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!