For the second year in a row we were delighted to host some students from AMIA chapter at the University of Rochester (AMIAUR). It was great to see some of our friends from last year again and to meet some new people!
On Friday we did an exhaustive tour of the Media Commons. All the Media Commons staff, Brock Silversides, Mike Hamilton, Joan Links, Christina Stewart, myself, and Mark Pellegrino as well as TALint students Elizabeth Carroll and Aaron Campbell spoke to the group about what they do and showed off all the various aspects (both the lending and archival collections) of the Media Commons. Everyone was especially excited about the digitization room and the tour Mark gave us of the history of magnetic media through the Media Commons’ playback machines.
We had a quick stop to admire the atrium at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and then we went to Innis Library and Kate Johnson (their librarian) gave us a tour of the space and then spoke to the group about what she does and how the library works. She also gave out some excellent advice on networking and getting a job after graduation.
We capped Friday off with a pub night where some of our friends from AMIA at Ryerson joined us!
On Saturday TIFF was very generous to open their doors to us. Jessica Lam, a coordinator in the Adult Learning department, gave us a tour of the Lightbox and then we went to the Film Reference Library where Librarian Rachel Beattie gave us a tour that concluded with some wonderful items from the Special Collections.
We followed the tours with a screening of a digital restoration of early film pioneer Lois Weber’s “The Dumb Girl of Portici”.
Overall it was a wonderful weekend of film and great times with old and new friends from Rochester!
by Rachel E. Beattie, vice-president AMIA@UofT