I am a recent graduate of the public history graduate program at Rutgers University. I currently serve as the digital media coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, where I wrangle bloggers and tackle our social media platforms.
In the last two years I've created an oral history database using StoriesMatter for the Salem County Historical Society, collected data on school group attendance for the education department at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I've digitized the Balch Institute Ethnic Images in Advertising Collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. I volunteer at the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and the Digital Center at HSP.
In my spare time I am often silly and irreverent.
I’m starting my internship in the coming weeks, and part of the process is to craft a suitable project and accompanying bibliography of relevant materials. The project is exciting, I’ll be archiving oral history videos for a local historical society, using Past Perfect and the Stories Matter software. While I’m learning how to manage the programs, the oral histories and the physical objects and ephemeral materials the interviewees submitted, I’ll also be writing the procedural manual for future volunteers. The society has a small staff, and will rely heavily on community volunteers to watch the videos, tag them, and archive them using the software. I have to figure out how to make the process understandable, useable and “friendly.” I’m pretty stoked to say the least. As far as my bibliography goes, I’m looking for books/chapters/articles on digital archiving and working with or training volunteers. I have a good start on the archiving side. Does anyone have any good suggestions for books on volunteers?
Because I went on about it yesterday, I felt the urge to lay out just why Born Losers by Scott A. Sandage is worth reading. Hopefully this is convincing and not just another bit of flotsam on the internet that makes you want to cry.
In Born Losers: A History of Failure in America, Scott Sandage “tells the story…of unsung losers: men who failed in a nation that worships success” (p. 3). He quite eloquently traced the tales of men who strived, pushed the limits of their abilities to get ahead and simply fell flat. But really, what is Born Losers “really”about?