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Gail R. McCormick <email@example.com>
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Specific Interests: all aspects of Washington, D.C. local history; developing programs and resource guides in this area
|Address:||City Museum/The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 22036
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Demographic History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
Library and Information Science
Native American History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Urban History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
M.L.S., Kent State University, 1995
M.A. (History), Kent State University, 1995
B.A., University of North Dakota
Library Director, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 1/96-present. (1/96-9/97, this postion was titled “Reference Librarian”)
Responsible for managing the Research Library’s Reference, Special Collections and Cataloging Departments. Duties include:
*assisting library patrons in developing research strategies and locating appropriate library materials.
*conducting research in the library’s collections and preparing research reports for fee-based research service.
*maintaining patron registration records, library financial accounts, and special collection source files, accession log, and donor records.
*developing and implementing arrangement schemes and preparing finding aids for special collections.
*training and supervising library volunteers and interns.
*organizing and implementing special collections cataloging project with the Library of Congress National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.
*supervising electronic cataloging of library collections, including manuscripts, maps, photographs, and pamphlets
*preparing and implementing educational programs, including library workshops, school research projects, and after-school enrichment programs.
Project Archivist/Reference Assistant, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio. (Public History Intern, 1/93-5/93, and Archives Assistant, 5/94-7/95)
*participated as team member in grant-funded processing and microfilming project, producing quality results well within time and budget constraints
*inventoried and analyzed manuscript collections to determine and implement appropriate arrangement schemes.
*researched and wrote detailed finding aids to collections.
*assisted library patrons in developing research strategies and locating relevant library materials
*prepared Library Research Service contracts and conducted research for postal queries.
*trained and supervised student interns in both manuscript processing and reference.
Library/Archives Assistant, Kent State University Library, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Kent, Ohio., 8/93-5/94.
*developed and implemented arrangement schemes for University Archives and manuscript collections.
*prepared detailed archives inventories and manuscript registers.
*answered reference questions, retrieved library materials, and conducted research for postal requests.
*participated in the preparation of monographs and manuscripts for exhibit.
Memberships, Publications, and Conference Presentations
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Alpha Theta (History honorary)
American Library Association
D.C. Library Association
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)
Society of Architectural Historians – Latrobe Chapter
“Archivists and Genealogists: The Trend Toward Peaceful Coexistence.” Archival Issues: Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference (No. 2, 1993): 121-132.
“Electrifying Cleveland: The Electrical League, 1920-41.” TIMELINE (VOL. 14, NO. 2):32-49.
“HSW Collections.” Continuing bi-yearly series in the Historical Society’s journal Washington History, 1997-present.
Panelist, “Creative Staffing in Tight Budget Times: Training Professionals to Use Volunteers in Archival Settings,” MARAC Conference, Fall 1998.
Panelist, “Outreach Success Stories,” MARAC Conference, Spring 1999.