Meet your Publications Chair: Jennifer Coggins

Coggins photoWhat jobs have you had in the archival realm?
In 2014, I began serving as Records Services Archivist in the University Archives at UNC Chapel Hill, and in 2016 became the Collections Management and Engagement Archivist there.

What is your educational background?
I have a BA in history from Wofford College and an MSLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2017, I completed a graduate certificate in Digital Public Humanities from George Mason University.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
My favorite part is engaging people with university history - whether on social media, at events around campus, or in the reading room. I think that work is one of the most important aspects of my job, too.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
Last year the University Archives partnered with the Carolina Playmakers to produce Voices from the Archives, a performance of readings from our collections. We selected letters, editorials, administrative records and more that highlighted a diverse array of student experiences and perspectives from the late 18th century to the present. It was fantastic seeing actors bring these documents to life on stage and a powerful exploration of student life.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
I recommend talking with as many people working in the field as you can. Everyone has different perspectives and experiences that can inform your thinking and practice.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
I have learned and continue to learn from the many experienced, thoughtful, dedicated archivists and public historians I’ve met through my work at UNC Chapel Hill as well as through SNCA, SAA, and NCPH.  In my professional reading, I look to those who are working to make library spaces, collections, and services more inclusive and representative of the communities they serve.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
As publications chair, I look forward to collaborating with the rest of the publications team and my fellow board members to expand the reach of our online presence and use these platforms to promote connection and collaboration across the state.

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