Connecting Collections and Learning: An Insider’s View of the AP Corporate Photo Archives and NKU’s Public History Program

Friday, November 15, 2013
Northern Kentucky University

NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement invites you to an exciting Engage@NKU Breakfast featuring special guest speaker Valerie Komor, the corporate archivist for the Associated Press. Valerie will discuss the challenges and unique requirements of archiving for a worldwide organization. She will also share a few stories on “discoveries” she has made in the AP archives.

Participants will hear from Dr. Brian Hackett, NKU’s public history program director, about how students are working with area museum and will learn from Lois Hamill, University Archivist and Associate Professor, about the resources available at the W. Frank Steely Library’s Special Collections and Archives. Participants will have an opportunity to network with NKU faculty and staff after the event.

The general public is invited to attend this event. However, staff, board members and volunteers with museums, historical associations, archives, and preservation groups may be especially interested in attending.

Reservations are recommended as seating is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made at

Contact Collette Thompson, Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement’s coordinator, at 859-572-7847 or with any questions.

More about our speaker:

Valerie Komor has been Director of the Associated Press Corporate Archives since 2003, when the Archives was established. Previously, Ms. Komor held positions at Oberlin College Archives, the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and the New-York Historical Society, where she headed the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections.

She holds an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Yale University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas at Austin. During the 1987-88 academic year, she held a Fulbright Grant to Naples to study the writings of Neapolitan journalist, Matilde Serao. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and served as co-chair of the SAA International Archival Affairs Roundtable from 2000 to 2013.

About Engage@NKU Breakfasts:

Engage@NKU Breakfasts are hosted by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. The goal is to provide our faculty, staff and students the opportunity to network with community organizations so that we can strengthen educational and service-based partnerships.

Engage@NKU Breakfasts are designed to provide an opportunity to interact and develop innovative collaborations.

Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast and hear about NKU’s community engagement commitment. The breakfasts will:
• highlight successful practices and partnerships in service learning and community engagement;
• provide networking opportunities to facilitate beneficial campus-community alliances; and
• explore and identify how academic research and service learning can meet the needs of the community.

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