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Margaret Jessup, Digital Preservation Archivist

Margy Jessup

Margy Jessup is a member of both Special Collections and the Digital Strategies and Services Group (DSS) and serves as the principal steward of digital content for Special Collections, with a focus on long-term digital preservation and website content. She represents Special Collections on the Libraries' Web Coordinating Team and provides editorial oversight and management for Special Collections web content. In addition, she works to increase access to original audiovisual resources in Special Collections through preservation planning and providing online access to digital media. She is a member of the Five Colleges Digital Preservation Working Group and collaborates with Smith and Five College colleagues to develop and maintain digital preservation standards, policies, and procedures.

Margy has worked in the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives in various capacities for over 20 years. In her previous role as Digital Resources Archivist she oversaw the SSC's electronic description operations, did website design and maintainance, maintained collection management databases, and collaborated on digital projects to increase online access to Special Collections holdings. From 1997 to 2000 she was the Project Archivist for "Agents of Social Change: Providing Access to Key Twentieth Century Women's Manuscript Collections," an NEH-funded processing project. Before that she was Assistant Archivist for the Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith College Archives.

Before coming to Smith College Margy worked at the circulation desk at the Jones Library in Amherst for five years and was a cataloging assistant at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Library. In 1992 she earned her Master's degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Administration from Simmons College, Boston. She has a B.A. in History from UMass-Amherst and did undergraduate work in Women's Studies at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and New England Archivists.



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