What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS?
I completed a double major in music and Spanish as well as a master’s in music (ethnomusicology concentration) before electing to pursue my MSLS at UNC-CH. This was a career change for me; previously I had taught and tutored in a variety of contexts.
In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities?
I am currently Associate Director of the Archives at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I oversee day-to-day operations and supervise one professional staff member (processing archivist). My current responsibilities include:
- Working with departments and donors to develop deeds of gift or transfer agreements for incoming archival materials.
- Working with departments to appraise institutional records for potential transfer to the Berklee Archives.
- Managing the development of finding aids and other metadata for archival collections, as well as the development of accessioning and processing plans.
- Providing reference services to the campus community and general public.
- Special projects such as exhibits and grant-writing.
- Outreach activities such as presentations and maintaining our social media presence.
What inspires or motivates you?
The opportunity to do innovative work and to be of service. Finding creative solutions to complex challenges.
Is there any other information you would like to share, or any advice you would like to offer current or future SILS students?
Really take advantage of student rates and scholarships for professional memberships and conferences! Many people impressed this upon me as a graduate student and I didn’t really appreciate how drastically these fees shoot up once you’re considered a professional. It definitely takes some planning to fit conferences into a schedule jam-packed with coursework and other responsibilities, but it’s a great opportunity to explore different specialties and communities and begin developing a professional network.