Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig

Lynda joined the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) in August 2005 to work on the Collaborative Electronic Records Project (CERP). This three-year pilot between SIA and the Rockefeller Archive Center resulted in tools and processes for the long-term preservation of email accounts. Her project work involved interviewing internal testbed participants, conducting record surveys, appraising digital records, writing electronic records guidance documents, creating online finding aids, and sharing project results at numerous meetings of archivists. She also was a pre-conference workshop (email archiving) instructor at the Association of Canadian Archivists 2008 meeting. As SIA Electronic Records Division archivist, she participates in digital curation and preservation issues and digitization projects.

She previously served as Editorial Library Director at the Army Times Publishing Co. in Springfield, Va., where she was responsible for electronically archiving print publications, managing the library's collection of microfilm, bound volumes, and books, and conducting research for staff. She also worked in a variety of newsroom positions at Knight Ridder-Tribune in Washington, DC. and newspapers in Illinois. While at The State Journal-Register, she launched a digital scanning program of negatives documenting 70 years of Springfield, Ill., history. Other historical projects she assisted with include obituary and slave birth databases at the Alexandria (Va.) Local History/Special Collection Library.

Lynda has a Master's degree in History from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a Bachelor’s degree in Print Communications from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

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