Allow me to introduce myself: Maija Anderson, the new Head, Historical Collections & Archives at OHSU Library. On my second full day in the office, I’m amazed by the accomplishments of my predecessor, Sara Piasecki. Her leadership and vision will inspire me as I step into this new role. I also feel very fortunate to be working with such dedicated colleagues within HC&A and throughout the library. I look forward to getting acquainted with our researchers and donors, and with the Northwest special collections and archives community.
I come to OHSU from University of Chicago, where I worked as an archivist at the Special Collections Research Center. I hold an M.A. in Library Science from University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.A. in Art History from University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the history of medicine, and bring my background in social history and material culture to our unique collections. As a special collections librarian, I have a strong interest in issues of access and outreach, and recently spoke on these topics at the Midwest Archives Conference and the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists. Later this week, I’ll be in California for Reimagining the Archive: Remapping and Remixing Traditional Models in the Digital Era, an exciting symposium hosted by UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.
As Emily announced, I’ll be taking the reins of our blog starting this week. My sincere appreciation goes out to Emily and Karen for their blogging efforts in this interim period. As I continue to develop OHSU Library’s Historical Collections & Archives, I look forward to sharing the experience with you on the blog.