MSLS Student Anne Barrett Wins Fellowship to Present at Architectural Historians Conference

October 31, 2012

 Anne Barrett, an MSLS student at the School of Information and Library Science, has won a fellowship to attend and present at the 2013 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) conference. 

According to the society's Web site, the Scott Opler Graduate Student Fellowship is given to "support the travel of advanced graduate students whose papers have been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference." 
Anne BarrettAlthough not a conference one might think would attract many library science students, Barrett's research marries architectural history and archives and records management. The paper she will present began its life in Alumni Distinguished Professor Helen Tibbo's "Archival Appraisal" (INLS 755) course last spring.
Architectural records, especially born-digital CAD (computer-aided design) records, pose unique challenges to archivists. Best practices have been created for content creators and for records facilitators, but to this point they do not necessarily intersect. In her paper, Barrett advocates for a collaborative approach between architects, historians and archivists to identify best practices from those professional perspectives.
Barrett's own training bridges the gap between architectural history and archives: in addition to her MSLS degree, she holds an MA in architectural history from Virginia Commonwealth University and she is working on completing a Ph.D. in architectural history. She hopes that her paper will inspire a similar sense of a common mission between the two disciplines.
"Presenting at a conference for historians promotes collaboration with archivists to tackle this tangled set of records," she says.
The conference will be held in Buffalo, New York in April, 2013.