All this week we’ll be featuring introductions to our newest ERS steering committee members! Today, meet Elizabeth Carron, one of our our new steering committee members.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a background in Early Modern Literature and French Studies and finished my master’s at Simmons College in 2014. I didn’t take the archives track – rather, I was more focused on subject librarianship and digital scholarship. I made amazing connections in the Five College area as a student and as a librarian; in 2014, shortly after graduating, I was offered a project at the Smith College Archives – and I’ve been in archives and archives management ever since! After my project at Smith ended, I moved to Ann Arbor to be a project archivist in collections development at the Bentley Historical Library. Eventually, the position of Archivist for Records Management was created and I transitioned into that role. It’s been my responsibility to develop the program by establishing and communicating best RIM practices to the University community and to push forward acquisition procedures that will support description, arrangement, and access further down the road.”
What made you decide you wanted to become an archivist?
“Honestly, no one thing. I studied Early Modern language and literature and got involved with several digital humanities projects, which in turn led to a deeper exposure to libraries and archives. From there, I explored graduate programs while working for a cultural heritage org on the admin side and just felt a click with archival programs. Being an archivist means I get to learn about a variety of topics, to meet new people and communities. It also means I get a hand in history-making. Whether I’m collecting or advocating for resources and partnerships, preservation is a profound responsibility.”
What is one thing you’d like to see the Electronic Records Section accomplish during your time as vice-chair?
“I do a lot of acquiring of electronic/digital records and not so much processing; I’d like to explore this process of acquisition and perhaps work on perspectives to assist with understanding e-records/e-record concerns in this process. “
What three people, alive or dead, would you invite to dinner?
“George Sand and Dolly Parton to keep things lively; and my grampa, who was an amazing cook with a never-ending cache of dad jokes.”