Hi there! My name is Alice Fabela (she/her/hers) and I am the newest Graduate Assistant in FSU’s Special Collections & Archives.
I was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up in Cape Coral, Florida. As a kid, I was always traveling with my family and it quickly led to me being interested in history. When I started attending FSU starting in 2018, I promptly became involved in the museums on campus. After having a class where I shadowed a staff member of FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA), I knew that I wanted to work in a museum one day.
And I got that chance! I became a History major and minored in Museum Studies, where I not only got to intern at MoFA, but I also got a position as a Museum Educator & Collections Assistant at The Grove Museum here in Tallahassee. Through this position I was able to discuss the history of slavery and civil rights in Florida and the South. I also was able to interact with the collection of the museum; I realized just how much I enjoyed looking through these objects and materials, and it made me even more interested in how a collection is created, preserved, and distributed to the public. During my undergraduate career, I also had taken a class on Historical Records and quickly learned that I wanted to work in Special Collections & Archives in whatever capacity I could.
I graduated from FSU with my Bachelor’s of Arts in History with a minor in Museum Studies in December 2021. It then came time to figure out my future, and still being very into collections management, I applied to the Master’s of Library and Information Science and started in the Spring 2022. This past summer, I applied to be a Graduate Assistant at SCA and received the position for the 2022-2023 school year! My primary duties are to assist students and the public with research services, contribute to collections management projects, and develop my skills in accessing and understanding archival technology.
So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a Graduate Assistant and I am excited to learn more about the fields of information science and collections management. Nice to meet you!