LISLE - The Benedictine University Library recently welcomed a new addition to its team: Digital Archivist Kathleen "Katy" Scullin. Katy comes to us from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she received her Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Preservation of Information and Archives and Records Management this past year.
As Digital Archivist, Katy will collect, organize and preserve born digital records, such PowerPoint presentations and course syllabi, and make them accessible to researchers. She will also assist with digitizing physical materials and building online exhibits that showcase the Archives’ collections.
What Katy finds most exciting about this field is that it’s relatively new, constantly changing, and growing in importance every day. “The vast majority of records that archives traditionally collected in paper form are now handled electronically,” she explained. “The archival community as a whole, and digital archivists in particular, must act quickly to collect and care for these records in order to prevent history from being lost.”
Digital archivists must constantly adapt to the latest technology and standards, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Julie Wroblewski observed. “[Katy’s] ability to embrace these challenges with enthusiasm and creativity made her stand out."
With a new member on its team, the Archives is now better equipped to take on the challenges of digital preservation and digital records management. Julie and Katy will work closely to build a digital archives program for Benedictine University.