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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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Rachael has been a wonderful colleague to work with. Passionate about archives and the role of archives in the Smithsonian and in education, it was a great honor to collaborate with Rachael on some great initiatives during our time at the Freer|Sackler. You can rely on Rachael as a trusted colleague and as a great team worker. Rachael became a wonderful friend and is simple one of the best colleagues to work with. – AN

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Rachael is an accomplished archivist and bound to become a leader in historic preservation for the state of Oregon. Thanks to her professional skills and active outreach to the Oregon wine community, she has been able to secure thousands of dollars in grants in support of projects for the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College. This is important to me as the main grant writer for this institution. Rachael is also a stellar colleague, always kind, supportive and collegial. I highly recommend Rachael to any organization interested in her expertise. – CJM

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Here is a light so brilliant you feel it, yea, even 2800 miles away from the Pacific Northwest. Highly professional and warm, Rachael’s energy and motivations are effectively transforming academic archives. Having recently taken up residence in the District’s Smithsonian (Freer|Sackler), I can attest to the fruits of her labor here also – digital and physical collections initiatives thriving still, with the help of her Vision. Her passion for and sensitivity to cultural heritage in the archival space is helping catapult the Oregon Wine History Archives, and I can’t wait to see more of the positive ripple effect. I wish I’d been able to spend longer than one year as Archives Specialist under her at Linfield College; from interview onward, she has been nothing less than a much cherished blessing in my life. A very hearty thanks to and celebration of, this human gem! – SH

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Rachael Woody was an exceptional supervisor to me during my work as an Archives Technician at Linfield College. As a new Archivist on campus, she brought passion for her job, expertise in library sciences and archiving, and a strong vision for how she wanted to shape the new Linfield College Archives. As my supervisor, she taught me how to digitize materials, properly store and organize collections, design an exhibition, write department reports, and many more skills. Equally importantly, she taught me about teamwork, effective communication, and leadership. Rachael is an outstanding asset to those around her, as shown through her strong work ethic, valuable expertise in her field, and professional accomplishments. – RG

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The work Rachael has done as Archivist at Linfield is inspiring. Finding, categorizing, recording and shelving the history of Linfield College was long overdue. Rachael not only takes the lead role in determining what needs to be held onto by the college, but she is inspiring student interest in archiving. Doing a great job as an archivist, and helping inspire the next generation of archivists, that’s a pretty awesome combination. Bravo to Rachael for saving the history of Linfield College! – DP

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I worked with Rachael at Linfield College and would like to recommend her as a very capable, helpful, smart and awesome colleague! Rachael managed our Linfield archives as well as the Oregon wine history archives. She is incredibly knowledgeable about archives and their content, a great supervisor for both staff and students, and very willing to help in utilizing archives to advance the college. Not only is she willing to help any time we ask, she knows the archives very well and makes wonderfully helpful suggestions. I have also seen Rachael interface with donors and others external to the campus and she is professional, friendly, and fabulous! – LG

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