Alissa Matheny Helms

Masters Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Email Address:
amhelms@gatech.edu
Overview

Alissa Helms is a masters student interested in the history of descriptive representational technologies and information dissemination technologies in libraries, archives, and museums. She is the Digital Archivist at Kennesaw State University (KSU) where she developed and implements a digital preservation infrastructure and policies that provide long-term preservation of KSU Archives digital materials as well as born-digital University records. Alissa earned her MLIS (Library and Information Studies) from the University of Alabama where she focused on archives and digital library technology. Her master's thesis, Unresolved boundaries: the definitional history of special libraries, examined the change over a century to the definition of special libraries and the fraught relationship of the professional community to a definition that sets boundaries through omission. Her research interests include WWII and Cold War era Soviet use of German nationals as intelligence agents, the rhetorical and metaphorical links between cognitive theory and computer design, and early networked computer and internet communities.

Education:
  • MLIS (Library and Information Studies), 2015
  • BA English Literature, minor History, 2005
Awards and
Distinctions:
  • Digital Library Federation Forum Fellowship, 2016
Interests
Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Science and Technology Studies
Issues:
  • Espionage
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • Internet Studies
  • National Intelligence
  • Neuroplasticity and Memory