I am currently pursuing my MLIS at UW-Milwaukee, concentrating in Archives. I have completed my three core MLIS classes which have provided me with a knowledge of basic concepts of library science, including the LCSH, MARC, AACR2, and Dublin Core. I have also taken Introduction to Modern Archives Administration, which has provided me with much more specific archival knowledge, such as an understanding of DACS, EAD, and MPLP. The class focused on connecting archival topics as appraisal, arrangement and description, analog and digital preservation, reference, and outreach to their practical applications in the field. As an extension of this focus, my final paper for the class discussed the use of MPLP in digitization projects to balance issues of backlog, access, preservation, authenticity, and constraints of time and funding. My interests include collections digitization, MPLP, and history and genealogy reference.
After graduating I would like to pursue a career as an archivist at a local or state history archival institution, or as an archivist for the National Park Service at a National Historical Park. I am currently seeking internships or part-time work in archives to gain practical real-world experience and further my professional goals.