Archives and archivists were once located in basements or in remote locations, residing where the real estate was cheap enough to build shelf after shelf. Today, as archives exist within a technological infrastructure, archival systems become a foundational component of organizations. The contents of archive systems must interact with other systems to be retrieved, to be named, to be validated, to become useful. As this happens, archives become closer and more integrated into the communities, organizations, or companies they serve. How does this change the way we look at ourselves as archivists; how does this change the way others view us?
Andrea Kalas is currently President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and has been Vice President of Archives at Paramount Pictures since 2009. She has worked as Head of Preservation at the British Film Institute, created in-production digital archiving systems for Discovery Communications, built an archive from scratch at Dreamworks SKG and preserved newsreels at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. She holds a Masters from UCLA in film history.