Student Name: Brea Simons
Institution: Urban Libraries Council | Position: Communications and Design Intern
Advisors: Angela Goodrich & Katherine Behrens
Student Work Log
Week of: 02/21 – 02/24
- Overview of various emails and leadership briefs
- Created and submitted suggestions/edits regarding the layout and content of the leadership brief.
- Met with Chuck for Knowledge Center overview/how-to
- Met with the Edge Team for Edge overview
- Completed the design/layout for the “Libraries as Partners” info card for Emily.
- Started compilation of knowledge center discussions
My preliminary week of work was very interesting. I enjoyed being caught up to speed with everything happening on the office. Both my supervisors as well as other members of the team made me feel very welcomed and comfortable in the work atmosphere. I placed in various meetings to learn about the different sectors of the Urban Libraries Council. These meetings were very useful because it gave me an overall idea of the work load of each person as well as the caliber of attentiveness that I need to possess as well. This week was also very rewarding because I made my first creative deliverable that would be used at the upcoming National Afterschool convention. It was rewarding to see how I was able to complete a project that would actually be utilized. I look forward to learning more about the communities ULC serves and how I can help make their process easier and more efficient.
Week of 02/27 – 03/03
- Edited layout for the Leadership Prints
- Finalized 2 Leadership Briefs for print.
- Met with Katherine and Matt for a more in-depth look at the knowledge center.
- Started working on compilations for the Knowledge Center section 1 (ULC-Directors) completed for Timberlake
During this work week, I learned more about my role here at ULC. I was given tasks simultaneously of one another, hence learning to balance both tasks and give them equal attention was a challenge I rose to very well. I was able to help layout and edit the newsletter that is presented to Library leaders and partners across the country. I learned how to edit the document from different perspectives, ensuring that I caught errors or discrepancies as if I were a designer, copy writer, executive or even a member reading the brief for the first time.
Week of 03/06 – 03/10
- Finalized the design for LB and sent proofs to Brett
- Made headway on research for Susan
- Completed 6 items on the KC Director-list and will continue to format the additional ones I have added.
- Updated the word doc with these KC suggestions
- Completed the format of the E-rate Survey
- Drafted Icons for the upcoming Conference.
This week was also very busy, I sat one-on-one with the CEO and President of ULC, Susan Benton. She asked for my feedback regarding collecting data to represent the areas of in which the libraries are located. In doing this I sharpened my excel skills as well as learned more about the members ULC serve. I was also asked to help brand two upcoming conferences for the Urban Libraries Council. Once I again, it is rewarding to receive tasks whose outcome is useful for the company and not just busy work.
Week of 03/20 – 03/24
- Final Drafts completed for Leadership Brief
- Drafted log-in blubs for the member’s only sections of the Knowledge Center.
- Suggested color palette for the Conference buttons.
- Created additional options for the conference buttons.
- Continued work on the knowledge center director content.
- Created & sent printer bids to printing companies
- Correspond with printers for quotes. (Follow-up)
- Completed Knowledge Center Director Content
- Updated E-rate Survey
This week consisted of ensuring that all newsletters were ready for print. I was able to call various print shops to compare which printing company the newsletters would be sent to. I was able to interact with the people who work alongside ULC. In addition to working on the newsletters I also continued working on the branding of the upcoming conferences.
- Compiled information for knowledge center content
- Met with Brett about Edge Branding.
- Drafted membership bio
This week I worked closely with Edge, an initiative led by the Urban Libraries Council with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help libraries assess their technology and improve their services. I was present in a branding meeting in which I was able to talk about how to propel the brand further and what should surrounding the branding in the future.
Week of 04/03 – 04/07
- Completed Knowledge Center Content for Developmental Directors, Central Heads, Education Leaders, Tech Leaders
- Updated Knowledge Center Content for Directors
- Updated Conference Icons (2 new options for each)
- Compiling Knowledge Center Content for ULC-Collections
This week was strictly about compiling information for the knowledge center. The knowledge center is a member’s only database that holds information compiled from e-discussions between different types of people. The information is then reformatted edited and posted to the database.
Week of 04/10 – 04/14
- Continued to work on compiling information for the knowledge center.
- Worked on decks for Edge.
- Finalized the two conference logos and received approval from President Susan Benton.
As a result of the expediency that I used in the prior weeks, this week was relatively less busy than the ones prior. For the most part, this week I continued to work on the branding for the ULC Partners conference and for the ULC Annual Forum. I met with the CEO to finalize the way the conference should be branded and how to move forward with the communications process. Also in working with Edge I was able to contribute to the content to make the information easier to understand for members during presentations. At this point in the internship, I have sharpened a lot of my skills thus far and look forward to continuing to do so.