There has been a lot of excitement back in the Special Collection offices as of late as we have two new additions on our team.
We are very pleased to be bringing in Lisa Cruces, who officially joined us last week, as the new Hispanic Collections Archivist. As Esmeralda Fisher initially reported back in December, the addition of Cruces will have our Hispanic Collections poised for the future in an exciting and emerging area of research. Lisa comes to us from the University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Libraries where she served as Librarian-in-Residence since July 2012. She has been appointed Member of the Pinkett Award Committee (SAA), served multiple appointments on the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable (SAA), and has served as Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Society of Indiana Archivists. Lisa earned her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.
Matt Richardson joined our team at the end of January to assist archivists with the accessioning of born-digital materials in our various collections and to manage our online finding aids. In this regard, it should be noted that the University of Houston Special Collections is a charter member of ArchivesSpace (a new, open source archives information management application) and our own Mary Manning (University Archivist) has been appointed to its User Advisory Council for a two-year term. Matt will work with Mary and the rest of Special Collections as we transition from one finding aid tool and begin breaking new ground for researchers with ArchivesSpace. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Liberal Studies from Northwestern University where he also cut his teeth in the Preservation Department at the Northwestern University Library.
If you’re visiting us and you happen to see Lisa or Matt, please let them know how excited we are to have them at the University of Houston!