Readers of the Newsletter will be aware that for some time the Library has benefited from the presence of young volunteers from Germany and Austria.
Our most recent volunteer from Germany, Janek Peter, left us after completing a year in London. Janek’s contribution to the work of the Library was greatly appreciated, especially his work on the Manes manuscripts for Klaus Leist. We all wish him well for his future, as he embarks on his university studies in Germany.
Janek’s successor from Aktion Sühnezeichen (Action for Reconciliation and Peace) is Marta Mituta, the Library’s first volunteer from Poland. Marta has just finished her BA in German at Wroclaw University. She is fluent in German and English and as a native Polish speaker will have a great deal to offer over the course of the next 12 months. We welcome her and wish her a happy time at the Library.
After a hiatus of several years we are delighted to be able to welcome another volunteer from the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service organisation. Patrick Marko has quickly established himself as a motivated, helpful and popular member of the Library’s team and we look forward to our collaboration with him over the next 14 months.
Finally, but certainly not least, we welcome Martin Bohatschek who is spending 4 months with us on an internship as part of his Library & Information degree course in Eisenstadt, Austria. As a trainee librarian in his fourth year of university, Martin has skills which are enormously valued by the Wiener Library. He is proving his mettle by working on our Retrospective Cataloguing project, assisting Retrospective Cataloguer Andrea Zierer to bring the 5 year project of converting our card catalogue into electronic form to an end. We are delighted that Martin chose the Library as an institution suitable for his practical training.