Self-motivated and self-nominated scholar JoyEllen Freeman overachieves again by gaining yet another scholarship to help better her archival studies. Already in the limelight once this semester in attribution to her Emerging Archival Scholars Program scholarship that paved her way to the Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) program, now Freeman has the Taronda Spencer Award to add to her already many-feathered cap.
The Taronda Spencer Award will pay Freeman’s way to the 2014 Society of Georgia Archivists’ annual meeting Nov. 5 at the University of Georgia. This meeting will last for two days and focuses on heightening the attends’ archival skills through engaging breakout sessions, poster sessions, presentations, and lectures. The 2014 theme of the meeting is Plans and Strategies for the Future of Archives.
Freeman not only brings her determination but her diversity to the future of archives. The Taronda Spencer Award was established in honor of Taronda Spencer, an African American female like Freeman. Freeman is, “excited to represent an element of diversity in the archival community” and, through this meeting, to be able to revisit the University of Georgia, where the roots of her archival dream began.
Now Freeman’s education through Clayton State University has tended that archival dream into a fully developed, powerful tree.
“I am currently in my second year of the Master Archival Studies program, and I feel confident that the knowledge I have under my belt from my first year at Clayton State will allow me to formulate intelligent questions during the conference and contribute ideas that will hopefully improve the archival profession,” she says.
Richard Pearce-Moses, who wrote her letter of recommendation for the Spencer Award, and is the director of Freeman’s graduate program, specifically played a major part in Freeman’s success.
“I certainly would not have won it without him.”
Freeman, a native of Milton, Ga., attended the AERI program from July 14 to July 18, with an intensive schedule full of workshops, lectures, discussions, and studies on how to better use new technologies to preserve lasting histories. Freeman travelled to the University of Pittsburgh for this year’s annual session. Presenters came from all around the world.
Freeman is hoping to expand her knowledge on doctoral programs for archivists like herself, which perfectly lines with the AERI program’s objective to foster passion for archival doctoral programs. With her studies, Freeman is intent on helping her community integrate archival materials into the K-12 educational system as well as continue to meticulously attend to her church’s archives in Roswell, Ga.
“Clayton State is the reason why I feel ready for the program,” Freeman says. “I can’t wait to make some great connections, develop friendships, and gain more knowledge about preserving our community archives.”