Kristen Chinery Candidate Page

Kristen Chinery

Reference Archivist, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

Education: Master of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, 2006; Master of Arts (History), Wayne State University, 2000; Archival Administration Certificate, Wayne State University, 1999; Bachelor of Arts (History), Adrian College, 1997.

Work Experience: Reference Archivist, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 2013-present; Archivist/Librarian, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 2003-2013; Archival Consultant, National Library of Medicine, 2002-2003; Contract Archivist, History Associates Incorporated – National Library of Medicine, 2000-2002.

Relevant Service: Regional Archival Associations Consortium, Steering Committee, 2013-2016; Regional Archival Associations Consortium Grant Development Subcommittee, Chair, 2013-2016; Michigan Archival Association, President, 2012-2014; Michigan Archival Association, Vice-President/President Elect, 2011-2012; Michigan Archival Association, Treasurer, 2007-2011. Memberships in SAA, MAC, MAA, and CIRL.

Relevant Publications and Presentations: “Documenting Women’s Labor History Through Digital Resources.” Women’s History in the Digital World Conference, 2015; “Basic Archives: An Introduction to Collection Storage and Handling.” Historical Society of Michigan Workshop, 2014; “Advanced Archives: Step by Step Processing.” Historical Society of Michigan Workshop, 2013; “Preserving Windows to the Past: The Handling and Storage of Scrapbooks.” 138th Annual State History Conference, 2012.

Statement: The work of reference, outreach, and access is at the very heart of what we do as archivists. If you strip away all other responsibilities to reach the essential element of the profession, it is service. My desire to be part of RAO’s leadership is based on my belief that we, as a profession, need to focus on the importance of service in its varied forms and how it impacts all constituents – from individual researchers to the larger archival community. In particular, I would like to explore strategies that emphasize the personal connection between people and archival material. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to these ideas through RAO’s collaborative, energized, and creative environment.    



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