A large part of why I wanted to undertake this project is because I wanted to increase my experience working in archives and special collections. This past semester I declared an archives and records management specialization for my MLS. This internship provides an excellent way to gain experience with special collections work and assist future scholars with their research. In terms of practical skills I have gained so far, I have learned how to encode EAD in XML. Coding in general is not something I am overly familiar with, but now I am confident in my understanding of how to use XML to encode EAD.