Kathleen Roe Elected Vice President Kathleen Roe, director of archives and records management operations at New York State Archives, has been elected SAA vice president/president-elect for 2013–2014. She begins her one-year term this August following the Annual Meeting and will serve as SAA’s seventieth president in 2014–2015. Current Vice President Danna Bell-Russel assumes the 2013–2014 presidency in August. A Fellow of SAA, Roe sees the role of vice president/president-elect as the advocate-in-chief for the archives profession. “We must focus on ensuring that we can articulate [archivists’] contributions and are able to use and in fact create opportunities to stress the essential nature of our profession to resource allocators and key stakeholders, a plethora of users, government and business leaders, and to the American public in general.” To stress the value of archives, Roe plans to work with various SAA groups, leadership, and individual members to “target the most critical audiences and find opportunities and options for raising awareness and demonstrating the importance of archives.” “The president must be the advocate-in-chief for our profession.” Lisa Mangiafico, Timothy Pyatt, and Helen Wong Smith to Join the SAA Council Lisa Mangiafico (Soroptimist International of the Americas), Timothy Pyatt (The Pennsylvania State University), and Helen Wong Smith (University of Hawai’i—College of Pharmacy) have been elected to Council for three-year terms (2013–2016). Here’s what the newly elected had to say in their respective candidate statements about addressing the challenges SAA faces. Lisa Mangiafico “[SAA’s] greatest challenge is the need for a critical reevaluation of what the organization does (or doesn’t do) . . . To meet the changing needs and demands of the membership. My overarching concerns as a Council member will be twofold. First, I will work to put that reevaluation process in place, and encourage an attitude of innovation, openness, and risk-taking if necessary as we undertake that process. . . . My second concern will be the professional needs of archivists. There has been a great deal of talk about social justice in SAA. In my view, social justice in the context of SAA must be focused on promoting—to the public and resources allocators—the importance of the documentary record in all its diversity, and why professional archivists, in all our diversity, need to be caring for these records.” Timothy Pyatt “[SAA’s] intermediate size taxes resources, as we no longer have the nimbleness of a small organization but haven’t quite gained the efficiencies and economies of a larger professional society. . . . Our larger size makes it more difficult to foster more individual connections within the membership. We need to emphasize the value and importance of smaller groups within SAA, such as roundtables, as well as consider additional options for engaging members. . . . SAA must also strive to stay relevant to an increasingly diverse membership. Programs, workshops, and other forms of communication need to reflect the needs of our changing and growing membership.” Helen Wong Smith “I believe technology is not an end but (one of) the means to address the challenges SAA faces, coupled with a willingness to empathize with the issues raised by constituents as we embrace a wider range of members and the issues facing them. The ability to listen and empathize with those one may not share experiences with is required to be an effective council member. The diversity of my professional experience and service has provided exposure to the specific needs of a variety of professionals (and nonprofessionals thrust in the role of archivist), patrons, and policy makers. The 2014 Nominating Committee will comprise Jennifer Johnson (Cargill Incorporated Corporate Archives), Lori Lindberg (San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science), Amy Schindler (The College of William and Mary, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library), and two third-year Council members selected by the Council at its May 2013 meeting. Schindler will serve as chair of the Nominating Committee. The committee begins its service immediately and works through the fall in preparing a slate of candidates for the 2014 election. The new members of the Nominating Committee shared their strategies for identifying qualified candidates in their respective candidate statements. Jennifer Johnson “Members of the Nominating Committee have numerous avenues for identifying talented, qualified, and passionate individuals. The first place to look is within SAA itself. Sections and Roundtables have active participants who should be connected with the opportunity to serve SAA in new roles. . . . Those who are willing to serve and to advance the profession are also found within local and regional organizations. As SAA and the regional associations seek to build stronger Bonds, we need to recognize that leadership occurs at all levels of the profession. Those who are responsive, insightful, and willing to innovate deserve the opportunity to grow and share their ideas in a new venue.” Lori Lindberg “My strategy for identifying qualified candidates to run for leadership offices in SAA is multifaceted. First, I would examine my immediate peer group. Being active in SAA and my regional organizations for years has given me the opportunity to meet and work with many great people. . . . Secondly, I would tap my network of Archives Leadership Institute alumni, who represent a variety of institutions, philosophies, education/training backgrounds, and demographic groups. . . . Thirdly, I would review regional and affiliated associations for their leaders. Lastly, I would examine the present and recent past SAA leadership along with information from recent annual meetings, look for topics and names, note who is already involved, and inquire with people I see ‘waiting in the wings.’” Amy Schindler “As the profession evolves, SAA will benefit from seeking and valuing its members who embrace, have experienced, or led change, wherever their place within the profession. We have the benefit of a professional association that offers opportunities for its members—from students to experienced professionals—to be involved in roundtables, sections, committees, governance, and other activities as our inclination, skills, and personal circumstances allow. While the organization could easily continue to perpetuate itself taking only from its most obvious sources, it is important to remember that there is no shortage of possibilities outside of the SAA mainstream, from burgeoning informal groups of archivists to the engaged or re-engaging member or cohort.” VOTER PARTICIPATION TRENDS WHO WOULD YOU SUGGEST? The newly elected Nominating Committee members are already on the lookout for prospective candidates for the 2014 SAA election. Suggestions are anonymous and confidential. Submit the prospective candidate’s name, institutional affiliation, brief bio, and why you think this person should be considered via a form at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/election/2014/Nomination-Form.
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