-Contributed by Emily Gainer.
On May 1, Emily Gainer joined the CHP as the Special Collections Librarian/Assistant Processing Archivist. We’re very glad to have Emily as part of the CHP and we’re happy to introduce her to our patrons!
I am thrilled to be a new member of the CHP staff. As I said in my interview, “I love archives”! At the CHP, I will organize and preserve archival collections and create descriptive finding aids to help researchers locate materials. I will also catalog books and other materials. My main interest in archival work is providing access to collections. I believe archival material is collected and preserved to be used, not to sit in a storage room.
I have worked in the archival field for 12 years. Before coming to CHP, I worked in Archival Services at The University of Akron for over three years. I also worked at Oberlin College Archives and Youngstown State University Archives & Special Collections. I have a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in public history from Kent State University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Heidelberg University.
I live in Akron with my husband, Jay, and a two-year-old dachshund named Duke.