Dana Hamlin, Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dana Hamlin, Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dana Hamlin, Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Hello!

My name is Dana Hamlin, and I’ll be taking over @VoicesLibrary this week (11-17 August). I’m a bit of an outlier from the rest of the curators so far because I’m American and work in the US. I’ve been really enjoying getting to peek behind the scenes of UK libraries through @VoicesLibrary, and hopefully my tweets this week will be just as interesting as everyone else’s have been!

What do I do?
I’m a Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). To quote our website (http://libraries.mit.edu/archives), the IASC serves as the memory of MIT, so we collect and preserve records that document the history of MIT and the people who have been a part of that history. The three biggest pieces of my role in that mission include contacting offices and donors about transferring records; appraising, inventorying, packing and/or re-housing, and updating databases to keep track of records that we receive; and working at the reference desk and answering queries about our collections.

What’s my background?
I got my BA in English (with a minor in history) in 2006, and my MLS in 2011. My library career started with some stints as a public library volunteer during high school, and took off in earnest with an internship at another public library during my final year as an undergrad. That internship turned into a job as a library assistant, and then I took a position as a circulation assistant at the management and social sciences library at MIT. I bounced back and forth between circ and technical processing for a few years due to a major reorganization of the MIT Libraries system, and then finally landed in the Institute Archives just over three years ago.

Why am I tweeting?
I stumbled upon the @VoicesLibrary Twitter Takeover for National Libraries Day back in February, and was fascinated by the different stories presented there. When @kosjanka asked if I’d be interested in doing a takeover, I jumped at the chance to take part in such a cool project. I’m an ardent supporter of libraries, having been a patron of public libraries for as long as I can remember, and am excited to be a part of a project that illustrates the value of all different types of libraries and library staff/supporters!

What will I tweet about?
I’m going to attempt to provide a glimpse into a week in the life of an archives assistant at MIT, along with some commentary on the archives profession, academic libraries, and anything else library-related that springs to mind during the week. I’ll try not to be too rambly! Please feel free to ask me questions or send me comments during the week and I’ll tweet my responses to those as well.

Want to contact me?
My personal twitter account is @dgobs23, but I should warn you – library-related posts tend to be a bit few and far between, as I spend quite a bit of time tweeting about soccer/football. While being a Spurs fan in the US is getting easier all the time, twitter is really my only way of following my other club, FC Halifax Town. If the mad ramblings of a sports fan don’t put you off, please feel free to follow me!

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