I originally started out in music education, and spent some time working in public schools; I later went on to complete my M.A. in Music History. Little did I know what really made me tick -- organizing "stuff" (information, documents, my kitchen pantry, you name it!). And, did the world really need another Beethoven scholar???
I completed my M.L.S. at University of Maryland, College Park, focusing on archives, records, and information management. From 2010 until February 2013, I was providing information services (archives/RIM/data handling) to the Undersea Warfare Business Area of the Force Projection Department at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. I got a kick out of knowing that my role as an information professional at APL supported a variety of work that contributed keeping our nation safe. In March 2013, I took on the role of archivist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum at the Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. I am VERY excited to be firmly back in the archives world (bye, bye records management!), so I can truly do the kind of work I love!
Outside of my 9-5, I keep current in the activities and educational opportunities offered by the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. I extrememly interested in archives services and I have a growing expertise in digital archives management. In addition to these professional activities, I enjoy genealogy and family history and have become an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (I'm working on some great digitization projects with the D.C. DAR, too!!!)
I'm one of the lucky ones, where my professional life and free-time hobbies often get to merge. What can I say? I love helping people, and I think that historic preservation, education, and outreach are highly important. Pretty simple. It's what I do.
The records management directive continues....and now there are requirements! Released on 24 August 2012, this directive "...identifies specific actions that will be taken by NARA, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to support agency records management programs."
for an extended hiatus. Hooray! I'll see you back here in 2012!!
I trust you will all have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and cheer! May 2012 bring you continued joy, prosperity, and good health.
All the best,
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