Call Number, Volume 71, Number 1, Spring 2012

management, many that apply to managing
staff of all types.
Stephen Smith (M.S. '96)
has worked mainly in records management
since graduation. He began working in Dallas,
TX at a few companies that are now out of
business, including CompUSA and Southwest
Financial Services Corporation. He also
worked at ACS, which is now a Xerox company.
Since 2005, he has served as records manager
at QVC, a multimedia retailer in West Chester,
PA. Stephen stated that"When I think about
what I learned at UNT and how I apply those
principles on a daily basis, I think of taxonomy
development, records classification including
assigning metadata to records, searching for
records and information, and research. I use
some or all of these skills on a daily basis."The
technology landscape has changed dramatically
since I graduated, so while the software I use
has changed the skills haven't. Whether it be
using an imaging system or a system to track
boxes and files, I still classify and index on a
daily basis to ensure they can be searched for
and retrieve later."
Jennifer Debett Snyder (M.S. '10)
serves as an information and training manager
at Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Reno,
NV Most services the coalition provides are
for parents, counselors and sometimes the
drug users themselves who seek information
for their own use. They seek information about
drugs, what damage the drugs do and the end
results. Jennifer's job is to direct the client to
quality sources. Seeing the need to have sources
on hand, she has developed a library containing
reliable materials for on-site use. She also goes
out to elementary schools to talk to children
about dangers in drug and alcohol use, usually
ones at the sixth grade level who are about to
enter middle school.Jennifer believes that her
library training not only enables her to conduct
proper interviews to determine need but also to
conduct proper literature searches in order to
direct clients to reliable materials.
Jaeger Wells (M.S.'11)
is the Business Research Analyst for Kiewit
Corporation, a Fortune 500 engineering and
construction firm headquartered in Omaha,

NE. Since it was founded in 1884, the
company has grown to be a top three general
contractor in North America and one of
the largest in the world.Jaeger is part of the
Business Development Department for two
districts of the company which helps to bring
in new business and cultivate relationships
with owners, subcontractors, engineers and
equipment/materials suppliers. "My colleague
and I (another SLIS from South Carolina)
tend to break down business development
into two major aspects: strategic analysis and
marketing/sales. Strategic analysis, where
I reside, can be broken down further into
conducting market and project research
and analysis, client and competitor research
and analysis, and figuring out positioning
tactics,:' he said. He explained that "market
and project research consists of front end
research that allows us to gauge the landscape
of various markets that we work in, as well as
collecting information on projects that would
be a good fit with Kiewit":' He also travels the
country training employees to use the recently
implemented Client Relationship Management
(CRM) system.
Jacqueline Zak (LIS M.S. '11)
serves as an archivist for California's Yosemite
National Park. The task of her archival team
involves describing, arranging, rehousing,
and cataloging collections for preservation
and accountability. They also are committed
to providing more effective access to the
collections. "That is where my library skills are
particularly important,' she said. 'As librarians,
we learn to effectively and accurately describe
materials so that access to them is reliable
and efficient. This is also the goal of archivists,
although archival description does not usually
process item by item. Another difference
is that our descriptive practices involve
developing narratives to specify the context
of the collection-who created it and why,
where it came from, how it came to us, and
the significance of the arrangement we have
chosen for it." This is usually expressed through
a "Finding Aid" which may be in the form of
a Word or PDF document. The Finding Aid
usually includes a container list organized
hierarchically reflecting the collection's
arrangement into boxes and folders for storage.

ARCHIVIST PHILIP MONTGOMERY
SPEAKS AT INTERNATIONAL
SYMPOSIUM
Last November during the Thanksgiving
holidays, I found myself in Tokyo as
one of three speakers at an international
symposium regarding the importance of
preserving records about the effects of
radiation from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki
atomic bombings. For the Japanese, the
symposium was especially poignant because
only eight months before the Great East
Japan Earthquake had stuck with a tsunami
that destroyed many cities and created the
Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. The
very threat of radiation from that disaster
and trying to understand the effects of the
radiation drew a crowd of more than 100
people to the symposium.
The symposium was titled "Memory and
Records of Nuclear Age Preservation and
Utilization of Atomic Bomb Archives." The
archival science program at Gakushuin
University in Tokyo and Hiroshima City
University sponsored my trip with funding
provided by the Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science (JSPS).
I was asked to participate because I oversee
one of three important collections of archival
papers related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty
Commission (ABCC). There are two other
collections. The Radiation Effects Research
Foundation in Hiroshima maintains official
ABCC records that are closed to the public.
The National Academies of Science in
Washington D.C. maintains the official
records of the ABCC.
Harry Truman as president of the United
States established the Atomic Bomb Casualty
Commission (ABCC) in 1946 to study the
effects of radiation on the survivors of the
1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The ABCC records contain the longest
ongoing study of large populations affected
by weaponized radiation. Interest in the study
remains high because of the threat of nuclear
war or disasters, such as Fukushima.
Texas Medical Center Library collection
is unique because, unlike the other two
collections, the papers are personal. The
collection contains personal insights into
the politics, culture and society of the

University of North Texas. College of Information. Call Number, Volume 71, Number 1, Spring 2012. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc102309/. Accessed July 30, 2014.