Meet your Secretary: Erin Allsop

What jobs have you had in the archival realm?
Processing Archivist, Corporate Archivist, Hotel historian/archivist, exhibition curator, conservation work (minimal), reading room assistant, digitization specialist, archive and records manager, reference and instructional archivistErin Allsop picture

What is your educational background?
Bachelors in History, Masters in Library and Information Science (masters thesis on value of corporate archives)

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
My favorite "task" is processing - something very therapeutic about placing items in clean and neat files/boxes! My favorite/most important aspect of archival work is outreach and advocacy. Archives encompass the records of ALL (or at least they should, in my opinion), so working to make sure that these materials are accessible to all who wish to access them is what keeps me going. Also, finding new and unique ways to present historical information to change the minds of ways people think about archives is a great challenge to me!

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
Implemented large-scale digitization project; developed new partnerships with retirees association and NC Community Colleges; adding new collections to our archives so that our collections are more representative of our community.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
Be patient. There is no shame in working multiple internships or part-time jobs to get ahead in the field. Most archivists do it, and it makes you a more well-rounded candidate in the eyes of employers.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
My first boss, Marianne LaBatto from Brooklyn College, and Leslie Knope (character from Parks and Rec - A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats). Both have taught me the value of hard work and, most importantly, team work.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
To make students more aware of our organization and become more involved; to create more collaborative events throughout the year with regional areas; and to raise awareness to State Organizations about importance of archives.

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