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As the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA) moved to implement its Digital Archive Plan, we engaged Rachael Christine Consulting.  Rachael proved to be extremely adept in refining and updating the existing digital archive plan, supporting development of the data entry process and providing training to our volunteer staff in general archival practices and specific data entry procedures.  She was a knowledgeable intermediary between PNRA and the (freeware) archival software provider and became practiced enough in the software to identify a bug that was subsequently scheduled for correction. By the conclusion of her initial contract she had overseen the development of the cataloging process, reviewed the newly developed process documentation and supported preparation of our grant agency completion report.

Knowledgeable and personable, Rachael is a pleasure to work with.  She maintains a balanced approach, addressing both the requirements of archival cataloging, and the knowledge and vocabulary of the user population.  While keeping a broad archival perspective, she happily gets down into the details of a specific application, acting as a ready reference in resolving specific catalog implementation issues.  Her expertise repeatedly helped us to avoid errors and subsequent rework.

We intend to further engage her as we move into full online presence as a trusted archival facility.

-WP, Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

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The Arc/k Project went through the Get into Grants program in June & July 2018. The structure of the program necessitated the gathering of key staff as we went through the process of identifying our needs and prioritizing project ideas. The exercises and worksheets Rachael lead us through helped us to critically evaluate our project vision and allowed us an opportunity to get on the same page. Our work together during this program provided clarity on our priorities and the steps needed to reach our goals. With that foundation and a selection of identified priority projects, Rachael next taught us how to articulate project ideas in grant application terms and break them down into achievable timelines. The resources and lessons she provided are replicable, and we will definitely use them in our future grant work. With grant projects in place, Rachael additionally provided an analysis on grant and foundation opportunities that matched Arc/k’s projects and delivered sample templates for each of our project ideas. The analysis and templates identified areas where Arc/k may need to do more research or connect with partners, and she provided suggestions for next steps. Rachael was fantastic to work with, and we appreciated her clear and logical approach to preparing us for grant application. We felt supported through the whole process and now have confidence in our approach to grants.

-SP, Arc/k Project

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Rachael is simply the consultant I will continue to engage to further my archival project. She was able in one week to bring order to chaos. Her guidance in leading my team of volunteers to further preserve and protect 130 years of regional history located in the basement of the library. I enjoyed working with her and she was responsive to my questions providing solutions vs. answers. If you require an experienced Archivist she is someone I highly recommend and worth consideration.

-JP, Astoria Public Library

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We contracted with Rachael to provide a review of our policies and processes for handling institutional records at a small liberal arts college. She was extremely detailed in her questions prior to the site visit, very efficient and thorough during her time on campus, and delivered a report with clear guidance and recommendations. It was a great experience to work with her during and after her visit. In addition to her professionalism and attention to detail, she asked good, insightful questions that made us think about the nature of our work and forced us to make some tough decisions. I am hopeful that her consultation and report will help us move our institution in positive, new directions.

-BM, Whitman College

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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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