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Liza Posas

Autry Museum of the American West
Head, Research Services & Archives
Los Angelas, CA
Hello like-minded people, I am a woman who wears a couple of hats.
One is my “Archivist” hat at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, where I have been since 2005. I currently serve as the Autry’s Head of Research Services and Archives where I manage the reference activities and archive program of one of the most comprehensive 2-D and 3-D collections of the American West as it relates to the myth and reality of the West; tribal communities; gender studies; popular culture; and immigrant histories (among other topics of course!). In the last few years, I have concentrated on working with my colleagues and community members to develop transparent procedures and practices regarding proper and ethical stewardship for collections that contain culturally sensitive information or restricted tribal knowledge.
The other hat I have worn since 2009 is my L.A. as Subject (LAAS) Coordinator hat. LAAS is a consortium of over 200 individuals and organizations that archive, care for, and celebrate the archive collections documenting the history or Los Angeles, California and the surrounding regions. To this end, I interact with archives and “history keepers” who run the gamut between locally all volunteer run groups to established academic institutions. As the LAAS Coordinator, I am also given the unique opportunity to facilitate collaborative projects such as the L.A. as Subject Resident Archivist program, federally funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); the "Monomania LA" video series funded by CalHumanties; and the annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar co-hosted with the USC Libraries.
Talk to me about: Samba, food, Guam, inclusive narratives, cultural humility, sustainability of archives, women in the archives, growing up Filipina, tattoos (in no particular order, but kind of in that order).