Today, I spent three of my first four hours in orientation with my boss, Archives Collections manager Brandon Metcalf, and with Church History Department trainer James Findlay. Name badge: check. Parking: check. Forms: signed. Picture: taken. Videos: watched, etc. With the other hour I attended a collections staff meeting and I also witnessed a mind-boggling weekly process of collections intake and catalog assignments. The CHL receives donations and acquisitions EVERY DAY! So, to stay on top of things, a team assigns the intake folders/items a call number and designates them as library, archival, photo, AV, etc. and sends them for regular processing or for repairs. They do this first thing in the am and are finished in 20 minutes, or so!!
Here was the room where I had my employee training session.
The room where I attended the staff meeting was called the Winters Quarters Conference Room. Winters Quarters was the site near Omaha, NB that Mormon Pioneers settled in between their exodus from Illinois and their arrival in Utah. I saw all kinds of conference rooms during my orientation tour. I got a kick out of the titles.