I have worked as an archivist for the past four years at Catholic University. I have enjoyed my time there and the numerous opportunities I had to develop policies, procedures, and infrastructure for photographic, audio, and moving image collections, and most recently digital collections, in addition to other archival duties such as processing, reference, and preservation. Because of the evolution of my work from the physical to the digital and the technological achievements I accomplished, I decided it was time for new challenges and opportunities.
On February 10, I will leave CUA, and on February 13, I will be starting at the University of Maryland as their Digital Collections Librarian. This is a new position, under the Library IT department, and will focus on creating digital collections and policies for digital collections across all of the library departments. While I will always have a strong passion for archival audiovisual materials, I have decided that this position will best help me with my career goals while allowing me to advance with my career out of an entry-level position. While I am no longer an "archivist" by title, I will still identify with this profession as I will be working with the content-managers of these and other collections to digitize and make accessible archival, special, and other less common collections and materials.
On this site and my Twitter feed, I will still discuss audiovisual media and technologies, but since I will be focusing on other digital technologies and processes, I will also be discussing these in more detail, hopefully bringing useful information to a new audience.
I thank my colleagues at Catholic and throughout WRLC--without your guidance and opportunities to prove myself, I would not have been ready to take this position. I also thank my future colleagues Maryland, who have already made me feel welcome--I look forward to the new challenges we will start together!