"Elevator Speech" Assignment
An archive is, in a nutshell, a library of sorts that focuses on history and documentation of the past. Most archives aim to preserve information so whenever someone wants access to a portion of history, we help them find it! There are all kinds of information depending on where you go, and it’s the archivist’s job to understand what the searcher is looking for. In my job now, I am excellent at understanding what my patrons need and helping them find it. I love helping people learn about new subjects in new ways, and I’m really keen on archivists understanding their collections, because that’s a big part of our job. You’d be surprised to know how many people still today don’t understand how to find information, so that creates a need for trained archivists. Information specialists owe it to the public to help them sort out our shared past so we can understand our different experiences.