myMETRO Profile: Margot Note
In this, our occasional column on myMETRO (our individual membership program), you’ll meet some of our newest members and find out how myMETRO is advancing their professional and networking goals. In this issue, we speak with Margot Note of the World Monuments Fund.
Where are you currently employed? I’m the Information Manager and Archivist at World Monuments Fund (WMF), the foremost private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural sites around the world.
There, I archive historical documents, reports, digital photos, prints, and slides of international endangered sites; develop and implement information management procedures; and administer a database of constituent and project records. My patrons are primarily my colleagues.
Are you currently working on any special projects at WMF? A project I’m excited about is creating a digital archive to highlight key projects from WMF’s 40-year history. The source material ranges from handwritten notes regarding conservation interventions at Coptic churches in Ethiopia to digital imagery of satellite radar imaging of the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.
What was the last book you read? Donald Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things—a seminal work about user-centered design. I applied what I learned to create more intuitive workflow systems at WMF. As an information professional, satisfying user needs is of the utmost importance to me!
Your library isn’t a member of METRO, so what inspired you to join myMETRO? I joined to pursue affordable professional development opportunities. I’ve learned so much from METRO’s workshops, and I look forward to attending many more in the future.