Behind the Curtain is a series highlighting IU Archives staff, partners from various departments of the IU Libraries, and students who make all of our work possible. This week meet one of our AMAZING partners!
Title: Anne is the Web Content Specialist in the Department of Discovery and User Experience (DUX) at the IU Libraries.
Education: Anne has a B.A. in English and an M.L.S. degree, both of which she received from IU Bloomington.
Work History: Before enrolling in library science coursework and joining the IU Libraries, Anne worked in the Registrar’s Office at IUB.
Working with the IU Archives: Part of Anne’s job is the management of the WordPress platform which hosts the IU Libraries’ many blogs; one of which belongs to the Archives (which she thinks is “amazing!”). In addition to working with the Archives, Anne works with other departments in the Libraries, to help them create and manage the content on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Favorite collection in the Archives: For Anne, every visit to the Archives reveals new and exciting things. Despite this, she says that “anything related to Herman B Wells gets the heart-eyes emoji from me!”. Additionally, she also finds the student scrapbooks amazing.
Current projects that relate to working with the Archives: No specific project really, just the ongoing work I previously mentioned.
Favorite experience working with the Archives: When asked about her favorite experience during her time working with the Archives, Anne said that she loved the time when Dina Kellams, Director of University Archives, uncovered the Story of Carrie Parker. The social media and blog posts that covered the story received a great deal of attention. The Herald-Times also took an interest in the discovery. IU’s establishment of a scholarship in honor of Ms. Parker shows just how life-changing the telling of people’s stories can be. “I didn’t have that much to do with all of this, other than to keep Dina apprised about how many visits the blog was getting, and helping to amplify the story on social media – but it was just too cool to watch it unfold.”
What is something you’ve learned by working with the IU Archivists: Anne only had one thing to say to this question: “Archivists are awesome!”