At the Leatherby Libraries, we have an interviewimg_3342 series highlighting the work our amazing librarians accomplish each day. These interviews help inform the community about all the different areas of the library and all the services we have! Now, we’re doing the same with our hard-working interns. Chloe Van Stralendorff, our Special Collections Intern, was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

1. What is your name?

Chloe Van Stralendorff

2. Where are you from/where is your hometown?

I was born in Goleta, a small city in Santa Barbara County and grew up just around the corner from Chapman University.

3. Where did you get your undergraduate education?

I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Curatorial Studies from Moore College of Art & Design (Philadelphia, PA). It’s the nation’s first and only women’s visual arts college – check out their history!

4. How long have you been an intern at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries and how long are you staying?

I’ve been an intern since June 2016 and will be completing my internship period mid-August 2016.

5. What were you hoping to learn when you took this internship?

I was looking for a Special Collections Library that would allow me to develop an archival exhibition and introduce me to basic preservation practices. I wanted to learn how Universities maintained and acquired new resources, and what that process was like.

6. What inspired you to become a librarian?

During my undergrad years, I discovered the importance of libraries and their effect on the communities they serve. I realized just how important it is to keep these institutions running on a day to day basis, and grew to appreciate those who dedicated themselves to this end. My passion to pursue a career in Library and Information Science comes from my strong desire to help others learn and grow as individuals. For me to be able to assist members of my community in any part of their journey to success makes me feel really good.

7. Where are you getting your degree?

I’m currently taking courses for my MLIS at San Jose State University iSchool, an online degree program.

8. Is there a special track of librarianship you are pursuing?

Yes, the MLIS program offers various specializations, and the ones I’m focusing on are Librarianship and Archival Studies. There are lots of specializations to choose from, but these appealed to me the most because of my interest in Special Collections.

9. What are your passions/interests outside of work?

I’m an outdoor enthusiast and love camping and hiking. Earlier this year, I went to Catalina Island and completed a 28 mile backpacking trip along the Trans Catalina Trail. I ran into a Bison herd and was forced to scale the side of a mountain – it was terrifying. I also love cooking and exploring all the best local eateries.

10. What would you like to do with your studies?

My professional goal is to use my MLIS to contribute to the empowerment of communities through educational resources, aid lifelong learning, and to shrink disparities in information access.

11. What has surprised you most during your internship?

The rich content within the University Archives – get excited for the archival exhibition I’m curating in response to the president inauguration this Fall.

12. What is the last book you read and would you recommend it?

The last book I read was Illuminae  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Its an epistolary novel told through the presentation of a series of classified documents accounting strange mysticism among teens. If you’re into dystopian or sci-fi, then I highly recommend it!

13. Any fun facts about yourself?

I was awarded the Spectrum Scholarship by ALA and I can eat an entire extra large pizza all by myself.