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Don is the curator of manuscripts at the Hunterdon County Historical Society and an archivist with the New Jersey State Archives. He has a BA in History from the University of Maryland, a BS in Horticulture from Rutgers University, and a MLS from the University of Southern Mississippi.

ABA: Welcome, Don. In a few sentences, tell us what you’ll be presenting at ABA.

Don: I will discuss the formation, maintenance, and outcomes of a volunteer staffed archival program at the Hunterdon County Historical Society, in Flemington, NJ.  The discussion will consider the ethics of a volunteer program, the decisions that go into exactly what the scope and breadth of a volunteer’s duties should be, and the value of the program to the institution and the participants.

ABA: What do you hope audiences will get from your talk?

Don: I hope the audience will realize that it is possible, under the right conditions, to successfully implement a volunteer program in archival repositories that benefit the volunteers themselves as much as the host institution.

ABA: On a scale from 1 – 10, (10 being hardest) how easy would it be for other archivists to implement the project you’re presenting here?

Don: It is hard to say how difficult it would be for other archivists to replicate a program like this, as it is institution based, I think; so I will say a 5.

ABA: Describe your favorite collection or project in one sentence or less.

Don: The best project is the latest one that is completed!

ABA: BONUS: Do you feel prepared for a zombie outbreak in your repository?

Don: Of course I am ready for a zombie outbreak.  Wasn’t that a point of emphasis on the latest Emergency Preparedness Guide issued by COSA?

ABA: Fantastic, we’re really looking forward to your talk!