New Faces at NHF

Submitted by David

Our CLIR grant, The Woman Behind the Camera, has given us the chance to add two new talented staff members.

The first to come on board was Josh Brophy who joined us at the beginning of June.  Josh has the title of Archival Processing Technician and is primarily working on the CLIR grant at this time but the position is permanent and after the grant his duties will shift to a broader range of activities.   Josh was working in St. Louis when we hired him but his education has taken him all over.  As he wrote in his application letter,  "I decided to pursue formal training in the field at the University of Amsterdam. The Master’s program (Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image) covered archival principles both in general and more specifically as they relate to audiovisual material. The theoretical side of the coursework was supplemented by a series of hands-on training modules and workshops held at archives, museums, and film labs throughout the Amsterdam area. In my second year of graduate school, I completed an academic internship at WITNESS, a human rights video advocacy archive in Brooklyn, where I gained special insight into the considerations that must be taken when working with sensitive or confidential material. I strengthened my knowledge of these principles by writing my thesis about the challenges unique to online archives when it comes to enforcing access restrictions and the right to privacy."

Just last week we welcomed Emma Prichard to the staff.  Emma is a recent graduate of McGill University's ALA-accredited Master of Information Studies program.  She studied cataloging, archival description, and multimedia systems which makes her an excellent fit for our CLIR Project Cataloger position. She was born in Maine and after getting an Anthropology degree from the University of New Hampshire spent time in AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, where for two years she taught ESL in a rural Cambodian high school.  Emma brings a great combination of world-wide experience coupled with familiarity with things New England, thanks to her upbringing here.  And you never know when we might need someone proficient in Khmer on the staff.

The Woman Behind the Camera project was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation whose Digitizing Hidden Special Collections program is a national competition administered by CLIR to support access to rare and unique cultural content in archives, libraries and museums across the country.