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Ch-ch-ch changes: Staff changes in Special Collections

April 30, 2015

The past year has brought changes within Special Collections, as I moved from being University Archivist to being the Digital Archivist for the department.  In my new role I’ll be working closely with the other archivists in the department to come up with policies and workflows to manage the creation, maintenance, and stewardship of digital collections.  Our digital collections include born-digital (meaning created on a computer/electronically, see this post for more), digitized (including all of the scanning we’ve done to make collections available online), and hybrid collections (collections that contain both paper and electronic material).  I’m really excited about working with my team—through our efforts we’ll be ensuring the long-term preservation of our wonderful digital collections.

And in exciting news, we’ve added a new member to our team!  Kristin Law will be joining us as the new University Archivist.  She has the following to say about her new job:

Hello everyone!

Kristin scanning at the Briscoe

Kristin scanning at the Briscoe

As a native of San Antonio, I find this to be a particularly exciting time to join the staff of UTSA Libraries Special Collections, as we are in the midst of a time of growth and vision for the university and the community as a whole.

I became an archivist because of my passion for working to ensure long-term access to cultural heritage materials, whether they are physical, digitized, or born-digital. My lifelong interest in history is what led me to this career, but I am just as excited about capturing, preserving, and providing access to materials that document the present day — the history that we are creating now.

In 2013 I completed my MSIS (Master’s of Science in Information Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information. I focused on archives and digital preservation. My undergraduate degree is a BFA in Design, which speaks to my interests in visual communication, designing efficient and sustainable systems, problem solving, and documenting the creative process.

In the years that I have had the privilege of working within libraries, archives, and museums, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of significant and fascinating collections at an assortment of awesome institutions. They include: volunteering with the Institute of Texan Cultures Oral History collection, working on the Bexar Archives at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, digitizing the Paul Erdős-Carl Pomerance Correspondence Collection from the Archives of American Mathematics, and most recently, managing Project REVEAL at the Harry Ransom Center.

But in bittersweet news, the Top Shelf will be losing a valuable contributor this month.  Our Manuscripts Archivist, Nikki Lynn Thomas, will be leaving UTSA Libraries for a new job opportunity.  Nikki joined UTSA Libraries in 2007 and has had a huge impact on developing and managing archival collections—she was also one of the founders of The Top Shelf.  Some highlights of her tenure in Special Collections include: the elimination of a backlog of “hidden” collections, bulk digitization of our most-used collections, innovative uses of social media, and the creation of a manuscripts collection development plan.  She will soon be starting her new position as Archivist for Collection Management at the University of North Carolina Charlotte Library.

We’re really excited about Kristin joining our team!  And we wish Nikki the best in her new job!

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  1. April 30, 2015 2:02 pm

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