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DRT Library Welcomes Two New Volunteers

November 18, 2009

The DRT Library is pleased to welcome Kay Garsnett and Shannon Keith as its newest volunteers. Both Kay and Shannon  work with archivist Caitlin Donnelly on a variety of projects pertaining to the library’s archival collections, including developing and staffing special programs and updating information about the archives on the DRT Library’s website. Future projects will include researching the families, individuals, and organizations that have donated materials to the library as well as arranging and describing new and/or unprocessed collections.

Volunteer Kay Garsnett.

Volunteer Kay Garsnett.

San Antonio native Kay Garsnett, above, has a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has almost twenty years of experience as an academic librarian, primarily in the area of reference services, at various institutions including Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley in Missouri. She is currently an adjunct reference librarian at Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio. Seeking to take her career in a new direction, Kay is currently working on a Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Administration, an online program through the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During the last couple of years, she has also completed several archival continuing education courses, primarily through the Society of American Archivists; in June 2009 she attended the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Kay is an experienced genealogist and has been an active member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Volunteer Shannon Keith.

Volunteer Shannon Keith.

Shannon Keith, above, is a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where her coursework focused on various components of archival work and where she served as the secretary of the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Shannon also graduated from Wellesley College in 2003 with a double major in art history and Italian studies. Shannon’s most recent archives experience was an internship she completed this past summer with the Arkansas History Commission (AHC), a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Collaborating with the Lawrence County Historical Society, the AHC is in the process of planning the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA), a branch archives to be built at Powhatan Historic State Park. The three thousand square foot facility will house historic northeast Arkansas county records and provide regional access to historical and genealogical research materials. Shannon’s task was to help the Commission develop a furniture and equipment layout plan that took into account the comfort and work processes of researchers and staff, space limitations, lighting, power, American Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, and archival workflows. Shannon is currently the Special Collections Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

We are thrilled to have Kay and Shannon join the DRT Library team!

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