Friday, January 25, 2019

A Conversation with Sheila Bevill, Arkansas State Archives Librarian

Sheila Bevill at the Arkansas State Archives, 2019

Sheila Bevill, Arkansas State Archives librarian, is the longest-serving member of our Archives staff. She recently took the time to answer a few questions about being a librarian, working at Archives and helping people research.

Q: What’s your job title, and how long have you worked at the Arkansas State Archives?
A:  Librarian and have worked here since 1988.

Q: What do you do on a typical day at Archives?
A:  I catalog library materials in OCLC Connexion Client and SIRS Workflows library programs. Also, I assist in the Research Room at the Archivist desk with manuscripts, maps and microfilm. And I assist patrons with research questions and orient new patrons of our library holdings.

Q: How did you become interested in Arkansas history or working at the Arkansas State Archives?
A:  I started researching when I was working on my Library Science degree.

Q: What’s the most important or interesting thing you’ve discovered while working at Archives? Why?
A:  Archives has several publications by St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway Company that promote Arkansas, like Homeseekers’ guide to Arkansas.

Q: Why do you think the Arkansas State Archives is important for Arkansans?
A:  It has wealth of information about our state and our ancestors.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A:  Most enjoyable part of my job is finding book or collection that help them with their research.

Q: How do you see archiving evolving in the future?
A: We will still be cataloging materials and microfilm. We also will digitalize photographs pertaining to Arkansas.

Q: What do you wish people knew about Archives?
A:  (People need to know) We have wealth information in our vertical, biographical files, newspaper and photographs.