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Jill Sweetapple


I work as a reference archivist at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia. I provide in-person, email and phone reference, process collections, work on the social media presence for the Archives, and perform some minor conservation work in the lab. I began at a Reference Archivist I in December 2013 and this July, was promoted to Reference Archivist II. I use Archon, CONTENTdm, Voyager and various web tools like, FamilySearch and Fold3.
Prior to the Georgia Archives, I worked for over three years as the archivist at the DeKalb History Center in Decatur, Georgia. There, I re-processed nearly all of the collections, initiated a digitizing program for the wonderful Guy Hayes Collection of mid-Century large and medium format negatives, helped with exhibits and also upgraded the collection management system to Collective Access. I knew nothing about the software when I started, but came to absolutely love it.

I graduated from Florida State University with a Masterís degree in Library and Information Science in August 2009, particularly interested in archives and museums.  I interned at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia and the DeKalb History Center in Decatur.  I attended the 2009 Georgia Archives Institute. I was able to attend for free, as I won a scholarship from The Friends of the Georgia Archives (FOGAH). I also volunteered at the Atlanta History Center, Georgia State Universityís Special Collections and the Georgia Archives. At the DeKalb History Center, I moved over 130 oral histories from VHS tapes to DVDs.  At the Georgia Archives I volunteered in the preservation lab and at the Atlanta History Center I digitized a folklore collection beginning in the 1960s and spanning 40 years.  I processed a collection for the Womenís Collection at Georgia State.

I worked for Turner Broadcasting for many years.  I started at CNN in 1989 as a Video Journalist, running camera, prompter and moving up to the tape room, where we loaded the tapes used in the newscast.  I'd worked in graphics at my former job at WSAV in Savannah, and took the test to move into that area and passed.  I worked my way up to the senior position, which happened to be weeknight sports and really enjoyed it.  I became a font coordinator after that, helping the operators in the control room and making sure they had everything they needed during breaking news and scheduled events as well.  Next I moved over the CNN/SI, a joint venture between CNN and Sports Illustrated for an all-sports network.  I helped to set up the graphics department there, and then to maintain the systems, which included keeping track of every big college and pro sport logo.  My list was huge!  I consider that my first real archiving job.  CNN/SI, unfortunately, did not survive and I ended up at Network Operations for Turner Broadcasting, where I was an associate director for live events.  I sat in the control room for live events, mostly nights and weekends by the way, and made sure everyone knew where the next commercials were coming from and how long they'd be.  Every day was different and many things could (and did!) go wrong.  After 22 years in television, I got very tired of the long hours and small dark rooms of monitors and decided to try something completely different.

In October 2012 I visited London for six days and had a great time. It all got a bit geeky with a lot of Sherlock Holmes and seeing plays every night. My favorite was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the National Theatre. I won a contest via Twitter for a free taxi ride to The Globe Theater to see the Taming of the Shrew! I visted the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street and also Speedy's Cafe where the BBC series Sherlock is filmed. I stayed at the excellent Castletown House Hotel in Kensington.

Globe taxi  Sherlock Holmes pub sign   London eye

SHolmes museum  Holmes' tobacco
        slipper  Speedy's cafe 

I am also a fan of Australia and have been there three times.  Here are some pictures from my last visit in July 2006. 


The first is from a pathway at Government House in Darwin, the second from Lameroo Beach, also in Darwin.


Three is the wall 'o beer at Grove Hill Hotel.  The fourth is from Birdum, site of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's headquarters
during World War II.  This old disused railway in nearby Larrimah is how we got to the old site.


Five is sunset in Darwin from the Cruising Yacht Club where we played Scrabble. I didn't win once!
The last, above on the right, is Crunulla Beach in Sydney.

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