Welcome back! This past year there have been a number of positive changes at the library from the fixing and adding of a new HVAC system to the hiring of new personnel. These changes are nowhere more evident than in Archives and Special Collections where two new people have joined that department’s team. Ashley Toutain started as the new Archives Special Collections Assistant in October and Amanda Makula began as the new Digital Initiatives Librarian in December of 2016.
Here’s what they do in their own words:
Amanda: Hello! I’m the new Digital Initiatives Librarian and Liaison to Ethnic Studies. One of the big components of my job is working with Digital@USanDiego, the open access institutional repository. What’s an “institutional repository,” you ask? It’s a platform for the research and creative work — articles, images, electronic theses and dissertations, videos, journals, conference proceedings, audio files, and many other materials — produced by the students, staff, and faculty at USD. Because it’s open access, anything published in Digital@SanDiego is freely accessible to anyone anywhere with an Internet connection. My favorite part of the job is talking with people about the unique projects they are working on, and how those projects might benefit from the worldwide audience, scholarly impact, and permanent preservation that Digital@USanDiego offers. If you are interested in learning more, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley: As the Archives/Special Collections Assistant, I spend the majority of my day uncovering historically valuable documents to help researchers like you discover what the Archives has to offer. While digging through these records, I create research guides (Finding Aids) that describe each collection, and work to ensure that the records will be preserved as long as possible. The best parts of my job are when I discover new letters and artifacts related to the earliest days of the University’s history.
From everyone at Copley Library, we wish you the best for 2017!