SLIS Student Appointed as the 2017-2019 Olson Graduate Assistant

This year, Micaela Terronez, current SLIS student, was appointed as the 2017-2019 Olson Graduate Assistant.

This is not the first time that Terronez has engaged with the resources that Special Collections has to offer. Most of her previous research surrounded the hidden migration histories in the United States from Latin America, and her senior anthropology and history project relied on several resources from the Iowa Women’s Archives’ Mujeres Latinas Collection.

“I am very grateful to have worked with this collection and several other projects through Special Collections, the University Archives, and the Iowa Women’s Archives, that foster my ambition in preserving and engaging with multiple and diverse voices,” Terronez said.

Before attending the University of Iowa, Terronez came armed with experience from previous positions as an intern at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport, Iowa, as an archival assistant at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois in Rock Island, Illinois, as a student research assistant of Mexican American History in the Augustana College History Department, and as a student processing assistant at the Augustana College Special Collections. These positions helped her gain practical knowledge of how to engage with the public, and the importance of broadening an institution’s resources in order to assist the larger, diverse community.

Terronez’s duties as an Olson Graduate Assistant include engaging with the campus and wider community by answering reference questions through email and phone, creating fun pop-up exhibits, and leading classes introducing Special Collections and the materials that are housed there. These duties familiarize Terronez with the daily tasks and goals of the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives.

After completing her degree, Terronez hopes to find a position that allows her to work closely with local history in either a public library’s archive, in a historical society, or in a cultural heritage center. She is also interested in continuing her career within a university or college setting.

“I am primarily interested in the underrepresented stories of the past and present,” Terronez said.