The Special Collections unit of the Library at UTC curates incredible collections that document the rich cultural heritage of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley as well as the history of the University. Learn more about us and our collections, by engaging with archivists from Special Collections and around the country on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 for #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter!
What can I ask?
The archivists in Special Collections are participating in #AskAnArchivist Day to answer questions you have about our collections and services, as well the archival work behind it all. Questions about our jobs, the profession, training, challenges, unusual objects, or related topics are fair game.
No question is too silly…
- What is your favorite item in Special Collections?
Or too practical…
- How do you acquire your collections?
- How could I become an archivist?
How does it work?
#AskAnArchivist Day is open to everyone—all you need is a Twitter account. To participate, tweet a question and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist in your tweet. Your question will be seen instantly by archivists around the country who are standing by to respond directly to you.
Have a question for the archivists at UTC? Include the UTC Library’s Twitter handle, @UTCLibrary, with your question. We may not know every answer right away, but we will get back to you after they’ve had the chance to do some digging.
Don’t have a question right away? Search Twitter for #AskAnArchivist and follow along as questions and answers are shared.
Who will answer me?
Tag us directly with the UTC Library’s Twitter handle, @UTCLibrary, and Carolyn and Noah will answer your questions on October 12, 2022 between 11 AM and 2 PM.
Carolyn Runyon is the Director of Special Collections. She is responsible for the 4,500 linear feet of archival material, more than 14,000 print books, theses, and journals, and over 35 terabytes of digitized surrogates and born digital assets Special Collections curates. She studied archaeology and history as an undergraduate before pursuing her graduate degree in archives and records management. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys hiking with her dog, Monster, traveling, and the New York Times crossword puzzle. She and her partner have an ongoing competition to see who can complete the day’s Wordle in the fewest tries.
Noah Lasley is the University Archivist. He is responsible for arranging, describing, and providing access to university records of historic value. He studied history as an undergraduate and holds a graduate degree in information science. Outside of archival work, Noah enjoys running, hiking, and live music. Recently, he has been volunteering with the construction of a new section of the Cumberland Trail.