We are delighted to welcome Jessea Young, our new Digital Library Program Assistant, to the William H. Hannon Library staff. We asked Jessea to share some information about herself and her role here at LMU.
Q: What drew you to apply for the Digital Library Assistant position?
I applied to this position because it would allow me to explore the world of digital libraries hands on. As the Digital Library Assistant I get to assist with Digital Collections, Digital Commons, and Digital Scholarship. My last year of graduate school I made a digital collection of oral histories and images of tattooed Asian Americans. All of my energy was focused on the outreach, digital preservation, and then digital curation. However, this position would allow me to dive into digital stewardship. While it’s great to have all these digital assets, digital stewardship reminds me that we have to manage this information to build relationships with our community for long-term use.
Q: What has been your favorite thing about your position so far?
My favorite thing about my position so far is expanding the content in Digital Commons. My personal goal is to acquire more materials that represent the diversity in the research Loyola Marymount University faculty produce. There are so many methods to ingest new materials for open access. It’s a lot of fun exploring different scripts, codes, or programs that were not taught in the library and information science curriculum.
Q: How do you think your job will help you with your future goals?
This job will definitely help me gain experience in learning how to manage all types of digital collections. One day, I hope to be a digital collection manager or digital librarian. This position will allow me to learn how to produce workflows, documentation, and collaborate with other departments across the library and university campus to create an inclusive digital library.
Q: What is the last show you watched on TV?
I am presently watching Plebs on Hulu. Plebs is this hilarious British series about three young men in ancient Rome. Imagine Workaholics taking place in ancient Rome. Sometimes, I laugh so hard I tear up.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise us to learn?
My father’s family has a genealogy book that records our history all the way back to 1240 A.D. My family has recorded names, professions, location of posting, marriages, and even the number of concubines a man would have. I believe that archiving was a gene passed down to me.
Q: What is your favorite quote from a book or movie (or a book that was made into a movie)?
It’s a battle between: “Adventure is out there!” – Up and “Orange Mocha Frappuccino!” -Zoolander. I should have a deeper answer to this question, but this is my truth.