ARLIS/NA New England is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the chapter’s Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship is Carolina Quiroa. Carolina is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at Simmons University, with a focus in Archive Management.
In her application letter, Carolina wrote about an internship experience that has strongly influenced her intended career path. In summer 2018, Carolina worked as an intern at The Center for MesoAmerican Research in Antigua, Guatemala. Working in the center’s photo library, she helped process a collection of photographs by Johnathan Moller that document the genocide of indigenous peoples in Guatemala in the 1980s. Carolina explains that Moller’s photographs of grave exhumations that occurred between 1990 and 2000 serve as evidence of the mass killings that many people in Guatemala continue to deny. She wrote, “This is an example of one collection’s critical role in preserving a people’s culture and history in the face of oppression.”
Carolina’s interest in the preservation of cultural heritage emerged from her undergraduate studies in art history and Spanish language and culture. Those studies, combined with her lived experience as a Latina, have prompted Carolina to pursue a career as a museum or archives professional who is dedicated to preserving the cultural artifacts of marginalized peoples.