Philosophy of Learning and Professional DevelopmentDocument Transcript
Andrea Sue BoltzJ701 – Spring 2010 Philosophy Statement The primary thoughts as I contemplated a Library and Information Science career werepreservation. In 1999, at an archaeological dig in Israel, I saw the Dead Sea Scrolls for the firsttime. Written in ancient Hebrew, and often in small pieces, I saw the history of a religion ondisplay in a darkened room. I was fascinated by the prospect of preserving documents thousandsof years old. As time continued, the thought of archiving and preserving more recent documentswas cultivated. Just as the Dead Sea Scrolls provided new insight into some of the world’sreligions, documents and items created today, and in recent centuries can give insight intotoday’s culture, if they are preserved for future generations. Archiving and preserving today’s creations is a noble work and when first contemplatinga career in Library and Information service, it was my first priority. However, throughout thesemester, I have grown in what I believe regarding Library Science. Archives and preservation ofknowledge is still my priority, but there are several other things on which I have placedimportance. Dissemination of knowledge and information freedom are important and I place ahigh value on them. In an archival setting, it will be important to remember that the knowledge isbeing preserved and archived so that it will not be lost, even as some documents must be keptprivate due to copyrights or by donor request. Even when the knowledge in an archive must bekept private for a time, it is being preserved for future use and understanding. Archivists will need to find ways to collect and preserve digital knowledge now, andcontinuing into the future. As more documents are created and disseminated solely by digitalmeans, these documents need to be preserved for the future. It will be important for archivists tofind economical ways of preserving this knowledge, and ensuring that the formats used forpreservation are updated as advancements are made. Finally, it will be important to find newways to make libraries and archives relevant to society, as digital documents become moreprominent and search engines become more efficient. By finding new ways of maintainingrelevance in the community and using technology to assist in the mission of locating, preservingand disseminating information the library science field will continue to be relevant in anincreasingly technological world. As I continue to develop as an archivist I will be following a plan towards a final goal. Inthe short term, I will be working towards completing my Master’s degree. I completed aninternship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s Ralph RinzlerArchive during the summer of 2011. I am currently looking for a job as an archive or museumtechnician, so that I can gain some of the work experience that I currently lack. Additionally, Iwill maintain my membership in the Society of American Archivists, and being working on theDigital Archives Specialist certificate that they offer. I will also begin working on becoming aCertified Archivist. I plan to be active in SAA, SCAA, other regional archival associations, aswell as SLA and additional organizations as my interests develop.