January 26, 2022

Fine Books and Collections Posts Interview with Beth Jarret, Head of Acquisitions at the American Antiquarian Society

Beth Jarret, Head of Aquisitions at the American Antiquarian Society, is interviewed by Nate Pedersen in the latest installment of the Fine Books and Collections Bright Young Librarians interview series.

The interview runs about 1400 words and consists of 10 questions and answers.

Here are two questions and answers from the interview.

Pedersen: How did you get started in special collections?

Jarrett: I have always been a library enthusiast. As an undergraduate, I applied to the university library through work-study and I was assigned a position in the archives. This was my first real inner-workings introduction, though my assignments were primarily assisting and supervising visitors, and digitizing. Initially, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in museums or possibly archaeology. But an internship at N-YHS the summer before my senior year, where all my bosses held library degrees, and a stint at archaeological field school (just to rule it out) set me on my current path.

Pedersen: Where did you earn your MLS/advanced degree?

Jarrett: I earned an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 and completed an MS in Non-profit management from Worcester State University in 2018.

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