CU Jewish Studies Interns: Meghan Zibby

Meghan Zibby comes to CU from Windsor, CO and is a senior majoring in Religious Studies and Anthropology with a Jewish Studies certificate. She will be continuing her education with CU, earning her Masters within the Religious Studies department. Her research will be focused on Crypto-Judaism during the time of the Inquisition. After her Masters, Meghan seeks to earn a PhD and eventually teach. Meghan is a coffee addict and in her free time loves to read and garden.

1.  What organization are you interning for and what do you do for it?

I am an intern with the CU Archives, and I work specifically on the Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi collection which was donated to the university last year. My work primarily focuses on the inventory of materials in order to start to gain intellectual control over this very large collection.

2.  What did you learn most, this semester, from your internship?

I have been able to learn a lot about how the archives and the library as a whole function. I have been learning how to convert the inventories we currently have into metadata so that the collection can eventually be available online. Also, I work directly with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s materials, so I have been able to learn a lot about him as well as the Jewish Renewal community.

3.  What do you hope to do with what you learned from you internship in the future?

I eventually want to earn my PhD within religious studies which will obviously take a lot of research. Being an intern at the archives has taught me not only how to deal with priceless, one-of-a-kind materials but also the “curating” process that goes into processing a collection.

4.  What is your favorite part about the Jewish Studies program?

The Jewish Studies program has become a real home for me over the past couple of years. As much as I have enjoyed all of my classes and the amazing opportunities that the program has provided, I would have to say that my favorite part of the Jewish Studies program is the friends that I have made amongst the faculty and my fellow students.

5.  What’s your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Mmm, BBQ!

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