ER&L and DLF are pleased to congratulate Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Associate Archivist from Davidson College, a 2015 ER&L + @DLFCLIR Cross Pollinator award winner! Read excerpts from Caitlin’s winning essay:
How do you think the ER&L conference can support broadening your professional horizons? I currently work at the Associate Archivist of Davidson College, but I have diverse interests and broad job duties, and prefer to identify as an information professional rather than “just” an archivist or librarian. I am always in search of new communities to engage with and learn from, and the ER&L conference interests me as an amazing opportunity to expand and grow within the profession. I am particularly interested in the scholarly communication track, as my work increasingly touches on issues of open access and rights metadata as I serve on Davidson College’s institutional repository core working group, yet I have little formal training in models of scholarship. Organizational strategies, user experience, and the emerging technology and trends track also strike me as relevant to my current and future work. Since taking on my current position in fall 2013, I have also begun teaching (both archival instruction sessions, and digital skill-based sessions), and it would be very helpful to learn more about tools being used in the library environment. Overall, I’m interested in attending ER&L in order to fill gaps in my knowledge. In order to become a better, more well-rounded member of my employing library and the information profession as a whole, I seek to better understand the areas I’m unfamiliar with in libraries.
Please describe what you can uniquely bring to the ER&L conference community? As an archivist, I think my work and experience is a bit different than many who attend ER&L. However, many of my job duties relate to collecting, preserving, and making available resources – as the digital point-person in my unit, I work to make our unique resources increasingly findable by students, faculty, staff, and the wider research community. I am still a new professional, having completed my master’s program in 2013, and I feel it’s very important for those of us with less time on-the-job to engage with the profession as a whole as much as possible, to learn from others and to add to the diversity of perspectives. I also serve as the library liaison to Davidson College’s digital studies initiative and have become very involved in the digital humanities community, an area that fewer archivists are engaging with than librarians. I would love to share my experiences working on digital projects at a variety of institutions with other conference attendees and be informed by the work done by others, ideally fostering discussions on the role of information professionals within the digital humanities community, and various models of workflows and best practices. My experience with archival reference, outreach, and instruction could provide an interesting perspective to similar duties performed by my colleagues in the information profession, and help break down some of the perceived silos between librarians and archivists by connecting the core similarities in our work and ideals.
Learn more about the ER&L + DLF Cross Pollinator Award.