Sofía Becerra-Licha joins Emily Vigor in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Sofía for a year.
Name: Sofía Becerra-Licha
Institution: Stan Getz Library, Berklee College of Music
Years at position: <1
Education: Agnes Scott College (BA – Music & Spanish), Harvard University (AM – Music), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MSLS – Archives & Records Management concentration)
My professional interests include music librarianship, audiovisual archiving, ethnomusicology, Latin American studies, and outreach in general. In October, I began working at Berklee College of Music’s Stan Getz Library, where I serve as the College’s first (and lone) archivist. My position is funded by a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). During this time, I will essentially be setting up a working college archives: everything from writing archival policies to establishing a records management program, to beginning to tackle the backlog of unprocessed materials.
I earned my MSLS in August and this is my first professional position, so the last couple of months have definitely thrown a lot my way. Nonetheless, the campus community has been extremely supportive and I am genuinely excited at the awesome challenge that lies ahead.
Since its founding in 1945, Berklee has been at the forefront of popular music pedagogy, offering the first baccalaureate programs in areas such as jazz, film scoring, and electronic production, among others. Berklee’s graduates include numerous Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar award winners, demonstrating the significant impact this relatively young institution has had on the music industry as a whole. What has long been missing, however, is systematic documentation of the history of this unique organization – which is where I come in as the archivist.
Did I mention I’ve only been on the job for a little over two months? In this time, I have started drafting policy documents, begun processing collections and encoding finding aids, and generally tried to better acquaint myself with the archives’ holdings. Much remains to be done, of course, so I anticipate there will be no shortage of adventures and questions to share with you all throughout my first year on the job.