- What jobs have you had in the archival realm?
I began my archival career as the Manuscripts Archivist at The Johns Hopkins University, where I worked for 10 years. My adventure-seeking self enjoyed a wonderful 3 years as the Archivist for Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine, before returning to the east coast to accept my current position as Access Archivist & Head of Digital Curation.
- What is your educational background?
Non-traditional and amazing! I studied architecture at Virginia Tech before enrolling in the school of life for a number of years. When I returned to my formal education, I completed a Bachelor of Science from Towson University and then an MLA from Johns Hopkins.
- What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing others succeed. Whether it’s a library-wide collaborative project or a student assisting with data entry, experiencing and celebrating accomplishments is rewarding. The most important parts of my job are to actively listen to others, get a sense of what motivates them, understand their learning style, and try my darndest to match everything up so that they flourish in their positions.
- Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
I am proud of the library’s commitment to its employees, to the university, and to the local community.
- What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Immerse yourself in the professional language, even if you don’t at first understand much. Research words and concepts you hear and ask questions. Most of all, be true to yourself.
- Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
Is there a limit on entries? I’ve met so many wonderful people through the years and each has taught me something valuable! From the supervisors who asked me the hard questions, to the co-workers who took time out of their day to teach me something new, to the people we serve through our practice who provide me with opportunities to deepen my knowledge. It has been a beautiful patchwork of humanity and I’m grateful to all of them.
- What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
Honestly, I just hope to keep all the Electronic Resources running smoothly and keep everyone connected and informed.