from Moscow, who lives here and I read a book.

September 14th, Wednesday

In the morning, I continued working with Hungarian books from the German vendor Kubon & Sagner. I created new preliminary records. After lunch I wrote e-mails to my colleagues in Latvia and in New Haven, too. At 3.30 p.m. I went to the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (Sterling Memorial Library). I met with Joanne Rudof, who told me about this archive, which began its work in 1979. There are videotape records in 22 languages (but not in Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian). She showed me their website, where one can search and read information about people and their personal narratives and memories. Those memories always are so painful and tragic. Joanne Rudof and her colleagues from various countries do very important work. It is very honorable work to save all personal narratives about this tragic period in the history of the world. I had a nice conversation about her work and experience as cataloger and subject cataloger, too, because she also creates full bibliographic records with subject headings. We talked about Riga and the Art Nouveau style, which is very prominent in my home town. I told her about my experience as a subject cataloger in National Library of Latvia and showed our authority records, too. After this meeting, I returned to the Slavic Reading Room and checked my e-mails, but at 5.30 p.m. I went to the lecture, “Staying Safe at Yale,” held at the International Student and Scholars Center, where I got to know a lot of interesting and important information about safety in New Haven. Here I met some very friendly people, who wanted to advise us about safety precautions – the Yale Police Department chief Ronnel Higgins, Security Service chief Francisco Ortiz, the Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars at Yale University, Ann Kuhlman, and her colleague Lisa Maloney. In the evening, I watched a funny family comedy and read a book.

September 15th, Thursday

Today I continued working with books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Hungarian. I created new preliminary bibliographic records. At 10.00 a.m. I and William Larsh went to the Social Security Administration and applied for a personal social security number and card for my USA visit. When we returned to the Slavic Reading Room, I searched for information in the Internet about political parties in Latvia and where to vote in the Latvian elections while I am here in the USA. During lunch William Larsh and I went to the fantastic restaurant, “Yorkside”, where they serve Greek cuisine. After my workday, I took the Yale Shuttle bus home, watched TV, wrote my diary, read the interesting article by Tatjana Lorkovic, entitled “The Baltic Internship at the Slavic and East European Collection of the Yale University Library,” and a book.

September 16th, Friday

In the morning, I continued working with Hungarian books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner. At 10.00 a.m. I met with Mr. Ernest Scrivani, who is the Staff Training and Organizational Development Manager in the Office of the Library Human Resources department of the Yale University Library. He was a very friendly and interesting colleague. We had a nice conversation about religion, languages, history and culture of Latvia. After our talk, Mr. Ernest Scrivani accompanied me in a little tour and showed me some beautiful places in the Sterling Memorial Library and we walked around the Yale Campus, too. After this nice visit and lunch, I worked with books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner in Romanian and Hungarian. Later I went to my English Class. In the evening, I watched a beautiful concert in TV – “The doo-wop sound of the late `50s”
. I heard such friendly, peaceful and lovely songs and music. After I wrote my diary, I read some guidebooks about New York.

September 17th, Saturday

Today I took the train to New York. I was so happy because I could see this amazing, dynamic and energetic city. In the beginning I went to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations (333 East 50th Street)
, where I could take part in voting in the general elections of my country. I then went to the art gallery “Eden Fine Art”, where I could see lot of art objects and paintings, which were so colorful and joyful, from various countries of the world. Later I visited the Rockefeller Center, where all around are so many beautiful flowers, green bushes and fountains. I could see amazing views of New York City from above, on the top of the center. In the evening I returned by train to home. A very good end to this day was the Nikolai Baskov (from Russia) concert on TV, because he is not only a famous singer in Russia, but also he has a beautiful and very sonorous voice. I could listen to amazing and wonderful arias from various operas.

September 18th, Sunday

In the morning I washed clothes, cleaned my apartment. After housekeeping, I took a bus to Hamden, where I went shopping. In the evening I watched TV, read the dailies “New Haven Register” and “Yale News” (oldest college daily – 1878) and a book.

4th week, September 19th-September 25th

September 19th, Monday

In the morning I continued my work with books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner. I created preliminary bibliographic records, created holdings, copied from OCLC, etc. for books in Hungarian and Macedonian. During lunch I walked to the Marsh Botanic Gardens, as part of an interesting tour (Yale Nooks and Crannies tours) around all of the Yale botanical gardens. Gardener Eric Larsson showed and told us about plants and trees – exotic, dessert, etc. There were such beautiful and amazing desert plants, too. After the tour our small group could eat a delicious lunch, too. When I returned back to Sterling Memorial library, I finished working with books in Hungarian and started to process books from the vendor Teek Ltd (Estonia) in Estonian. In the evening I watched the TV dancing show “Dancing with the Stars”. I had watched a similar show in Latvia, too. Afterwards, I continued writing my diary and reading a magazine and a book.

September 20th, Tuesday

In the first part of day, I started working with books from vendor Kozmenko. I searched books in ORBIS and merged with records from the LC or OCLC databases. At 1p.m. I had a nice lunch with Tatjana Lorkovic and Dr. Keggi in the restaurant called “Mory`s”. We talked about history, political events and culture. After lunch I started to process Estonian books in ORBIS – I created preliminary bibliographic records. At 2.30 p.m. I went with William Larsh to the Tax Department of the Yale University and met with Daysi Cardona. I signed the tax treaty so that I would receive my full stipend with no tax penalties. We then returned to the library and I continued working with books in Estonian. In the evening I watched TV, read materials about Linked dates and a book.

September 21st, Wednesday

Today was a long and very interesting day. I worked with books from the vendor Kozmenko, books from Finland, from the vendor Kubon & Sagner and from the vendor Botimpex (Albania). These books were in Russian, Finnish and Albanian. At 10.00 a.m. I had a nice and interesting meeting with Patricia Thurston, who is Team Leader, Specialty Cataloging, Slavic & East European Catalog and Catalog & Metadata Services Librarian. We talked about professional topics related to my work duties in National Library of Latvia and cataloging processes. Later I met in the Slavic Reading Room a young student from Latvia – Unu Bergmani - who will study political science for one year at Yale University. This meeting was very exciting, because I could speak in my native language – Latvian, not only on the phone, but also in person!

At 3.00 p.m. I took part in the Library conference “Recap Forum”, organized and presented by SCOPA, the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness. I could listen to interesting reports about RDA (Resource Description and Access), about digital scores, the collection of the Music Library and other reports about various topics. At 5.30 p.m. the Curator Tanja Lorkovic and I went to Pierson College. I had a nice and interesting evening, where I could meet a lot of people, had many discussions, listened to beautiful Slavic songs and ate a delicious dinner too. At 9.00 p.m. after this nice evening, a very friendly couple – Mr. And Mrs. Roth – took me by car to my home.

September 22nd, Thursday

In the morning I went to the International Student and Scholars Center, where I listened to a lecture, “Networking at Yale University for Scholars”. After the lecture I data processed Russian books from the vendor Kozmenko. I created new records, merged ORBIS records with records from the LC or OCLC databases. After work I had a beautiful walk at home. I saw amazing and funny squirrels. I think that New Haven is the capital of squirrels, because here are so many of these animals. At home I continued writing my diary, watched TV and studied English.

September 23rd, Friday

Today was warm, but rainy weather all day. But for me this day was very interesting and good. I started my day by calling by phone to home and I had talks with my husband and mother.  After these talks I took a Yale Shuttle bus to the Sterling Memorial Library. In the first part of my workday, I worked with Russian books from the vendor Kozmenko. After a nice lunch with William Larsh in the restaurant “Yorkside”, where we ate some Greek cuisine dishes, I searched for and copied records from LC or OCLC into ORBIS for books from the vendor East View Information Services. I had also time to check my e-mails and worked with Subject Headings, related to my work in Latvia. In the afternoon I went to my English class. In the evening I went to Woolsey Hall, to see an amazing and wonderful concert of classical music.  I listened to Richard Strauss’s “Fanfare für die Wiener Philharmoniker” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture Nr. 3” and “Symphony Nr. 9.”

September 24th, Saturday

In the morning I talked on the phone with my mother and friend, but afterwards I went to the Bass Library, where I read internet news about Latvia and checked my e-mail. When I returned home, I washed my clothes and cleaned the apartment. In the evening I listened to the radio and read a book.

September 25th, Sunday

In the beginning I wanted to go to the Peabody Museum, but as this museum was still closed yet, I then changed my plans.  At first I walked around downtown, but then I went to the Museum for British Art and the Yale Art Gallery once again, because I like these amazing and wonderful spaces of art. In the afternoon I walked to the Bass Library and checked my e-mails and corresponded with my husband. In the evening I watched TV and read a book.

5th week, September 26th-October 2nd

September 26th, Monday

In the first part of day I worked with books and DVD records from the vendor Kozmenko in Russian. At 1 p.m. I visited the Lewis Walpole Library. This is a small and wonderful library – a research library for 18th century studies. The Lewis Walpole Library is a department of the Yale University Library, in which there are interesting collections – significant holdings of 18th century British books, manuscripts, drawings and paintings, prints, etc. I could see an interesting exhibition “Sacred Satire from Britain, Eighteenth Century”, too. Afterward I attended a small lunch. The Walpole Library is located in Farmington, CT in a very old family house, which was given to the Yale University by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and his wife Annie Burr Lewis.

September 27th, Tuesday

Today I continued working with Russian books from the vendor Kozmenko. At 10.30 a.m. I met with Bradley Woodworth from the University of New Haven, who organizes various lectures about the Baltic States history and culture. At noon I went to the lecture “Library Resources at Yale University”.  After the lecture I created full bibliographic records for books in Latvian. In the evening I watched TV and read a book.

September 28th, Wednesday

In the morning I continued working with exchange books from the National Library of Latvia. At 10.00 a.m. I had a visit with Patricia Thurston. We talked about cataloging, about IFLA, etc. She showed me “FRBR for Specialty Cataloging” and gave me the document “Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records.”, too. During lunch I and William Larsh paid a visit to the Indian restaurant “Zaroka”. After lunch I started working with books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner in Bulgarian and English and from the vendor the National and University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” from Macedonia.

September 29th, Thursday

At the beginning of the day I continued creating new preliminary records for books in Macedonian and Albanian, but later I started processing books from various vendors in German, Russian and Ukrainian. After lunch I checked my e-mail and wrote my diary.

September 30th, Friday

In the morning I checked e-mail, continued writing my diary. At noon I had a nice lunch and conversation with Patricia Thurston in the family restaurant “Clark’s”. When I returned back, I created new preliminary records for books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner in Hungarian. In the afternoon I went to my English Class.

October 1st, Saturday

Today I visited the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. This museum is 170 years old.  It contains various interesting materials and objects, e.g. Native American social life and customs, dinosaurs, etc. My favorite was an amazing collection of minerals, gems and meteorites and birds from Connecticut. After this I went to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where I could see an interesting exhibition “How Is a Book … Written? Illustrated? Printed? Bound?” In the evening I watched TV and read a book.

October 2nd, Sunday

In the morning I spoke on the phone with my husband, after this talk I met my acquaintance Ljuba from Moscow, Russia. We had a nice time walking around Yale Campus, a tour to the Peabody Museum and lunch.

6th week, October 3rd-October 9th

October 3rd, Monday

In the beginning I continued working with books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner in Hungarian and Romanian and from the vendor Academic Library of Tallin University in Estonian. During lunch I and William Larsh went to Gourmet Heaven on Broadway. In the afternoon I started working with Polish books from Poland. At home I read a book.

October 4th, Tuesday

In the morning I continued writing diary. During lunch I and William Larsh went to the Greek cuisine restaurant, Yorkside. I ate a delicious spinach pie. In the afternoon I started working with books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner in Slovenian and Bulgarian. I created new bibliographic records, copied from LC or OCLC databases, assigned barcode number. In the evening I read article by Barbara Tillett [et. al.] “Linking to LCSH and LCC: Controlled Subject Headings and Classification Systems through the Web”. Later I listened music and read a Latvian book.

October 5th, Wednesday

In the first part of this day I continued working with books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Hungarian and Bulgarian. At 11 a.m. I had a nice meeting with Matthew Beacom, who is Metadata Librarian from Library Catalog Department (Sterling Memorial library) and with Patricia Thurston. After this meeting I went to the Yale Law School for a conducted tour. This tour was led by Cesar Zapata, who is Collection and Access Coordinator. He told and showed so interesting various Reading rooms, modern technologies, workplaces. I could see amazing rare law books in th Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room, where interesting told about this collection Mike Widener, who is Rare Book Librarian. Yale Law School building has very interesting design and planning. In the afternoon I worked with books from Kubon & Sagner in Serbian, German and Bulgarian. Today we got a new book in Latvian as gift from Dr. Kristaps Keggi. In the evening I talked on the phone with my husband, watched TV cookery show and read a book.

October 6th, Thursday

Early morning I called to Latvia and spoke with mother, because today was her birthday. In the first part of this workday, I date processed books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Slovenian. I created new preliminary records, added barcode numbers and   copied records from the LC and OCLC databases. But after lunch I worked with a lot of books from the vendor National University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Macedonia) in Albanian, Macedonian and Russian, too.

October 7th, Friday

Today I continued working with books from Macedonia. During lunch I met with Ernest Scrivani and we went to the restaurant “Moe`s Southwest Grill”, where we could eat delicious Mexican dishes and talked about various topics. It was a very nice lunch and conversation. After lunch I created new preliminary records, copied from LC or OCLC for books in Serbian. In the afternoon I went to English Class, but in the evening I met with William Larsh and Alan Biron. We went by car to Hamden, where we ate in the Pizza restaurant called “Di Matteo`s”. This was a very good evening with interesting talks and delicious food.

October 8th, Saturday

Today I took a train to New York. Almost all day I walked around and could see again this amazing city. I visited Times Square, where there are so many lights, advertisement screens, energy and full of dynamic life, but in Broadway one can find a lot of theaters, people, movement … I attended  the theater “Winter Garden”, where I saw the musical “Mamma Mia”,  which was so amazing and full of positive energy. After the theater I ate in an Italian restaurant and walked around 5th Avenue and took a train back to New Haven.

October 9th, Sunday

In the morning I cleaned my apartment and washed clothes, but later I went to the grocery store “Stop&Shop”. In the afternoon I went to Woolsey Hall, where I listened to the Hymn festival “We Sing the Story of God`s Love”, organized by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In the evening I wrote in my diary and read a book.

7th week, October 10th - October 16th

October 10th, Monday

In the first part of this day I worked with books in Serbian. I created new preliminary records, added barcodes, copied some records from the OCLC or LC databases. After lunch I processed Russian language books from the vendor East View Information Services - one book was in Yakut. I searched these books in the ORBIS and LC or OCLC databases and merged records, added barcodes. At 6.00 p.m. I went to the Rose Center - Writing English Class, but when I returned at home, I watched a dancing competition on TV and read a book.

October 11th, Tuesday

In the morning I created preliminary bibliographic records for books in Russian, English and Hungarian. During lunch I ate at Gourmet Heaven, but later I sampled some frozen yogurt, which was very delicious. In the afternoon I began to write the electronic version of my diary. In the evening I went to the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium, where I could see and could listen to such an amazing and relaxing show and lecture about stars, constellations and planets.

October 12th, Wednesday

In the morning I created preliminary records for video recordings, which was a very interesting new experience. Afterwards I processed books from the vendor Institutul Cultural Roman in English and a lot of gift books in Russian from the Free Public Library of New Haven. For these books I searched in ORBIS for duplicate records and copied from the LC or OCLC database full bibliographic records. After lunch I worked with Slovak books from the vendor “Slovenska Narodna Kniznica” and from the vendor Centre D`Echange de Publication Scientifiques in English. I also processed some Finnish books from the vendor Abo Akademic Bibliotek. Later in the day I started working with Czech books from the vendor Regula Pragensis (Prague). In the evening I wrote in my diary, watched TV and read a book about the Latvian poetess – Elza Sterste.

October 13th, Thursday

Today was a very interesting day because in the morning the Crown Prince of the Serbia, Alexander II Karadjordjevic, and his wife – the Crown Princess of Serbia, Katherine, visited us in the Slavic Reading Room. It was a very emotional moment for us. This was a very friendly and nice visit.  After this visit I continued working with Czech books from the vendor Regula Pragensis. For almost all these books I created new preliminary bibliographic records. During lunch I met with a Latvian student – Una Bergmane, who will study here in the United States. She is studying in France and will be here as exchange program student. It was so amazing and for a happy two hours I spoke only in Latvian. In the afternoon I met with Patricia Thurston and she told me about the Sumner Smith Digital Project and my task as editor. After I returned to the Slavic Reading Room and finished processing books from the Czech Republic. In the evening I read a book about the famous Latvian translator and Latvian poet Karlis Skalbe`s wife – Lizete Skalbe.

October 14th, Friday

Today I processed Ukrainian books from the vendor the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine and from the vendor Teek Ltd. (Estonia) in Estonian. I created new bibliographic records for all these books. After lunch I continued working with books in Estonian, Russian and Ukrainian. In the afternoon I went to English Class.

October15th, Saturday - October 16th, Sunday

In Saturday morning I took by train to New York and by subway to Bronx, where I met with Latvian historian, poet and bibliographer – Janis Kreslins and his congenial wife – Skaidrite. I lived two days in their house. We had interesting talks about history, culture and life. J. Kreslins has collected all his life old books and he has such an interesting and amazing collection. He is an 87 year old man with a phenomenal memory and knowledge and can recite long poetry verses. I could see the archive of the Latvian writer, Mudite Austrina. For me it was a very emotional moment, because I wrote a master work about this interesting and creative person. But J. Kreslins also has lots of correspondence with other Latvian writers and famous persons, too. I returned back to New Haven only on Sunday evening. This weekend was so nice because I met such wonderful personalities, could speak in Latvian, listened to so many interesting stories and facts about history, literature, etc. It was so wonderful, because I felt as if I am in “small Latvia”.

 8th week, October 17th - October 23rd

October 17th, Monday

Today I started working with books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Bulgarian, Romanian and English, but later I created new preliminary bibliographic records for almost all of the books from the vendor Algoritam (Croatia) in Croatian. At 6.00 p.m. I went to my “Writing English” class, where I read to the class my essay “What I miss mostly from my native country.” In the evening I read a book.

October 18th, Tuesday

In the morning I continued created bibliographic records for Croatian books from the vendor Algoritam, and later in the day I processed Romanian and Bulgarian books from the vendor Kubon & Sagner. I went with William Larsh to the Gourmet Heaven restaurant for lunch. When I returned to the Slavic Reading Room, I searched books from the vendor East View Information in ORBIS and merged their downloaded records in the Yale database with records from the LC or OCLC databases. Later on I created bibliographic records for Romanian and Bulgarian books again from the vendor Kubon & Sagner. After work I went together with Tanja Lorkovic to Luce Hall, where we listened to the very interesting lecture “Poetry Map: Vilnius in World War,” by Dr. Laimonis Briedis, who is Lithuanian who has lived in Canada for more than 20 years. After the lecture I met the Lithuanian American artist Austeja, who knew the Latvian poet Gunars Salins and we had a little nice talk about the Latvian poets group in the New York district of Hell`s Kitchen. And I met one Latvian woman - Dace Micane-Zalite - who is a very interesting, creative and friendly personality. It was such an emotional moment for us together, because at Yale University we have not come across other Latvians very often.

October 19th, Wednesday

Today was a very interesting day again. In the morning I worked with books from vendor Kubon & Sagner in Romanian and Albanian. After lunch I met with Dr. Laimonis Briedis, who visited the Slavic Reading Room and we had a nice talk about our countries, culture, politics, etc. After this talk I met in the Slavic Reading Room Dr. Nikolay Mitrokhin from Russia, who has lived the past 6 years in Germany and works at the Research Centre for East European Studies as a Research Assistant at the University of Bremen. We talked a little about history. After the workday Tanja Lorkovic and I went to Pierson College, where we had dinner with delicious food and some interesting conversations with Mark Graham, who is a Tutor of Educational Psychology at Yale University, and with Julia Downs, who is the Associate Director for Graduate School Alumni Relations (Yale University).

October 20th, Thursday

In the morning I continued working with Albanian books. At 9.30 a.m. I went to an introductory lecture about a new generation library system –“Alma”. This system was demonstrated by staff from Ex Libris. After the lecture I had a tea-break in the Bass Library cafeteria. At noon I took part in the Nooks & Crannies Tour of the Center Church on the New Haven Green and its Crypt. After the tour we were able to listen to a little organ music performance in the church. It was wonderful. In the afternoon I finished working with books in Albanian and started searching for records in ORBIS from a list of titles in Crotatian. At 3.30 p.m. I met with Patricia Thurston, who trained me in the editing process of the Sumner Smith Digital Project records.

October 21st, Friday

Today I started working with books in Czech from Marie K. Holenh, who presented these books as a gift from her home library. Later in the day I did a little bit of editing records from the Sumner Smith digital project, too. For lunch I and William Larsh walked to the Greek restaurant, Yorkside. After lunch I continued working with more Czech books. At 3.00 p.m. I met again with Patricia Thurston and Carolyn Caizie. We talked about the Sumner Smith Digital Project editing procedures and about the subject cataloging process in the National Library of Latvia. After work I and Tanja Lorkovic went to the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, where we listened to an interesting lecture titled “Family Life Makes Stories of Us All: Love and Power at Home in Georgian England”. The lecture was given by Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History, Queen Mary, University of London.

October 22nd, Saturday

Today I took a train to New York – such an amazing, interesting and dynamic city! My first visit of the trip was to go to the New York Public Library, a majestic and wonderful library. I could see lots of interesting books on exhibit, amazing architectural and painting details, etc. After lunch in a small cafeteria I went to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum. I walked around Central Park, which was so beautiful in its autumn colors and I saw lots of sculptures, interesting places, etc. But the Metropolitan Museum was so large and it is an amazing place with interesting collections of world and cultural heritage. Afterwards I had a long walk from 86th Street to 42nd Street, to the Grand Central Station.

October 23rd, Sunday

After this beautiful trip to New York, today I had again an interesting and amazing day because I met and was all day together with Dace Micane Zalite, who is very smart, friendly and interesting person. We saw the ocean shoreline and fed sea-gulls with bread. I could see the beauty of autumn nature and the beautiful New England architectural style in Guilford, where Dace lives together with her husband and son. All day we talked, talked, talked in Latvian about life, literature, esoteric subjects. We saw a wonderful sunrise over the ocean near Hamonassett Beach State Park. It was a very beautiful, emotional and inspirational day.

9th week, October 24th - October 30th

October 24th, Monday

At first I checked and wrote e-mails. I then started working with books in Czech. I searched in ORBIS, created new bibliographic records or derived records from OCLC. During lunch I went again to Gourmet Haven, but when I returned back, continued working with Czech books. At 4 p.m. I met with Patricia Thurston and edited some more Sumner Smith digital project records. In the evening I watched on TV the dancing show “Dancing with the Stars” and read a book.

October 25th, Tuesday

In the first part of day I continued receiving Czech books, but after lunch I edited records from the digital project. In the evening I read a book about life in Latvia after the Second World War until 1952 and listened to the radio.

October 26th, Wednesday

Today before lunch I continued processing Czech books and edited records from the digital project. During lunch time I went to the Farmer’s Market near Woolsey Hall and bought some delicious homemade cakes, called “Magic Bars”. After lunch I started working with Serbian books from the vendor Serbica. In the evening I wrote some more of my diary, watched TV and continued reading the book about life in Soviet Latvia.

October 27th, Thursday

All workday I continued working with books in Serbian and Croatian, but in the evening I read a book.

October 28th, Friday

Today I worked again with books in Serbian and Croatian from the vendor Serbica Books and edited records from the Smith digital project. In afternoon I went to my English class, where we read and talked about Halloween traditions.

October 29th, Saturday

Today was an amazing day, and a little strange, too. First we had snow together with autumn leaves. I had gone to the Yale Center for British Art, where I watched the Indian movie “Music Room” (1959). It was a very sad story about a rich man, who liked so much music that he spent all his money on this. But the music in the film was amazing and wonderful. After the movie I could see some beautiful British paintings in museum and two exhibitions, too – the wonderful and very gifted painter`s art of Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed and the second exhibition was “Adapting the Eye : An Archive of the British in India, 1770-1830.” Later I returned back at home, drank a hot tea with lemon, ginger and honey, watched TV and then I did some reading.

October 30th, Sunday

After such a cold, wet and snowy day yesterday, today again was sunny and with nice weather. In the morning I cooked pancakes and ate them with raspberry jam. At noon I met with my new friend – Dace and her husband and son. We took a little trip by car and I could see some of the beautiful landscapes of Connecticut. Later we went shopping in the Burlington store. I spent a very good time with Dace and her family. In the evening I spoke on the phone with Janis Kreslins and later did some reading.

10th week, October 31st - November 6th

October 31st, Monday

In the morning I continued working with Serbian books from  Serbica. During lunch I went to a store, but after lunch I edited records from the digital project and created new preliminary records for books in Slovak from the vendor Slovenska Narodna Kniznica and some more Serbian books from the vendor Srpska Akademija Nauka i Umetnosti. At 4.00 p.m. I met with Patricia Thurston, who invited me to celebrate together with her later in the evening Halloween. It was my first experience of this holiday and it was very interesting, amazing and funny at the same time. Lots of children with interesting costumes and candies, candies, candies … Afterwards I and Patricia and her husband Toren went to celebrate this day to a neighbor’s house, where we had a delicious dinner, lots of laughter, joking and very good company.

November 1st, Tuesday

Today in the morning I created preliminary records for books in Finnish. During lunch time I and William Larsh went again to Gourmet Heaven, but after we ate we walked over to the Yale Bookstore, where we bought a gift for his friend, Allen. In the afternoon I processed some books in Slovenian. In the evening I watched a TV program about house design, but later on I read a book.

November 2nd, Wednesday

At first I wrote e-mails to my colleagues and friends, but afterwards I finished working with the Slovenian books. For lunch I and William Larsh went to the Indian restaurant “Zaroka”. In the afternoon I processed books from the Czech Republic. At 5.30 p.m. I went to the Yale University Center for British Art, where I could listen to an amazing and very interesting lecture and concert together about the painter Zoffany and musical life in London of the 18th century : “Zoffany`s Musical Friends”.

November 3rd, Thursday

In the morning continued to process Czech language books. During lunch I went to a repair shop and picked up my dress shoes after a very expensive repair. I then continued to edit records from the digital project again. At 4.30 p.m. Tanja Lorkovic and I went to Luce Hall, where we listened to a very interesting lecture about the history of Vilnius from 1850 until 1950. After the lecture I had a talk with Dr. Kristaps Keggi and met with Dr. Laimonis Briedis, too. At 7.30 p.m. I met again with William Larsh and we together with his friend Alan Biron went by car to North Haven and celebrated Alan`s birthday in the Italian restaurant “Olive Garden”. It was a very funny, nice and positive evening party.

November 4th, Friday

Today was a long, but interesting day. In the first part of day I went to the Yale Medical library and met Charles Greenberg (Special Projects Librarian) and Melissa Graham, Librarian for the History of Medicine. Charles Greenberg showed me various rooms of the medical library and introduced me to the staff of this library. I saw an exhibit of posters and medical instruments and afterwards he showed and told me about The Cushing Center. Melissa Graham gave me a tour of the collection of the historical material and rare books about medical topics. During lunch I had a nice and peaceful conversation with Charles Greenberg, who is a very interesting and friendly person. After my return I worked a little with books from the vendor, East View Information. At 2.30 p.m. I went together with Tanja Lorkovic and William Larsh to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where we took part in a conference entitled “Milosz and America”. After the conference there was a little party with interesting conversations.

November 5th, Saturday

Today I went by bus to Hamden for a little shopping tour. In the afternoon I returned to my apartment and rested, watched some TV and read a book.

 November 6th, Sunday

In the early morning I took a train to Washington, D.C. After a 5 hour trip I was in this wonderful city. I had a nice walk from Union Station to my hotel, Capitol Hill Suites. In the afternoon I visited the National Museum of the American Indian, where I could see not only exhibits about all of the American Indian tribes – their history, social life and traditions, but also the amazing architectural style of this museum building. Later I walked around the Capitol and made a lot of photos.

11th week, November 7th - November 13th

November 7th, Monday

At 9.00 a.m. in my hotel I met with Regina Frackowiak, Reference Librarian in the European Division of the Library of Congress. We went to the Library of Congress Jefferson building and she introduced me to the European Reading Room and its librarians. I had a very nice lunch in a Mexican restaurant with this reference and cataloging specialist. After lunch Regina Frackowiak accompanied me on a little tour and showed me the beautiful Jefferson building and other reading and reference rooms –  the Main Reading Room, the American Folklife Center, the Asian, Hispanic and African& Middle Eastern Reading Rooms, etc. In the afternoon I had some free time and I went to the National Art Gallery, where I could see its wonderful arts collections, but afterwards I walked along Pennsylvania Avenue, called “America`s Main Street”, which connects the White House and the United States Capitol and I could see not only monuments, monumental and majestic buildings, but also a little bit of the White House.

November 8th, Tuesday

Today I met with Regina Franckowiak again and she accompanied me on a little tour of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. She showed me various reading and reference rooms. After this tour, I met with Rose Grave and Mark Freidin – cataloging specialists from the Baltic and Eastern European Cataloging team. We talked about cataloging and subject cataloging processes and our experiences and I also showed them the catalog of the National Library of Latvia and our Authority Database. After lunch I met again with Regina Franckowiak and we had a nice tour of the Capitol Building, which is connected with the Jefferson Building. It was a very interesting and wonderful new impression. In the evening I returned to New Haven by Amtrak.

November 9th, Wednesday

In the morning I checked my e-mail. I then created some preliminary records for books in Finnish and checked Hungarian books in ORBIS. Later on I continued to edit records from the Sumner Smith digital project. After the workday Tanja Lorkovic and I went to Pierson College, where we had a nice dinner and an interesting meeting and discussions.

November 10th, Thursday

In the morning I again checked my e-mail and wrote to my colleagues about my trip to Washington and the visit to the Library of Congress. Afterwards, all day I edited the Sumner Smith digital project records. At 4 p.m. I went together with Tanja Lorkovic to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and listened to an interesting lecture, “The Literary Archive Today: Tales from an Extraordinary Institution” by Albert Dichy.

November 11th, Friday

Today was Veterans’ Day, which is on the same day as the Latvian national holiday, Lacplesa Day. All day I edited records from digital projects. In the evening I read a book and planned my trip to New York.

November 12th, Saturday

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day and I again walked around New York City’s district of Manhattan. I went to Chinatown and Little Italy, historic districts of New York City. In Chinatown it was a culture shock for me, because at first I couldn`t understand where I was – the USA or China! I saw a beautiful Buddhist temple, where there was such a peaceful atmosphere and a big gold Buddha. I walked to the Brooklyn Bridge, too. I saw the financial district of New York and Union Square Park and the Farmers’ Market. I could again see lots of interesting and wonderful places, monuments and get a taste of the life of this dynamic city. In the evening I returned back to New Haven so tired, but very happy.

November 13th, Sunday

After such a long walk in New York, today I only rested, walked a little around the Orange Street district, called by phone to Latvia, watched TV and read a book.

12th week, November 14th - November 20th

November 14th, Monday

Before lunch I created preliminary records for books from the vendor Teek Ltd., in Estonian. After lunch I continued to edit records from the digital project. In the evening I read a book and listened to music at home.

November 15th, Tuesday

In the morning I continued to edit the Sumner Smith digital project records, but after lunch I created preliminary records for Czech books from the vendor Regula Pragensis.

November 16th, Wednesday

All morning I edited records from the digital project and created some preliminary records for books from various vendors in Finnish, Swedish and Macedonian. After lunch I worked with Bulgarian, Hungarian and some English language books from vendor the Kubon & Sagner and continued to edit  more records from the digital project.

November 17th, Thursday

All day long I edited the Sumner Smith digital project records and created preliminary records for Lithuanian books from the vendor UAB “Humanitas”. In the evening I watched some TV and read a book.

November 18th, Friday

In the beginning of the day I edited records from the digital project. After lunch I continued to create preliminary records for books in Lithuanian. But today was 93rd anniversary of Latvian independence at the end of World War I. I celebrated this day, too.

November 19th, Saturday

Today I, together with William Larsh and Alan Biron, went by car to the small town of Orange. We did not only a shopping tour, but I could also see some autumn landscapes and we had a nice lunch in the  restaurant called “Applebee’s”. In the evening I rested and read a book.

November 20th, Sunday

In the morning I called to Latvia and spoke on the phone with my relatives, especially with my goddaughter, because today was her name-day. Later I took a bus to the small town of Waterbury. I had a little excursion together with some shopping. In the evening I wrote in my diary and read a book.

13th week, November 21st - November 27th

November 21st, Monday

All day long I created preliminary bibliographic records for books in Bulgarian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Romanian, many of which we needed to return to the vendor, Kubon & Sagner. In the evening I read a book.

November 22nd, Tuesday

Early morning I took a train to New York, and then I took a subway to Columbia University, because at 9 a.m. I had a meeting with Robert Davis from the Slavic and East European Division. He showed me some interesting places in Columbia University – the Low Memorial Library, St. Paul`s Chapel, the Butler Library, etc. After my tour of the Columbia University campus we had a nice lunch and conversation. In the afternoon I went to the beautiful Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, walked around the West Side district, crossed through Central Park and went again to the Metropolitan Museum. Afterwards I went to the Trump Tower, where I could see an amazing waterfall. All around were Christmas lights, songs … In the evening I returned to New Haven.

November 23rd, Wednesday

I created all day preliminary bibliographic records for books in Bulgarian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Romanian, many of which needed to be returned to the vendor Kubon & Sagner. In the evening I read a book.

November 24th, Thursday

This was my “first” Thanksgiving Day. I and William Larsh went to the beautiful restaurant “Davenport’s”, which is on the top floor of the high rise hotel, “Omni,” way up on the 19th floor. We had a delicious and traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. After dinner we walked a little around the Yale Campus. In the evening I watched TV and read a book and guidebook about New York.

November 25th, Friday

Today was so amazing; it was so sunny and warm. In the morning I, together with William Larsh and Alan Biron, took a train to New York. We saw the Statue of Liberty, which is so huge and beautiful. After this we took a ferry to the Ellis Island, were we could visit an interesting museum about the history of immigrants to the USA.  From the riverside we could see a beautiful panorama of New York City. After lunch we went to the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMa), where  one could see not only beautiful paintings by Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, but also the amazing and very interesting Kandinsky, Shagal, Picasso, Dali collections and a nice photography collection, too. On our return to the Grand Central Station, we walked by and could see the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink – we witnessed the opening moment of the skating rink and saw many beautiful angels and other Christmas lights all around.

November 26th, Saturday

Today I wanted only to rest, rest, rest after my beautiful, but rather long trip to New York of the day before. Nonetheless, at noon I went to my favorite cultural places in New Haven - the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale Art Gallery. In the evening I listened to Christmas songs and read a book.

November 27th, Sunday

Today was a sunny and warm day. Allen and I helped William to rake autumn leaves in the yard around his new house, but after we finished this we had had a nice dinner and listened to some music.

14th week, November 28th – December 4th

November 28th, Monday

All day I created preliminary bibliographic records for books in Bulgarian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Romanian, many of which needed to be returned to the German vendor Kubon & Sagner. In the evening I read a book.

November 29th, Tuesday

In the morning I created preliminary bibliographic records for books in Bulgarian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Romanian, but after this I started working with Czech books from the vendor Regula Pragensis. This day was a very special day for me – my birthday – a little sad, however, because it was so rainy and I am so far from my home, relatives and colleagues. But today I had many greetings from Latvia and my friends here, too.

November 30th, Wednesday

In the morning I continued to create new preliminary records for Czech books, but after lunch I met with Patricia Thurston and we talked about my internship experience and the Sumner Smith digital project editing process. In the afternoon I edited records from the digital project, but when I returned home, I watched on TV the Christmas tree concert broadcasted from the Rockefeller Center.

December 1st, Thursday

All workday long I edited records from the Sumner Smith digital project. After work I went to the Yale Center for British Art, where I listened to a concert – an amazing and virtuoso Indian classical music ensemble – the Dambari Ensemble. After this wonderful concert, I walked a little around the Yale Campus and the New Haven center, which is so amazing and sparkling with Christmas lights on the  beautiful Christmas tree and carol singing in the streets.

December 2nd, Friday

In the morning I created some preliminary bibliographic records for books in Romanian and copied some records from the OCLC database (vendor Kubon & Sagner). I then continued to edit the Sumner Smith digital project records. During lunch I went to Mory`s Restaurant, where I met Julia Downs. We had a nice lunch and an interesting talk. After lunch I edited some more records from the digital project again. At 3.00 p.m. I met with Patricia Thurston and we talked about the Sumner Smith digital project. At 5.15 I and William Larsh met with Alan Biron and together we drove in Alan’s car to Orange, where we celebrated my birthday in the Italian restaurant “Olive Garden”. I was so happy because it was such good company, a nice place and delicious food. When I returned at home I listened to Christmas songs on the radio, wrote in my diary and read a book.

December 3rd, Saturday

Early morning I took the train to New York City. I went again to Chinatown, where I saw two Buddhist temples and experienced such great emotions again. After this I could see the little 9/11 Memorial Place and went to the World Financial Center, where I saw a very amazing and beautiful Winter Garden with huge palms and all around were Christmas trees and lights. I walked a little near the Hudson River. Afterwards I went by subway to the American Museum of Natural History, but I saw only a little of this building, as this museum is huge and is so very rich with interesting collections. I walked again in Central Park and enjoyed the last autumn colors of the season and this sunny day. I went to East 89th Street, where I could see and visit another amazing architectural building – the Guggenheim Museum with its very interesting art exhibitions and collections of beautiful paintings. After the museum I took the subway to Times Square and went to the Rockefeller Center Plaza, where I could enjoy again the wonderful angels, Christmas tree and all the lights. In this evening the streets of New York were so full of people, with lots of laughter, lights and the sounds of the city. In the evening I returned to New Haven with such good feelings and joy. I wrote in my diary and watched a beautiful concert on TV – “Celtic Women Believe”. It was a great musical performance.

December 4th, Sunday

In the morning I took the train to Boston. In the city I walked around the South Boston district, where I could see majestic skyscrapers and other architecturally wonderful buildings. I went to the Chinatown district in South Boston, too, where I could see an oriental cultural influence and its great big gates with Chinese decorations. After my walk around Summer, Winter and Park streets, I took a subway to the Museum of Fine Arts. I saw not only a majestic building with beautiful architecture, but also incredible and amazing art collections. In the afternoon I took the subway to Harvard Square, where I checked into hotel. After this I walked around Harvard and enjoyed the Christmas lights.

15th week, December 5th – December 11th

December 5th, Monday

I am still in Boston. At 10.00 a.m. I met with Bradley Schaffner, who is head of the Slavic Division in the Widener Library, Harvard College Library. In the beginning he told me about his team and work processes, and then he introduced me to his other colleagues from this team. I had a nice talk with Joanne Epstein, who is the Slavic Librarian, about cataloging and her subject cataloging experience in the Slavic Division and I showed her our LNB Catalog and Authority Database and our new library building, too. During lunch Bradley Schaffner and I went to the Harvard Club, a wonderful place with a fantastic interior. We had a nice lunch with Hugh K. Truslow, who is the librarian for the Davis Center collection in the Fung Library. After this nice lunch and talk, Hugh K. Truslow showed us the Fung Library and the Davis Center Collection with its nice and modern Reading Room. Later, Bradley Schaffner accompanied me on a little walk around the Harvard and Cambridge Campus and showed me the Yenshing (East Asian) library and the Schlesinger Library, where we could see the current exhibit, “Women on the Clock: hard work and low wages”. After this walk we met with Heather Cole, who is Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts in the Houghton Library. She showed us many beautiful library rooms and interesting book collections and the archives of some famous people stored in this library. I could see and even read a little part of one letter from the huge Trotsky archive, too. In the evening I enjoyed the little Christmas lights in the Park Street district and returned by train to New Haven.

December 6th, Tuesday

In the morning I had a meeting in the Slavic Reading room with Bradley Woodworth, who is the Baltic Studies professor at the University of New Haven and also teaches here at Yale about Baltic topics. We talked about my experience as the current Yale Baltic Intern. Before lunch I created preliminary bibliographic records for Estonian books from the vendor Teek.  At 2.00 p.m. I met with Susan Gibbons, the Yale University Librarian and leader of the entire Yale library system. We had a nice tea break and we conversed about my experience and participation in the Baltic Internship Program. After this meeting I continued to edit records from the digital project.

December 7th, Wednesday

Today I finished processing Estonian books and the last records from the Sumner Smith digital project. After work William Larsh and I went to the Beinecke Rare book and Manuscripts Library, where we listened to a wonderful Marble & Brass Series concert, “A Very Brass Christmas”. It was so wonderful and I had a lot of positive emotions.

December 8th, Thursday

All workday I wrote diary report, but at 5.30 p.m. I went to the Yale Center for British Art, where I listened to such an amazing classical music concert, called “Clockwise Duo.”

December 9th, Friday

I still wrote some more in my diary and final report, but in the afternoon I went to meet my English Class tutor – Jerry Delamater. In the evening I read a book and listened to the radio.

December 10th, Saturday

In the first part of day I took by bus to Hamden Plaza and bought last gifts for my relatives. In the afternoon William Larsh and I went to the Pierson College Master`s House, where there was a nice Christmas Party for the Yale Slavic Department.  In the evening I watched two wonderful concerts on TV “Christmas with David Phelps” and “Live in Central Park with Andrea Bocelli”, who has a fabulous voice.

December 11th, Sunday

This was a wonderful day full of good emotions and surprises. In the morning I walked around downtown. At 2.00 p.m. together with William and Alan we went by car to Guilford, to a very nice party at Tanja Lorković`s home. I could once meet again my friends. We celebrated this day in Tanja’s beautiful house, where was so much peace, hospitality and a friendly atmosphere, with a delicious dinner, interesting talks and wonderful classic music. I and my Latvian friend Dace sang some Latvian folksongs for our American friends, too. I really was very, very happy and enjoyed this evening at Tanja`s house. But this day gave me two amazing surprises, too. First, we all saw a beautiful deer, which walked near Tanja`s house, and the second surprise was when Alan drove me and William, after the party, to the festival called the “ 17th annual Fantasy of Lights” at the Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven.  

16th week, December 12th – December 15th

December 12th, Monday

In the early morning I took a train to New York City. I met my friends – Jānis and Skaidrīte Krēsliņi. It was such a nice and interesting meeting again. I will always remember their wonderful hospitality, sincerity and warm friendliness.

December 13th, Tuesday

In afternoon I returned from New York City to New Haven. I continued to write some more in my diary. Today for me was a very, very nice surprise from my colleagues - Tatjana Lorković and William Larsh. I received some wonderful gifts, which will always remind me that this semester at the Sterling Memorial Library and Yale University wasn`t a dream, but reality.

December 14th, Wednesday

Today was my last working day in the Sterling Memorial Library. I finished writing my diary and met some more colleagues and friends, too. I always will remember this very, very interesting and enjoyable time and all my colleagues for their friendliness and for their wonderful care in helping me all throughout my internship at the Sterling Memorial Library.

December 15th, Thursday

Today I will take an airplane from New York`s JFK Airport to Helsinki and then on to Riga. I will be back again in my country after three and half months in America, at 10.25 a.m. (local Riga time), on December 16th. I will be home and will meet my relatives, colleagues and friends in Latvia!