Rachael was my colleague in the archives department for five years. Her work ethic is top-notch, and we worked together very well as we built the college archives and the Oregon Wine History Archive basically from scratch. Rachael is diligent, patient and extremely detail-oriented. She understands the world of archives and has a wide variety of skills in planning, research and writing.
Whenever Rachael promises to do something, she does it. She is adept at juggling multiple projects large and small, and prioritizing appropriately. In addition, she doesn’t cut corners and delivers the best possible quality.
Half of our job was designing our own projects and seeing them through, and half was responding to other entities – students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers, donors – and handling whatever questions or problems they brought forward. This could be a small research request or a major project, a small copy edit or a major fact in dispute. Rachael responded to all issues and problems calmly and professionally, seeking to solve problems or resolve issues.
Rachael is a wonderful archivist, researcher and writer. She’s also an amazing person.
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Rachael Woody acted as the project manager for a multi-dimensional imaging and web project digitizing the Ernst Herzfeld papers of the Freer|Sackler Archives collection under a Smithsonian grant. I was the imaging specialist contractor hired for the project and reported to Rachael. She organized the logistics for packing and transporting the objects for imaging and she always traveled with the shipment of objects to personally check in and see that everything was running smoothly. She was very present throughout the project and reliable in terms of communication. Rachael maintained a high level of professionalism throughout the project in her role as manager. When I came across any issues or needed additional information, she was prompt and articulate in her communication. She was capable of finding a compromise and providing a solution among varying opinions. She was positive and supportive and brought a pleasant calmness with her. I enjoyed working with Rachael as she was reliable, professional and positive. – KW
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