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Mary A Sego

University Title:
Archives Processing Assistant
Archives & Special Collections
Stewart Center

Professional Information

Research Areas:
Purdue alumni and Purdue history
Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, 1982
Post Baccalaureate Registrant – Counseling and Personnel Services – August 1985 - August 1986
Purdue University, Electronic Media Course, Art & Design 101, Spring 2008
Georgia Archives Institute, Morrow, Georgia, June 11 – 22, 2018
Professional Experience:
35 years of Academic Library, Public Library, and Archives Experience
Honors and Awards:
Joseph M. Dagnese Excellence in Service Award, Purdue University Libraries, April 2004
Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop Scholarship Winner, October 2011
Purdue University United Way "Rookie of the Year" 2018
Memberships and Service:
Member of the Purdue Libraries Digital Reference Team since its inception at Purdue
Search Committee for Purdue University Archivist for University History, November 2017- January 2017
Human Library Participant – Purdue University Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center – Activity to embrace diversity, promote inclusion, and experience a different point of view, November 2017
Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Processing and Accessioning Team (“PAT” – team disbanded to go to all-staff meeting format), 2014-2016
Purdue United Way Campaign, Libraries Team Captain, and Junior/Senior Chair, 2013 - Present
Purdue Libraries Special Events Committee, 2014-2016
Chair and Member of Libraries Clerical Service Staff Advisory Committee, 2012-2015
Chair, S.M.I.L.E./Staff Thank-you Committee, (Helped to establish a program to promote acknowledgement of staff efforts.) 2012
On original team that established the PULSE Award (Purdue University Libraries Student Employee) and served on the Selection Committee numerous times, 2007, 2012-2016
Search Committee for Head of Archives and Special Collections, 2010
Purdue Libraries Infrastructure Committee, June 2010 - June 2011
Purdue University Libraries Safety Committee, 2009 - 2012, Secretary 2011 - 2012
Purdue Libraries Marketing Council, circa 2006 - 2010
Other Activities include participant in Information Tent at the beginning of Purdue school year, Purdue Day at Indiana State Fair, Boiler Gold Rush Resource Fair and other outreach efforts
Previous Volunteer with Lafayette Salvation Army, Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter, Mission Trip to Haiti, Hunger Hike and various church group activities
////////////PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS///////////
Purdue Alumni Association, 2018-present
Society of Indiana Archivists, 2016-2018
Omicron Nu, National Honorary for Consumer and Family Science, initiated as a student, 1980-
Eta Sigma Delta, International Honor Society Hospitality Management, 1977-


///////////////WRITINGS, BLOG POSTS, AND PRESENTATIONS///////////////
In Honor of Our Purdue WWI Veterans & the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, Purdue Memorial Union Veteran's Day Service, November 9, 2018
Our First Purdue Students From India and the Establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology, part I and part II, September 2018 https://wp.me/p8vDd5-Jr
Overcoming the Odds: A Look Back at Our Earliest Chinese Students, July 2018. http://bit.ly/2NsdC48
Celebrating Black History Month: Firsts by African-American Student & Alumni, February 2018. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-Bq
Sweet Shop Still Sweet Spot on Campus after 90 Years! November 7, 2017. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-w3
‘Lil Orphan Annie Attends Purdue, May 4, 2017. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-kg
Remembering Amelia Earhart’s Round-the-World-Flight: The 80th Anniversary of Her “Shining Adventure, Part 1 and Part 2, March 13 and 17, 2017. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-mf and https://wp.me/p8vDd5-os
1967 Rose Bowl, Purdue Astronauts and the Anticipation of the Moon, January 2, 2017. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-ic
Remembering and Honoring Our Purdue World War I Veterans Who Gave Their Lives – Lest We Forget, November 11, 2016. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-bY
Happy 60th Birthday Purdue Pete! September 22, 2016. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-9B
The Purdue Seal: Symbol and Synergy… December 2, 2015. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-4k
Reflection On Boiler Pride, August 25, 2015. https://wp.me/p8vDd5-3r
Preserving the Legacy of the Purdue University Airport: Education, Impact and Extraordinary Programs, Compiled for Purdue Space Day, 2016
“Happy 10th Birthday PULSE Award,” February 2014
Lunch & Learn, “Day in the Life of…Archives and Special Collections: How Collections Are Made Accessible,” Organizer for Libraries Clerical Service Staff and Fellow Presenter with ASC Colleagues, November 1, 2011
“Archives 101,” April 2010 (Due to staff shortage, presented to 35 Franklin Township Middle School students)
///////////////EXHIBITIONS AND POSTERS///////////////
Assisted with, "Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong papers," March 18 through August 16, 2019
Assisted with, "Around the World in 150 Years: Purdue's International Footprint," Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, January 10 - March 8, 2019
“Missing You: Navigating Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight and Enduring Legacy,” Exhibit co-curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University, June 29, 2017-December 8, 2017
“What’s in a Box? Processing the Neil A. Armstrong Papers,” One Book Higher Poster Session, Purdue Libraries, March 28, 2017
“The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Archives Takes Off: From Donor to Classroom and Everything in Between – Celebrating 5 Years of Growth and Engagement,” One Book Higher Poster Session, Purdue Libraries, April 2016
“Steps to the Moon: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the Eugene A. Cernan Papers, assisted curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University, October 3, 2014 - February 27, 2015
“100 Years of Purdue Libraries Special Collections: Celebrating the Past, Collecting for the Future,” Exhibit co-curator, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University, July-December 2013
Moving the Goss Collection from the Engineering Library to Archives and Special Collections, One Book Higher Poster Session, Purdue Libraries, April 2009
///////////////DISPLAY CASES///////////////
Siegesmund Engineering Library, Purdue University, 2004 - 2009
“Women’s History Month"
“Spotlight on Standards"
“Albert Rupel’s Flying Machine of 1904"
“Letter Home to Purdue: Purdue Alumna Tells of Her Journey Working on the Structural Integrity Team for the International Space Station"
“Kick-Off to a Great Semester"
“Digital Reference: What it Can Do For You"
“You Too Can Be An Inventor: In Honor of Professor Geddes"
“Engineering Students: Challenge Yourselves! Solve 3 Problems Using KNOVEL"
“National Engineers’ Week: Reasons the Engineering Library Staff ♥Engineers"
“Check it Out Inside the Library,” Focus on Indy 500 and related books
“GIS in Engineering"
“In Honor of Our Alumni Astronauts"
“24-Hour Library is Coming"

Other Information

///////////////CONTINUING EDUCATION///////////////
Society of American Archivists Cultural Diversity Competency class, presented by Helen Wong Smith, Parts I – III completed, November 2018
The American Soldier Project - Transcribing the Written Record of WWII Soldiers, November 2018
Green Zone training, October 19, 2018
Lovell Leadership Lecture Series - Leadership Lessons: A Personal Journey, Provost Jay Akridge. October 3, 2018
Webinar, Lyrasis, The Evolution of the Finding Aid: From Document to Draft, Presenter, Valerie Addonizio, Description Management Archivist, Johns Hopkins University, May 2018
Webinar: Best practices for citation guidance in virtual reference, May 2018
Purdue University Provost’s Office & Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, “Conversations About Inclusion: A Provost’s Perspective,” February 2018
Purdue Dean of Students Office, QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) Suicide Prevention Training (certificate received), February 2018
Oral History Training, December 2017
Safe Zone Training (support program that empowers participants to support LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty and create change on campus), November 2017
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) Workshop on Integrating Sources, October 2016
APSAC Lovell Leadership Series, "Leadership in Transition," Purdue Athletic Director, Mike Bobinski, October 2017
Webinar – “I am not a robot: Using emotional intelligence to humanize virtual reference interactions, August 2017
Workshop ALA Live: Mindfulness for Librarians, June 2017
Micro Aggressions in the Workplace, presented by Purdue University Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, April 2017
C2CC- “Oversized, Overwhelmed? Caring for Maps and Architectural Drawings in Your Collection,” March 2017
Hadley Lecture: Overcoming What Seems Impossible, March 2017
ArchivesSpace training, 2017 (17 training sessions)
Purdue Archives, Disaster Recovery Drill, given by Conservator, Maureen Sharp, December 2016
Lyrasis ArchivesSpace “Lone Arranger” Hosting Services, November 2016
CPR Training given by Anthem Insurance, October 2016
Webinar: “Caring for Archives: Fundamentals for Everyone,” Fletcher Durant, University of FL, Smathers Libraries, October 2016
Subject Analysis Training, June 2016
Society of Indiana Archivists, Principles and Practices Workshop, April 7-8, 2016
Connecting to Collections Webinar, “Caring for Artifacts Found in Your Collections,” presented by Rebecca Elder, Cultural Heritage preservation consultant, April 7, 2016
“Presence and Productivity: Pursuing Work-Life Balance,” presented by Michelle Gladieux, March 2016
Webinar: Strategies for Effective Library Communications, August 2015
Connecting to Collections Online Community, Webinar – “Storage Solutions,” presented by Rachael Perkins Arenstein, June 2015
Purdue University Certification, Data Handling, June 2015
Purdue University Certification, Handling Social Security Numbers, June 2015, January 2018
Connecting to Collections Webinar, “Caring for Books,” given by Donia Conn, Preservation Consultant for Cultural Heritage Collections and faculty member, Simons College Graduate School, May 2015
Purdue University FERPA certification and GLBA certification, March 2015
Nebraska State Historical Society’s – Gerald Ford Conservation Center webinar, “Saving Your Treasures, March 2015
Reading Room Security & Procedures Refresher Workshop, March 2015
LibApps/LibAnswers Training, December 2014
Purdue University Title IX Certification, December 2014, September 2016, September 2017
C2C Webinar: Collection Assessment and Preservation, November 2014
Webinar: Innovative Solutions for Dealing with Born-digital Content in Obsolete Formats, October 2014
CrowdAsk training, August 2014
Disaster Recovery Workshop, presented by Purdue Archives’ Conservator, Maureen Sharp, August 2014
Purdue Police, All Hazards Training, May 2014
Webinar, “Preserving Scrapbooks & Making New Ones That Last,” May 2014
Digital Forensics class, given by a Purdue Archives’ graduate assistant, April 2014
Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation, presented by Dr. Derald Wing Sue, November 2013
MetaArchive brown bag, November 2013
Legal Issues for Archives Workshop, July 2013
Purdue Libraries Customer Service training, June 2013
Webinar - Object Handling Basics, given by Mary Coughlin, George Washington University, May 2013
Alma/Primo training, March 2013
Virtual Reference Series with Partners - What the @#$? Dealing with Rude Patrons Online (Webinar) June 14, 2012