American Folklore Society
Center for Folklore Studies, Ohio State
From the end of May to August of 2014, I worked both in Columbus, Ohio and remotely from Bowling Green, Kentucky for the American Folklore Society, and the Center for Folklore Studies at the Ohio State University. As an intern for the American Folklore Society, my primary responsibilities included improving the navigation of the AFS Folklore Wiki, a collective information-sharing resource, accessible through the AFS website and editable by all AFS members, and updating the Folklore Commons with news and event updates, job opportunities, and forum posts. I worked alongside fellow Folk Studies graduate student Virginia Siegel for much of this work, and aided her in conducting research for the beginning stages of a Wikipedia Initiative Project. My time assisting the Center for Folklore Studies was devoted to the compilation of a Slang Journal collection. This project involved compiling nearly 950 slang words and phrases documented by students in two undergraduate English courses at Ohio State University into a single alphabetized collection. This collection will soon be available via the CFS website and in the University's archives.
Overall, I had very positive experiences working with the American Folklore Society and the Center for Folklore Studies. It was rewarding to contribute to both websites and develop relationships within these organizations. Working with AFS provided me a greater understanding of the role of its website in supporting the field, managing and promoting membership, and as a valuable resource for both students and professionals. Having worked for CFS as an undergraduate student, I was extremely happy to help out in any way possible, and I hope my work there assisted in facilitating public access to the Slang Journal collection.
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