Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Russell Staff Member!

Kat Shirley

Profile by Nora Lewis

: Katherine Shirley

Job Title: Head, Arrangement and Description

Joined Russell staff: January 2008

Job Description:I am responsible for accessioning, handling preservation issues, and the arrangement and description of archival and manuscript collections.

Other work experience:
Associate Archivist, The History Factory, Chantilly, Virginia
Processing Intern, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Intern, Division of Fishes, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian

B.A. in History, Georgia State University, 2003
M.A. in Museum Studies, George Washington University, 2006

Professional Memberships:
Society of Georgia Archivists
Society of American Archivists
Academy of Certified Archivists

Most Enjoyable Aspect of Your Job:I enjoy processing collections and viewing pieces of the past that are rarely seen by others. Historic sales catalogs and personal correspondence are the types of items that I enjoy the most because they provide such a unique view into people’s daily lives.

Alternate Career Path if not in Archives: I would love to own a bookstore.

Favorite Pastimes: Reading, watching movies, and hiking

Comments on the profession today: The archival community is increasingly aware of the need to provide access to a larger portion of the public. I am excited about the inventive ways that repositories are using technology to share their collections with new and different audiences.