Kelsi Evans

Project Archivist
Years in LAUC: 

How did you become interested in librarianship?

I’ve always loved history and in college I had the opportunity to intern at an art museum and process its exhibit history records. During the internship, I spoke with my supervisor about how much I enjoyed the work and she pointed me toward a career in archives.

Describe the first time you worked in a library.

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What do you like best about being a UC librarian?

I love working with researchers and sharing our material, and the amazing history it documents, with the public. It’s rewarding to know that my work not only helps current researchers, but will continue to impact how future generations understand the past. I'm especially happy to be at UCSF because I really enjoy working with health sciences material and believe that there is so much research potential in these collections.

Describe a recent or current project on which you are working.

I recently completed processing the Radiologic Imaging Laboratory records. The lab's scientists, clinicians, and engineers developed MRI technology from the mid-1970s to the 2000s that continues to impact imaging technology today. I created a detailed finding aid for the collection, digitized material (now available on Calisphere), and curated an exhibit about the lab at the UCSF Library. 

Describe your recent professional work outside of work, such as association work, writing, research, or anything else.

What would you like the next big thing in libraries to be?

I'm excited to see how born-digital material continues to change the archives field. From email accounts to websites to social media, the landscape of records has dramatically changed in the past few decades. There are great tools being used today and even better technology in development to handle this material and make it accessible to researchers.

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