StarWrite

information management

StarWrite

meet Katy: archivist | editor | writer

About

Katy Henrietta Swan Leavitt

Katy is an archivist, editor, and writer. She found herself “lost in the stacks” after following her passion for words and stars. While still in high school, she presented a historical paper on Henrietta Swan Leavitt at an international astronomy conference and was then invited to visit the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. There, she viewed cabinets filled with thousands of starry photographic plates from the late nineteenth century. A powerful scanner has digitized the plates in order to make them available to astronomers around the world. It was then that she discovered the intriguing possibilities of archives in making information available for research.

Today, Katy is a Certified Archivist and holds a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists. She earned her master’s degree in archives management from Simmons College and her bachelor’s degree in English/journalism from the University of New Hampshire. She is available as an information management consultant under the company she founded in 2007, StarWrite.

The mission of StarWrite is to create and manage well-researched, accurate, and accessible information to fulfill the needs of targeted audiences.

Archiving

Katy earned her archival certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists, demonstrating her knowledge of the scope of professional practice. She is also a Digital Archives Specialist with a certificate from the Society of American Archivists. As such, she develops and implements policies and strategies to ensure the long-term preservation and availability of valuable information. She has expertise in access tools, such as finding aids, which enable researchers to locate relevant materials. Information is not usable if it is not discoverable and accessible.

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Editing

Katy is a self-driven, perceptive editor who is known for her eye for detail. She skillfully organizes and refines information into its most essential parts. While editing, she enjoys constantly learning something new and knows how to translate abstract, technical information into useful material for targeted audiences. She is ardent about consistent, grammatically correct, factually accurate, and engaging information. She is also proficient in paleography of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century manuscripts.

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Writing

Katy has always had a love of writing. With great importance on word choice, she carefully crafts information that will educate and inspire readers. In particular, she combines her language skills with her archival knowledge to share the value of history. She is also an adept interviewer and photographer.

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Portfolio

photographic plate of galaxy Small Magellanic Cloud letter in eighteenth-century handwriting
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“Reference by the Numbers: Strategies for Tracking Reference Statistics” | Archival Outlook | May/June 2020

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“Creating Context: Description of Collections When ‘Aboutness’ Is Uncertain” | Descriptive Notes | Winter 2019

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“Migration and Metadata: Facilitating Discovery of and Access to the Marine Biological Laboratory Archives” | Archival Elements | Summer 2017

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“Illuminated by Archival Research: The Role of Books in Religious Reformation and Early English Drama” | Inquiry, vol. 10 | Spring 2014

book cover for Perspectives on Women’s Archives
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Review of Putting Descriptive Standards to Work, edited by Kris Kiesling and Christopher J. Prom | Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, vol. 6, article 14 | 2019

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Review of Digital Preservation Essentials, edited by Christopher J. Prom | New England Archivists Newsletter | April 2017

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Review of Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository, by Steve Marks | Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, vol. 34, no. 2 | 2016

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Review of Perspectives on Women’s Archives, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher | Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, vol. 34, no. 2 | 2016

illuminated manuscript page from fifteenth century
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“How to Create an Archival First-Aid Kit” | Society of American Archivists 2021 Research Forum | July 2021

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“Make an Impact: Marketing and Communications for Archives” | New England Archivists Fall 2017 Meeting | September 2017

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“Creating Access to Hidden Local History Collections as a ‘Lone Arranger’” | New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting | March 2017

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“Illuminated by Archival Research: The Role of Books in Religious Reformation and Early English Drama” | Twelfth International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries | November 2014

infographic for Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies
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Portsmouth Athenæum Annual Report | 2020

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Portsmouth Athenæum “Become a Friend” Brochure | 2020

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Portsmouth Athenæum Annual Report | 2019

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University of New Hampshire Library Annual Report | 2016–2017

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West Falmouth Library Archives Brochure | 2016