I have created and updated fidning aids for the University of Iowa Special Collections, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Human Rights Documentation Initiative, and Benson Latin American Collection. Finding aids I've worked on for the Briscoe Center, Benson Collection, and Human Rights Documentation Initiative can be viewed on the Texas Archival Resources Online by searching "Rachel Poppen". More information about my processing role can be found under "Processing Information" in the finding aid. Collections I was the sole processor on include the Richard Isackes papers, UT Department of Physics records, and Phyllis Young papers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I assisted with creating online activities for the Sibley Public Library Summer Reading Program. I researched, desigend, and filmed a video for this catapult craft.
Rural libraries and librarians provide vital services to their communities - from internet access to telehealth and supporting early literacy – and they are well-positioned to impact their community’s wellbeing. However, these libraries face many challenges, such as decades of disinvestment and budget cuts, lack of training, and limited resources. In addition, many rural librarians do not have a formal education in librarianship and may feel unqualified to meet the current challenges. Credentialing provides an opportunity to empower librarians through the recognition of their skills and provide them with a sense of legitimacy. As a part of this project, I have researched issues regarding rural librarianship, met with leaders in librarian credentialing, helped develop a proposal for the Collaborative Institute for Rural Communities & Librarianship, and interviewed librarians about their opinions on credentialing.
I created sink mats for pastels in the Richard Isackes collection at the Briscoe Center for American History.