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2010 Candidate Statements

Candidates for Vice President / President-Elect

Carla M. Summers

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall


Candidate for Vice President / President-Elect


Professional Experience:  Executive Director, Alachua County Historic Trust: Matheson Museum, Inc., Gainesville, Florida, 2009–present.  Head, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, 2003–2007. Various titles including University Archivist and Chief Manuscripts Librarian, University of Florida Libraries, 1984–2003. Various titles including Archives Supervisor, State Archives of Florida, 1977–1984. Archives, library and records management consultant for individuals, organizations, government agencies, colleges and businesses since 1989. 

Education:  MS, Library Science (with archival course work), School of Library and Information Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1977 and BA, Theatre, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, 1975; Certified by the Institute of Certified Records Managers in 1986 (retired in 2010) and by Academy of Certified Archivists in 1989.

Professional Activities:  SAA:  Member since 1980; Council, 2005–2008, Executive Committee in final year; Technology Best Practices Task Force, 2008–2009; College and University Section: Steering Committee, 1988–1991, Automated Records Planning Committee, Co-chair, 1989–1992, Nominating Committee and Chair, 1992; Congressional Records Roundtable, Steering Committee, 1999–2002; Mentor Program, mentor to individuals at the University of Alabama, 1994–1995; and Florida Atlantic University, 1996–1997; Program Committee, Chicago, 1997 and New Orleans, 1993.  Academy of Certified Archivists:  Charter member; Treasurer, August, 1993–August 1995; January, 1996–August 1997; Finance Committee, 1998–1999; 2004–2005. Society of Florida Archivists:  Founding President, 1983–1984; Executive Board, 1984–1985, 1986–1987, 1987–1988; Program Committee, 1983, 1984,  2001, 2005; By-laws and Planning Committee, 1982; Awards Committee, Chair, 1992; 10th Anniversary Celebration Committee, Chair, 1992–1993.  Society of Georgia Archivists:  Editorial Board, Provenance, 1997–2002. Selected Advisory Boards/Expert Panels:  Association of Records Managers and Administrators, 1984–2001, Charter Member, Gainesville/North Central Florida Chapter, 1987–1994; Florida State Historical Records Advisory Board, 1985–1990; Florida State Library, Florida Library Preservation Needs Survey Committee, 1990; Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Planning Committee, 2004.

Publications and Presentations:  Numerous publications, presentations and exhibits including the Guide to Florida Archives and Manuscript Repositories.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

It’s your vision that creates the necessary focus on ways to define our priorities and measure our success, not mine. The SAA leadership is here to serve the members, members make their visions known—to be useful, those visions must reflect a consensus—and then, the leadership puts the wheels in motion to make them a reality with your help. The profession has been undergoing a strategic planning process since mid-decade and it is our most immediate way to build consensus about our vision. Can you argue with technology, diversity, and public awareness/advocacy as strategic priorities? If you can and there is a groundswell of archivists who think like you, let it be known. If not, by getting behind these priorities you let everyone know where you want to be professionally at the end of the new decade. The truth is that SAA, the archives profession and our repositories need to be there too. We ask a lot of ourselves and goals must balance ambition and feasibility. We all deal with a bewildering number of issues and these issues sometimes distract us from the big goals.  It is a leader’s responsibility to keep an eye on the vision. How about passing a bill to provide federal formula grants to every state for projects that preserve historical records and make them more accessible?  And passing that bill by the end of my presidential term? That will continue to take an insane amount of work and, most importantly, it will take a consensus of vision and action from members and supporters of archives. Can members and supporters all become donors to the SAA Foundation? I say, yes! And where will these new monies go?  Into a sustainable archives practice that provides leadership to ensure that records of historical value are identified, preserved, and used. That is our constant vision and part of the mission of SAA.

Candidate for Vice President / President-Elect



Professional Experience:  Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (1988– ). Librarian/Archivist, Peabody Museum of Salem (1983–1988).  Archivist, The Computer Museum (1982). Assistant Curator, The USS Constitution Museum (1981–1982). Archives/Library/Preservation/Security Consultant (1981– ). Conservation/Preservation Intern, Yale University Libraries (1981). 

Education:  BA, MA, and MALS, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1968, 1973, 1980). 

Professional Activities: SAA (1978– ): Boston Host Committee Chair (2003–2004); Preservation Publication Award Committee (2000–2003, 2004–2005, 2005–2006, Chair (2002–2003); Program Committee (2000–2001); Preservation Section (1980– ), Vice-Chair (2004–2005), Chair (2005–2006), Information Committee (1980–1985), Program Committee (1980–2000), Chair (1985–1989), Nominating Committee (1990–1991), Education Committee (1993–2004); Manuscripts Section (1980– ); Security Roundtable (1997– ), Co-Chair (1997–1998), Chair (1998–1999); Committee on Regional Archival Activity (1990–1991). MAC (1978– ).  NEA (1981– ): Vice-President (1994–1995), President (1995–1996), Education Coordinator and Committee (1988–1991), NHPRC Education Grant Advisory Committee (1989–1990), Distinguished Service Award Committee, Chair (1987–1988), Program Committee (Fall 1984, Fall 1990, Spring 1991 [Chair]), Fall 2002 (with MARAC), Fall 2008, Local Arrangements Committee, Co-Chair (Spring 1983), Nominating Committee (1996–1997 [Chair]), 2001–2002). ACA (1989– ), Nominating Committee (1991–1992), Recertification. Petition Review Team (2005– ). Other: Northeast Document Conservation Center Advisory Committee (1989– ), NELINET Preservation Advisory Committee (1991–2001), Massachusetts Task Force on the Theft and Mutilation of Library Materials and Property (1989–1990, Co-Chair), Massachusetts Task Force on Permanent Paper (1989–1990, Co-Chair), Massachusetts Task Force on Preservation and Access (1990–1991, Chair), Lecturer, Simmons College GSLIS (1989–2005), Faculty, Museum Archives Institute, Old Sturbridge Village (1995, 2002–2004); Grant reviewer for NHPRC (1986– ), NEH (1986–, panelist 2001, 2005), IMLS (2001– ); MSHRAB, (2005– ); COSTEP Advisory Committee (2007– ); COSTEP Massachusetts (2008–, Co-Chair); Project Director of IMLS Connecting to Collections grant (2009–2011).

Publications:  Preserve to Serve: The Massachusetts Preservation Agenda (1992); Protecting Your Collections: A Manual of Archival Security (1995), chapter on “Security” in Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects and Engineers (2009), 27 articles and 10 reviews in archival, library, and historical journals.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

SAA must continue to work closely with traditionally allied professions while simultaneously forging relationships with new partners to advance the Society’s strategic goals and to ensure the acquisition, preservation, retention of, and access to archival records. It is also crucial for SAA to expand its efforts to reach out to traditionally under-represented communities (e.g., Native Americans, African-Americans, and immigrants) including students, to develop a more diverse membership and leadership. SAA will then be able to serve its varied community base more intuitively and effectively.

Building bridges is key! For example, in response to the devastating hurricanes of 2005, CoSA, SSA and SAA, AASLH, AIC, and Heritage Preservation, among others, provided assistance to cultural organizations and embarked on initiatives to ensure the preservation of the cultural heritage collections in the affected areas. They also worked to improve disaster preparedness and the relationships between the cultural and emergency management communities. Consequently, more institutions are now better prepared for disasters than ever before. In addition, the public’s and cultural heritage institutions’ awareness of emergency preparedness concerns has been raised further by the creation of tools such as dPlan and COSTEP and projects such as IPER.

Such worthwhile ventures as these should not be allowed to occur in isolation, either from each other or from the emergency management community, which plays such a critical role in the protection and recovery of cultural resources. Building on such initiatives, I believe that SAA can—in fact, must—take a leadership role among allied partners to develop joint programs that work to guarantee the survival and accessibility of cultural resources, particularly archival holdings, and the roles that they play in society. Furthermore, this collaborative effort can set the stage for future joint initiatives in a variety of directions.

Advancement of SAA’s strategic goals also correlates directly to the Society’s efficacy in promoting the value of archives and other cultural resources to local communities and to society as a whole. To do so, I feel strongly that my extensive experience and ability to engage different stakeholders seamlessly is more relevant than ever in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Concurrently, technology issues have become more and more integral to the operations and holdings of organizations of all sizes. While larger institutions are addressing the issues of electronic records and emergency preparedness, smaller and otherwise non-traditional organizations, including many who do not consider themselves collecting entities, frequently lack the necessary education and/or training to incorporate technology into their operations and to protect and make their holdings available. SAA must work with national and regional cultural organizations—new and old—to build partnerships to broaden educational and training opportunities and to collaborate on initiatives to ensure the preservation of and access to collections. We need to break out of our silos and work across disciplines to achieve results. We must remember that archivists are doers, not just talkers. Working together, we make the greatest difference.

Candidates for Council

Geoffrey A. Huth

Donna E. McCrea

Nancy Y. McGovern

Dennis Meissner

Kaye Lanning Minchew

Kate Theimer

Candidate for Council


Professional Experience:  New York State Archives: Director, Government Records Services, 2006–present; Manager, Records Advisory Services, 2004–2006; Manager, Records Service Development, 2000–2004; Manager, Electronic Records Services, 1999–2000; Regional Advisory Officer, Region 4, 1993–1999; Grants Administrator, 1991–1993. Albany-Schenectady-Schoharie BOCES: Records Management Coordinator, 1990–1991. University at Albany: Field Archivist, Capital District Labor History Project, 1989–1990.

Education:  M.L.S., University at Albany, 1989; M.A., English, Syracuse, 1986; B.A., English, Vanderbilt, 1982; completed most hours towards an M.A. in American History, University at Albany, 1989–1990.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 1988; Government Records Section: Chair, 2005–2006; Vice Chair, 2004–2005; Steering Committee, 2004–2007. Electronic Records Section: Chair, 2002–2003; Vice Chair, 2001–2002; Steering Committee, 2003–2008. Publications Board, 2009–present. Program Committee, 2008–2009. Key Contact Representative, 1996–1999. Host Committee, 1991–1992. American Archives Month Task Force, 2006–present. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: Chair, 2005–2007; New York State Caucus Chair, 2000–2004; Local Arrangements Co-chair, 1997–1998; Program Committee, 1997–1998;  Program Committee Co-chair, 2004–2005; Distinguished Service Award Committee Chair, 2007–2009; Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, 2008–2009. Capital Area Archivists of New York: President, 1991–1993; Vice President, 1990–1991; Membership Chair, 1993–1998; Newsletter Editor, 1991–1995. Lake Ontario Archives Conference (now New York Archives Conference): Chair, 1997–1998; Conference Co-chair, 1992–1993; Program Committee, 1996–1997, 1999–2001. ARMA, Albany Chapter: President, 1993–1996; Program Committee, 1992–1999; Newsletter Editor, 1992–1999; Region VII Program Committee, 1995–1996.

Selected Advisory Committees:  Editorial Board, New York Archives magazine, 2001–present; State Electronic Records Committee Task Force, 2008–present; New York State Local Government Cyber Security Committee, 2005–2008; ARMA Glossary Task Force, 2004–2005; Managing and Preserving Geospatial Electronic Records, 2003–2005; Electronic Records Guidelines Drafting Group, New York State Office for Technology, 2000, 2003; New York State Forum for Information Resource Management, 2000–2002.

Selected Presentations and Publications:  Gave hundreds of workshops and presentations on a large variety of topics in archives and records management, including over 175 presentations at conferences of national, regional, and statewide associations, including the SAA webinar “Preservation Options of PDF.” Publications include Preparing for the Worst: Managing Records Disasters (2004, with Przybyla); Conducting Needs Assessments for New Recordkeeping Systems (2003); Indexing Minutes (2003); Managing Imaging and Micrographics Projects (2003); Managing E-Mail Effectively (2002); Retention and Disposition of Records (2000); Preliminary Guide to Manuscripts and Archives in the University Libraries, University at Albany (1990, with Skemer and Williams); and articles in Labor History, Hudson Valley Regional Review, New York Archives, Encyclopedia of Local History (2000), Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (1993 and 2000), and New Skills for a Digital Era (2008).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Each of us, no matter who we are in SAA, is a partner in the practice of transparency. A first step towards greater transparency is to ensure that every member of Council is an active agent of information dissemination. But the second step is just as important: Engaging members in the work of Council and the mission of SAA. I would recommend beginning this process by evaluating the Council’s methods of distributing information to members (paper, electronic, and personal) and assessing how well these inform and engage members. We need to determine whether information is adequately detailed and timely, and whether it is presented in the best way possible.

Given the rise in importance of social media in daily life, SAA must provide information more quickly and with more opportunities for members to respond actively. One solution might be a blog that could present issues before Council for the immediate reaction of members. This would allow Council the opportunity to distribute information quickly and efficiently while also giving voice to members. To achieve transparency, we need a free flow of information in all directions. We need a conversation. As archivist and an information professional, I believe deeply in open information and in the power of information to improve lives. There are many additional ways to improve transparency, but each must be built upon the joint concerns of speed and simplicity. For transparency to work in the modern world, we must present information to members as it happens and make it available to them from their living rooms at night. What I would do on Council is help promote better and quicker ways to move ideas, questions, and evidence of actions out to the membership, not just to inform them but to draw them into the conversation.

Candidate for Council


Professional Experience:  Head of Archives (2003–present) / History Librarian (2003–present) / Interim Special Collections Librarian (2009–present) / Associate Professor at the University of Montana in Missoula. Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs (2000–2003). Archives Technician, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana (1999).

Education:  MLIS – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1999. BA History/Humanities – University of Colorado-Boulder, 1990

Professional Activities:  SAA (1998–present) Manuscript Repositories Steering Committee (2009–2011), Education Committee (2006–2009, Co-chair 2007–2008, Chair 2008–2009), Nominating Committee (2005), Program Committee (2004); Northwest Archivists (1999–present) Mentoring Program Coordinator (2007–2010), Montana Representative (2006–2008), Local Arrangements (2006), Program Committee (2005); Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (1998–2008) Treasurer (2002-2004); Montana Historic Records Advisory Council(2003–present); Academy of Certified Archivists (2002–present); Midwest Archives Conference (1998–present).

Publications:  Articles in American Archivist and Reference Services Review; presentations at SAA, NWA and MAC; fellow of 2008 Archives Leadership Institute. Current research interests include leadership development, the value of mentoring, and the assessment of course-integrated instruction.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

As the elected governing body of SAA, Council is accountable to SAA membership and has an obligation to make its considerations and activities transparent. Because timeliness is inherent in transparency, Council’s agenda, minutes, and information about its deliberations should be available to members as quickly as possible. As a Council member I would work with SAA staff to increase the amount of information available about Council’s actions and decrease the time between Council meetings and the availability of minutes. Fortunately, technology enables a variety of options for this type of communication to members including via SAAs website, Facebook, Twitter, the Archives & Archivists listserv, American Archivist, Archival Outlook and the newsletters, websites and e-mail lists of the many SAA Sections and Roundtables.

Of course, communication is a process of information exchange. SAA members should know that their Council members are approachable and interested. Posting contact information for Council more prominently on the SAA website would be an easy starting point, but Council members should also be available in the areas where people are most comfortable communicating. This could include open forums at SAA, scheduled online interactive sessions, conference calls around specific issues or topics, and conversations with individual members.

To enhance decision-making, Council members need to be proactive about seeking ideas and feedback—and not just from their usual circle of contacts or from only the most vocal SAA members. SAA needs to do more to foster collaborations with colleagues in allied fields, and to keep archivists from the newest graduate to the most senior SAA Fellow interested and engaged in the issues facing the profession. To strengthen the organization, Council must encourage diversity and depth in ideas and opinions.

Now is an especially exciting time to be an archivist, and to be running for SAA Council, precisely because there is so much going on within our profession and so many reasons to be committed to information sharing and transparency. Growth within SAA will depend on active participation by members and on the openness and dedication of its leadership. I believe that my range of practical experience as an archivist, my interest in collaboration and open communication, my dedication to SAA, and my commitment to the profession as a whole make me a worthy candidate for Council. Thank you for your consideration.

Candidate for Council


Professional Experience:  Digital Preservation Officer/Archivist, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan, 2006– ; Digital Preservation Officer/Archivist, Cornell University Library, 2001–2006; Electronic Records Manager, Audata, 1998–2001 (part-time while enrolled at University College London); Electronic Records Manager, Open Society Archives, 1996–1998; Archivist, Center for Electronic Records, National Archives and Records Administration, 1986–1996; Archivist, Career Intern Development, National Archives and Records Administration, 1985–1986; and Archives Technician, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Brookline, MA, 1983–1985.

Education:  PhD in Archives Studies, Information School, University College London, 2009; MA in History with certificate in Historical Societies and Archives, Northeastern University, 1983; BA in History, Saint Anselm College, 1982.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Distinguished Fellow, 2009; Founder/Co-chair, SAA Research Forum, 2007– ; Instructor, Research Skills Workshop, 2008– ; Coordinator, Standards Committee Portal Project, 2005–2007; Standards Committee, member, 2002–2005 (chair, 2004–2005); Steering Committee, Electronic Records Section, 1996–2000; Co-founder/Co-chair, Electronic Records Section, May 1994–1996; Program Committee, 1995; Task Force on the Archival Implications of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), 1995; Task Force on Electronic Records Strategies, 1994–1995; Co-instructor, “Let the System Describe Itself” Workshop, 1994; Member, Committee on Automated Records and Techniques, 1993–1994; Founder/Co-chair, Electronic Records Roundtable, 1992–1994; Instructor, Electronic Records Management Workshop, 1991–1993; Status of Women Committee, 1990–1992; and Committee on Automated Records and Techniques (CART) Working Group, 1988–1994.  International Conference on Preservation of Digital Object (iPres): Program Steering Committee, 2009; Program Committee 2010. Digital Preservation Management Workshops: lead instructor, 2003–  (Director, 2007– ). International Council on Archives: Consultant, Committee on Electronic and Other Current Records, 1996–2000.  American Society for Information Science (ASIS): Chair-elect/Chair, Numeric Data Bases Special Interest Group, 1989–1996; ASIS-SAA liaison, 1990–1996; and ASIS-NAGARA liaison, 1990–1996. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), 1985–1995: Technical Leaflets Editor, 1989–1990; Program Committee, Fall 1990. New England Archivists (NEA): Printing Coordinator, 1984–1985.  Other: RLG/NARA Task Force on Digital Repository Certification, 2003–2007; National Archives and Records Administration Archives Assembly, Chair, Preservation Committee, 1986–1988. Numerous presentations, papers, workshops, and research projects on electronic records and digital preservation. Co-recipient of the SAA Preservation Publication award, 2004; Bentley Fellow for the Study of Modern Archives, 1994.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

An easy and immediate step towards greater transparency about Council’s decisions and actions would be to add a list of links on Council’s Web page to existing sources of information. This would encourage more active use by members of sources that are already in place. For example, Council makes use of several modes of communication in an effort to be transparent about their decisions and actions, including the publication of Council Meeting Minutes in the American Archivist; the availability of current policies and procedures on the Council page of the SAA Web site; the inclusion of Council updates in the message from the President in each Archival Outlook and as part of In the Loop messages from SAA staff; the provision of relevant responses by the Council liaison to the Archives and Archivists list; and the delivery of updates by Council members at committee, section, and roundtable meetings at each SAA annual meeting.  Recently, SAA has incorporated the use of social media—for example, an SAA Facebook page and thousands of tweets from Twitter users at SAA 2009—to reach out in new and affordable ways to members. These and similar technologies would offer concurrent updates on Council activities, enable members to actively follow along on the work and progress of Council, and allow members to contribute to the decision-making process when possible. There may be more opportunities during the annual meeting and during the year for member to attend open sessions hosted by Council to explore and discuss emerging issues. Through this enlarged set of communication tools and sources, it should be possible to increase the methods available to members for bringing concerns, suggestions, preferences and issues to the attention of Council. This combination of in-person, online, and print options should result in greater transparency about Council decisions and associated outcomes, in part addressing SAA’s need to demonstrate effective governance to members.

Candidate for Council


Professional Experience:  Minnesota Historical Society: Head of Collections Management, 2006– ; Archival Processing Manager, 1999-2006; Manuscripts Processing Supervisor, 1988–1999; and prior positions.

Education:  Graduate work, American history and archives administration, University of Minnesota (1978–1980); BA, Hamline University (1976).

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 1980; Encoded Archival Context Working Group, 2007– ; Financial Advisory Committee, 2009– ; Chair, Publications Board, 2003–2007; Chair, Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards, 1999–2001; Chair, RLG Roundtable, 2003–2007; Chair, AAT Roundtable, 1995–1997.  Midwest Archives Conference: Chair, Nominating Committee, 2009–2010; President, 2007–2009; Investment Advisory Committee, 1998–2000; Chair, Archival Issues Editorial Board, 1995–1998; Invested Reserves Planning Committee, 1989–1991; Secretary-Treasurer, 1985–1989.  Other: Member, Networking Names Advisory Group, OCLC Research, 2008–2009; Chair, EAD Advisory Group, RLG, 2001–2007.  Honors: Fellow, Society of American Archivists, 2008. Recipient, NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship, 2003–2004;

Presentations and Publications:  Many workshops, addresses, papers, and consultations on archival processing, description, collection management, and business records. Cco-author with Mark A. Greene, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2005); co-author with Kate Cruikshank, Caroline Daniels, Naomi L. Nelson, and Mark Shelstad, “How Do We Show You What We’ve Got?: Access to Archival Collections in the Digital Age,” Journal of the Association for History and Computing III:2 (August 2005); co-author with RLG EAD Advisory Group, RLG Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description (Research Libraries Group, August 2002); “First Things First: Reengineering Archival Finding Aids for EAD,” American Archivist (1997); "Online Archival Cataloging and Public Access at the Minnesota Historical Society," Archival Issues (1992); "Corporate Records in Noncorporate Archives: A Case Study," Midwestern Archivist (1990); "The Evaluation of Modern Business Accounting Records," Midwestern Archivist (1980).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Regarding the candidate question, I will risk sounding perverse and contend that there is no compelling need for SAA to invest its resources in attempting to make Council’s activities more transparent than they are already. I would make two points about transparency. First, the phrase “representative governance” suggests that the activities of elected bodies will never be completely transparent to the entire membership. As in all organizations that represent large constituencies, SAA’s members will become increasingly aware of most Council issues and inclinations as deliberations progress, and they will get a very complete picture as the issues are resolved. It’s in the nature of representative governance and it does not suggest dark motives, cavalier methods, or undue secretiveness. To the contrary, I would say that that the priorities, activities, and decisions of Council are very candidly revealed on the SAA website, and usually in a pretty timely manner.

Second, given the small size of the SAA staff and the time burden on its volunteer leaders, it is unreasonable to think that information from Council or any other facet of the association is going to be pushed to members on an as-it-happens basis. So, while the work of Council is pretty transparent, it will likely remain transparent on the come-and-get-it plan and not on the clipping service model. There are several things members can do to facilitate this transparency, and to remain informed and engaged:  get familiar with the governance section of the website, which is rich in useful information; read the agendas for upcoming Council meetings (versions are published well in advance of meetings); read Council minutes, which are generally both exhaustive and posted in a timely manner; when you have questions or concerns about emerging issues and governance, contact a Council member; or, alternatively, contact a section, committee, or roundtable leader and get them to lean on Council. Some people expect to acquire their information passively, but you are not that guy; you are an archivist.

Since I don’t want to end on a dyspeptic note, I will make this promise to you, the voter. If I am elected to Council, I will do everything I can to facilitate transparency in SAA’s governance, consistent with available resources and reasonability. And I will always welcome your suggestions and reactions on that score, and with regard to all the other business of SAA Council.

Candidate for Council


Profession Experience:  Executive Director (Archivist), Troup County Archives, LaGrange, GA, 1983–present (supervising Archives and Legacy Museum on Main, a history museum); Project Archivist, Emory University Special Collections, 1981–1982. In 2008, the Troup County Archives received Society of American Archivists Exemplary Service Award.

Education:  Master of Science in Library Science and Master of Arts in History, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1981 and 1980; Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, UNC-Asheville, 1978. 

Professional Experience:  SAA, member since 1981.  Program Committee, 2010 annual meeting; Government Records Section, chair 1991; Local Government Records Roundtable, Founding Chair; Committee on Institutional Evaluation and Development, chair 1995–1997; Appointments Committee 2005; Host Committee, 1988.  Presented papers or moderated sessions at several meeting.  National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators (NAGARA), Member of Board 2001–2009; Local Government Archives Roundtable, Active Member.  Council of State Archivists (CoSA), Local Government Archives/Closest to Home Task Force Co-chair, funded by NHPRC grant, 2005–2009. Academy of Certified Archivists, Charter Member, 1989–present; Board of Regents, 1991–1994; Member of Exam Development Committee, 2004 –2007; Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA), Member since 1981.  President 1989.  Named to first class of Fellows of SGA, 2009.  Newsletter Editor, 1983–1985, Editorial Board, Provenance, 2009–present; Scholarship, Program and Nominating Committee, program participant at several meetings.  Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, member 1993–present.  Recipient of GHRAB’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007.  Have also served on boards of several regional historical groups.  Coordinator of West Georgia History Day contest since 1983.  Consultant to archival projects in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and New York. 

Publications:  Author of Archival Programs for Local Governments, NAGARA, 1995.  Articles in Provenance and Georgia Journal, New Georgia Encyclopedia; N.C. Biographical Dictionary; Around LaGrange, 2009– ; LaGrange Daily News; Troup County and Her People. Co-author of 3 pictorial histories about Troup County, Georgia.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Keeping SAA Council activities transparent to members and the interested public is a challenge that will have to be continually revisited as technology evolves and needs of members change. The good news is that SAA Council already does much to be transparent and earn the trust of members. Notices of council meetings and minutes from meetings are posted on the SAA website, Also, minutes are printed in the American Archivist which comes out quarterly and news of the organization appears in the newsletter Archival Outlook. SAA has a page on Facebook and the Archives and Archivists listserve to keep members updated with breaking news.

The workings of SAA Council remain largely unknown to most despite this activity. Even members who try to stay informed often do not know topics of concern to council. Every viable option should be considered to make the work of SAA Council in governing the Society better known, including: 

  • Consider having a session of Council that is open to attendees during the annual meeting. This would be in addition to the business meeting and could be held on Monday or Tuesday before program sessions begin. The meeting might consist of actual votes that came up during the work session held earlier or could be regular agenda items. A logistical issue would be in getting a meeting room big enough for council and guests. People might have to pre-register or seats would simply be available first come first serve. This would be open government at its best.
  • Council and management should be open to other opinions whether expressed at annual meetings, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube or in person at any time during the year. Having Council and staff well informed and engaged with fellow archivists makes for a more transparent Council and one where council members continue to serve as leaders of the profession. 
  • Council should seek to communicate, coordinate and collaborate whenever possible as it tries to make SAA open to all. The 2010 annual meeting which is a joint meeting with SAA, NAGARA, and COSA is a great example of this. Supporting PAHR—Partnership for the American Historical Record—and urging passage of Preserving the American Historical Record bill is another example. 
  • Continue putting all important details out on websites, newsletter, journal, blast emails, and social media sites in a timely fashion. This is important for major changes and regular business. 

To be the best governing body possible, SAA Council should do everything feasible to be transparent. 

Candidate for Council


Professional Experience:  Author, ArchivesNext (, March 2007–present; Policy Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration, October 2000–September 2006; Collections Records Cataloger, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution, October 1994–October 1997.
Education:  MSI, Specialization in Archives and Records Management, University of Michigan, 2000; MA, Art History, University of Maryland, 1999; BA, Wesleyan University, 1988.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Co-Chair, Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, 2007–present;  Host Committee, SAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2006; Steering Committee, Electronic Records Section, 2002–2005. MARAC: Nominations and Elections Committee, 2008-2009; Program Committee, April 2007–May 2008; Program Committee, October 2004–October 2005. MAC: Task Force on Education, June 2009–present. American Historical Association: Archives Wiki Advisory Board, November 2009–present.

Publications:  Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections, Neal-Schuman Publishers (2009). Editor, A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Our Users on the Social Web, SAA (forthcoming). “Building a Community of Supporters – The Role of New Technologies in Advocacy,” Many Happy Returns: Advocacy for Archives and Archivists, edited by Larry Hackman, SAA (forthcoming).  “Interactivity, Flexibility, and Transparency: Social Media and Archives 2.0,” Re-appraising Archives, edited by Jennie Hill, Facet Publishing, (forthcoming).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

While increasing the transparency of Council activities is an important goal, I believe it is only part of a larger need to increase opportunities for connection and sharing of information between SAA leadership and the membership. SAA has already established a good baseline for making Council’s formal activities transparent to the membership through the bi-weekly “In the Loop” email messages and the regular posting of Council agendas, briefing materials, and meeting minutes, but SAA should provide opportunities for members to learn more about what takes place between meetings and to understand the background on important issues, as well as to provide channels for members to give feedback and offer expertise. 

It is critical that SAA explore a variety of ways for members to exchange information with Council. For example, Council members could regularly attend regional, state, or local archival association meetings in an official capacity and request time on the agenda for sharing information and listening to archivists’ (member and non-member) concerns. SAA could explore options such as telephone conference calls or web meetings to hold virtual town hall sessions on important issues. Steps like these would also make members who cannot attend the annual meeting feel more connected to the business of SAA.

Recently SAA has explored using many of the new web tools often referred to as social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to distribute information to its members. So far SAA has used these tools largely as alternate ways to push out information also made available on their website or via email. SAA should expand on its use of social media tools to disseminate different kinds of information and to provide ways for members to interact with the organization. In addition, I think it is important to use these new opportunities to provide more timely and in-depth information on issues of concern to members—such as SAA’s involvement in the selection of a new Archivist of the United States, reactions to natural disasters, developing responses to upcoming legislation or records-related news stories, or the selection of annual meeting sites. Using technology in this way also allows SAA to foster discussion and increase participation by members on issues in advance of Council taking action on them. SAA’s use of new web tools to share information about Council activities should be part of a comprehensive communication strategy that also incorporates other goals such as promoting the profession and advocacy for archives funding.

Successful representative governance requires that those being represented fully understand what their representatives are doing on their behalf, and that the representatives keep in touch with the priorities of those they serve. SAA’s commitment to Council transparency is important both to demonstrate its commitment to inclusivity and openness with its members as well as to continue to build a strong professional organization.


Candidates for Nominating Committee

María Estorino

Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty

Rosemary Pleva Flynn

Cory Nimer

Arian D. Ravanbakhsh

Mark Shelstad

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  University of Miami Libraries: Deputy Chair, Cuban Heritage Collection (2007– ); Interim Head of Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries (2005–2007); Archivist, Cuban Heritage Collection (2003–2005); Project Director, CHC Digital, Cuban Heritage Collection (2001–2003).

Education:  MS in Library Science, Simmons College (2000). MA in History, Northeastern University (1998). BA in History, Loyola University New Orleans (1995).

Professional Activities:  SAA:  Diversity Committee (2008– ); Co-chair, Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives (LACCHA) Roundtable (2008); Steering Committee, College and University Archives Section (2007– ); Steering Committee, Manuscript Repositories Section (2004–2006).  Society of Florida Archivists: Award of Excellence (2007); Chair, Scholarship Committee (2006–2008); Treasurer (2001–2007).  Florida State Historical Records Advisory Board (2002–2004).

Question posed by Nominating Committee

Within SAA, there is so much energy and creativity in its roundtables and sections. In the last two years, a couple of new roundtables have been formed, and the Archives and Archivists discussion list shows that a few more are being proposed. I believe that among the folks mobilizing these groups are some of SAA’s future leaders. They are working with and helping to stimulate interest in the timeliest topics in our profession, often liaising with colleagues in other organizations to offer fresh perspectives and create opportunities to work collaboratively on common objectives.

To help foster a new cohort of leaders for the organization, we need to make conscious efforts to diversify our membership base by proactively opening the Society to colleagues in allied professions. In my work, I find that I am increasingly reliant on colleagues outside of the archives to preserve, create access to, and promote the resources in my repository: the metadata librarian, digital projects librarian, web developer, programmer, subject specialist, preservation administrator, and others. While they may not be “archivists,” these colleagues are becoming more and more involved in the archives and are another potential group from which SAA can draw new leaders, and getting them to join the Society is the first step. We can consider a targeted campaign to encourage such professionals to join the Society, actively solicit their participation in annual meeting programs, and invite them to become involved in our continuing education and publishing activities.

The Society can also dig deeper into local and regional archivist networks to broaden its membership. In Miami, I have met several committed and motivated colleagues who work with archives and records who do not participate in SAA, and likewise when I attend Society of Florida Archivists annual meetings. What prevents these friends from becoming involved in SAA? Surely funds are one reason, for not every institution can support travel to the Society’s annual conferences, which is still the principal means of being an active member. How can we use technology to support participation from members who cannot travel to meetings? Can we webcast sessions or allow members to Skype in to meetings of committees, sections, or roundtables? Perhaps by making it easier for members with limited resources to be involved in the Society and its leadership, we might also facilitate the growth of new leadership in our organization.

Technology offers another opportunity for fostering leadership: we should also be looking for new leaders online. Web 2.0 offers so many opportunities for community building, problem solving, and information exchanging. Those archivists who have braved this new world have a lot to offer SAA. Whether they are blogging about topics in records and archives or about their repository; tweeting from conferences; sharing and tagging photos online; contributing to wikis; or commenting on social networking sites, these archivists are everyday finding new ways to push forward and outward the work of archives.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Consulting Archivist for The Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago 2007– ; Adjunct Professor, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2007–  (Course taught: “Archives and Collective Memory”); Herbert H. Lehman Curator, Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library 2004–2007; David N. Dinkins Archivist, Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library 2003,  Assistant Archivist Harvard University  Herbarium 2001–2003; Library Assistant; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 2001; Special Collections Assistant,  Princeton University Rare Books and Special Collections Dept, 2000–2001.

Education:  BA in Political Science, University of Houston, 1995. MS in Library and Information Science with Specialization in Archives and Preservation Management, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2002.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member since 2002; Program Committee member, 2004; Speaker, “The Role of Professional Development in Archival Careers," 2004 SAA Annual Meeting; Speaker, “Documenting Black Chicago through Collaborative Efforts in Libraries and Special Collections,” 2007 SAA Annual Meeting; Member Values Task Force, 2008– ; Speaker,  “Survey Says…: Motivations, Methodologies, and Findings from Four Archival Repository Surveys,” 2009 SAA Annual Meeting; Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable Co-chair, 2009– .

Other:  ARL Minnesota Leadership Institute, 2004.  RBMS Diversity Task Force, 2005–2006. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Member, 2003–2006; Program Committee Member, 2005. Numerous presentations at professional conferences on New York primary resources, outreach to diverse communities, and African American primary resources.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

I often find that the best talent in our organization evolves slowly through mentorship and creating a sense of belonging. We should inspire leadership through the nominating process. There are many SAA members who have much to offer but feel like outsiders within the organization. This is something I would want the nominating committee to address if I were elected.  We should be more aggressive during the process by looking for “hidden leaders".

 Leadership can be expressed in many capacities through speaking, writing, teaching, advocacy and outreach.  It is not however, always as visible or tangible as one would assume.  Everyone knows a “gentle giant archivist” working in their repository:  a “lone arranger “ who writes dynamite grants;  a  state archivist in Alaska who longs to communicate their ideas on professional ethics to those of us in “the lower 48”; an archivist working part-time in a small college who creates brilliant outreach programs for students in their community.  We can inspire leaders for the new generation of archivists through encouraging active leaders to mentor another leader and nominate that leader.   I do not know an archivist who can’t tell you at least one story about a genealogist. What about the story of SAA’s history and its generations of leaders?  Those are the stories that should be cultivated by asking who the leaders on your professional family tree are.  Where have they branched out to? Are they being professionally active?   Do you have an accurate idea of your fellow archivists’ backgrounds, skills, and achievements enough to recommend them to the nominating committee as a great potential candidate? Do you know a potential candidate whose professional experience corresponds to a function or mission of SAA that has been neglected in the past?

As we consider the nominating process, we should seek leaders who possess knowledge and understanding of the critical issues facing our profession while remaining committed to diversity.  This should be done without descending into the use of quotas. Diversity encompasses many things that go beyond an archivist’s race, ethnicity and gender.  Collectively we are all diverse according to our regional location, repository type (i.e. academic library, government archive, and small corporate archive), professional rank and area of specialization.
We should never lose sight that our job as SAA nominating committee is to provide the organization with the best candidates given the current needs of the profession. 

It has often been said that, "There can never be enough good candidates."

As true as that statement may be, we need the help of all SAA members in order to experience its meaning.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Librarian and Manager, Library and Information Services, Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), University of North Dakota, 2002–present. Electronic Records Project Archivist, Phase II, Indiana University Electronic Records Project, 2000–2002. Other professional experience includes teaching English as a second language in South Korea.

Education:  MLS, 2000, from Indiana University. MA in Social Sciences, 1995, and BS in History with a minor in American Studies, 1993, from Ball State University.

Professional Activities: SAA: Member since 2000. Instructor, SAA workshops on project management and financial management, 2007–present. Member, Taskforce on Sections and Roundtables, 2006. Electronic Records Section, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, ERS, 2002–2003, Chair, ERS, 2003–2004, Steering Committee member, 2004–2007. Moderator, ERECS-L Listserv, 2002–present. Midwest Archives Conference: Co-chair, 2010 Fall Symposium. Member, 2010 Annual Meeting Program Committee. ARMA: Workgroup Leader, Website Records Management Guidelines, 2008–2009. Member, Glossary Revision Taskforce, 2004–2007. Also a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), AIIM, American Library Association (ALA), ARMA International, and the Special Libraries Association (SLA). Attended the first Archives Leadership Institute, June 2008. Presented papers and moderated programs at several conferences including SAA, Midwest Archives Conference, Educause, New Mexico's DigIn.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

To cultivate a new generation of leadership within the Society, SAA must continue to be an attractive organization to its constituents. It must be relevant to its culturally, professionally, technologically, and politically diverse members. SAA leaders come from the SAA membership.

The core qualities of good leaders—integrity, dedication, and creativity to name a few—have changed little from generation to generation. Cultivating leaders within SAA membership involves offering guidance and opportunities, such as mentoring and workshops, to develop leadership skills. But, more importantly, SAA needs to continue to offer a wide variety of opportunities for its members to be leaders.

For the Nominating Committee to identify the next generation of leaders, we need to look beyond the traditional means of professional communication and interaction. Professional discourse occurs daily through blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, and will continue in future forums yet to be defined. Here we will find many of our new leaders. We need to recognize that they too have valuable insights and have made contributions to the profession. At the same time, we must not ignore those more traditional means, remembering that in our diverse organization, not all share the same resources, abilities, and passions. Let us look for the leaders amongst us all.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Associate Librarian (Manuscripts Cataloger/Metadata Specialist), Brigham Young University, March 2006-present; Librarian I (Branch Librarian), Fresno County Public Library, December 2005-February 2006.

Education:  Master of Library and Information Science, San José State University, 2005; Master of Arts, History, Sonoma State University, 2001; Bachelor of Arts, History and Anthropology, Brigham Young University, 1999.

Professional Activities:  SAA: Member, 2006-Present; Standards Committee, 2009-Present; Workshop Instructor, "Meeting Patron Needs: User Centered Design and Usability Studies," 2009; Technical Subcommittee for Technical Standards, 2008-2009.Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists: Member, 2006-Present; Webmaster, 2009-Present; Western Round-up Program Committee, 2008-Present; Local Arrangements Committee, 2008-2009.

Selected Publications and Presentations:  "Reading and Publishing within the Archives Community: A Survey," American Archivist 72:2 (Fall/Winter 2009); "Business Process Management and Archival Content Management Systems," with J. Gordon Daines III, paper presented at the Society of American Archivists' Research Forum, 2009; "The Impact of Community: AT Plug-in Development at BYU," paper presented at the Society of American Archivists' Archivists' Toolkit Roundtable, 2009; The Interactive Archivist, edited with J. Gordon Daines III (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2009), available at; "Integrating Process Management with Archival Management Systems: Lessons Learned," with J. Gordon Daines III, Code4Lib Journal 6 (March 2009); "What Do You Mean It Doesn't Make Sense? Redesigning Finding Aids From the User's Perspective," with J. Gordon Daines III, Journal of Archival Organization 6:4 (2008); "Finding Aids 2.0: Meeting Users Where They Are by Rethinking Finding Aid Presentation," paper presented at the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists, 2008; "The Integrated Digital Special Collections (INDI)," paper presented at the annual conference of the Northwest Archivists, 2008; "Archival Description and Automated Systems: Challenges and Compromises," paper presented at the annual conferences of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists and the Society of Southwest Archivists, 2007.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee plays a critical role in developing the slates of candidates that will represent the Society, advancing its interests and preparing the organization for future challenges. To do this successfully it is important that the committee be able to communicate freely with one another, as well as the Society's leadership and membership, in an open discussion of who could best serve the needs of the organization.

Over the last decade, the archival profession has felt the continuing impact of technological change. These changes have opened new channels of communication within the Society's membership and the wider archival community. In addition to traditional means of identifying emerging leaders, such as reviewing the heads of sections and roundtables, the Nominating Committee should review online networks for emerging voices with leadership potential. The committee should also expand its efforts to use blogs and social networks to gather comments and recommendations from the community, both on nominations and the nominating process.

Through these efforts, the Nominating Committee should also seek to develop slates of candidates that reflect the Society's goal of "ensuring that is members…reflect the diversity of society as a whole." This means developing slates of candidates from different repository types and with different responsibilities and titles. It also means identifying individuals with diverse educational, ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds that are capable of bringing their collective experience to bear on issues of import to the Society and the archival community.

The current strategic planning efforts being undertaken by the Society include goals for cultivating diversity, as well as planning for future leadership. This includes developing a leadership workshop that would target diverse archivists, creating a pool of potential leaders. In general, however, the Society must work to maintain its relevance, acting as a hub in the archival network. This can be done by aligning its products and services with its members' needs, while extending the scope of its network to include professionals with archival associations, such as librarians and technologists. As the Society becomes the type of organization that these professionals want to associate with, if opportunities for leadership are available, then leaders will emerge.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience: Electronic Records Policy Specialist, Office of Modern Records Programs, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  Current responsibilities include serving on the team developing NARA’s electronic records guidance. Formerly Senior Records Analyst in NARA’s Lifecycle Management Division. Served as the lead appraisal archivist for several agencies including the Department of the Navy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Served the NARA Records Management training program by working as a subject matter expert to revise and develop new training material, including NARA’s Records Management for Everyone and NARA’s Asset and Risk management course. Taught more than two dozen records management classes and currently teaches part of the Modern Archives Institute. Before coming to NARA in 2000, worked for ten years at the Maryland State Archives, eventually becoming the Director of Geographic Services.  In addition, spent two years as the reference archivist for the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Education: BA, Political Science, Washington College (1989) and currently serving on the Washington College Archives Advisory Council.

Professional Activities: SAA: Past Chair of the Electronic Records Section (2006–2007), Steering Committee of Electronic Records Section (2005–2010), Steering Committee of the Government Records Section (2001–2003), and as a member of the Austin 2009 Program Committee. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: Current chair of the Electronic Resources Committee, Co-chair of the Spring 2009 Program Committee, Printed Program Editor (2006-2008), and on the Program Committee of the Spring 2004 meeting.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

It is incumbent on any nominating committee to be committed to the principles of diversity in all of its forms and to recognize that leaders can come from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. As SAA continues to grow its membership, it is important to engage members in as many ways as possible. SAA should be committed to embracing all the social networks to communicate and interact with membership. Such interactions are relatively inexpensive to implement and demonstrate the Society is engaged with and responsive to its membership.

I have two specific steps in mind that SAA can undertake to demonstrate engagement with members and to identify potential leaders going forward. First, every SAA task force or working group that is formed needs to be broadly communicated to the membership and should include one or two slots for self-nominated individuals to participate. This would open leadership opportunities to a wider range of the membership. Far too often, such groups are announced to members as fully formed groups that have already undertaken their efforts. Another critical component in identifying the right leadership is a greater understanding of the concerns of the membership at large.  I believe that an open forum with SAA Council at the annual meeting would serve as a platform for members to engage with the leaders and raise concerns of which Council may not be aware. Again, technology and social networks can be used to bring the concerns of members not at the annual meeting to this forum.

Finally, it is also incumbent on all officers of SAA to encourage the membership to vote. Only when a greater percentage of membership actively participates can the leaders of SAA claim to be representative.

Candidate for Nominating Committee


Professional Experience:  Head of Archives and Special Collections, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008– . Associate Archivist/Information Manager, University of Wyoming, 1993–2008.

Education:  MA, Public History with a concentration in archival administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1992. BA, History, University of Minnesota-Morris, 1990.

Professional Activities:  SAA:  Member since 1990.  2009 Meeting Host Committee, 2008–2009; Membership Committee, 2006–2008; Electronic Publications Working Group, 2003–2006; Publications Board, 2001–2007; Manuscripts Repositories Steering Committee, 2000–2002; 2000 Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, 1999–2000; Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee, 1999–2002.  Midwest Archives Conference:  Council, 2006–2009; Archival Issues Editorial Board, 2004–2010; Newsletter Board Chair, 2001–2003; Membership Committee, 1996–2001.  Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists:  Western Regional Archival Association Meeting Program Coordination Committee, 2002–2005; Web site manager, 1998–2005; President, 1998–1999.  Collaborative Digitization Program:  Dublin Core Metadata Working Group, 2001–2008; Digital Imaging Working Group, 2003–2008.  Other:  Colorado Alliance of Colorado Research Libraries’ Digital Repository Metadata User Interface and Metadata Working Groups, 2007–2008; Wyoming State Digitization Planning Committee, 2004–2008; Archives Leadership Institute, 2009; Grants Panelist/Peer Reviewer for National Endowment for the Humanities (2004, 2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (2006), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (2004).

Presentations and Publications:  Papers, presentations, and workshops at national and regional archival, museum, and history conferences, including SAA, Midwest Archives Conference, Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, American Historical Association, and the Mountain Plains Museum Association. Case studies contributor to Ethics and the Archival Profession: Introduction and Case Studies, 2003; co-author, “How Do We Show You What We've Got? Access to Archival Collections in the Digital Age,” The Journal of the Association for History and Computing, 3:2, 2005;  “Content Matters:  Analysis of a Website Redesign,” OCLC Systems & Services, 21:3, pp. 209–225, 2005; “Switching the Vacuum into Reverse: A Case Study of Retrospective Conversion as Collection Management,” Archival Issues 23:2, pp. 135–153, 1998.

Question posed by Nominating Committee

The success of any organization lies with a dedicated membership and its leadership's ability to develop clear plans for the future based upon the membership's needs. Professional associations have good reason to be concerned with leadership because it is integral to face the ongoing challenge of budgeting, the diverse needs of a changing membership base, and competition for their members' time and energy. I don't necessarily agree that SAA needs to foster a new generation of leaders, for there are a multitude of passionate, visible, and articulate members who can be successful in helping SAA fulfill its mission if given the right opportunity. The organization's commitment to support succession planning and recognize the power of the individual within it will also foster their success. 

Matching new leaders with the right opportunity means clearly communicating expectations and commitments necessary to promote the goals of the organization as well as the profession. It is incumbent upon the nominating committee to ensure that collectively it has reached out to cultivate a group of nominees who could have a mix of depth of experience, but are creative, imaginative, and generous with their time and experiences. This process can begin with SAA roundtables and sections, affiliated regional and professional associations, but the nominating committee must ensure that a transparent process matches opportunities for professional achievement with the specific needs of the organization.   


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