What are the essential skills, qualities, and values that make an effective archivist? How are they of practical use, when it comes to the integrity of an archive and its value to those using it? Find out in this episode with Dr. Katherine Wisser of the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, and Sarah Schelde, Associate Archivist at The Mary Baker Eddy Library.
Katherine Wisser is Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University. She directs the Archives Management concentration and co-directs the Dual Degree program in Archives and History. She earned her master’s and doctorate in library and information science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s in early American history from the University of New Hampshire. Among many publications, Wisser’s articles have been published in American Archivist, Library HiTech, and Library Resources and Technical Services. She has held several leadership positions with the Society of American Archivists, including the development of the standard Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) in 2011 and the subsequent leadership of the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards.
Sarah Schelde is the associate archivist at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, where she processes and preserves historic materials within the Library’s Special Collections—including the Mary Baker Eddy Collection. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degrees in library science and history from Simmons College. Her historical focus includes the colonial and early national period of American History, particularly the history of women and religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.