Hi, I’m Ann Marie Blackmon, and I’m in my final semester as a graduate student the School of Information (iSchool) at UT Austin, where I study how information is organized, accessed, and displayed in archives and museums, as well as other public history institutions. I crafted my program to expand my undergraduate education in archaeology and museum studies, and desire to work in the information industry within collections management, exhibition, or community engagement.
At the iSchool I maintained an interdisciplinary course schedule, which included classes outside of the School of Information, such as the Art History department were I investigated issues in museum studies, and the English department, where I explored the theories and methods of Digital Humanities (DH). My experiences outside of the classroom helped put the theories I was learning into action, such as my time processing the William B. Hamby Family Papers at the Austin History Center, promoting and evaluating the Austin Archives Bazaar, preserving historic photographs and maps under Karen Pavelka at the Kilgarlin Information Preservation Lab, or planning, designing, and showcasing an exhibition on Harry Jander – an Austinite with a questionable textile collection.
“I provide creative solutions to managing information and resources with an emphasis on display, accessibility, and usability.”
Currently, I have teamed up with the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Historic Sites Division to develop laboratory curation procedures for their archaeological collections held at the Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research (CFAR). The THC is dedicated to curating their collections and making them widely accessible to researchers and for future exhibition. To aid in this goal, I am revising, updating and adding to the CFAR procedures to produce a standardize, accessible, and applicable laboratory procedures manual.This undertaking serves as my Professional Experience Project (Capstone) to exit my graduate program.
I will graduate with a Master’s in Information Studies with a Portfolio in Museum Studies and an Emphasis in Archival Enterprises on May 22nd, 2021.
I currently work part-time for the Fontaine Archive as the Media Coordinator and Copyeditor promoting the Archive’s second publication, Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate. I assist in all things media and promotion, including community outreach and awareness of the publication. (Shameless plug – join us for the upcoming book launch and signing at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum on Monday, May 24th.)
Upon graduation this May, I am searching for a full-time position within the information industry, including the archaeology, museum, or archival field. I enjoy collaborative environments that serve the community through public history, and have shaped my professional and academic endeavors around such interests. Drop me a line on the Contact Me page if you would like to connect and learn more about my career goals and qualifications, or have an opportunity!
I’m native to the Texas Hill Country and enjoy long road trips, hiking, camping, Texas wine, live music, and my two cats: Minnow and Mocha. Ask me about my ideal Austin biking route, the best way to make a veggie burger, or my favorite watering hole.