Contributed by Erin Gallagher
Archival students produce extensive and often integral work through their internships, field experiences, and school projects. They contribute supplemental project support, lead projects, and create and update workflows to support a variety of institutions. To highlight the work that archival students create, the Society of North Carolina Archivists is starting a Student Spotlight blog series through the SNCA newsletter.
I thought that a blog series showcasing the vital work in which archival students engage would be an interesting way to get to know and connect with the student population of the SNCA community. By showcasing the work produced by archival student workers, the entire North Carolina archives community gets to meet these future archivists.
Additionally, when we share our experiences, no matter where we are in our careers, we learn from one another and add to the profession. Personally, I find that the most informative accounts often explore the problems encountered during projects. These write-ups tend to highlight how archivists draw from their experiences and develop innovative skills to overcome those obstacles.
My goal for this series is to highlight the important work of archival students across the state of North Carolina. It is important to me in the position of Second Member at Large to provide a space for students to share the important work that they’re doing and to introduce current professionals to their soon-to-be colleagues.
I was inspired to start this blog series from the Meet the Members newsletter series, introducing the Executive Board members to the North Carolina archiving community. Also, a blog post from North Carolina State University’s Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) blog series, Space Showcase, acted as an influence for this series. The posts in the SCRC’s series highlight the digital team, including the contributions of former fellows and student interns. This photo was taken for a post, featuring me processing disks for archival storage. You can read that post here: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/news/special-collections/space-showcase%3A-digital-collections.
Any recent work, internships, or interesting school projects are welcome additions to the Student Spotlight series. If you have any questions comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.