Annie Benefiel returned to her roots in the Midwest when she came to Grand Valley in October to begin work as assistant archivist in Special Collections and University Archives.
Benefiel, who had been working at the University of Florida, heard of the job opportunity and friends who attended Grand Valley encouraged her to apply.
“So far, I have really enjoyed working at Grand Valley,” Benefiel said. “The library community has been very friendly and welcoming.”
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University in 2003, and a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College in 2011.
Benefiel said she came into the profession serendipitously, by working archives in college. She is currently working on projects in Grand Valley’s digital collections.
She oversees collection management. The collections include university publications, photos, and issues of the Lanthorn, as well as regional history collections, Civil War documents, and a collection related to the history of printing.
“I like working with collections because there is always something new to learn,” Benefiel said. “There is always a new person or a small new piece of history to learn about.”
In her free time, she enjoys playing board games and reading.