Name: Meagan Doyle
SNAP Participation: Steering Committee Member
Institution: National Park Service (Lake Clark National Park & Preserve and Katmai National Park & Preserve)
Years at position: <1 (5 months)
Education: BA, Bates College; MSLIS (Archives Management Concentration), Simmons College
I currently hold a temporary position at the National Park Service’s offices in Anchorage, Alaska, where I’m processing the backlogged records of Lake Clark National Park & Preserve and Katmai National Park & Preserve. I’m the sole archivist working on this project, but I work in close proximity to contract archivists, which brings a collegial air to the work space.
What I’m relishing about being a new archivist is the continuing opportunity to fine-tune my idea of what I’d like from an eventual (hopefully, someday) long-term position. When I started out in the field, I was absolutely one of the people who’d say, “I just love processing and I’d be so happy to just sit and arrange & describe materials all day, forever!” While I do still love really delving into processing, I’ve had the opportunity (read: been required by my job descriptions) to branch out and do things like supervise student workers and teach classes, and having enjoyed these tasks immensely, I’ve learned more about the profession and my place in it.
In my free time, I try to take advantage of all Alaska has to offer, which generally takes the form of hikes, shows, and road trips. In keeping with a running theme in these introductions, I’m into sci-fi/fantasy. Also, Downton Abbey. And teaching myself to crochet. Until I became a SNAP steering committee member, my professional activities had been limited to membership in SAA and NEA. I’m so pleased to have begun my roundtable involvement with such a vital group as this one. Email me if you have any questions, comments or ideas, don’t be shy! I’m also open to archivist pen pals. Thanks for reading!