Academy Job Shadow Days Report

Eva van Oene at NIOD

Eva van Oene, project officer at the International Institute of Social History (Collections) shadowed Marjo Bakker, subject consultant and information specialist at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 

Eva van Oene visits Marjo Bakker

We called Eva while she was on a tour of the reading room. 

‘We were just in the library and had to be quiet, so I couldn’t answer your call immediately. It’s great taking a look around and seeing how this institute differs from IISH. Marjo is responsible for book acquisitions here. She reads a lot of reviews and gets recommendations from colleagues. She decides which books the institute will purchase. I’m a wee bit jealous of her job. I think it would be a lot of fun.

I did see the safe. What a heavy door! Inside are archives with all sorts of card-index boxes and books containing the names of deportees. Just being able to tour an historical building like this is special enough. Just now, for example, I was in a bathroom that has Moorish-style fixtures and fittings.

I ran into Harry Begthel, who’s job shadowing here today as well. We were immediately recruited as experimental subjects for a game that the Netherlands War Sources Network (Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen) is developing. The game is about source research. Adding thesaurus terms to sources makes them easier to find and connect than an image alone without any text.

NIOD manages a very interesting collection. It really has it all, both Dutch and international sources. Many of the archives are not available digitally yet because they contain personal data. I spoke to a researcher who was delighted by how complete the collection is. I would find it emotionally draining to spend my days working with historical war data, but the staff here don’t feel that way at all.’

Curious about NIOD? Read Harry Begthel’s report on his Job Shadow experience at NIOD.