Position Title: Michigan State University
Employer: Electronic Records Archivist
Degree/Year: MSIS, 2007

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Lisa Schmidt

“The practical customizable program at the iSchool helped me enormously in my current position.”

Lisa Schmidt holds the position of Electronic Records Archivist at Michigan State University. In October 2007, Lisa began working for MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, a digital humanities research center at Michigan State. Her work at MATRIX included an NHPRC-funded project to assess and improve the preservation practices for H-Net, which sponsors over 100 academic-oriented e-mail lists edited by scholars. In a joint appointment with the MSU Archives as digital preservation analyst, she participated in a project exploring digital curation practices at the university.

Lisa now works full time on electronic records projects for the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections. These include such projects as managing the development of the NHPRC-funded "Spartan Archive" preservation environment for electronic institutional records, and creating appraisal, transfer, and storage plans for the university's digital content of enduring value.

Lisa enjoyed a successful career as a high technology marketing communications professional in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin "before I decided to get that library science degree I always wanted," she says. After getting Dr. Pat Galloway as an advisor and hearing about all her work in electronic records, Lisa had found her calling. She has found that the practical, customizable program at the iSchool has helped her enormously in her current position. With Dr. Galloway's guidance Lisa was able to choose classes relevant to the career path she wanted to take, and was able to tailor volunteer and part-time work while she was in school to her needs, as well as doing in-class projects that taught practical skills for the future.

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