After serving as the Desert Southwest Conference Archivist for 4 years, Elwyn “Chuck” Webb has left the position for health reasons and the opportunity for him and his wife to move closer to their children.
“Chuck was the first non-volunteer Desert Southwest Conference Archivist,” said Stephen J. Hustedt, Conference Director of Communications and Support Staff for the Commission on Archives and History. “He helped to define what we needed and what we expected from our Conference Archivist. We hate to see him go, but we are happy that he’ll be able to be closer to his children.”
Webb will be replaced by Jennifer E. Barber who has a M.S. in Library and Information Science with an Archives Management concentration and an M.A. in History.
“The good news is that we will be in very good hands as Chuck leaves,” Hustedt continued. “We have a highly educated and very skilled replacement lined up in Jennifer. We all believe that she will be able to take us to the next level when it comes to our Conference Archives and History.”
Barber begins her time as Conference Archivist with two goals set ahead of her. The first is to help the Conference identify and enact best practices when it comes to archiving digital media. The second is to train local church archivists in what to do with digital media and serve as a resource in any other way possible.
“I think local churches will quickly get to know Jennifer and greatly value what she’ll be able to help them do around the ministry of valuing and learning from our history so that we may better make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.”