Five members were named distinguished Fellows, the highest individual honor bestowed by SAA, for outstanding contributions to the archives profession. These accomplished individuals were recognized on August 14, 2014, during Plenary I at the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting. Mark J. Duffy, director of The Archives of the Episcopal Church, earned a master’s degree in history and archives from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and achieved doctoral candidacy at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin. Duffy worked in a variety of institutions early in his career. Serving as the chief archivist and project director for the City of Boston Archives, Duffy was responsible for initiating and administering a comprehensive municipal archives and records management program for the first time for the city. Duffy also worked at Harvard University for six years, as associate curator for University Records and Planning and later as associate director for the Harvard Depository. Duffy has held his current position as director of The Archives of the Episcopal Church since 1992. His astute and resourceful development of the church archives, and his masterful implementation of records systems and a digital archives program there, has made it one of thesoundest programs among religious archives in the country. As Duffy built the archives of the Episcopal Church, he published articles and manuals on religious archives, which have won awards and become standards in the professional literature. Duffy’s stature in his field of specialization was recognized in 2012 when he was the recipient of the SAA and Society of Southwest Archivists’ Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award for his significant contributions to the field of religious archives. Duffy also has made distinguished contributions to SAA. He has served in a variety of leadership positions, starting with the Archivists of Religious Collections Section, then as a member of the Education Committee, Nominating Committee, SAA Council, co-chair of the 2009 Program Committee, and currently as treasurer of SAA and the SAA Foundation. Duffy was central to the development of the SAA Foundation since first serving on the Council; he initiated and stewarded the 2013 annual fund drive, which brought in $40,000 in donations. Michelle Light, director of special collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, earned master of science in information and master of arts in history degrees from the University of Michigan. Light has held important positions of progressive responsibility at five repositories over the course of her fifteen-year career. In each of her professional roles, she has had a transformative impact on her repository, advancing it in new strategic directions. In her first professional position as an archivist at Yale University, she developed a database of archival authority records for Yale University units that informed her contributions to the international group that created Encoded Archival Context. Later in her career, Light broke new ground at the University of California–Irvine. Working as the head of Special Collections, Archives, and Digital Scholarship, she implemented a virtual reading room that allows researchers near and far to access born-digital records. She also led a multicampus taskforce in creating “Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing.” Within the first year working in her current role, Light has established infrastructure to sustain an ambitious collecting program to document the Southern Nevada region, completed a staff reorganization that will allow special collections to work more effectively, and carried out a strategic planning process that set direction for her division and contributes to the UNLV Libraries’ aspirations. Light has served SAA in a variety of leadership positions, including an active role on the American Archivist Editorial Board as well as on the Council, for which she played a critical role in the group’s efforts to create a new strategic plan for SAA. “Light is one of the most creative and accomplished archivists of her generation, and her achievements have had a lasting impact on the field,” one supporter wrote. “Her intelligence, creativity, work ethic, collegial nature, scholarly aptitude, and commitment to archives are of the highest level.” Stephen E. Novak, head of archives and special collections at the Columbia University Medical Center, earned a master of arts in history degree from New York University. Throughout his career, Novak has worked in an array of archival repositories with increasing levels of responsibility. In his first professional position as a field archivist at Seton Hall University, Novak conducted onsite surveys of historic and current records in Catholic institutions across New Jersey. In that position, Novak “immediately exhibited several traits that have characterized his archival career ever since,” one supporter wrote. “Rather than focus narrowly on his own particular project, he demonstrated a wide-ranging curiosity that extended to every aspect of archival administration.” Later, as archivist at The Julliard School, Novak took on the daunting task of establishing an archives and records management program at the institution. He not only accomplished this task, he also helped produce an award-winning guide to the collections and made the archives a vital part of the organization. Novak has held his position at the Columbia University Medical Center since 1997 and is responsible for administering all aspects of the collection, which includes the archives of the Columbia University Medical Center and a rare book collection of 27,000 volumes. Novak also has taken an active role in several groups within SAA. Perhaps most significant is that he was one of the founders of the Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable (LAGAR), a group that has become a strong voice within SAA for the concerns of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered (LBGT) collections and archivists. Novak was an enthusiastic member of the LAGAR committee that oversaw the creation of Lavender Legacies (1998), the first formal and comprehensive guide to primary source material relating to the history and culture of LBGT people held by North American repositories. Novak also has served on SAA’s Science, Technology, and Health Care Roundtable’s Steering Committee and as a co-chair. Merrilee Proffitt, senior program officer at OCLC Research, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley. While pursing that degree, she discovered her passion for archives working as the office manager for the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) at the Bancroft Library at Berkeley. Throughout her career, Proffitt has been a trailblazer. While serving in positions of increasing responsibility leading up to director of digital archive development at the Bancroft Library, she was a key project team member for a number of the library’s pioneering digital projects, including the California Heritage Collection, an online archive of more than thirty thousand images illustrating California’s history and culture, and the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives, which provides documentation of the experience of Japanese Americans in World War II internment camps. In 2004, while working at the Research Libraries Group (RLG), Proffitt was part of a team that authored the RLG Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description, a guide that went on to receive the 2004 C.F.W. Coker Award from SAA. “This important initiative in archival description, which involved a two-continent collaboration, would never have come together without [Proffitt’s] knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, and diplomatic skills,” one supporter wrote. In her current role at OCLC Research, Proffitt leads the research project Mobilizing Unique Materials, an initiative that seeks new collaborative methods that will allow the unique materials found in libraries, archives, and museums to be “effectively described, properly disclosed, successfully discovered, and appropriately delivered.” In the process of shaping and executing this initiative, she’s authored papers on the scholarly and teaching impact of digitizing collections, as well as organizing events that help shape a new professional point of view, such as the conference Past Forward! Meeting Stakeholder Needs in 21st-Century Special Collections. Frederick J. Stielow, vice president and dean (emeritus) of libraries, electronic course materials, and ePress for the American Public University System (APUS) earned master’s degrees in history and library and archival science, as well as a dual doctorate in American studies and history at Indiana University. He went on to accrue more than thirty years’ experience as an educator, consultant, and manager in archives and related fields. His managerial experience is diverse; in one of his first professional positions, Stielow served as head of archives and special collections at the then University of Southwestern Louisiana, a major center for the revival of the Cajun and Creole heritage. Later in his career, he headed Wayne State University’s Walter Reuther Library, the country’s premier labor archives repository with a staff of twenty-five. In 2004, he was solicited to build a virtual library as part of regional accreditation efforts at APUS, a virtual university serving 100,000-plus students in more than 120 countries. In less than a decade, Stielow grew collections from 20,000 volumes and 8,000 serials to 170,000 ebooks and multiyear runs of 53,000 journals. Access increased by 3,000 percent and searches now exceed 100,000,000 annually. These efforts resulted in his recent selection as the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2014 Distance Librarian of the Year. Stielow has been an active member of SAA for thirty years, serving on the ALA/SAA/ American Alliance of Museums Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums; the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award Committee; and the ALA–SAA Joint Committee.
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