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SNAP/BAS Webinar: Business Archives -- Perspectives on An Uncommon Career Path

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    Posted May 23, 2022 04:40 PM
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    Students and New Professionals (SNAP) 2022 Webinar Series


    SAA Business Archives Section (BAS)
    Business Archives: Perspectives on An Uncommon Career Path
    Thursday, June 2, 2022
    8am Hawaii-Aleutian / 11am Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern
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    Business Archives: Perspectives on An Uncommon Career Path

    What does it mean to be a business archivist? Is pursuing a career in business archives the right path for me? In this virtual event, jointly sponsored by SNAP and BAS, participants will learn from experienced professionals who have held a variety of positions in the business archives field. Discover what makes their organizational records unique and how their career journeys into this facet of the archival world have been equal parts challenging and rewarding.

    Join SNAP and BAS as we host a presentation and discussion with Eric D. Chin, MA, NBCUniversal; Sam Citarella, MA, MS, Tiffany & Co.; and L.J. Strumpf, MA, MSIS, IBM.


    Eric D. Chin, MA, is the Manager, Archive Operations at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA, and oversees the archival holdings and material culture for NBC Television, Cable, Streaming, and Animation productions and responsible for the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of assets affiliated with these properties. Eric has over 18 years of major studio archives experience working at NBCUniversal and DreamWorks SKG. Through managing their historic collections, he constantly sought creative and innovative ways to build eminence and maintain the legacy for these companies within the entertainment industry. This led to numerous collaborative projects with world renown museums, cultural institutions, and curated events.

    Eric is an active member in multiple professional organizations including the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Society of California Archivists (SCA). He currently serves on the Council of SAA and was previously the Chair of the Business Archives Section (BAS) within the organization. In the media industry, Eric is best known for pioneering an open knowledge sharing group for archivists working across all studios and institutions in the entertainment field. This allows for colleagues to meet and collectively host networking events periodically to share ideas, trends, and best practices to elevate the profession within the industry.

    Sam Citarella, MA, MS, is the Assistant Archivist at Tiffany & Co., where she works to preserve the most important records documenting the company's manufacturing and design history. In consultation with the Associate Archivist, she makes available archival collections that have the potential to be of the greatest value to the company's business needs and inspire creativity among key company stakeholders. 

    Sam received a MA in American Studies from George Washington University, a MS in Archives Management from Simmons University, and a BA in History from Monmouth University.

    L.J. Strumpf, MA, MSIS, is the Assistant Corporate Archivist at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, a position he has held since 2015. He originally joined the IBM Corporate Archives team in 2010 as their A/V specialist, handling reference requests and overseeing a video digitization project pursuant to the company's Centennial. 

    Before joining IBM, L.J. worked in the curatorial department at The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) in New York City. In 2021, he was elected Education Chair for the Business Archives Section of SAA. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, earning master's degrees in History and Information Science.

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    SAA SNAP Steering Committee