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2009 Candidate Statements

Candidates for Vice President / President-Elect

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff

Helen Tibbo


Candidate for Vice President / President-Elect


Professional Experience: University Archivist, Harvard University, 2004– ; Co-Director, Open Collections Program, Harvard University, 2005– ; Deputy Director, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 2002–2004; Head, Institute Archives/Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999–2002; Asst. Professor and Director of Archives Programs (Co-Director, Dual Degree Program in Archives Management), Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), 1994–1999; Instructor & Director of Archives Programs, GSLIS, 1993–1994; Lecturer, GSLIS, 1984–1992; College Archivist, Simmons College, 1980–1994.

Education: Completed PhD coursework, American History, Boston University, 1999; MA, American History and Certificate, Archival Management, Historical Editing, and the Administration of Historical Societies, New York University, 1980; BS, Journalism (American History minor), Boston University, 1976.

Professional Activities: SAA: Distinguished Fellow, 2005; Council, 2002–2004 (Executive Committee, 2003–2004); Publications Task Force/Print and Electronic Publications Editor Search Committee, 2006–2007; Fellows Steering Committee, 2006– ; Nominating Committee, 1998–1999; Working Group/Continuing Education, 1997–1998; Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee, 1997–1998; Committee on Education/ Professional Development, 1994–1997 (Co-Chair, 1994–1996); Pease Award Committee, 1995; Co-Chair, Archival Educator’s Roundtable, 1993–1994; Public Information Committee, 1992–1994; Steering Committee, College and University Section, 1991–1992; New England Archivists Representative to Committee on Regional Archival Activity, 1988–1990. International Council on Archives: Steering Committee, Section of University and Research Institution Archives, 2002– . New England Archivists: Distinguished Service Award, 2006; Nominating Committee, 1999; Task Force on Future Directions, 1995–1996; Chair, Nominating Committee, 1993–1994; President, 1992–1993; Vice President, 1991–1992; Chair, Program Committee, Fall 1990; Co-Coordinator, Membership Survey, 1987; Chair, Hale Award Committee, 1986–1988;  Editorial Board, 1985–1988; Representative-at-Large, 1985–1988;  Task Force on Archives and Society, 1983–1988.  Academy of Certified Archivists, member since 1989.  Boards, Commissions, Councils: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Archives Advisory Committee, 2005–  ; American Institute of Physics, Advisory Committee on History of Physics, 2004–2009; NHPRC Archival Research Fellowships program, Executive Board, 2001–2004; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Archives Advisory Commission, 1994–2005; NEDCC Advisory Committee, 1994–1998;  WGBH Archival Advisory Roundtable, 1992–1994;  New England Historic Genealogical Society, Trustee, 1991–1994; City of Boston Archives Advisory Committee, 1989–1996. Other: About 40 papers/panel presentations, reviews, and planning recommendations including, most recently: “Skills and Competencies: Changing Requirements in the 21st Century,” SAA Annual Meeting, 2008; guest editor and Introduction to, “ICA’s Section on University and Research Institution Archives: Selected Dialogue from the Formative Years,” Comma, International Journal on Archives (International Council on Archives, 2008).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

All of us, regardless of the sectors of the archives profession we inhabit—public or private; business, museum, government, religious, manuscript repository, or academic; newly graduated, mid-career, or approaching retirement—are facing tough times. After soliciting broad member input, SAA leaders devised a strategic plan striking at the heart of our needs. It comes at a fitting moment. The top three priorities—addressing the challenges of rapidly changing information technologies; ensuring diversity within the membership and in our institutions’ holdings; and developing effective advocacy methods to secure larger goals of guaranteeing citizens’ rights, enabling organizational accountability, and making history accessible though archival programs—are formidable, interconnected, and important to address without delay. I would work vigorously to reach these goals, focusing initially on those with the potential for the broadest impact.

Specifically, we should: follow-up with the appropriate SAA and allied groups to identify and clarify best practices in all areas of our work affected by electronic records and digital assets issues; produce in a variety of formats the long-awaited, bilingual promotional literature on the profession; and determine ways to stimulate more and sustained interest in American Archives Month. Simultaneously, we must work on efforts to assist members personally, such as creating more SAA educational opportunities at all levels to improve electronic records-related competencies and actively soliciting members with diverse backgrounds to add new voices to SAA efforts. Working with our allies, we must continue to seek increased support for NARA and for the Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) bill which will provide federal formula grants for projects that preserve and make accessible historical records. We need the collective strength as well as the fellowship of SAA members to push the profession along and prod us into action. And to do so, we need to use effectively and differently all of the tools at our disposal—electronic, paper, and meeting face-to-face. Through the hard work of many, SAA has come a very long way since I joined more than twenty-five years ago. It would be a privilege to serve SAA at this important time.

Candidate for Vice President / President-Elect



Professional Experience: Asst., Assoc., and Full Professor, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1989– ; McColl Term Professor, UNC, 2002–2004; Associate Dean, 1996–2000.

Education: PhD in Library and Information Science, University of Maryland-College Park (UMCP), 1989; MA in American Studies, UMCP, 1984; MLS, Indiana University, 1983; BA in English/American Studies, Bridgewater State College, 1977.

Professional Activities: SAA: Distinguished Fellow; SAA Council, 1997–2000; American Archivist Editorial Board, 2001–2008 and 1991–1994; American Archivist Editor Search Committee, 1995, 2005; Appointments Committee, 2005–2006; Educators’ Roundtable, 1986– , chair, 1992–1994; Publications Board, Chair, 1994–1997; Research Forum co-founder and co-organizer, 2005– ; 1994 Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award; Task Force on the Future of the American Archivist, Chair, 1996–1997; UNC-CH Student Chapter, Faculty Advisor, 1995 – .  Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: Member since 1985.  Society of North Carolina Archivists: Member since 1990. Additional memberships in other information organizations such as ALA, ARMA, and ASIST. Numerous research publications and funded projects on archival topics.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA’s current priorities are technology, diversity, and public awareness and advocacy. SAA Council and leadership have outlined key activities to achieve the goals identified for each strategic area. All of these are appropriate and thoughtful, but somewhat isolated, steps. At first glance, SAA’s priorities appear distinct from one another, but an integrated, strategic approach reveals they share much in common. Most importantly, achieving the stated goals will require active participation of SAA’s membership and the wider international archival, records, and preservation communities. The priorities are all exceptional challenges that will be with us for many years to come. SAA’s next Presidents, Councils, and overall leadership will need to develop, refine, and maintain a culture that reaches out to the membership and beyond for ideas, feedback, and extensive effort if the goals of a more technologically adept, diverse, and prominent profession are to be achieved. SAA must seek inclusivity by bringing the various constituencies that make up the archival profession, along with records creators and archival users, to develop a vision that is both inspirational and achievable even in these fiscally challenging times.

It is critical that SAA works with both archival educators and archival practitioners to promote strong educational programs with significant, relevant, and accessible technological content. SAA must establish visionary educational guidelines that challenge educators and take a leading advocacy role that will push graduate and continuing education programs forward. Without knowing the potentially extensive costs involved it is impossible to say this advocacy should take the form of certification, but a clearly articulated vision of required technological skills/knowledge is necessary.

I have long worked to develop programs to prepare new archivists for 21st-century technology challenges and have received extensive funding to produce curricula in digital curation/preservation for master’s and doctoral students and practitioner institutes (; I have also worked to bring academics and archival practitioners together. The NHPRC Electronic Records Research Program ( explicitly sought the collaboration of academics and practitioners with the goal of fostering an archival research culture through funded projects and mentoring.

SAA must also work with educators and practitioners to increase diversity within the profession that today largely requires members to have a graduate degree. Higher education in general and many archival programs specifically, struggle with diversifying their student bodies and applicant pools. Through the production of outreach materials for archival education programs and liaising between the programs, repositories, and various cultural groups, SAA could raise the profession’s profile among potential students of the field.

In our increasingly media-bombarded world, SAA must redouble its effort to raise public awareness regarding the profession and its essential roles in our society and world. Archivists, led by SAA, must embrace the amazing communication tools now available for rapid deployment of a unified message and vision. Rather than posters, flyers and mailings, we need YouTube videos, an SAA Facebook page, and links on repository websites. The SAA website should become the focal point of an extensive online archival social network that would facilitate communication in the profession and help users and other stakeholders understand the power and importance of the archival profession. This will require a radical rethinking of SAA’s role and its responsibility in representing the profession.

Candidates for Treasurer

Aimee M. Felker

Becky Haglund Tousey

Candidate for Treasurer


Professional Experience: Records Manager, City of Sacramento, 2007– . Federal Records Manager, Executive Office of the President, 2004–2006. Senior Records Analyst, National Archives & Records Administration, 2002–2004. Consultant, International Monetary Fund, 2001–2002. Associate Archivist, CIGNA Corporation, 1997–2001. Director, Rare Books & Special Collections Library, American University, Cairo, 1996–1997. Manager, Archives, Records Management, Special Collections & Museum Programs, Babson College 1992–1996. Assistant University Archivist, Boston College 1988–1992.

Education: Certified Records Manager, 2003; Certified Archivist 1998; MA Boston College, 1992; MLS University of Maryland, 1988; BA Boston College, 1986.

Professional Activities: SAA:  Sustainable Archives Austin Program Committee Co-chair 2008–2009, Council 2004–2007, Program Committee 2004, Nominating Committee 2002, Joint ARMA –SAA Committee on Records Management Chair 2001–2004,  Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable Vice Chair/Chair 2001–2003, Committee on Regional Archival Activity Chair 1991–1994, Women’s Caucus Chair & Newsletter Editor 1990–1992, Speaker 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.  Academy of Certified Archivists: Outreach Committee 1998–1999, Task Force on Employer Relations, 2001.  Institute of Certified Records Managers: Grader 2005– .   New England Archivists: Vice/Current/Past President 1999–2002, Treasurer 1993–1996, Public Relations Coordinator & Development Officer 1997–1999, Local Arrangements Co-chair 1995, Program Committee 1990, 1998, Long Range Planning Committee 1990–1992, Newsletter Editor 1988–1991Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: Speaker 2002, 2003, 2004.  Connecticut River Archives Group: Chair 1997–2001.  Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland: College of Information Studies, 2004–2006; Adjunct Professor, Catholic University of America: 2003–2006.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

The SAA Treasurer must protect the organization’s assets and work with members, Council and staff to conserve our financial resources and yield the maximum benefit. Three ways to accomplish this are through:

Consolidation and Coordination: 

SAA members are technologically savvy and creative. As volunteers, we find time and money saving processes to accomplish our tasks. As Treasurer I will be well positioned to find additional ways to improve efficiency as I focus on SAA’s income and expenses patterns rather than specific program activities; however, with my SAA Council and committee experiences, I will balance this perspective with an understanding of SAA’s mission and practices.

Advocacy and Awareness:

Developing the SAA Foundation, building strategic alliances with other professional groups to speak for and about archives, as well as co-develop services and educational offerings, is critical if SAA and our profession are to remain vibrant and viable. As Treasurer I will work with the SAA Foundation to attract donors and promote cost effective joint advocacy initiatives. 

Diligence and Decision-making:

SAA Council and staff strive to provide the best and most to all. Having the courage to say “No” to one’s colleagues—regardless of soundness of the idea—is essential. As Treasurer I will question spending and if appropriate vote against activities that may compromise SAA’s future or advocate for less popular ideas that will best serve SAA’s long-term objectives.

Through my experience on SAA Council and more recently co-chairing the 2009 Program Committee, I understand SAA’s strategic priorities and objectives. I also recognize the financial and human resources needed to run SAA. As Treasurer, I will push to adopt more efficient business practices, such as those the 2009 Program Committee introduced (and future committees will enhance!) For instance, the electronic proposal submission and review process enabled SAA staff and the committee to parse data which then resulted in a significant reduction in the on-site meeting time. Two other process improvements were:  1) presenting the Program in an electronic and manipulate-able format thus making it more useful to the members, and 2) coordinating with the Publications Board to use the session proposal process to identify potential future publications that may become American Archivist articles, SAA monographs, or yet-to-be determined web offerings. These changes will reduce future Program Committee meetings and mailing costs while providing added value to SAA’s Publications program and, ultimately, all members.

Candidate for Treasurer


Professional Experience: Senior Manager, Region and Corporate Archives, Kraft Foods Inc., since 2003.  Started with Kraft Foods in 1991 as Archives Specialist and have held increasingly responsible positions since then, currently directing the company’s archival activities globally. Prior to going to Kraft Foods, was Senior Archives Specialist for Local History Manuscript Collections at the Chicago Public Library, and Staff Archivist at the Colorado State Archives in Denver. 

Education: BA in History, Colorado State University; MA in History with Archives Concentration, Colorado State University. NHPRC/Mellon Foundation Archives Administration Fellowship recipient (1986–1987).  

Professional Activities: Involved in the archival profession at all levels, including Academy of Certified Archivists, Chicago Area Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference (Council member, Host Committee chair), Society of American Archivists (Local Arrangements co-chair, Program Committee co-chair, Council member 1999–2001) and International Council on Archives (Section on Business and Labour Archives, Secretary, 2004–present ). Speaker at various U.S. and international archives conferences, including a conference funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission titled “Access to Archives: Japanese and American Practices” in Tokyo, Japan in May 2007. Founding member of the annual Corporate Archives Forum.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Financial security and stability provides the foundation for everything SAA does. It allows us to take advantage of unexpected opportunities or deal with unexpected challenges as they arise. It allows us to plan for the future and to invest in our members, responding to member needs as they evolve. The recent establishment of the SAA Foundation is a great step forward. It will help build an endowment reserve which does not have to rely on membership dues, interest income or annual meeting revenue. One strategy I would like to implement is an estate planning program to encourage SAA members to include the SAA Foundation in their wills.

We are all aware that it is very challenging economic environment for all organizations and individuals. My goal as treasurer would be to help SAA continue the good work done by previous treasures and Councils to ensure SAA stays on sound financial footing. This means seeking and taking the advice of financial professionals, managing costs and looking for creative ways to meet member expectations.

Candidates for Council (Two-year term)

Sara (Sue) Hodson

Brenda Lawson

Candidate for Council (Two-year term)


Professional Experience: Curator of Literary Manuscripts, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, since 1979.  Responsible for all aspects of British and American literary manuscript collections, from the Renaissance to the present, including overseeing acquisitions, reference, and processing, and curating major exhibitions.  Intern, rare book cataloging, William Andrews Clark Library, 1978.

Adjunct Instructor, Claremont Graduate School, 1994;  faculty, Western Archives Institute, 1994–1996, 2000–2002, 2006–2008;  faculty, Huntington Graduate Seminar in Late Medieval and Renaissance Paleography, 2000–2008.

Education: BA (with Honors), 1971, and MA in English, 1977, both at Whittier College; MLS with Specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts, UCLA, 1979.

Honors: Fellow, Society of American Archivists, 2004; Service Recognition Award, Jack London Foundation, 2001; Lincoln College (Oxford) Research Fellowship, 1999; Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of California Archivists, 1996; Beta Phi Mu, 1979.

Professional Affiliations:  SAA – member since 1977; Leland Award Committee, 2003–2005; Host Committee Co-chair, 2002–2003; Publications Board, 1998-2004 (Chair, 2000–2001); Task Force on the Annual Meeting, 1997–1999; Program Committee, 1994; Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable, founding member, Chair, 1996–1998, vice chair, 1994–1996;  Manuscript Repositories Section, Chair, 1994–1995, vice chair, 1993–1994, Steering Committee, 1989–1991; Membership Committee, 1993–1996;  Society of California Archivists – member since 1977; Development Committee Chair, 1996–2005; Awards Committee, 1992–1994; President, 1991–1992; Vice-president, 1990–1991; Treasurer, 1986–1988; multiple program committees, task forces, and host committees; Academy of Certified Archivists – Nominating Committee, 1993;  American Library Association, Rare Books and Manuscript Section, member since 1981;  American Literature Association – member since 1991;  Western Literature Association – member since 1997; Jack London Society – member since 1992; Advisory Board, 1998– ; President, 2004–2006; Wallace Stevens Society – member since 2005;  Mayme A. Clayton Library – Executive Committee, 2004– .

Presentations: About 40 papers on archival and literary subjects, especially topics relating to privacy and ethical issues in personal paper collections, for groups including SAA, SCA, RBMS (of ALA), California Library Association, Web-wise conference (Getty/OCLC), UCLA School of Information Science, the American Literature Association, Western Literature Association, Jack London Society, and T.E. Lawrence Society.  Multiple invited lectures throughout the U.S. and in Nevers, France.

Publications: A dozen articles on archival and literary topics in The American Archivist, Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship, California History, Dictionary of Literary Biography, First Monday (, the Christopher Isherwood Review, and The Huntington Library Quarterly.  Most recent essay, “In Secret Kept, in Silence Sealed:  Privacy in the Papers of Authors and Celebrities,” appears in Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives (SAA, 2005).  Most recent book, Jack London: One Hundred Years a Writer (with Jeanne Reesman, 2002).  Current book project, also with Reesman, Jack London, Photographer, forthcoming in 2010, University of Georgia Press.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

The Strategic Priorities set forth for SAA in 2006 form a crucially important planning guide for the profession.  Holding fast to the three priorities—Technology, Diversity, and Public Awareness and Outreach—will enable the Society to look to the future and to continue developing and progressing with foresight and vision. The three priorities speak to the most important facets of the archival profession, and initiatives based on them will enable the Society and its members to move forward effectively in maximizing archivists’ impact on the profession, on archives themselves, and on society. Proposals brought to the SAA Council that seek to put the strategic priorities into action must first, and most obviously, be consistent with the desired outcomes and highest-ranked activities that have been set forth for each priority. Council must also analyze proposals for their impact on SAA members, on all archivists, on the SAA leaders, on the Society’s budget, and on archival materials. First, proposals must be examined for both their benefits and their obligations to SAA members and, indeed to all archivists.  Proposals also must be examined for their effect on the SAA leaders and others who will be charged with implementing them. In addition, the budget must be considered, so that initiatives can be absorbed by the Society’s budget or so that the funding needed can be generated.  Finally, proposals must be considered in light of their effect on the archival materials in our collections. 

The document setting forth the strategic priorities identifies clear, important goals toward which we must direct our energies and efforts. To succeed will mean that our profession will have the competencies necessary to deal properly with proliferating electronic materials. Success will also increase the progress being made in achieving the diversity that is so urgently needed in our professional ranks, and success will significantly boost the public awareness and advocacy that are critically important to the thriving of the profession. By the time you vote, I will have served for a bit less than one year on Council, as an appointee to fill an unexpected vacancy. This service is an honor and a privilege, and I have learned much during these months. I hope you will give me the opportunity to carry on and continue to apply what I am learning in service to the Society and its strategic priorities.

Candidate for Council (Two-year term)


Professional Experience: Director of Collections Services, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, 2006–present; Associate Librarian/Curator of Manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1994–2006; Curator of Manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1988–1994; Assistant Archivist, Simmons College Archives, 1987–1988.

Education: MA in History, Simmons College, 1996; MSLIS with archives management concentration, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1988; BA in Psychology, Williams College, 1985.

Professional Activities: SAA: Member since 1988; Program Committee, 2006 Annual Meeting, 2005–2006; Host Committee, 2004 Annual Meeting, 2003–2004; Committee on Ethics and Professional Development, 2002–2005; New England Archivists’ Representative to the Committee on Regional Archival Activities, 1992–1994.  New England Archivists: Member since 1985; Representative at Large to the Executive Board, 2004–2007; Chair, Task Force on Research and Development, 1993–1996; Printing Coordinator, 1990–1993; Program Committee, 1992; Local Arrangements Committee, 1991, 1985.  Northeast Document Conservation Center: Board of Trustees, 2007–present.  International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA): Organizing and Program Committee for I-CHORA 3 meeting, 2007.  National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Co-founder and program director, NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship Program, 2001–2004; grant reviewer, 2007–present. Massachusetts Historical Society: Elected Fellow, 2001–present.  Colonial Society of Massachusetts: Elected Member, 1997–present. 

Publications/Presentations: Presentations to New England Archivists and SAA on donor relations, descriptive overhead, managing goals, and the NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship Program.  Book review, Serving History in a Changing World: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in the Twentieth Century by Sally F. Griffith, American Archivist (Spring/Summer, 2002); “Manuscripts on the History of Medicine at the Massachusetts Historical Society,” MHS Proceedings (1991); “The Letters of Robert Gould Shaw at the Massachusetts Historical Society,” Proceedings (1990); Contributing author, Witness to America’s Past: Two Centuries of Collecting by the Massachusetts Historical Society (1991); book reviews and newsletter articles. 

Question posed by Nominating Committee

As a result of a strategic planning process begun in 2005, SAA identified three priorities as critical to the ongoing success of our profession: diversity, technology, and advocacy.  Council members must be mindful of the long-term effect of these initiatives as they weigh the value of short-term proposals.

As archivists, we work to ensure the preservation of a complete cultural record, demanding that all segments of society be represented.  SAA has made important progress in this area through the creation of its minority scholarship program, but SAA members must act as ambassadors for the profession to minority communities in order to raise the general awareness about archives.  SAA should also work with archival graduate programs to establish both scholarship and incentive programs to encourage minority students to enter the profession. 

As council members consider proposals relating to technology, they must remember that they represent a constituency with a wide range of experience and resources.  Archivists from larger government and academic institutions must play a leadership role in the development of procedures for dealing with electronic records.  However, archivists from institutions with limited staffs or little technological infrastructure will require turnkey systems and more fundamental information to keep up with the current (and increasing) researcher demand for online information and digitized materials.  Through their role as liaisons to roundtables and sections, council members should encourage input from all areas of the Society’s membership to ensure that SAA is addressing technology needs across a wide spectrum.

As the key professional organization for archivists in the United States, SAA’s commitment to advocacy for the profession is crucial to our continued success.  Leadership in the area of electronic records, for example, not only fulfills our professional mission to keep and maintain records in all formats, it also gains recognition for the importance of archivists and archival records in a wider arena.  In the current economic environment, this is more critical than ever as public funding for archival grants is endangered and archivists must advocate for their positions even within their own institutions.

Finally, as council members examine proposals related to SAA’s strategic initiatives, they must weigh the financial implications against other goals and objectives of the Society.  With today’s shrinking budgets, economic considerations are more important than ever, but SAA must not be short-sighted.  The Society must continue to think about the long-term success of our profession; a commitment to diversity, technology, and especially to advocacy and outreach are paramount to our viability.

Candidates for Council (Three-year term)

Scott Cline

Lisa Carter

Tom Frusciano

Brenda Gunn

Deborra A. Richardson

John (Jac) Treanor

Candidate for Council (Three-year term)


Professional Experience:  Director (City Archivist), Seattle Municipal Archives, since 1985. Archivist, Cleveland Jewish Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH, 1982–1985.  Teaching Experience:  University of Washington, The Information School, Seattle, WA (Archival and Manuscript Services), 1998–present;  University of Washington Extension, Records and Information Management Certificate Program (Introduction to Organizational Archives), 1991–1997.

Education:  Master of Arts in History with specialization in Archives Management, Portland State University, 1982. BS (History), Portland State University, 1972.

Professional Activities:  SAA:  Member since 1982. Nominating Committee, 2001; Co– chair, Committee on Institutional Evaluation and Development, 1994–1995 (member, 1992–1995; Chair, Government Records Section, 1993–1994 (Steering Committee, 1991–1994); Chair, Local Government Records Roundtable, 1992– 1994; Program Committee, 1990, 1997; Host Committee, 1990. American Archivist, Perspectives Editor, 1988–1991.  Academy of Certified Archivists:  Charter member. President, 2004–2005; Regent for Nominations, 2005–2006; Vice President, 2003–2005; Examination Development Committee, 2003–2004; Secretary, 1993–1995; Nominating Committee, 1991.  Northwest Archivists:  President, 2000–2001; Vice President, 1999–2000;  Chair, By-Laws Committee, 1996–1999, 2002– present; Chair, Nominating Committee, 2001–2002, 1991–1992; Chair, Program Committee, 1990; member various committees from 1987– present.  NAGARA:  Nominating Committee, 1994, 1995; Program Committee, 1989; Host Committee, 1989.  Selected Advisory Boards/Expert Panels:  COSA, Closest to Home project, 2006–2008; Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, 1990–1994, 2001–2006; Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington, 1993–2000; Studies in Genealogy and Family History Advisory Board, University of Washington, 1991–2001; Cleveland (OH) Holocaust Survivors Videotape Project Advisory Board, 1983–1985.

Publications and Presentations:  Over forty papers and publications on topics in archives, American Jewish history, and Pacific Northwest history. Most recent:  “To the Limit of Our Integrity: Reflections on Archival Being,” forthcoming American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2009).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Governance done well is a challenging endeavor. It must be waged with seriousness tempered with good humor, uncompromising integrity, and a strong faith in the future of our profession. Any work undertaken by the SAA on behalf of its members and the profession must be engaged with attention to archival values and the creation of value. Past SAA Councils have worked diligently to formulate goals and objectives for the Society and to develop strategic priorities with desired outcomes. It is incumbent on future Councils to continue implementation, to review, and to adjust these goals, objectives, and priorities to meet the rapid and sometimes disorderly changes in the information environment and our professional culture.

In evaluating specific proposals to implement the Society's priorities, Council members should look at three overlapping considerations and the series of questions that arise in each. The questions below are not exhaustive; but they do illustrate the concerns that Council members must bring to decision making.

From the discipline of Program Evaluation, we raise these questions:  What are the indicators of success for the proposed action?  How will we know that the proposal, when implemented, has made a difference?  Will we be able to observe evidence of success one, three, and five years out?  Are the indicators and outcomes measureable?  Is the proposal aligned with SAA's goals and objectives and the identified priorities? 

Pragmatism and the realities of governance, lead us to ask:  How much will implementation of the proposal cost?  Is there adequate budget?  What human resources are required?  Is it a good use of our resources?  What is the cost– benefit?  Is the proposal sustainable?  Are there legal considerations?  In the face of several proposals, what is the highest priority?

SAA's national leadership role on records and information issues leads to the following questions:  Does the proposal have universal applicability within the profession?  What is the breadth of its impact?  Will the proposal make SAA more credible on the national stage?  Will it enhance and/or maximize SAA's influence?  Is the proposal in an area where SAA can uniquely effect change that is consistent with its beliefs and values?

Ultimately, Council must continually ask "What are SAA's priorities?" and determine whether proposals fall in line with its answer. Faith in the future and faith in the value of archives drives our work and it should drive our governance.

Candidate for Council (Three-year term)


Professional Experience:  Head, Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), North Carolina State University, 2007– ; Director of Archives, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Digital Programs (SCDP), 2005–2007; Audio-Visual Archivist, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Archives, 1995–2005; Project Manager, National Television and Video Preservation Foundation, 2003–2005; Digital Video Project Manager, Kentucky Educational Television, 2003–2004; Film Cataloger, American Archives of the Factual Film, Iowa State University, 1994–1995.

Education: MILS, University of Michigan, 1994; BA, (Interdisciplinary Humanities) Michigan State University, 1992.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 2005; Liaison to ALA’s CC:DA, 2007– ; Standards Committee, 2007– .  ARL: Visiting Program Officer to the Special Collections Working Group, 2009– .  AMIA:  Member since 1993; Strategic Planning Implementation Task Force, 2005–2007; Digital Issues Committee, 2003–2007; Local Television Case Studies and Symposium Task Force, 1999–2006; Strategic Planning Group, 2002–2003; Conference Program Committee, 1997–2002; Executive Board, 1998–2002; Regional Audio-Visual Archives Interest Group, 1998–2002; Volunteer Task Force, 1999–2002; Publications Committee, 1996–2007.  MAC:  Member since 1994; Publications Committee, Assistant Editor, Mixed Media, 2005– ; Program Committee, 2006–2008; Nominating Committee, 2006–2007. Society of North Carolina Archivists: Member since 2007.

Honors: Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program, Association of Research Libraries, 2007–2008. NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship, 2003–2004.

Publications and Presentations:  Nine publications and 25 presentations at state, regional and national conferences on topics including audio-visual preservation, video digitizing, digitization planning, metadata, regional archives, web resources, organizational growth, and most recently, profession-wide trends in special collections and archives.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA is a successful professional association because of its active, creative and engaged members who develop initiatives to advance the work of archives and archivists. As specific ideas are proposed, a Council member must consider how they best fit into the larger puzzle of the organization’s endeavors. They must first be thoroughly familiar with SAA’s strategic priorities of technology, diversity and advocacy and desired outcomes in these areas. How does the newly proposed effort advance these key aspects of our work?

The history and background of the proposal should be considered, so that the full context can be understood. Have we tried this before, what were the successes and challenges? Is this proposal the result of careful study, previous work or Council suggestion? Discussion and consultation with fellow Council members will highlight any related pursuits in other committees, sections, roundtables, task forces and working groups that could result in streamlined action and fruitful collaboration. Are there opportunities for cooperation and convergence that would increase the impact of the venture? The quality and clarity of vision of the proposed solution will anticipate its success. Does the group or individual fully understand the challenge, is the suggested effort well described and all aspects considered? Are the required resources and steps laid out in a sensible way; has the proposal addressed sustainability, implications and dependencies?

In many cases, member input might be solicited through a variety of mechanisms, from one-on-one conversations to surveys to forums. Trends and movement in the field should be considered. Is the proposed activity in line with currently thinking or does it take advantage of developments in professional practice? Council must also analyze the potential return on investment of the recommendation. Does the expected benefit outweigh the financial and people resources that will need to be dedicated for a successful outcome? Is it something really worth doing that addresses the core purpose of the association? Available resources should also be taken into consideration. Even if it is a highly desired endeavor, does the Society have the capacity to undertake it? If resources are to be reassigned, what other initiative can afford a reduction of resources?

We live in a world of infinite possibilities, exciting ideas and stimulating opportunities. What makes an organization successful is its ability to harness the energy, talent and assets it has to strategically advance its core mission dynamically and thoughtfully. As a member of Council, I would keep a broad view on relevancy, context and opportunity while evaluating the quality, value and achievability of proposals to ensure that the Society moves forward in strategic, sustainable and successful ways.

Candidate for Council (Three-year term)


Professional Experience:  University Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, since 1989. Part-Time Lecturer, School of Communications, Information and Library Studies (SCILS), Rutgers University, since 1990. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Program in Archival Management and Public History, New York University, since 1991. University Archivist, New York University Archives, 1981–1989. Head, Tamiment Institute Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University Libraries, 1987–1989. Assistant Archivist, Educational Testing Service Princeton, N.J., 1976–1981.

Education:  MA in History, University of Montana, Missoula, 1976. Certificate in Archival Management, University of Denver, 1976. BA in History, William Paterson College of N.J., 1972.

Professional Activities:  SAA, 1976– . Archival Educators Roundtable, 1990– and  Co-Chair/Chair, 1996–1998; College and University Archives Section, 1981– (Nominating Committee, 2006, Chair, 1994–1996, and Vice Chair , 1989–1991); Description Section, 1977– (Chair, 1993–1994 and Vice Chair, 1992–1993); Committee on Archival Information Exchange, 1993–1994; Education Office Advisory Committee, 1991–1993; Membership Committee, 1990–1992; Host Committee, 1987; and Business Archives Committee, 1977–1981.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, 1977– . Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2008–2009; Program Committee, 2006, 1999, 1993 (chair), 1992, and 1990; Ad-hoc Committee on Educational Development, 2005–2006; Arline Custer Award Committee, 2005–2007 (chair, 2006–2007); Publications Committee, 1996–2003 (chair, 1999–2003); Education Committee, 1991–1995; Steering Committee, 1989–1992; Nominating Committee, 1991; Finding Aids Award Committee, 1987–1989.  Research Libraries Group: Special Collections Resource Sharing Working Group, 2003–2006; RLIN AMC representative since 1984; Primary Sources Forum, 1993–2004; Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Program Committee, 1988–1991; Task Force on Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections, 1983–1988.  The Journal of Archival Organization: Founding Co-editor (2000–2003) and Editor-in-Chief (2003– ).

Honors and Awards:  SAA: Fellow of the Society, 2002.  Rutgers University:  The Ernest E. McMahon Class of 1930 Award, in recognition of contributions to preserving and making available the historical records of Rutgers University, 2005; Rutgers Living History Society, 2002.  AASLH:  Award of Merit, 1999.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: Arline Custer Memorial Award for publication, New York University and the City, 1998. New Jersey Historical Commission: Award of Recognition for outstanding service to public knowledge and preservation of the history of New Jersey, 1998.

Publications and Presentations: Two books: The Rutgers University Football Vault (2008) and New York University and the City, with Marilyn H. Pettit (1997); two chapters in books; and eleven journal and magazine articles on archival descriptive standards and technology; digital projects; and the history of Rutgers University and NYU. Presented more than sixty conference papers and lectures and have conducted thirty-four workshops on various archival and historical topics at local, state, regional and national meetings.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA has indentified three strategic priorities for current and future planning: diversity, public awareness and advocacy, and technology. All three have received attention and the Society has introduced several important initiatives that address these issues. In evaluating future proposals, SAA Council members must give serious consideration to several factors. First and foremost, any proposal submitted to SAA or developed by its leadership must specifically address the targeted strategic area and discuss its potential impact on that area and benefits to the archival community. SAA consists of talented individuals who take the archival mission and their professional responsibilities seriously. Thus, the feedback of SAA members regarding proposals should also be a factor in their undertaking, as should the ability of a proposal to identify and recruit members who can assist in putting plans into action. A final factor for Council members to consider is the financial implications of each proposal. SAA’s finances are limited and new projects and initiatives may require financial support. Funding opportunities should be investigated for projects that warrant support from the SAA leadership. If elected to the SAA Council, I will encourage serious consideration of these important factors when discussing methods of moving forward with SAA’s strategic priorities.

Candidate for Council (Three-year term)


Professional Experience:  Associate Director for Research and Collections, 2007– ; Assistant Director, 2005–2007, Head of Archives and Manuscripts, 1999–2005, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at University of Texas at Austin; Assistant Archivist, 1996–1999, State Bar of Texas; Archives and Records Analyst, 1995–1996, Sematech.

Education:  MLIS, with emphasis in Archival Enterprise, University of Texas at Austin; MA and BA, University of Texas at Tyler.

Professional Activities:  Academy of Certified Archivists: Member since 1996, Examination Development Committee, 1999–2002, 2004–2006, Regent for Examination Development Committee, 2006–2008; Nominations Committee, 2002–2004, Chair, 2003–2004.  SAA: Host Committee, 2008–2009; Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Awards Subcommittee, 2002–2005, Awards Committee co-chair, 2005–2008; Preservation Section Chair, 2007–2008.  Society of Southwest Archivists: President, 2005–2006; Executive Board member, 1999–2001; Program Committee Chair 2004–2005; Program Committee member, 2002–2003; Nominating Committee Chair, 2002–2003;  Local Arrangements co-chair, 1998–1999; Professional Development Committee 1997–2000, chair, 1998–2000;

Publications: “David Crockett is Dead, But How He Died Lives On,” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 2006.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

We entered 2009 with the good news that the Society’s membership continues to grow and that the Society is a healthy organization in all regards. The roadmap created by the Council in 2005 and that continues to be reviewed and updated is an indicator of the responsible and watchful leadership at the helm. Successfully reaching a destination, though, is less about the updated map than it is about whether the map is opened and consulted. A new map, neatly folded and abandoned in the glove compartment, is as useful as the outdated one you recycled. Use the map or risk getting lost, and for this reason it is imperative that the Society should consider all organizational and operational questions within the context of its strategic priorities.

When evaluating specific proposals that aim to put the Society’s strategic priorities in action, Council should ask several key initial questions:

  1. Does this proposal move the Society forward and are the actions planned within the proposal the best way to execute the priority?
  2. What will be the impact upon the Society’s budget and does the Society have the financial resources to make this happen?
  3. Does the Society have the volunteer resources to move forward, and which individual and/or what groups within the organization can be a champion and promoter of the proposal? 

These basic questions require the council to decide whether the proposal is worthy and well-conceived in the context of the strategic priorities, and whether the anticipated time and resources allocated will be worth the effort. Council should look for opportunities within a specific proposal to build upon established relationships with allied organizations as well as opportunities to establish new partnerships and collaborations.

Candidate for Council (Three-year term)


Professional Experience: Chair and Chief Archivist, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (2005– ); Assistant Chair, Archives Center, National Museum of American History (1997–2004); Archives Specialist, Duke Ellington Collection, Smithsonian Institution (1990–1997); Arts Specialist, Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, MD (1988–1990); Music Manuscripts Librarian, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, D.C. (1980–1988).

Education: Bachelor of Music (history concentration), Howard University (1977); Master of Library Science, University of Maryland, College Park (1979).

Professional Activities: I have been a member of music, library, and archival organizations (i.e., the Association of Recorded Sound Collections; The Duke Ellington Society, the DC Archives Caucus; the Mid Atlantic Regional Archival Conference, Music Library Assn, National History Day; the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology). My activities also include arts and cultural program planning and I have been on the board of the Gateway Community Development Corporation, Prince Georges County, MD. SAA: Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, 2004–2008; Co-Chair, 2005–2008; Local Arrangements Committee, for Washington, D.C., 2005–2006; Program Committee, for Birmingham, AL, 2001–2002; Colonial Dames of America Scholarship Committee, 1997– 2000; Chair, 1999–2000; Awards Committee, 1995–1997; Nominations Committee, Chair, 1994–1995; Committee on Goals and Priorities, 1992–1995; African American and Third World Archivists Roundtable, 1990– ; Co-chair, 1990–1992. Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council; 1997–; Vice Chair, 2008; Chair, 2009


  • “The Duke Ellington Collection,” Day Break Express, Vol.5, No. 1, An occasional newsletter of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History (Spring 1999).
  • “The Duke Ellington Collection,” The Pathfinder, Vol. 1, No. 2, A newsletter from the Archives Center, Washington, DC (February, 1997).
  • “Current Activity Reports Help Us Help You,” Archival Outlook, May, 1995.
  • “Ulysses Kay,” Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1995.
  • Ulysses Kay: a Bio-Bibliography, Co-authored with Constance Hobson. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994.
  • “Hazel Harrison,” and “Philippa Duke Schuyler,” Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia. Carlson Publishing, 1993.

Presentations: I work in and make presentations concerning archival management, African American collections, African American music collections, and music or manuscript collections in library, archival, or museum settings. Additionally, I am active in organizations that use the arts as a revitalization tool in my local community. I make presentations for those organizations and about their organizational activities. Recent presentations include “Three Lovely Ladies of Song,” National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, D.C.) June 10, 2008; “The Duke Ellington Collection,” National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, D.C.) February 21, 2008; and “Designing an Open-Source and Standards-Compliant Descriptive Tool for Lone Arrangers,” user report, Society of American Archivists (Washington, D.C.) August, 2006.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Whenever I make judgments about proposed action plans for organizations, I consider a series of questions.  I pose these questions to myself and I discuss them with my colleagues, depending upon the circumstances.  Some of the questions are:

“Which strategic priority does this plan address?” “Where is it on our list of priorities?” “How will the plan benefit the group (the membership, the profession, the society as a whole)?”  “Will it benefit the entire group or some portion?” “Who or what is the audience?”  “How cost effective is the proposal?”  “What is the value?”  “Will we receive a good return on the investment?” “What is the motive behind the proposal?”  “Will this proposal work?” “Who thinks it will and why?” 

These are representative of those questions that come to mind.  There may be others, depending on the situation.

When these questions are answered to my satisfaction, through investigation and discussion, I feel equipped to exercise good judgment in evaluating action plans and trust that I would assist my colleagues to select proposals that would serve the best interests of the Society and the profession.  

Candidate for Council (Three-year term)


Professional Experience:  Vice Chancellor for Archives and Records, Archdiocese of Chicago, 1986– ; Curator, Massachusetts State Archives, 1984–1986; Assistant Archivist, Archdiocese of Boston, 1982–1984.

Education:  MA, History and Archival Methods, University of Massachusetts/Boston, 1982; BA, History, University of Massachusetts/Boston, 1980

Professional Associations:  SAA:  Member since 1982; Program Committee, 1989; program participant, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008 ; ARMA-SAA Joint Committee on Archives and Records Management, 1990–1996, Chair 1992–1996; Nominating Committee, 2003; Spotlight Awards Committee, 2005–2009; Distinguished Fellow 2005.  Academy of Certified Archivists: Certified Archivist since 1989. Association of Records Managers and Administrators:  Member since 1986; program participant, 1998, 2000, 2001; Certified Records Manager since 1996.  Midwest Archives Conference:  Member since 1986; Council 1989–1992; program participant, 1987–1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006.  New England Archivists:  Member since 1982; Program Committee 1985.  Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists:  Member since 1982; Executive Board, 1989–1991; Vice President 1991–1993; President 1993–1995. Treasurer 1997–.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA’s Council has always been involved in establishing the priorities for our association. That mandate is detailed in our Constitution. “The government of the Society, the management of its affairs, and regulation of its procedures, except as otherwise provided in this constitution, shall be vested in a council”.

During the last six years SAA has, on at least three separate occasions, considered and defined its Strategic Objectives/Priorities (SAA Strategic Objectives - 2003, SAA “Radar Screen” of Strategic Priorities 2005 and 2006, SAA’s 2006–2007 Strategic Priorities). The evolution of these three reports demonstrates a continued progression, by successive councils, in the evaluation of priorities and the consideration of the resources needed to accomplish those objectives.

In “Facing the Future” (Archival Outlook, July/August 2006), Richard Pearce-Moses and Randall C. Jimerson outline SAA’s ongoing strategic planning process and offer the astute observation that it would be natural to wish for closure in our planning process; that once strategic objectives are identified and strategies are developed to accomplish them, our job is over. However, they correctly admonished us that strategic planning is an ongoing activity requiring us to continually assess and monitor not only our plans but our processes as well.

They suggest that council members consider the need to, “monitor external and internal environments to determine which critical concerns will have the greatest impact on our members and which are within our capacity to act upon effectively.”  They also remind us that we must continue to solicit member input and ensure we are acting in their best interest.

During the SAA Council meeting of August 2008, the Treasurer’s report detailed a significant decrease in our association’s investment income as result of the worldwide economic downturn. Council will have to consider the effects of these difficult economic times not just in loss of income but also in the effect on member participation as positions are eliminated and travel is curtailed. The minutes of recent Council meetings clearly indicates that our leadership already scrutinizes the financial impact of every motion it considers while implementing our strategic plans. We need to continue that excellent stewardship.

The year 2009 will see a new President and Congress. If the recent House revocation of President Bush’s executive order 13233 (regarding Presidential Records), is any indication, we can reasonably expect a more favorable and collaborative reception on archival and records management issues from the new administration. Lobbying efforts to strengthen NHPRC’s viability and NARA’s professional integrity should be less confrontational.

Economic conditions, fiscal resources, advocacy opportunities, membership support, shifting priorities are all critical considerations for members of Council while trying to implement Strategic Priorities.

In additions to those aforementioned considerations, Council members must ensure a collaborative atmosphere during their deliberations. While considering specific proposals from the membership council must always consider how their decisions will impact the entire profession, the majority of the members, and the public’s perception of the value of our service and profession.

Candidates for Nominating Committee

Carol Bartels

Carol Bartels

Terry Baxter

Terry Baxter

Amy Cooper Cary

Amy Cooper Cary

John LeGloahec

John LeGloahec

Daniel Santamaria

Daniel Santamaria

Claude Zachary

Claude Zachary

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience: The Historic New Orleans Collection: Director of Systems, 2008– ; Acting Director of Systems, 2007–2008; Data Standards Administrator, 2006–2007; Documentation Coordinator, 1997–2006; Manuscripts Cataloger, 1993–1997; Manuscripts Assistant, 1991–1993.

Education: MA, History with concentration in Archives and Records Administration, University of New Orleans, 1993. BA, Social Science Education, University of New Orleans, 1985.

Professional ActivitiesGreater New Orleans Archivists: President, 1996–1997; Secretary/Newsletter Editor, 1993–1995. Louisiana Digital Library Advisory Board: member 2007-present.  Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association: President, 2001; Vice President, 2000.  Society of Southwest Archivists: Louisiana Liaison to the SSA Publications Committee, 2001– ; Program Committee, 2008; Nominations Committee member, 2005–2007; Distinguished Service Award Committee member, 2005; Executive Board member, 2002–2004.  Society of American Archivists: Program and Host Committee member, 2005. Mentor 2002–2003. Academy of Certified Archivists: 1993– .

Question posed by Nominating Committee

The primary quality necessary for an elected officer in the Society is passion for the profession. Candidates for office need to be individuals who deeply care about the profession and want to see it flourish. They have to be willing and able to serve, which is usually a given for those who are truly passionate. Several years of demonstrated, dedicated experience, teamed with a thorough understanding of the profession are also essential qualities. In order to develop a qualified and diverse slate of candidates for 2010, you first need to review the current officers especially those who will continue to serve in the next year. Their strengths and weaknesses need to be considered, as well as what type of institutional experiences they bring to the table. Who is or will be under-represented when current serving members end their service? In answering these questions, an idea of who and what is needed will come to light. Finding individuals to fill those vacancies requires communicating with SAA officers, section chairs and roundtable chairs, as well as leaders of regional and local archival organizations, to discover candidates who will serve well and represent the various institutions for which archivists work.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Records Analyst and Archivist for the Multnomah County Records Program (Portland, Oregon) since 1998. Archivist for Oregon State Archives Division, 1986–1995. Records Manager with Pacificorp, 1996–1997.

Education: BS in History from Western Oregon University (Monmouth, Oregon).

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 2000. Government Records Section Steering Committee, 2003–2005;  Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, Co-chair, 2005–2007; Program Committee, 2005; Diversity Committee, 2006– ; Chair, 2008– .  Northwest Archivists: Program Committee, 2002 and 2004 meetings; State Representative (Oregon), 2004–2006; Vice President/President, 2006–2008. Academy of Certified Archivists: Member since 2004. Archives Mover and Shaker, 2008.

Selected Publications/Presentations: Guide to Provisional and Territorial Government Records of Oregon (Oregon State Archives,1990), with funding provided by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission through Grant 88-102; “Measurable Impacts of Recordkeeping on the Environment,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northwest Archivists in Corvallis, Oregon, 2002; “Application of HIPAA to Multnomah County Archival Records,” presentation at the Western Roundup, Las Vegas, 2005; “The Customer is Often Right: The Development of a Service-Oriented Records Program in Multnomah County,” Records and Information Management Report, Vol. 22, No. 5 (May 2006).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Besides wit and verve, service as an elected officer in the Society requires, above all, an ability to provide leadership. In the (sometimes not so distant) past, this has often meant a person, or a small group of people, who devise plans, develop policies, and then find people to implement them. In the modern organization, effective leadership requires officers willing to involve as much of the membership in decision-making as possible. These leaders will be open to new ideas and ways of doing things. They will be flexible and willing to share both power and expertise, understanding that vision is a communal action, not an individual one. They will be member-centered, remembering that the society exists to serve its membership. They will be technology friendly and literate, especially where technology can increase collaboration and communication. And they will be willing to take risks in advancing both the profession and its individual members.

Developing a slate of candidates that meets these criteria requires the willingness to communicate—with the current leadership of the Society, with roundtable and section chairs, with friends and colleagues, with leaders of regional organizations—and to see who these people think are capable of meeting the criteria above. This also means looking beyond the usual suspects to people who may not have traditional backgrounds or work settings.  I believe that the growing body of archivists finding new ways to use the web for social networking can play a key role in helping develop this slate. Nominations are not some trade secret. An open discussion of both the Society’s needs and the people required to meet those needs will only benefit us all.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Archival Studies Program Director / Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Information Studies, 2005– .  Special Collections Librarian / Assistant Head Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries, 2001–2005. Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, University of South Dakota, 1999–2001. Archives Assistant, University of Michigan Special Collections Library, 1999. In addition, nine years experience in management and publisher relations for Borders, Inc.

Education:  MSI, Archives Specialization, University of Michigan, 1999. MA Comparative Literature, Translation Specialization, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1988. BA, French/English, University of Michigan, 1985.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 1998. Education Committee, 2007– .  Student Program Subcommittee, 2007–2008. Manuscript Repositories Section Past Chair, Chair, and Vice Chair, 2004–2007; Section Steering Committee, 2002–2004. Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee, 2003–2006; Chair 2005–2006.  Women Archivists Roundtable, Co-chair 2000–2002; Steering Committee 2002–2003. American Archivist Editorial Board, 2003–2007. Annual Meeting Program Committee 2006–2007.  Midwest Archives Council:  Member since 2000. Nominating Committee, Chair 2008–2009, Member 2003—2004. Council Member, 2005–2008. Archival Issues, Editor 2006–2008; Editorial Board 2002–2006. New Author Award Committee and Margaret Cross Norton Award Committee, 2001. Program Committees, Co-chair Fall 2009, Co-chair Fall 2004, Member, Spring 2002.  Other: Archives Leadership Institute, 2008.  RBMS Committee on Interlibrary Loan of Rare and Unique Materials, 2002–2004. South Dakota SHRAB 2000–2001. South Dakota Library Association, Chair, Archives Committee and Historian 2000–2001.

Presentations and Publications: Multiple papers and presentations at national and regional archives conferences, including SAA; Midwest Archives Conference; Society of Southwest Archivists; Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference; Organization of American Historians; National Council on Public History; CIC/ACRL Diversity Conference; and Dakota Conference on History, Literature, Art and Archaeology.  Publication in The Records Manager and Collection Management. Book reviews in Journal of Archival Organization and American Archivist.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA’s elected officers require a broad range of talents suited to different positions in the organization.  Fundamentally all elected officers, regardless of position, serve as advocates for the profession and for SAA’s membership.  Therefore, officers must prize communication with members and the public, openly addressing the challenges and issues facing SAA and the profession.  Officers must exhibit a high degree of integrity and be able to work cooperatively with many different constituencies.  They must listen, discuss, and exercise good judgment on behalf of SAA and its members.  Elected officers have both experience in and a passion for our profession.  Their ability to synthesize professional knowledge with an understanding of archival issues and the needs of SAA’s membership both directs and promotes the health of the organization.

The Nominating Committee finds those individuals who are willing and able to fill these roles.  This means not only identifying individuals with the specific talents necessary for each position, but also identifying how potential candidates will promote the larger goals of SAA and its members.  A wide range of professional contacts and a strong background in SAA and regional organizations will help a Committee member to identify potential candidates.  But to develop a truly diverse and highly qualified slate of candidates, a Committee member must first and foremost be able to work and communicate as a part of a team whose common goal is securing the best possible candidates for the slate. Of course, the Committee’s work follows the structure for nominations set out by Council.

Yet in striving for diversity, we must also actively engage in a dynamic process that asks us to challenge our own perceptions.  I anticipate and trust in my ability to think outside of the confines of my own professional experience, not only to consider the specific needs of each position and the talents of my colleagues, but also to uphold SAA’s commitment to representation of diverse voices and communities, and to recognize the importance of our varying professional views and institutions.  As an SAA member who has served as both an archivist and an educator, I trust I will be able to synthesize my own professional knowledge with the needs of SAA and its membership to make a significant contribution to the work of the Nominating Committee. 

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Archives Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration, 2006– . Archivist, International Monetary Fund Archives, 2002–2006. Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center, 1995–2002; published several articles on the papers and life of Nelson A. Rockefeller. Archival Consultant: Samuel F.B. Morse National Historic Site on New York State Documentary Heritage Program Grant, February–October 2000; Delaware Free Library on New York State Documentary Heritage Program Grant, February–August 1999.

Education:  MLS, University at Albany, 1999. MS, Social Studies Education, C.W. Post, Long Island University, 1991. BA, American History, University at Albany, 1989.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 1995. Host Committee Co-Chair, 2006 Joint Annual Meeting; Meetings Assistant, 2003 and 2004 Annual Meetings; Tour Coordinator, 2002 Annual Meeting; Program Committee Member, 2001 Annual Meeting; Session Panelist, 1998 Annual Meeting.  Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC): Member since 1995. Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, 2002–2008; Member-at-Large, Steering Committee, 2001–2002; Member, Finance Committee, 2001– ; Member, Meetings Coordinating Committee, 1998–2008; Member, Program Committee, Spring and Fall 2008 Meetings; Co-chair Local Arrangements Committee, Spring 1998 Meeting; Session Panelist, Fall 1999, Spring 2005, Fall 2007 Meetings; Session Chair, Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 Meetings.  National Archives Assembly: 2006– : Treasurer, 2007– .

Question posed by Nominating Committee

I firmly believe that candidates for elective office within the Society of American Archivists should only undertake that responsibility if they believe in the mission of the Society and feel they can make a significant contribution on behalf of the membership.  There has been some criticism leveled at the Society recently for not meeting the evolving needs of the membership and I firmly believe the Society will have to adapt to meet those needs.

That being said, I would seek out candidates who will take a proactive role in the work of the Society and have a firm understanding of the needs of the membership.  Further, I would look for candidates that best represent the population of the profession, while also addressing the needs for institutional, geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity.  We are a profession in transition and many of the members of the Society are contemporaries to me in age and experience and I would seek to involve this next generation of archivists in leading the Society into new directions.

The ideal candidate for office in the Society should also be involved professionally.  I believe the Society can be improved when the candidates have a firm understanding of the issues facing the archival profession through their own professional involvement.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, 2005– ; Public Policy Papers Project Archivist, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, 2004–2005; Archivist, Wilson Processing Project, The New York Public Library, 2003; Assistant Archivist, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan, 2001–2002; Manuscript and Reference Assistant, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 1999–2001.

Education:  B.A. in History, Wesleyan University, 1995. MSI in Archives and Records Management and Library and Information Services, University of Michigan, 2001.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 2000; EAD Roundtable liaison to Standards Committee, 2007– ; Workshop Instructor, “Implementing ‘More Product, Less Process,’” 2008– ; Description and College and University Archives sections, 2000– .  MARAC: Member since 2003; Nominations and Elections Committee, 2008– ; Program Committee, Fall 2006; Workshop Instructor, Spring 2007.  Other: Peer Reviewer, NHPRC electronic records grants program (2005) and New Jersey PARIS grants program (2008–2009); numerous presentations at professional conferences on descriptive standards and processing; co-authored article on DACS implementation for Spring/Summer 2008 American Archivist.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA has experienced rapid growth over the last several years, reaching over 5,400 members in 2008. At the same time, the archives profession continues to face many challenges: exponential expansion in the size and complexity of the collecting universe, evolving technologies that offer exciting possibilities but place further demands on our limited resources, issues of advocacy and professional identity, and, now more than ever, dwindling institutional means. SAA will have to evolve to meet these challenges, as well as to take advantage of new opportunities. As such, SAA needs leaders who possess an openness to new ideas and a willingness to take risks, and who will embrace and foster change. Our leaders should be knowledgeable and engaged in the issues that face both the society and the profession as a whole. They should have the ability to communicate effectively to a diverse range of constituencies. They should be conscious of our profession's rich history and have a respect for the work of archivists. As 25% of the Society’s membership now consists of students, and the landscape of the archives profession has changed significantly in the last two decades, our leaders should also have an understanding of the challenges faced by those now entering the field. Individuals possessing these qualities can be found throughout SAA's membership, among archival educators, and seasoned and new professionals alike.

Over the last several years I have been fortunate to be in a position to hire a number of new professionals. I have been struck by the large number of qualified, energetic candidates for entry-level positions, resulting in extremely competitive searches. The pool of talent for mid-level and management positions, however, seems increasingly smaller and I fear that many talented people are leaving the profession. To sustain and strengthen the profession we need to tap into that talent, and facilitate involvement within SAA, before people get discouraged. SAA’s strategic goal of ensuring that its membership, and the profession, reflect the diversity of society as a whole hinges on our ability to both attract and retain talented and engaged professionals.

When filling leadership positions in SAA, we need to seek out and provide opportunities to archivists who want them and who can make significant contributions. This may involve taking a few risks on people who are clearly capable but unproven in association leadership. The rosters of section and roundtable leadership are a good source for identifying new candidates, but even those who have not yet served in such positions should be considered.

In order to develop a qualified and diverse slate of candidates, the nominating committee should ensure a thorough and transparent process, and look beyond the usual places in seeking out people to run for office. The committee should solicit the participation of students and new and early career professionals in the nomination process, as well as that of more established archivists and experienced leaders. In addition to the processes currently in place that enable members to submit nominations, SAA can employ technologies such as online forums and social networks to both solicit nominations and facilitate discussion between nominees and voters. Given SAA's importance to our profession, all members of SAA who want one should have a voice in the society's direction.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience: University Archivist and Manuscripts Librarian, University of Southern California Libraries, Special Collections since 1998.     
Education: Master of Library and Information Science, Specialization in Archives and Preservation Management, UCLA, 1998.Bachelor of Arts, American Film and Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1975.        

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 1996; Host Committee, 2003 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles; College and University Archives Section, Webmaster 2004– , Chair 2002–2004, Vice Chair and Editor of Academic Archivist newsletter 1999–2001; Publications Board Intern, 1997–1998.  Society of California Archivists: Member since 1996; Past President/Nominations Committee Chair, 2006–2007; Vice-President/President, 2004–2006; Nominations Committee, 2002–2003; Program Committee, Annual General Meeting, 2000; Education Committee, 1998–2004, Co-chair, 2000–2004.  California Social Welfare Archives: Board Member, 2000– .  UCLA Department of Information Studies: Founding President of SAA Student Chapter, 1996–1997.  Research Collection of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University: Advisory Board, Member 2007– .

Publications:  Co-author: Historic Hotels of Los Angeles and Hollywood (Arcadia Press, 2008) and A University and a Neighborhood: University of Southern California in Los Angeles, 1880–1984 (Figueroa Press, 2006). Photograph researcher: The University of Southern California, 1880 to 2005(Figueroa Press, 2007).

Presentations:  Panelist, “Charting the Future of Libraries,” Joint LACASIST/SLA-SCC panel, USC, October 24, 2007. Speaker, “USC Special Collections digital projects,”  Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology business meeting, USC, June 13, 2007. Panelist, “L.A. Palimpsest: Dusting Off the Archives: Recovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Stories and Forgotten Communities,” Scripps College, April 5, 2007. “Researching the History of the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections, 1945–1971,” lecture to Professor Mary Maack’s Historical Research Methodology class, UCLA DLIS, May 2008, January 2007, January 2006, April 2004, April 2003, April 2002, and May 1998. Chair, “Collaborative Projects: Keys to Success” session, 2002 Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting Chair, “Co-operative California Archival Initiatives” session, 2000 SCA AGM Chair, “You and Me and the OAC” session, 1999 SCA AGM.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

The most important qualities for service as an elected officer are a strong desire to share expertise, knowledge, and experience with fellow archivists, the time and dedication to be able to manifest that desire, a background of energetic and collaborative participation in the work of the Society, a willingness to explore new ideas and an innovative way of thinking, and a concern for and support of diversity in the Society’s leadership.

I would work with my fellow committee members to pool our personal networks and collective knowledge of the SAA groups and membership to identify qualified candidates, and thoroughly research those potential candidates that are submitted to us to generate a well-rounded slate of candidates.


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