SCA students assistants wrote end-of-year “What Are You working On?” blog posts that we will share over the Summer months. First up is Junior Justin Cabiltes.
Greetings! My name is Justin Cabiltes and I am currently a Junior majoring in Economics. I have been an assistant in Special Collections and Archives since my sophomore year. From organizing books to assembling protective covers, my work here has been both fulfilling and therapeutic. While I have not been able to work in-person this semester, I have found ways to contribute to our department.
Despite the shift to remote work, I have found enjoyment from organizing digital archives and writing blog posts. Whether it’s old university documents or North Carolina Baptist Church pamphlets, I take great pride in helping assemble pieces of history and making them accessible to the public. In addition, I enjoyed writing blog posts for SCA because it encouraged my creative thinking and writing in a format I have never explored before. From ranking the university’s secondary logos to designing South Residence Halls’ flags, I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Wake Forest University’s history and write about it in my own words. As a big fan of vexillology, I would recommend the latter article, which is posted on Tumblr. Being able to incorporate elements of the residence hall into a visual component was an interesting challenge that encouraged me to research both the hall and the individual it was named after.
Although I did not physically work in the ZSR Library this semester, I like to think that my presence in Special Collections and Archives was still felt. Whenever I can, I take the opportunity to study on the sixth floor because I can be right next to my beloved workspace. Whenever it is possible again, I am excited to return to the Preservation Lab with Craig, to get back to gluing with Beth, and to greet patrons with a friendly, “How can I help you?”