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University of Glasgow Archive Services

About Olivia

My traineeship is a combination of traditional archive skills and a more focussed look at Digital Preservation, gaining an understanding of current theory and best practice. I will be involved in various teams based at the University, beginning with Customer Services and continuing on to Research and Data Management. I will also be working with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), who are the leading advocate and catalyst for digital preservation. I welcome the opportunity to put all my new learning into practice on several projects.

I graduated with a degree in Film and Television Studies from the University of Glasgow in 2013 and went on to volunteer with a local social enterprise as well as working in the private sector. I have always had a keen interest in heritage and culture and leapt at the chance to participate in the Skills for the Future programme.

Having studied courses on the history of digital media at university, I am aware of the pressing need for initiatives that help preserve digital resources. I am excited for the opportunity to gain more experience in the practice of digital preservation and learn how to establish policy to safeguard digital repositories for the future. I also look forward to completing a module in Digital Preservation and Digitisation facilitated by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee. The skills I will acquire throughout the year under the guidance of my host, the DPC and through other workshops will prove invaluable when pursuing future employment, providing a solid foundation on which to build a career in archiving.

About University of Glasgow Archive Services

University of Glasgow Archive Services manages and provides access to two main collections: the University Archives and the Scottish Business Archive. Bringing together the official records of the University (founded in 1451) with the records of staff, alumni and student organisations, the University Archives are an outstanding resource for Scotland’s educational intellectual and cultural history. The Scottish Business Archive reflects the contribution and breadth of activity that Scotland’s business, industry and enterprise has made, and continues to make to the world economy.

Archive Services is a small, but busy team, which makes the collections accessible to the University’s staff and students, supporting student and academic research and promoting the University’s illustrious heritage. Our collections are also available to all, and we support a wide range of individuals and organisations carrying out family, local and special interest research both in our searchroom and through our enquiry services. Archive Services also supports special project, such as the University’s World War One Commemoration and Darning Scotland’s Textile Heritage.