Professional Archives Experience

My professional experience in archives includes the following:

Archivist/ Collections Manager
Wright State University, Special Collections & Archives (Dayton, OH)
Summer 2016-Present (full-time)

  • Manage archival collections holdings (both analog and digital) including acquisition and transfer, accessioning, space allocation, reappraisal, disposition, and donor-related documentation.
  • Co-manage collections processing activities, including establishing processing priorities in collaboration with archives’ staff, assisting with development of processing plans and supervision of processing by students and volunteers, and actually processing collections.
  • Co-manage and coordinate digital preservation of electronic records.
  • Coordinate digitization projects with University Libraries’ Digital Services Department.
  • Participate in departmental outreach programs and reference services.

Archivist for Digital Initiatives & Outreach
Wright State University, Special Collections & Archives (Dayton, OH)
Nov. 2012-Fall 2016 (4 years, full-time)

  • Promoted SC&A’s resources by expanding online presence through a variety of digital initiatives, including social media, website content enhancement, and development and management of departmental digitization projects.
  • Participated in SC&A outreach activities such as exhibits, tours, and presentations.
  • Assisted with organization and preservation of Archives’ electronic (born digital) collections.
  • Represented SC&A on the University Libraries’ web team.

Reference Librarian (Archives emphasis), Magazines and Special Collections
Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, OH)

Aug. 2008-Oct. 2012 (4 years, 3 mos.; full-time)

  • Provided local history reference service in person, by mail/email, and by phone.
  • Arranged and described archival collections and address related preservation issues.
  • Planned and implemented digitization projects, including use of CONTENTdm. (View Dayton Remembers, DML’s digital collections.)
  • Repaired and preserved historical materials using safe, archival procedures.
  • Instructed patrons in the use of local history and genealogical resources, including developing and leading programs.

Local History Associate, Greene County Room
Greene County Public Library (Xenia, OH)

Nov. 2006-Aug. 2008 (1 year, 9 mos.; part-time)

  • Provided local history and genealogy reference service in person, by mail/email, and by phone.
  • Edited and proofed indices of recently digitized vital records dockets, using CONTENTdm. (View GCPL digital collections.)
  • Checked in new books; updated obituary index files; edited and proofed new indices of books.
  • Designed, created, and implemented a Microsoft Access database to track queries, responses, and billing.
  • Created a mashup using Google Maps to mark the locations of cemeteries throughout the county (view map).

I did hold this position while still a graduate student; however, the position has typically required a pre-existing Master’s degree. (I believe my prior experience with conducting genealogical research was a significant factor in my being offered the position while still an M.A. student.)

This page was last edited on March 1, 2020.

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