Monday, July 07, 2008
What’s it like to be a .....Curator of Archives?
Check out the following for a glimpse into a curator’s world, where multi-tasking and creative thinking are essential survival tools:
Q. What does your typical day look like?
A.Typically I spend the first hour of the day answering email, which comes from around the world; usually inquiring about resources available in our collections.
○ Then I move on to specific projects underway, which can range from reviewing finding aids for processed collections, to producing reports (including statistical summaries) of date we collect for the college, the seminary, or the denomination (we serve as the archives for all three).
○Probably ten percent of my time every week is spent in some sort of committee related function.
○ Throughout the day I am on-call for researchers who come in and have questions about the collections – from genealogists to post-doctoral scholars.
○ I determine which collections to acquire and then spend time working on acquiring those collections. This requires a sense of what data is or may become of interest to the wide range of researchers that will visit our collection.
○ I work on the various administrative functions (budget, personnel, etc.) necessary to run the department.
○I spend time researching and doing some writing on the history of the three member institutions (denomination, college, seminary), some of this writing is intended for publication.