Do you have boxes of documents and photographs languishing in a closet, basement, attic, or storage space and want to access, discover, and preserve those stories and items?
Anita MechlerMLIS, RBMC, CA
I have lived in the great city of Chicago for almost 20 years and for half of that time, I have been a librarian and archivist at many local and varied institutions. I have a passion for organization, interpreting the historical record, and advocating for hidden stories. I earned my Master's of Library and Information Science and a Rare Books and Manuscripts certification at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
The times when I have been able to dive into archival work and advocate for the power of diverse storytelling have been my happiest.
My love of archives first bloomed at the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) at Loyola University Chicago, where I earned a Bachelors in Sociology and Women's studies.
I spent my graduate assistantship at the Chicago Public Library’s Special Collection and Preservation Division processing the drawings and annotated scripts of lighting designer Robert Shook utilizing the Chicago Tribune Historical Archives. I also spent time as a Community Informatics Fellow at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. After earning my MLIS, I interned briefly at the WLA, creating a digital exhibition of the papers of Peggy Roach, a civil rights activist.
As the Director of Library and Archives at the Union League Club of Chicago, I worked on original archival research projects on which I gave lectures as part of outreach and advocacy designed to directly preserve those resources.
Most recently, as a Project Manager / Archivist at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, I completed a Project Management Fundamentals Certification, Copyright Law for Archivists, and became a Certified Archivist while developing and managing multiple grant-funded programs and initiatives.
Without archives many stories of real people would be lost, along with those stories, vital clues that allow us to reflect and interpret our lives today.
- Sara Sheridan