Introducing Alexandra King

Our new Digital Content Analyst, Alexandra King, started work with UC CEISMIC last week.  We asked her to tell us a bit about herself:

Hi, my name is Alexandra King and I have recently taken on the role of Digital Content Analyst at UC CEISMIC.

This year, my position has been generously funded by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Papa Museum, and The National Library of New Zealand - three members of the UC CEISMIC Consortium.

In 2011, I graduated with an honours degree in History at the University of Otago, conducting the majority of my research within the Hocken Collections. It was during this time that I realised that I would like to become involved with the preservation of public archives through digital repositories.

For the last two years, I have been working as an Assistant Law Librarian for the New Zealand Society Library in Auckland. I was part of a multi-disciplinary team whose duties involved obtaining metadata from High Court judgements and uploading  it into our LINX Database, maintaining and cataloguing the Library's extensive collection, and providing research to practioners within strict time constraints.

My position in UC CEISMIC has allowed me to utilise the skills I developed while working in the Law Library, as well as to work on an archival preservation project I am passionate about. The Canterbury earthquakes are probably the most significant historical events to have occurred in New Zealand in my lifetime and I am honoured to be involved in a project which will continue to benefit future generations of New Zealanders.