LA as Subject Residency Program

2015-2017 LA as Subject Resident Archivists:

Stella Castillo is the Resident Archivist at the Autry Museum of the American West. Stella earned her MLIS, specializing in Archival Studies, in 2015. While at UCLA, she worked at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library as a library assistant, created and implemented a paper preservation project in the conservation lab at the Fowler Museum, interned at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and worked on a large photo archive project at the National Chavez Center. Prior to attending UCLA for her Masters, Stella worked as a Personal Assistant and Caregiver for an active quadriplegic woman, as a Project Coordinator for the print and publishing giant RR Donnelley and as a Circulation Assistant for an international health publication. Stella earned her BA at UCLA in the Study of Religion with a minor in Anthropology.

Joanna Chen Cham is an early career librarian and archivist with a Masters of Library and Information Science and Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned high honors in her BA in history and focused on the Holocaust, Jewish Studies, human rights, and oral histories. Her passions led her to become the Archive and Exhibit Manager at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, where her work with Holocaust survivors and their archival collections inspired her to continue a career in collecting, preserving, and making accessible stories of different communities. Joanna’s experiences also include working with Holocaust education at the USC Shoah Foundation, creating an archival description manual for the National Cesar Chavez Center, writing finding aids for the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center, working with faculty and students with the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, and processing collections and indexing Nanjing Massacre testimonies at the USC Libraries, Special Collections Department. In addition, Joanna is also an Association of Research Libraries/Society of American Archivists Mosaic Fellow, an ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Fellow, a SAA Josephine Forman Fellow, and ALA Spectrum Scholar. She is actively involved in the Society of California Archivists and in ALA as a Spectrum Advisory Committee member. For her academic excellence and active participation in professional development, Joanna Chen Cham was chosen by the UCLA Information Studies faculty to receive the annual UCLA MLIS Award for the Advancement of the Profession.  Joanna is interested in archives and academic libraries, digital humanities and scholarship, outreach and instruction, design and typography, and increasing diversity in the information field.

Amelia Parks will be L.A. as Subject Resident Archivist at California State University, Northridge. She holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Science in Information Studies with an emphasis in Archives, Preservation, and Digital Records from the University of Texas at Austin. Amelia has previous worked at the Alexander Architectural Archive, Sacramento Public Library and California Museum, and volunteered at the California Department of Parks and Recreation library, and the Granger Brethren Church archives.

Program Description:

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the USC Libraries and the L.A. as Subject research alliance a grant to develop a residency program that will support archival education. The grant is part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program, which funds training of early career librarians to manage emerging challenges in libraries and librarianship.

The LAAS Residency Program will provide an opportunity for Residents to gain experience with different aspects of the archive professions by working on specific projects with different LAAS members through a rotating schedule. Each Resident will be paired with one Home Institution and then rotate to three other Rotating Institutions.

This is a two-year grant project that will host 3 Residents per year. The Autry, Cal State University Northridge, and USC Libraries will each host and mentor one Resident per year and serve as the home institutions.

For more information about the Resident Archivist position, please read the .