Showcase Week 6: J. Todd Ford

fordphotoArea of Interest: Archives & Digital Libraries

Experience: Todd come to the archiving world with a pretty broad background. He has taught elementary school, been an Assistant Manager/ Inventory Control Specialist in a retail establishment, owned and operated his own Rare Book/ Out of Print bookshop both online and in a brick-and-mortar location, and worked as a Reference Assistant in the new Anderson Academic Commons. He feels each of these positions has taught him a skill that he will be using in his future career.

Currently, he is interning in the Archives at the University of Colorado Boulder where he works on various collections in all stages of the accession and processing stages. He trains other student workers on the skills he has already mastered while completing research for researchers and other patrons who request information of the archives. He is also establishing his own training program he can one day utilize to train his own student workers so they can successfully function in an archive.

He is also, as of the end of September, working in the Collections Department of History Colorado where he is working on a collection from the accession through the processing stages. Here, he is getting experience with Archivist Toolkit, Preservation of artifacts, long-term preservation of both black-and-white and color photographs, and the cataloging of books and other monographs in a museum setting.

Through his Linked-In page, he has become acquainted with archivist in other cities and has mentors back in his hometown of Atlanta and at the University of Texas- Arlington. He has remained active with both the student chapters of SAA and ASIS&T, and completed over 10 webinars on his own through numerous state, regional, and national organizations. Besides the student chapters of SAA and ASIS&T, he is a member of SGA (Society of Georgia Archivist), Society of Rocky Mountain Archivist (SRMA), and the Midwest Archivist Conference (MAC). Last month, he received the Student Scholarship to attend the SRMA Fall Conference on “Water Issues in Archives and Special Collections” at Colorado State University. 

Through the two Digital classes he has had here at DU, he has been able to work on the Pilot Program for the Digitization of the Kersey (Co) Museum, and is currently working in a group creating an exhibit on Meteorological Disasters for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and it is through these two projects he has had exposure to both CONTENTdm and Omeka.

He is always looking to gain more experience and learn new skills, so he hopes to be able to add to this list before he graduates in November of 2014.

If you would like to contact Todd to learn more about his experience and expertise, email him at:

We are still accepting applications, so if you would like to be like Josh and have your experience showcased, please send an email to: with the following information:

  • Name
  • Area of interest (e.g. web content management, archives, school librarianship, etc.)
  • A short (3-5 sentences) description of your LIS experience/project, including why it was a positive experience.
  • An e-mail address where you can be contacted.
  • A photo of you (optional).

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