LaRC People and Places April 2018

Part of being a professional is accepting an ethical obligation to give back, both to their profession and to their communities. Giving back to their profession can involve various ways to move their profession forward, such as serving on committees, presenting and publishing research papers, participating in professional meetings, and holding leadership positions. Giving back to their communities can include serving on the boards of civic organizations, giving talks to civic and social groups, and liaising with local and national media to help educate the public about libraries and archives. From the Sons of the American Revolution to WGNO to the Louisiana Historical Association, here are some of the ways LaRC gave back in March and April of 2018.

On April 12, 2018, Sean Benjamin, LaRC's Public Services Librarian, was interviewed by a reporter from Gambit magazine as part of a series on "Forgotten New Orleans." On April 12-15, Sean attended the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association in New Orleans. Sean is a member of the LHA's Archives and Records Committee.


Leon Miller, photograph by Max Becherer,
New Orleans Advocate.
On March 14, Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, spoke to the George Washington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The George Washington chapter serves the New Orleans metropolitan area. Lee was also featured April 1 in the New Orleans Advocate in an article about Louisiana's 1898 constitution. On April 12, Lee was interviewed by a reporter from the New Orleans television station WGNO about the Newcomb Museum exhibit EMPIRE, which features many items from the holdings of the Louisiana Research Collection. On Saturday April 14, Lee served as a "roving archivist" for a New Orleans Center for the Gulf South event as part of the EMPIRE exhibit. On April 25, Lee provided commentary on the exhibit as part a panel of Tulane archivists, scholars, and curators.

Andrew Mullins, LaRC associate
for archival and digital initiatives
On March 21, Andrew Mullins talked with students about internship opportunities in the Louisiana Research Collection as part of the Center for Public Service Internship Fair at Tulane University. Andrew is LaRC's associate for archival processing and digital initiatives.

Althea Topek has been elected to the board of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. Althea is an archives technician who divides her time between the Louisiana Research Collection and the Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA). For LaRC Althea is currently processing the records of the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union, while for SEAA she is transferring online guides to ArchivesSpace, the library's new internet server for finding aids.

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