Education: Walker holds a B.A. in International Studies and Anthropology from the University of Southern Indiana (USI) and recently graduated from IU with an M.L.S. in Archives and Records Management.
Work History: Before working at the IU Archives, Walker was a bookseller at Bloomington’s local Half Price Books Outlet. Even though this was his first job working in the profession, he has visited lots archives and rare book libraries in the past!
Favorite collection or item in the Archives?: Walker’s favorite items are student journals from the Folklore Student Papers. These journals were an assignment in an introductory class taught by John McDowell. The students kept a journal for the entire month of October to record their observations on the folklore of Halloween. Walker notes that “I love to study the way that folklore makes up our every day lives, whether it’s small social customs or larger holiday celebrations.”
Current projects that relate to working with the Archives?: Walker is currently processing the collection of Dr. Fabio Rojas, who teaches sociology at IUB. In addition, Walker is also assisting in a digital adaptation of the exhibit mentioned above.
Favorite experience working with the Archives?: Of his many experiences at the Archives, Walker’s favorite was the opportunity to co-curate an exhibit. “It was rewarding to see the joy it brought to members of the Folklore department. It was a fun learning experience and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
What is something you’ve learned by working with the IU Archivists?: Working with the IU Archives has provided many learning experiences for Walker. In addition to learning skills for a future career in archives, Walker has enjoyed learning the folklore that permeates the IUB campus.
Please join the IU Libraries and the Office of the Bicentennial in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday, January 19 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm for a screening of several civil rights documentaries. These rare documentaries were made during and just after Dr. King’s life, offering a historical lens into how he was viewed and understood by a contemporary audience. The screenings will take place in the new screening room in the Moving Image Collections and Archives on the ground floor of the Herman B Wells Library.
Many of the films for the screening come from the educational film collection of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. They were produced for the purpose of teaching about civil rights, discrimination, and the activism of Dr. King. Though the specifics of the historical and political moment have changed between when they were made and the current day, the questions the films raise remain relevant. How do the ideals of America match up with the day-to-day reality of racial and economic inequality? What is the proper way to effect social change? What lessons can we take from Dr. King’s life?
The screening lasts from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm. It is intended as a drop-in event, so please come and see as many of the films as your schedule allows. From 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm, there will be a brief lecture by Professor Alex Lichtenstein from the IU Department of History. A break with complimentary snacks will follow.
Location: Moving Image Collections and Archive (Ground Floor of the Wells Library, Room 048)