5 Questions with Partner Coordinator Kyrie Whitsett

November 21st, 2016

By the Archive-It Team


Kyrie Whitsett


As Partner Coordinator, Kyrie Whitsett is often the *first* person that Archive-It partners meet on their way to web archiving together. We asked Kyrie about her path to the Internet Archive and what she has learned so far.

What brought you to your new role with Archive-It?

My husband and I relocated to San Francisco from Cleveland, Ohio, for his job. I was still applying to jobs in the area when we moved, and I started volunteering at Internet Archive in my free time to help digitize and upload the Newsweek on Air collection. I liked the people and organization’s mission so much, I decided I had to work here full-time.

What’s it like to work at the Internet Archive so far?

I feel like I’m learning something new every day, which is really great. And it’s not just that I’m learning things specific to doing my job — everyone working here has such varied and interesting backgrounds and hobbies that I’m constantly being exposed to new ideas and activities. If you’ve ever been able to attend one of our Friday Open House lunches at our headquarters, you’ll know what I mean. And if you haven’t, I highly recommend it! It’s always worth it.

What web content are you most interested in saving for future generations?

News media! Before coming to Internet Archive I worked in multimedia news production for many years. The way we consume media has changed so much in the last decade and continues to change rapidly. I feel the changes are both for better and for worse, but it’s important to me that we preserve and make digitally available the wonderful, hard work of the journalist who came before us. They set a very high bar that we should continue to expect from news outlets, no matter how much technology changes.

Anything that the partners and your new colleagues might be surprised to learn about you?

I lived in Japan for a while, worked for a Japanese company, and can speak Japanese. Because of this, I love and watch Studio Ghibli films to what some might consider an unhealthy degree.

What are you most looking forward to in your first year at Archive-It?

Since I don’t actually come from a web archiving background, creating my own web collection is something I’ve been working on. Scoping is tricky! I’m learning a lot, and hope to learn more, by running lots of test crawls.