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Jeremy Katz (Mentor #2017-02)

Tell us why you are interested in participating as a SGA Mentor. Did you have mentors in the course of your career? What impact did they have on you?

I have mentored several aspiring archivists through the SGA Mentor program and even chaired the committee once upon a time. I have been mentored several times throughout my career and it has shaped where I am today. It is very rewarding to repay the favor and help out the next generation of professionals.

Describe the areas in which you feel you have the most to offer.

Traditional archives, total archives, ArchivesSpace, Jewish history, museum studies

How many years have you worked as an archivist? What roles have you assumed during this time? Do you have management experience?

I have worked 7 years full-time and 10 years total in the field. I started as a graduate assistant at Wright State University Special Collections & Archives. After graduation, I conducted an archival internship at the American Jewish Archives. In 2013, I joined the archives staff at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. In 2014, I was promoted to Archives Director and have managed several full-time and part-time staff, as well as numerous interns, volunteers, and transcribers.

What is one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of your career as an archivist that might inspire others?

Being an archivist is a very hands-on application of history. If you are interested in history, but want to do more than learn about it in a book, being an archivist puts you on the front lines of preserving and interpreting history.

Describe the kinds of collections you have worked with. Do you have experience with digital archives? Audiovisual? Other specialized formats? Records management?

I work in a total archives so we manage history in all formats. I have experience with documents, textiles, audio-visual, artifacts, and digital collections. I also have experience creating and managing records retention schedules.

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