Itza Carbajal, University of Texas at Austin Internship host institution: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, University of Texas Libraries Why did you decide to pursue a career in archives? As a first-generation United States citizen and daughter of immigrant parents from Honduras, I learned at an early age to use my studies and reading adventures as a way to remain connected to my family, my culture, my roots, and history. Despite a deep cultural grounding at home, for most of my life I found little trace of my experiences and the experiences of the communities I belonged to in books, records, and the outside world. For this reason, I chose to pursue a career in archives as a way to teach and empower others to preserve and find information about themselves and the stories of those surrounding them. Evelyn Cox, University of Oklahoma Internship host institution: Oklahoma Historical Society Why did you decide to pursue a career in archives? From an early age, I was attracted to the government archives section of the library in which I grew up. I would gaze upon it as if it were some magical chamber imparting classified and restricted information to those willing to traverse the contents. The wealth of knowledge contained within those walls beckoned me to explore the long-ago preserved information. Through archiving, I long to someday contribute a piece to the mosaic of my heritage through a Chamorro Oral History Archive, helping to document and preserve those pieces of history that add to the cultural identity and awareness of the Chamorro, Guamanian, and Micronesian people. Erin Glasco, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Internship host institution: Roosevelt University Archives What is one thing you wish everyone knew about archives? Archives have the power to be transformative spaces. In one of my courses last spring, we learned about the uncovering of the Guatemalan National Police archive. The discovery of this once-secret archive will continue to be instrumental in helping Guatemalan citizens get justice for harm caused to them during the decades-long civil war. We all know that archives are more than just records, but I think it’s easy to forget that archives can operate as sites of justice. The Mosaic Program is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and SAA, with generous grant support from the Institute of Musuem and Library Services. Here are three students in the 2016–2018 cohort.
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