posted October 17, 2012 4:30 PM
If you speak to Kathy Wisser about her research interests, you have to know your acronyms. During our conversation she effortlessly discussed examples such as EAD (Encoded Archival Description), SNAC (The Social Networks and Ar chival Context Project), NAAC (National Archival Authorities Cooperative) and the mouthful EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families). At the end of our meeting, not only was I impressed by her ability to actually remember all of these acronyms, but it was also clear that Wisser's involvement in numerous projects and societies reflected a genuine respect for the archives profession and a passion for dissecting the "relationship between people and surrogates of information." As Assistant Professor and Co-directo r of the Dual Degree Archives and History Program, Wisser has managed to successfully blend her lifelong interest in American history and library science. Wisser enjoys the adventure of finding ways to process and classify data successfully.
posted October 17, 2012 2:14 PM
Public Services Librarian, J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut
As a freshman studying dance theory in college, Tracy Sutherland found visiting the university library to be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Yet today, she's the one behind the desk as the public services librarian of the J. Eugene Smith Library at Eastern Connecticut State University (Eastern). A former paraprofessional who worked in the libraries of Smith and Amherst colleges, Sutherland looks upon her time at Simmons as nothing short of transformative.
"Becoming a librarian," she says, "is the best thing that could have happened to me."
posted October 15, 2012 11:29 AM
posted October 2, 2012 2:19 PM
Midway through her studies at Spelman College, Miranda Rivers decided she no longer wanted to be a lawyer. What, then, to do with her history degree?
After completing archival fellowships through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program, Rivers discovered Simmons had the answer: a dual degree in archives management and history. Now, about to graduate with a resume worth of practical experience, Rivers is well prepared for a future linked to the past.
"There are so many different things that you can do with the study of archives," she says. "It is such an exciting way to connect to history."