.I am an archivist, museum curator, and independent scholar working to create orderly collections, beautiful exhibits, and meaningful stories. According to the nature, size, timeline and location of a project, I work individually or collaborate with teams of experts in their fields, aiming to deliver the optimum solution for your needs.
I have a multi-disciplinary background in cultural heritage, ranging from museum exhibits and historical research, to archival studies.
I like the challenge of being constantly in flux, having to work with diverse people and adapt to various cultural milieus. I do that with sensitivity and understanding for different cultures. I am respectful to and have particular experience with denominational, diasporic and community archives, and will be sensitive to your needs and requirements.
Yes, you can throw away papers or electronic records too!
I will go through your documents and will appraise them for their archival value. I can show you how to reduce their volume, if you so wish. Not all need to be kept–even though the historian in me does like to keep every little scrap of paper! Some papers might have to be destroyed, due to personal identifying information contained within, others might be important for your or your country’s history and they might be better off if donated to a repository.
The ultimate goal of archival processing is access: facilitating the ‘findability’ of records, and enabling their retrieval.
In order to do so, I can provide the following services:
- Arrangement: Identifying the underlying intellectual and physical organization of the records, or establishing order, if there is none.
- Description: Describing records according to international standards to promote their ‘findability’ and, if so desired, their interoperability with other collections.
- Access: Helping you decide on how you envision access to the documents.
We are all eager to make everything digital. But have you thought “what after”?
We can discuss what you want digitized and why, and will decide on a content management system that will help you host the digital objects, easily retrieve them, and preserve them long-term. Taking into consideration the speed with which technology changes and the fragility of digital records, a sound digital preservation strategy needs to be put in place, so that you will not lose your information in the future. Finally, I will show you ways to put all or some of your digitized material online, either as an online exhibit or as an online archives.
Often repositories are too caught up with the everyday working of their institution and do not have the time or personnel to take extra steps that will promote their collections and will bring more patrons into their reading rooms or visitors to their websites.
I can help you
– Develop events and programming to showcase your collections
– Study your collections and develop concise projects that can be done by interns or volunteers
– Help you find funds by seeking relevant national or international grants
– Update your finding aids and inventories for your collection
– Undertake projects on your behalf and oversee them
New programs, outreach, and initiatives can enhance the image of an organization, be a great publicity tool, as well as an opportunity to approach donors who will consider giving for worthy causes.