Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award: Past Recipients


Joana Stillwell

Joana Stillwell is an audiovisual archivist and artist currently based in Washington, D.C. She is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park’s Master of Library and Information Science program, with a specialization in archives and digital curation. She simultaneously received a graduate certificate in museum scholarship and material culture. She has previously worked with digitizing rare books and materials at the University of Maryland Libraries, and recently contributed to an online exhibition for the Filipino American Community Archive. She currently works at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) where she helps preserve and makes accessible local television, artist, community, and personal archives. Joana will focus her internship on library exhibitions at the American Art and Portrait Gallery Library, and further her research on the differences between library and museum exhibitions.


Aristide Lavey

Aristide is currently working on his Master of Library and Information Sciences degree at the University of Rhode Island. During his 150-hour internship he is interested in conducting an internship in an American library with eastern Slavic textiles in its collection.


Abigail Sebaly

Abigail is in her final year of graduate school. She is pursuing a dual Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library of Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. During her 150-hour internship she intends to split time between Western Front where she will work on audiovisual digitization, digital preservation, and web archiving and Emily Carr University of Art + Design working on a disaster remediation project.


Jennifer Follen

A second-year graduate student at University of Texas at Austin School of Information, Jennifer will complete her 150-hour internship at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, where she will work on expanding access to visual resources for the ongoing project, Writers Without Borders: Creating Global Access to the PEN International and English PEN Records.


Anna R. Hurwitz

Anna completed her MLIS at the University of Washington in June, 2019. Although she has almost thirty years of experience working with nonprofit arts organizations, this degree marks a significant career change for Anna which was inspired by her work with the Archives of Contemporary Art in Seattle. This award supported an internship at the Seattle Art Museum. Under the guidance of librarian Traci Timmons, Anna digitized a collection of print materials from a pivotal point in SAM's history, Documents Northwest: The PONCHO Series. During her internship, Anna gained valuable experience working with JSTOR, Omeka, metadata, and scanning equipment in addition to having the opportunity to conduct oral histories with the series' curators and create an online exhibition. Anna is currently contracted as an assistant archivist at Gates Archive where she is focusing on physical and digital preservation.


Spyros Koulouris

Spyros completed his internship at the Getty Research Institute. He created metadata for the PhotoTech proof of concept, a mass digitization project using photographs from GRI’s Photo Study Collection reproducing paintings by Rubens, French marquetry, and medieval ivories. He focused on capturing existing metadata rather than performing original research and created a report on issues encountered, suggestions for efficiencies, and productivity metrics to help the GRI anticipate staff needs and production timelines for the larger project. Spyros is currently the Collections Services and Photograph Archivist at the Berenson Library of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy.


Angelique Roy

Angelique is currently an intern at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, the largest medical library in Canada, and a student representative of the ARLIS/NA Ontario chapter. In her internship, she will explore the parameters of digitizing illustrated print material and how metadata influences the meaning and public reception of such collections. She will complete her internship at a location to be determined following her graduation from the University of Toronto in May 2016.


Adam Beebe

Adam completed a fall internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL. His primary project was to review, describe, and create a cataloging scheme for a collection of recorded artist interviews and exhibition documentation in preparation for the museum's upcoming 50th anniversary. Adam also engaged in a variety of other ongoing projects, including managing the transfer of catalog records to a new ILS and assisting with several daily library functions such as fulfilling reference requests and collection development.


Margit Wilson

Margit interned at two institutions: the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, MN. At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, she worked with the rare book collection. She created an inventory of uncatalogued rare books and identified opportunities for improving catalog records. At the American Craft Council, Margit processed exhibition files from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Archive, created digital finding aids and wrote a blog entry about some of her findings.

Margit is currently Assistant Librarian at the Walker Art Center.


Kai Alexis Smith

Kai interned at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. She completed an internal digitization plan for the vertical files. She met and communicated with leaders in the field to benchmark her work and understand best practices. She proposed several options that NGA can take in implementing a digitization plan along with a digitization management plan with a prioritization schema. Through this experience, Kai was exposed to government and museum librarianship and had the opportunity to speak with leaders in the field and visit many museum libraries aside from NGA.

Kai is currently the Librarian-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.   


Lindsey Reynolds

Lindsey completed her internship with the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Libraries: the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). By working at each of the three libraries Lindsey was able to learn about museum librarianship and the unique ways that these libraries serve their institutions. At the Brooklyn Museum Lindsey worked on digitization projects for NYARC as well as doing research for a timeline of the museum for a new overview gallery. At the Frick she worked mainly on a blog post for NYARC; and at the MoMA Lindsey worked cataloging some of their artist book backlog. 

Lindsey is currently a Library Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Bailey Diers

Bailey completed her internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Thomas J. Watson Library. Her primary focus was a digitization project, which included selecting, scanning, editing, and uploading a collection of rare books to the Library's digital collections. In addition, she collaborated in the development, implementation, and analysis of two user surveys that were conducted in order to improve research assistance and instructional programs for docents and museum staff. Bailey also held weekly reference shifts at the Nolen Library, assisting educators, docents, and students with art history research. 

Bailey is currently Special Collections Librarian at the Hennepin County Library James K. Hosmer Special Collections.


Allison Schulte

Allison received her MLIS in 2010 from San Jose State University, specializing in archives and special collections. She holds a BA in Studio Art from California State University, Northridge, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In ARLIS/NA, Ms. Schulte revived the ARLIS LGBTQ SIG and co-coordinated the group, She was also appointed ARLIS/NA-SAA Liaison.

As of 2011, Allison (Wickman) was living in Helsinki and working as the International Liaison for the Tom of Finland Foundation.


Adrienne Lai

Adrienne spent her internship in three different departments at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD: the Visual Resources Collection, Research Services at Sheridan Libraries, and the Center for Educational Resources. Among the projects she completed were image collection development in the subject area of digital photography and additional subject cataloguing for a group of images of Asian American artworks and Modern Indian posters for the Visual Resources Collection; collection development projects for Research Services developing the monograph collections in the areas of photography, contemporary Asian and Asian American art; and the creation of a multi-disciplinary research guide to finding and using images which resulted in a multi-tabbed LibGuide with information on: finding images in databases, on the web, and in books, recommended web resources grouped by subject across six broad disciplinary categories, citing and copyright information, technical information about digital image formats and sizes, and finding images for publication. 

Adrienne is currently the Emerging Technology Services Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries.


Shilpa Rele

Shilpa completed her internship with the Steve.museum project, a collaborative research effort of museums in the United States that explores the usefulness of social tagging for providing access to online collections. At her host institution, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, she worked with the Art and Education Systems Manager and her UCLA faculty advisor who is a research participant in the project, familiarizing herself with the project's research methodology and assigning tags to objects. The bulk of her time was spent organizing and analyzing the tag data collected over the life of the LACMA project. Her contribution will assist project researchers as they continue to study the patterns and possibilities of social tagging for online museum collections. 

Shilpa is currently Digital Program Librarian at Loyola Marymount University. 


Martha González Palacios

Martha carried out her internship at the Frances Loeb Library at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Working with the head librarian, conservator and others she undertook a survey of their folio collection, consisting primarily of late 19th and 20th century architecture and landscape architecture book and plate sets. She evaluated six hundred titles and nearly one thousand items, assessing and recording their condition and reviewing and updating existing cataloging records.

Martha is currently Art and Architecture Librarian at the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts Library


Greta Bahnemann

Greta conducted her internship at the New York Public Library's Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. The bulk of her time was devoted to web development as she reorganized and created new content for the Division's website, including a research guide to the collection. In addition she developed a curatorial talk on the history of photography and produced accompanying education materials. 

Greta is currently Metadata Coordinator at the Minnesota Digital Library, University of Minnesota. 


Lauren Edison

Lauren completed her internship at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York under the direction of the Head of Cataloging and Database Maintenance. She cataloged drawings and prints for the Library's catalog, correcting existing MARC records and creating new MARC records for items acquired by the Drawings and Prints Department in 2004. She also updated and created new Library of Congress Name Authority Files for artists whose works are in the Morgan collection. 


Cathy Billings

Cathy conducted her internship at the National Gallery of Art Image Collections in Washington, D.C., under the direction of the Chief of Library Image Collections. She researched architectural images and performed bibliographic and descriptive cataloging of slides for the collection.

Cathy is currently Senior Library, Arts & Culture Supervisor, Brand Library & Art Center.


Laura Mosher

Laura interned at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York under the tutelage of the Collections Management Librarian. She also worked with the Collection Development and Preservation librarians. 

Laura is currently Reference Librarian in the Cadet Library, United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. 


John Schlinke

John interned at the Architecture Library of Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island. He trained with the University's Information Literacy Librarian on effective teaching techniques and exercises and helped with bibliographic instruction classes for students in architecture and architectural history. 

John is currently Architecture/Art Librarian at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.


Heather Gendron

Heather conducted her internship at the University of Texas at Austin Architecture and Planning Library and Fine Arts Library. She was given the responsibility of designing instructional handouts and websites for students in architecture, and she assisted with bibliographic instruction sessions.

Heather is currently Head of the Sloane Art Library and Library Assessment Coordinator at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.