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HistoryIT announces new vice president

Posted Feb. 12, 2013, at 4:03 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — HistoryIT, LLC, a full-service information technology firm based in Portland, and specializing in the review, preservation, digitization, presentation, and electronic management of historical collections, announces the hiring of Sarah Marcus, as vice president of Midwest Projects.

“HistoryIT is very happy to have Sarah on board,” said HistoryIT CEO and Founder, Kristen Gwinn-Becker, in a press release. “We’re excited to have Sarah work with historical societies, archives, and businesses throughout the Midwest to find efficient and innovative ways to organize, digitize, and manage their collections.”

Marcus’s focus on Midwestern projects will allow CEO Gwinn-Becker and HistoryIT staff to focus on New England clients served by the firm’s Portland headquarters. Gwinn-Becker and Marcus both will work with institutions to identify rich historical collections in need of preservation and management, and will forge relationships with corporate philanthropies and foundations able to support preservation and access projects.

Marcus brings to HistoryIT her background as an accomplished historian and public scholar, as well as extensive experience in managing cross-functional teams and directing digital projects. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marcus joined the staff of the Chicago History Museum as Project Director and Managing Editor of the award-winning online Encyclopedia of Chicago. She led the digital project from its initial conceptual stages through implementation and launch, on time and under budget. More recently as Senior Historian at History Works, Inc., Marcus supervised research projects and oversaw the development of the firm’s new knowledge management system.

In her role at HistoryIT, Marcus will build upon her experience as an adviser and consultant on several archival, historical, and digital projects throughout the Midwest, including the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project. She also will utilize professional connections and activities that reach beyond the region. Marcus has served as a founding member, officer, and member of several professional organizations, including the Internet Digital Encyclopedia Alliance, Urban History Association, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Chicago Area Archivists. In addition, Marcus has taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses at universities throughout the Chicago region, and speaks locally and internationally about her scholarship and experience developing digital projects.

As professional historians and technologists, HistoryIT’s principal and senior staff understand the challenges of managing, interpreting, and preserving historical materials. Working with clients in private businesses, government agencies, museums, archives, and historical societies, HistoryIT employs cutting-edge technological tools to handle historical collections, and thus advance their clients’ particular needs. Later this week the firm will launch ArchivesTree™ (www.archivestree.com), web-delivered archival management software that allows managers of historical archives to easily and efficiently organize, catalog, and share their collections.

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