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DRT Library Welcomes New Volunteers

August 2, 2011

We’re pleased to welcome four new volunteers who have recently joined the DRT Library.

Volunteer Tom D'Amore.

Volunteer Tom D'Amore.

Tom D’Amore has been volunteering at the Library since December 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Schreiner University (2006) and a master’s degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University (2008). Tom has previously volunteered and interned at several Texas museums, including the Alamo. Most recently, he was a Museum Technician at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he assisted with cataloging, exhibit installation and de-installation, and a project to inventory the Museum’s 80,000+ object collection. During his time at the DRT Library, Tom has worked with Archivist Caitlin Donnelly on conducting biographical, genealogical, and historical research; surveying Civil War materials in the Library’s collections; and encoding legacy finding aids.

Volunteer Carter Richardson.

Volunteer Carter Richardson.

Carter Richardson volunteered at the DRT Library in July. He previously attended Winston Churchill High School, where he played the trombone in the marching band, and will be a sophomore at Alamo Heights High School next year. An aspiring presidential historian and college history professor, Carter is especially interested in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American history. He is currently working his way through Edmund Morris’s three-volume biography on Theodore Roosevelt, his favorite president. Carter has previously volunteered at the Alamo, working as a docent in Long Barrack museum. He is also a veteran of Alamo Camp, having participated as an attendee and a volunteer assistant. While at the DRT Library, Carter worked with Library Assistant Rusty Gamez on organizing and adding new materials to the vertical files and wrote a blog entry based on research he conducted at the Library.

Volunteer Sara Schmidt.

Volunteer Sara Schmidt.

Sara Schmidt began volunteering at the Library in June. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and German from Texas Tech University (1999) and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland at College Park (2001). She has also completed two workshops about encoded archival description (EAD) and last year attended the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives. Sara has previous experience in the authority control unit of the cataloging department within the University of Maryland’s library and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum library. Since 2003, she has been the Reference and Special Collections Librarian at Schreiner University. Sara has been working with Archivist Caitlin Donnelly on encoding legacy finding aids and processing backlogged archival collections.

Volunteer David Gallin-Parisi.

Volunteer David Gallin-Parisi.

Minnesota native David Gallin-Parisi began volunteering at the Library last month. A recent graduate of the library science master’s program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David also graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in art and English. During his time at UNC, he worked at several academic and public libraries and gained experience providing reference services and instruction. David’s previous archival work includes an internship at Duke University’s John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, where he answered reference questions, investigated copyright ownership of companies represented in the Ad*Access digital collection, and assisted with the creation of exhibitions. While at the DRT Library, David will be working with Archivist Caitlin Donnelly; his primary project will be encoding legacy finding aids.

In addition to the new faces at the DRT Library, we continue to benefit enormously from the efforts of several long-time volunteers.

  • Dr. Rita Foudray is continuing her work of indexing the seventy-five volumes that comprise the Robert Bruce Blake collection; she is currently working through volume sixty-eight. Dr. Foudray’s index is available in the DRT Library reading room.
  • Glen Skaggs is continuing his work of identifying people, places and buildings, organizations, businesses, and events in the Library’s Joseph Elicson Photograph Collection.
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