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Rachel Walton, PhD

Digital Archivist and Librarian

I am a Digital Archivist and Librarian at Rollins College's Olin Library. 
 
In that role, I work to acquire, preserve, and provide access to the College's digital assets. This includes, but is not limited to, digitized materials related to the history of the college, the published and unpublished work of its faculty and students, and any electronic records that merit long term retention. I also teach information literacy classes, meet with patrons one-on-one for research consultations, and co-lead digital humanities projects across campus. 
 
My research and scholarship centers on web usability, social media archiving,
research data management, and Open Access publishing. In my spare time, I 
like sipping cappuccinos, taking road trips, and playing with my bulldog, Jackie. 

T. 407.691.1127
rwalton@rollins.edu 

Occupational History

Digital Archivist and Records Management Coordinator | Olin Library, Rollins College
2015 - present

CRADLE Fellow | UNC Chapel Hill, NC
Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education, IMLS grant-funded initiative under the supervision of Dr. Helen Tibbo. 
2014 - 2015

Records Management Assistant | RTI International Records and Compliance Office. Research Triangle Park, NC. 
2014

Language Arts and Reading Teacher | Hoggetowne Middle School for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
2012 - 2013

Graduate Research Assistant | P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, University of Florida
2010 - 2012

Student Assistant | George A. Smathers Library, Archives and Special Collections. University of Florida
2008 - 2010

Educational History

M.S. in Information and Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 2015
M.A. in Latin American History. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2012
B.A. in History and Minor in Art History. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2010

Articles

Rachel Walton and Patti McCall-Wright. “What About the Little Guys?: How to Approach Supporting Research Data Management at a Small Liberal Arts College.” ResearchDataQ (November 6, 2019): https://researchdataq.org/.

Rachel Walton and Tomaro Taylor. “A Letter from the Editors of the Society of Florida Archivists Journal. The Society of Florida Archivists Journal 1, no.1 (2018): 1-5.

Rachel Walton. “Evaluating IR Platforms: Usability Criteria for End Users and IR Managers,” Against the Grain, Vol. 30, Issue 1 (February 2018): 25-26. 

Rachel Walton. “Looking for Answers: A Usability Study of Online Finding Aid Navigation,” The American Archivist, Vol. 80, Issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2017): 30-52.

Rachel Walton. “Searching High and Low: Faceted Navigation as a Model for Online Archival Finding Aids,” Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists, Vol. 12, Issue 1&2 (2015): 65-99. 

Grants and Awards 

Award of Archival Excellence, Society of Florida Archivists, Service and Professional Leadership Award, May 2019.

“Pathway to Diversity: Curating Our Collections (Continuation Grant),” Campus Lead, Associated Colleges of the South Diversity Grant in partnership with Centre College, Washington and Lee University, and Furman University, $29,000 Awarded for Spring and Fall of 2019.

Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, sponsored and selected participant. Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 2018.

“Pathway to Diversity: Uncovering Our Collections,” Campus Lead, Associated Colleges of the South Diversity Grant in partnership with Centre College, Washington and Lee University, and Furman University, $30,000 Awarded for Spring and Fall of 2018.

Rollins Internationalization Grant Recipient, $3,500 awarded for a co-led scouting trip to Israel with English Professor, Kristin Winet, April 2017. 

Theodore Calvin Pease Award, Society of American Archivists, Publication Award, March 2016. 

“[True] Stories: Supporting Classroom-centered, Multidisciplinary, and Collaborative Oral History Curricula for Undergraduates,” Lead PI, Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Advancement Grant in partnership with Davidson College and Southwestern University, $15,000 Awarded for the Spring and Fall of 2016.

Deans Achievement Award, UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, May 2015.

 Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award, Society of North Carolina Archivists, Publication Award, January 2015.

Presentations

“Leading with Tenure and Promotion: Navigating the Dynamics of Power, Research, and Service in the Archives Profession,” co-presenter for a panel at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, August 2019 (Austin, Texas).

“Naming What We Don’t Know: Finding Unexpected Spaces of Learning in Cross-Campus Multimodal Writing Projects,” co-presenter for a panel and guided discussion at the Seventeenth Annual Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries, July 2019 (Granada, Spain). 

“Rethinking Archival Instruction: Moving Beyond the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ ” co-presenter at the Annual Society of Florida Archivist Meeting, May 2019 (Miami, Florida).

“Transparency in the Tenure Process: A Frank Discussion on Earning Tenure and Thriving as an Archivist in Academia” co-presenter for the Pennsylvania Libraries College and Research Divisions’ Connect and Communicate Series, June 21, 2018 (webinar).

“Pathways to Diversity: Strategies for Documenting the African American Experience at Historic Southern Colleges” chair and co-presenter at the Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Meeting, October 2018 (Athens, Georgia).

“Road Maps for RDM Services, What Next?” session chair at the IASSIST Annual Conference, May 2018 (Montreal, Canada). 

“Getting Started with ArchivesSpace: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly“ chair and co-presenter at the Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting, May 2018 (Tallahassee, Florida). 

“Digital Literacy and Collaborative Learning (DLCL), Lightning Round Presentation,” co-presented with both Rollins and UCF faculty, THATCamp at University of Central Florida, March 2018 (Orlando, Florida).

“High Impact Pedagogies and Sustainable Archives: Supporting Oral History Curricula at Undergraduate Liberal Arts Institutions” chair and presenter at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 2017 (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

“Providing Access to Multimedia Collections in Digital Commons Institutional Repositories” co-presenter at the Digital Commons Southeastern User Group Meeting, June 2017 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).

“Small Campuses, Small Repositories: Sustainable Processes” co-presenter at the IASSIST Annual Conference, May 2017 (Lawrence, Kansas).

“The Fellowship of the Record: The State of Records Management in Florida” panel moderator at the Annual Society of Florida Archivists Meeting, May 2017 (Tampa, Florida).

“Saving Our Social Lives: Archiving Social Media at Rollins College,” co-presenter of panel entitled Let’s Get Digital: Archiving Web 2.0, the Society of Florida Archivists/Society of Georgia Archivist Joint Annual Meeting, October 2016 (Savannah, Georgia). 

“Is Everyone on the Same Page?: Implementing (for the first time!) a Campus-wide Records Retention Schedule at a Small Liberal Arts College,” co-presenter for the panel on Educating and Engaging Records Creators for Better Records Management and Records Transfers, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, August 2016 (Atlanta, Georgia).

“Looking for Answers: A Usability Study of Online Finding Aid Navigation,” spotlight research presentation at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, August 2015 (Cleveland, Ohio).  

Society of Florida Archivists (SFA)
Member (2014-present) 
Chief Editor of the Society of Florida Archivists Journal (2017-2018)
Bylaws Revision Committee Chair (2016-2017)
Student Scholarship Committee, voting member (2015)
 
Florida Digital Humanities (FLDH) Consortium
Member (2015-present)
Host committee for local HASTAC conference, UCF (2017)
Campus representative (2016)
 
Society of American Archivists (SAA)
Member (2013-present)
Secretary of Students and New Archives Professionals, SNAP (2016) 
 
International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST)
Member (2016-present) 
Annual Meeting program organizer (2018)

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Walton receives Society of Florida Archivists Award of Excellence

Rachel Walton, digital archivist and records manager at Olin Library, recently received the Award of Excellence at the annual meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists held in Miami.
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Strom and Walton receive grant from ACS

History professor Claire Strom and assistant professor and digital archivist for Olin Library Rachel Walton have been awarded a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South.
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Walton receives Society of Florida Archivists Award of Excellence

Rachel Walton, digital archivist and records manager at Olin Library, recently received the Award of Excellence at the annual meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists held in Miami.
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Walton and Chambliss awarded ACS diversity grant for 2018

Digital archivist Rachel Walton and professor of history Julian Chambliss are campus leads in a 2018 Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Diversity and Inclusion Grant for the amount of $30,119.
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