The Mosaic Program is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and SAA, with generous grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Congratulations to the 2017–2019 cohort! Nadia Clifton, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Internship host institution: UNC at Chapel Hill Libraries/Wilson Special Collections Library What do you wish everyone knew about archives? It would be that society has a strong influence on the way that archives are built and structured. Therefore, not only should everyone feel free to take advantage of accessing the archives in their community, but they should also consider actively participating in building archival collections of materials important to them. Sandra Delaney, Simmons College Internship host institution: The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation What do you wish everyone knew about archives? For most people, a history textbook is what shapes their knowledge of the heroes and villains of the past. However, archives are where you really learn about what factors have brought us to the present. In the stories of the average and unglamorous, you can understand the evolution of a community. Archives tell the stories of our neighbors, our religious groups, genders, races, ethnicities, and nationalities. Primary source materials are critically important to our understanding of identity and culture. Julie Park, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Internship host institution: UCLA Library Special Collections/Clark Library Why did you decide to pursue a career in archives? I find appealing that a wide range of verbs defines what an archivist does with historical records, because it indicates the dynamic yet analytical nature of the profession, as well as its abiding attentiveness to the medium and format through which information is stored and relayed. Such concerns have always been implicit in my work as a teacher and scholar of the literature and culture of eighteenth-century Britain. As an archivist, not only do I get to deal with these issues in a self-reflective, tactile, and systematized way, but I also have greater opportunity to make a contribution to the public. Ashlynn Prasad, University of British Columbia (UBC) Internship host institution: UBC Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives Why did you decide to pursue a career in archives? I had the great fortune to be hired as a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as an undergrad. I was very lucky to work with a wonderful group of people who mentored me and fostered in me a love of the archival world. They allowed me to see what my career as an archivist could be.
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