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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.

-RS

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Rachael’s overall quality of services has been uniformly excellent and surpassed my expectations. Her experience, expertise and professionalism are of the highest caliber. I found our relationship to be a model for effective and congenial interactions between a contractor and consultant.

Rachael was consistently clear and reliable as to how and when her services would be delivered under the Scope of Work of our contract and I was never disappointed or let down by performance less than promised or delivered late. She is always on time and exceedingly well prepared for appointments and is a real pleasure to work with. Her archival ‘products’—agreed-upon work for us—have been thoughtfully composed and customized to meet our specific needs and circumstances. She is able to communicate clearly about what we often found to be confusing standards and mysterious software, as well as a vast spectrum of subjects like museum-related policies, accessioning, numbering, collections care and storage environment. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a qualified consulting archivist and consider the Foundation very fortunate, indeed, to have stumbled upon a person of her caliber.

Rachael displayed constructive and positive responses to any Foundation-generated quirks that necessitated changing our schedule for work delivered or which unfortunately delayed the prompt issuance of payment on her invoice, which happened once and which we deeply regretted. We look forward hopefully to raising additional grant funding that would allow us to contact her again to help us as we move through the stages of processing a small, unprocessed collection of mostly ephemera and images.

-WFHF

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Rachael has a way of being extremely comforting when working with you. Launching a new program isn’t an easy experience, but she had empathy and expertise in evaluating my website, resume, and Linkedin profiles, while also interviewing me about my program intention. She researched and analyzed the data available, and she then provided excellent feedback to help my program’s voice come through as clear, confident, and consistent.

Rachael delivered her promised assessment to me well before our previously scheduled date. She was thorough and professional. It was a welcome surprise to have the information back to me so quickly and helped me gain momentum.

Rachael was comfortable and approachable. As I was between positions, she was fair with fees as well as payment plans. She was extremely accessible and knowledgeable.

-SPF

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Rachael Cristine Woody brings excellent leadership and management skills to collaborative projects. She offers archivists and other information specialists an array of strategies to improve access and discoverability of their resources with a particular focus on content development utilizing new technologies. It’s always a pleasure to work with Rachael due to her inspiring and motivating approach to collaborative initiatives. – JM

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Rachael Cristine Woody is a brilliant and energetic colleague with great take-charge managerial skills and an aptitude for quick learning–and always with a beautiful smile on her face. She’s also a very patient teacher! – DH

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Rachael is adept at identifying collection management needs and pro-actively addressing them by outlining issues and working at effective solutions. She has repeatedly contributed to far-reaching projects that benefit the entire Smithsonian archival community, not just her own unit. Her professionalism is clearly evident; it is a pleasure to work with someone who is so insightful, enthusiastic about her work, and generous with her skills and talents. – JC

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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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I had the opportunity to intern with Rachael this spring, and she made it nothing short of an incredible experience. She effortlessly welcomed and included me in their office environment, created an exciting but doable project for our time together, and provided fantastic personal and career guidance throughout.

During my internship, I had the chance to observe Rachael in her position – she is a stellar outreach coordinator, bringing in new technologies to help the archives reach a wider audience, eloquently describing their collections and processes to visitors, and incredibly well versed in the details of their collection. I highly recommend Rachael, and I would love the chance to work with her again! – CH

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Rachael Woody is an energetic and creative member of the staff. She has been responsible for carrying out complex and detailed projects, and she excels at communicating with non-specialists. – NM

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During my tenure at the Smithsonian, I found Rachael to be a wonderful colleague. She was extremely proactive on accurately maintaining her project funds. In addition to being pleasant to work with, she was also very competent in funds management. – TC

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