Today we focus on the person who keeps the SJU Archives and Special Collections humming: Lesley Carey. Lesley earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Neumann University and an M.S.L.S in Library and Information Sciences from Clarion University. Lesley also serves as Archivist at Williamson College of the Trades.
Lesley works to create access to collections by organizing, labeling, and writing finding aids. Preservation and access are the most important aspects of archival work and help users find needed materials. There are unexpected treasures in every archive.
"Archivists serve all researchers, both from inside and outside of an institution, providing the widest possible accessibility of materials and maintaining the integrity of those records. Preparing materials for a researcher to use means listening to their query, finding relevant materials in a collection and also pointing them towards other archives that have additional relevant collections.
"I think it is a responsibility to collect materials that will be needed in 50 or 100 years, like the materials being produced in 2020, when so many unusual and historic events are occurring." - Lesley Carey
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