News & Notes

LSU Libraries welcomes Jennifer Mitchell, Special Collections Head of Manuscripts & Processing

Posted in Announcements, People, Special Collections

We are pleased to welcome Jenny Mitchell as our new Head of Manuscripts and Processing in our Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library.

Jenny Mitchell, Special Collections Head of Manuscripts and Processing

At LSU Libraries, Jenny plans to spearhead the effort to implement appropriate archival management software. Programs like Archivists’ Toolkit or Archonhelp streamline the management of accession and collection records, and eliminate the redundancies that can exist within processing procedures. Jenny also hopes to work closely with staff in public services to ensure that the processing priorities are closely aligned with the LSU Libraries users’ needs.

Jenny is an ideal candidate for the job: before accepting her new tenure-track appointment at the LSU Libraries, she was an Archives Assistant at Virginia Tech while pursuing her Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) through the online program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During this time, she was also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and the Society of American Archivists. She attended the MARAC Spring 2009 meeting in Charleston, WV, and the Spring 2012 meeting in Cape May, NJ, as well as the SAA annual meeting in Washington D.C. in 2010. During the Spring 2012 MARAC meeting, Jenny attended two workshops: Introduction to Omeka, and Archival Instruction: Promoting Collections, Information Literacy and Collaboration. Prior to her Archives Assistant position at Virginia Tech, she worked in their Special Collections department as a Graduate Assistant, while working on her first Master’s degree, in History.

Jenny states that she started at Virginia Tech during a period of transition for the department and the libraries, which afforded her many opportunities to learn and grow as an archivist. While there, she participated in many projects, including serving on the taskforce which created the Virginia Tech 4-16-2007 Condolence Archives database using ContentDM and the implementation of the archival management system, Archivists’ Toolkit, within that department. More recently, she served on a “Discovery Team” tasked with conducting a user study to gauge student needs/desires in advance of planned library study space renovations.

After completing her MLIS, Jenny felt that accepting the position at LSU Libraries was an excellent opportunity that that will allow her to learn and grow as an archivist, and one that she absolutely could not turn it down.

Outside of work, Jenny occupies herself with sewing projects (though she readily admits she mostly just buying lots of dress patterns and fabric) and, of course, reading. And because her husband works at a movie theater, they go out to the movies a lot.

Jenny grew up in Virginia and her family is from that area as well, so Louisiana is a definite change of pace for her. She writes, “my family members have attended Virginia Tech since my great-uncle joined the Class of 1955, so sorry, Tigers, I’m a Hokie for life, but I must admit it will be really nice to work at a school with a mascot that does not warrant constant explanation.”

Welcome Jenny!

Posted in Announcements, People, Special Collections

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Events

Recent Faculty Publications

2019

Comeaux, Dave;  Emily Frank; and Mike Waugh. “Supporting Student Success: E-books as Course Materials,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

O’Neill, Brittany; and  Allen LeBlanc. “Evaluating Trends in Instruction Scheduling Management: A Survey of Louisiana’s Academic Libraries,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Ziegler, Scott; and Cara Key. “More Than a Pretty Interface: The Louisiana Digital Library as a Data Hub,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

2018

Hebert, Andrea. “Information Literacy Skills of First-Year Library and Information Science Graduate Students: An Exploratory Study,” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Volume 13, Issue 3 (September 2018).

Miller, Marty. “Sacred vs. Profane in The Great War: A Neutral’s Indictment: Louis Raemaekers’s Use of Religious Imagery in Adoration of the Magi and Our Lady of Antwerp.” Catholic Library World, vol. 89, no. 1, Sept. 2018, pp. 20–32.

Wilder, Stanley. “Delayed Retirements and the Youth Movement among ARL Library Professionals,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Wilder, Stanley. “Hiring and Staffing Trends in ARL Libraries,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Wilder, Stanley. “Selected Demographic Trends in the ARL Professional Population,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Ziegler, Scott; and Richard Shrake. “PAL: Toward a Recommendation System for Manuscripts,” Information Technology and Libraries, Vol. 37, No. 3 (2018).

2017

Caminita, C.; Cook, M.; and Paster, A. (2017). Thirty years of preserving, discovering, and accessing U.S. agricultural information: Past progress and current challenges. Library Trends, 65(3), 293-315.

Dauterive, Sarah; John Bourgeois; and Sarah Simms. “How little is too little? An examination of information literacy instruction duration for freshmen.” Journal of Information Literacy, 11.1 (2017): 204-219.

Fontenot, Mitch; Emily Frank; and Andrea Hebert. “Going Where the Users Are: Three Variations on a Theme,” Louisiana Libraries, Fall 2017.

Hawk, Amanda K. “Highflying Crowdfunding: Creating a Successful Partnership with a Campus Donor,” Archival Outlook, July/August 2017: 12-13, 19. https://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=422988.

Hebert, Andrea; and Marty Miller. (2017). Using FSA-OWI photographs to teach information and visual literacy. Louisiana Libraries, 79(3), 19–25.

Johnson, Hayley. “#NoDAPL: Social Media, Empowerment, and Civic Participation at Standing Rock,” Library Trends, Fall 2017.

More…

Special Collections Hours

Contact Special Collections

Public Services Desk: (225) 578-6544

Reference Desk: (225) 578-6568

Fax: (225) 578-9425

Email: special@lsu.edu

Submit a reference question

RSS Feed RSS - Special Collections Posts