Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hello from your new University Archivist

Hello HC&A blog readers. I'm Steve Duckworth, OHSU's new University Archivist. While I've not exactly settled into the position just yet (it's only my 6th day), I wanted to share a bit about myself here to get the ball rolling.

So, I just moved to Portland from Gainesville, FL where I was working as the Processing Archivist at the University of Florida (UF). I'm excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest where the terrain is beautiful and the weather changes from time to time. Before working at UF, I spent about a year working as a Project Archivist for the National Park Service in Anchorage, AK. That was an amazing experience and I'll never forget the awesomeness of the land and the life there (nor will I ever get over my love for the National Park Service). 

Previous to that, I lived in Philadelphia for quite a while. I got my MSLIS degree there at Drexel University. I worked as an Archives Processor on a Hidden Collections project run by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). I worked as a Records Management Assistant at Drexel University. I processed records as a volunteer at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives and also did cataloging for the Sigma Sound Studios Archives at Drexel University. (So, yeah, lots of stuff happened in Philadelphia.)

Before I got into the world of libraries and archives, I spent my days teaching and performing cello. I have two degrees in music performance and love playing music with others. I'm excited to get into the music and cultural scene of Portland and do some more performing. I, as you might imagine from the National Parks stuff above, also enjoy getting out and exploring the natural world around us. Again, Portland is a great home base for such adventures. And I'm also a baker and a knitter (note the mouse in my photo; he's on Instagram @henrypurlman). 

In my role here as the University Archivist, I look forward to continuing to expand collections and open them up to our users. I hope to add more diversity to our holdings and build upon the work that has been done in the past to highlight underrepresented communities. I am excited to oversee upcoming changes in how we manage and disseminate information to our users, including our finding aids. I'm also eager to work on creating more robust systems to curate and preserve electronic records, websites, social media, and more. 

There’s a lot to learn and get a handle on, so please bear with me over the coming months. Having said that, if you want to talk about records or university history or pretty much anything else related to the archives, please feel free to get in touch. I’m located in BICC 239 and can be reached at duckwors[at]ohsu[dot]edu or 503.494.0186.