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Meet Kit Messick, New Head of Special Collections Technical Services

Please join us in welcoming Kit Messick, the new Head of Special Collections Technical Services

As Head of Technical Services for Special Collections, Kit is a key member of the team responsible for the long-term stewardship and care of Smith College’s special collections: the Sophia Smith Collection, the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and the College Archives. She coordinates the day-to-day work of Smith’s archivists and project staff; supports arrangement and description of unique materials; and works closely with the Collection Stewards and Special Collections Public Services to develop effective policies, procedures, and workflows. A collaborator at heart, Kit is excited to partner with colleagues across the library to think comprehensively and strategically about preservation of and access to rare and unique materials. She is always looking for ways to make archival work efficient, ethical, and sustainable.

Prior to coming to Smith, Kit was the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She has previously been a processing archivist at the New York Public Library and the New-York Historical Society, and a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress.


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