About meHello! I'm a postgraduate student at Aberystwyth University studying for an MA in Archives and Records management. Previous experience includes volunteering with the SS Great Britain Trust in the David MacGregor library, with Bristol Archives working on the 'Unlocking Our Sound Heritage' project, and with the Strata Florida Trust in Wales.
My postgraduate course has equipped me with a wide range of soft skills such as research, analysis, writing, presentation and management, structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.
More specifically, I have developed the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in an information management environment and make a meaningful and positive contribution to any team or project I am involved with.
The topics I covered during my studies include:
Access, Outreach, and Advocacy.
Recordkeeping Theory and Context.
Recordkeeping Process and Practice.
Post Medieval Palaeography and Diplomatic.
Digital Collection Development.
The course is accredited by the Archives and Records Association.
Between January and May of 2021, I worked on an archival project for the Strata Florida Trust, in Wales. Myself together with eight of my peers took up the project from where the 2020 graduates left off last year as their project was unfortunately cut short due to COVID-19 restrictions.
I very much enjoyed this project; it was wonderful to experience Welsh life through the perspective of a small community.
During this project, I was able to put into practice all the theory I had learnt since September. It was decided early on that we would all participate and assist each other with each step of the project, but that each task would have one or two people assigned overall responsibility. Throughout this project my responsibilities included:
The project plan, the ISAD(G) profile, the export into xml, and data transformation.
We also split the collection into nine roughly equal parts and by doing this we were all able to contribute to, the re-accession of the collection, cleaning items, the hierarchy tree, cataloguing on ATOM, writing the report, and the final group presentation.
I also gained experience of working with a team over MS Teams until we were able to meet in March 2021.
As of May 2021, the taught part of my course is over, and I will now be focussing on my dissertation. The exact subject is to be decided, but I will be exploring records management in the UK healthcare sector.
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