Amanda Norman Candidate Page

Amanda Keys Norman
University Archivist, The Texas Collection, Baylor University

Education: Master of Science, Information Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011; Master of Arts, English, Baylor University, 2009; Bachelor of Arts, English and Communication, Trinity University, 2004

Work Experience: University Archivist, The Texas Collection, Baylor University, 2012-present; Project Archivist and National Digital Newspaper Research Associate, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, UT-Austin, 2011-2012; Project Archivist (2011), Processing Assistant (2010), Alexander Architectural Archive, UT-Austin; Interim Managing Editor (June-Oct. 2010), Editorial Fellow (2009-2011), Libraries & the Cultural Record; Development Writer (2007-2009), Communications Specialist (2004-2007), Baylor University.

Relevant Professional Activities: Memberships in SAA (since 2010), SSA (since 2010), Texas Library Association (since 2014). Treasurer of UT-Austin chapter of SAA, 2010. Regional History Fair judge, 2012-present. Will begin service on SSA Scholarship Committee in May 2015.

Relevant Presentations and Publications: “Send in the Professors: Cultivating Class Projects in the Archives.” Article co-authored with Amie Oliver, Archival Outlook, May-June 2014. “Students Blogging University History: Special Collections in the Classroom.” Presentation with Contributed Papers series at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference, April 2014, San Antonio, Texas. “Bringing the University Archives to the Classroom (and the Web).” Professional poster presented at SAA Annual Meeting, August 2013, New Orleans. “Baylor Bloggers: Integrating Archives and New Media into the Classroom.” Presentation with “Like, Favorite, and Follow: Using Social Media in Special Collections” panel at the SSA Annual Meeting, May 2013, Austin, Texas. “Their Maya Story: Documenting Maya Architecture.” Article published in SAA’s Archival Outlook, Sept.–Oct. 2011.

Statement: As a University Archivist, I have had my hand in every part of the information lifecycle as it relates to institutional records, and I increasingly have realized that without excellent reference, access, and outreach activities, all of the other work is for naught. The public perception that archives work is for those who want to hide in the back and never interact with people is a systemic problem that we will have to address from the ground up, starting with new information professionals. I am eager to become more involved with the RAO section and its marketplace of ideas, and to work with colleagues to develop new ways archivists can be better advocates for ourselves, our institutions, and the very idea of Archives.



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