Trent was one of two recipients of the “Rising Star” award of the Council of State Archivists, the national organization of the directors of state archival programs in the 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. CoSA President and Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan presented the award to Trent at the annual meeting.
The Rising Star award acknowledges innovative projects and outstanding contributions by individual staff to their state archives and constituencies. Rachel was nominated for her work on audio and video file normalization, the creation of tools to process and embed metadata in these formats, as well as her recent development work on the North Carolina Digital Repository.
“Rachel is a wonderful asset to our Digital Services Section and the programs of the State Archives,” said Sarah Koonts, director of the Division of Archives and Records at DCR. “Electronic records preservation is a big focus of our work, and Rachel’s tools have helped advance our programs a great deal. I am pleased that she has been recognized as a rising star within the profession.”
“I am honored to receive this award from CoSA,” said Rachel. “I have enjoyed working with CoSA’s State Electronic Records initiative (SERI) project this past year and connecting North Carolina’s successes with digital preservation to those of other states and territories. It has been a pleasure working with the staff at the State Archives to grow our important work on the preservation of electronic government records.”
Trent worked in the library and archives of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., before beginning a graduate program in Public History at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2010 and another in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) School of Information and Library Science in 2012. As a student at NCSU, she worked as a digital assistant at NCSU’s Special Collections Research Center and as an electronic records intern at the State Archives of North Carolina. In February 2012, she joined the State Archives to work with the North Carolina Digital Repository. She has been involved with CoSA’s State Electronic Records Initiative since 2012 and the Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee’s Metadata Committee’s efforts to establish statewide geospatial metadata recommendations.
For more information on CoSA, see www.statearchivists.org.