Webster Precisely!

Webster Precisely!

Ember Lundgren
Ember Lundgren

Ember LundgrenPreservation Manager

Why did you want to work in archives and museums?

Childhood visits to interesting museums and historical places gave me an appreciation and curiosity about museums and being raised in Victoria the Royal BC Museum was a regular stop for my family.

How did you become a preservation manager?

My career in museums and archives began with volunteering during my university studies. I then went to Eastman House in Rochester, New York (the birthplace of Kodak) and trained in Motion Picture Film Preservation. A temporary position at the BC Archives opened and when it ended I was able to fill another position; photocopying records for clients, not my dream job but it taught me patience and gave me access to many different things. Eventually I was able to become a preservation specialist responsible for the physical care and management of the archival holdings.  Now as preservation manager, I get to focus on a new area of collection care: digital preservation and conversion.

What does a preservation manager do?

As preservation manager, my staff and I work with all areas of the archives and museum to help preserve and make accessible items from our collection.

What inspired you about working with the Webster collection?
Jack Webster was a pioneer in broadcast journalism in Canada. His television show was donated to us over 25 years ago and it needed to move from video cassettes to a digital format. Once I saw the first show I was hooked.  He seems very brash, but he asks really direct questions, demands clear answers of his guests and admits when he is wrong. Also he is kind, sympathetic, educated and he very much supported awareness of many things people are still trying to raise awareness for, like mental illness.

Stories by or about this person

Preservation Manager Ember Lundgren writes about the Webster collection on pages 18 to 19 of the Winter 2014 edition of What’s Insight.

Preservation Manager Ember Lundgren talks about the significance of the Jack Webster collection and the challenges of its preservation. From This Week in History.