cardiCast episode 86 – Valerie Love

In this episode of cardiCast, Valerie Love shares their passion for archives, digital preservation, and social justice.

Valerie is currently on a one year secondment as Curator, Oral History and Sound at the National Library of New Zealand. Valerie’s substantive position is Senior Digital Archivist.

Valerie moved to Aotearoa in 2011 to be close to a loved one. Initially worked as a Educational Bookings Coordinator at the Carter Observatory in Wellington for 12 months, before starting a role as Research Librarian, Digital Materials in 2012 at the National Library.

Valerie’s career in archives began while studying a Masters in Library, Information Studies and Archival Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In their final year, Valerie began a two year position as Archivist at the Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. Here their passion for social change was ignited. Then from 2007 to 2011, they worked as Curator for Human Rights and Alternative Press Collections at the University of Connecticut.

After many years of working with archival collections containing traumatic material, Valerie knew it was time for change, and moving from the US to Aotearoa came at the right time. Self care is also an important discussion when managing traumatic collections.

Recorded in Naarm (Melbourne) and Aotearoa.
Edited on unceded Awabakal and Worimi land.

Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.