At the 2014 CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting, SAA honored individuals and organizations that went above the call of duty. Their innovative thinking, dedication, and passion have bettered the profession and called attention to the significance of archives. Read on to learn about their outstanding contributions to the field. Advocacy/Public Awareness J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) Center of Central Pennsylvania History Project and National History Day (NHD) and its executive director, Dr. Cathy Gorn, are the 2014 recipients of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award, which honors those who promote greater public awareness, appreciation, and support of archives. The LGBT History Project collects and presents the stories of LGBT history in central Pennsylvania as told by those who lived them, through written accounts and video interviews. Started in August 2012, the ongoing project has completed video oral history interviews with twenty-six individuals and collected about ten feet of archival and artifact materials. The LGBT Center has developed a partnership with the Dickinson College Archives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to receive, catalog, store, and make available to researchers and the public the archival and artifact collections donated to the LGBT History Project. Barry Loveland, chair of the center, accepted the award. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2014, NHD is an academic program in which middle and high school students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through archives, libraries, museums, oral history interviews, and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. “A large number of [NHD participants] go on to become lifelong friends of archives and the archival endeavor,” one supporter said. Philip M. Hamer–Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award The Emma Goldman Papers Project (EGPP) of the University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of the Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth –Hamer Kegan Award. The EGPP has collected and published tens of thousands of documents by and about American social and political activist Emma Goldman (1869–1940). A leading figure in anarchism, radicalism, and feminism in the United States, Goldman dedicated her life to the creation of a new social order rooted in absolute freedom. In the spirit of Goldman, the EGPP has extended its scholarly research to serve the community and educate the public about the complexity of engagement in social and political transformation. It has published a microfilm edition of the papers and is currently working on a four-volume selective book edition, Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of The American Years (1890–1919). The award was accepted by Candace Falk, director and editor of EGPP. Outstanding Contribution to the Archives Profession and SAA Council Exemplary Service Award Gregory Sanford, former Vermont state archivist, and Solveig De Sutter, SAA director of education, are the 2014 recipients of the Council Exemplary Service Award, which recognizes a special contribution to the archives profession and especially to SAA that is not eligible for one of the other awards given by the Society. Gregory Sanford was initially hired as the editor of the Vermont State Papers and was later promoted to become Vermont’s first official state archivist because of his commitment to leadership and the establishment of a “real” archival program. In this position, Sanford authored a new archives and records law and worked tirelessly to create a new purpose-built archival and records center building while working with legislators, educators, media, and others to raise awareness of records management issues. He eventually transformed a state archives of one person (himself) with a parttime receptionist into a dynamic institution that now has more than twenty staff members. Sanford led teams to conceptualize, plan, design, and build a combined archives and records center, which was named the D. Gregory Sanford Jr. Building. Sanford, who retired in May 2012, regularly penned his column, Voices from the Vault, which appeared in the Vermont Secretary of State’s monthly publication and demonstrated the relevance of records to current debates in meaningful ways and displayed his special humor and sense of wonder. Solveig De Sutter joined the SAA staff in 2000 and has worked with the Committee on Education to develop a world-class continuing education program that includes workshops, seminars, and webinars on a variety of topics. In the past year, De Sutter has scheduled 115 workshops in an array of locations across the country. She also has coordinated the work of the Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee in the development of the pioneering DAS Certificate Program, which now boasts more than eight hundred participants. She has dependably provided guidance and direction to new and seasoned instructors who have ably contributed to the education program’s success. Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award Judi Fergus, the director of the Arthur Moore Methodist Museum, Library, and Archives in St. Simons Island, Georgia, is the 2014 recipient of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O. P., Memorial Award. The award honors an archivist who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. Fergus is responsible for preserving the history of the United Methodist Church and the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this position, Fergus has gathered local church histories of more than six hundred local churches. Fergus also helps welcome more than twenty thousand visitors to the museum each year, directs educational programs for groups of all ages, and is in charge of a reference library of more than five thousand volumes. In addition, she has developed exhibits depicting the role of women in the United Methodist Church, life in colonial Georgia, coins of the Bible, and other topics. Spotlight Award Kate Theimer, author of the popular blog ArchivesNext, is the 2014 recipient of the Spotlight Award. The Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the profession and archives collections—work that does not typically receive public recognition. Since 2011, Theimer has used Facebook, Twitter, and her blog to raise money for Spontaneous Scholarships that help unemployed, underemployed, and underfunded archivists to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The first year the scholarships were offered Theimer raised $5,504 to assist 18 students and 8 SAA members at the full registration rate; the program continued in 2012 and 2013 resulting in a total of more than $20,000 in donations. For the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting, Theimer raised $11,210 to support 28 students and 23 regular members. Diversity Award Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program, led by Nicolás Kanellos and Carolina Villarroel at the University of Houston, and Jennifer O’Neal, Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon (UO) Libraries, are the recipients of the Diversity Award, which recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. The Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program is being honored for providing access to important Latino archives by making them publicly available to educational institutions and communities via print and electronic delivery. The program has accessioned, organized, and described such notable collections as that of Leonor Villegas de Magnón, a Laredo activist who in the early twentieth century recruited Anglo Texan, Mexican American, and Mexican women for a nursing corps to tend to the wounded and fallen on the battlefields of the Mexican Revolution. As an early feminist, she documented the role of women in her writings. The program also has assembled the world’s largest collection of microfilmed Hispanic newspapers published in the United States from 1808 to 1960. Throughout her career, Jennifer O’Neal has made contributions that reflect the criteria for the Diversity Award, particularly to American Indian and other indigenous groups. O’Neal joined SAA in 2003, helping to found the Native American Archives Roundtable in 2005. After participating in the drafting of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials in 2006, she participated in a multiyear process to bring awareness about the Protocols and advocated strongly for an SAA endorsement, which had a major impact on the profession’s discussion of Native American archives. O’Neal has continued to take leadership roles and advance issues of diversity via SAA’s Native American Protocols Forum Working Group and through the formation of SAA’s new Cultural Heritage Working Group, for which she currently serves as co-chair. At UO, O’Neal was a lead instructor for the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute, an initiative that helped provide basic archival training to archivists, records managers, curators, and cultural resources specialists affiliated with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. Archival Innovator Award Trevor Owens, a digital archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress, is the 2014 recipient of the Archival Innovator Award. Established in 2012, the Archival Innovator Award recognizes archivists, repositories, or organizations that show creativity in approaching professional challenges or the ability to think outside the professional norm or that have an extraordinary impact on a community through archives programs or outreach. Owens has led a plethora of creative initiatives that in some way have helped to move the archives profession forward. He has conserved and organized innovative events to bring the preservation community together; for instance, he led the Preservation.exe: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software conference at the Library of Congress as well as the Curatecamp: Exhibition “unconference” that brought together archivists, preservationists, and digital collection managers to discuss what access and exhibition mean for archives and archivists in the era of online platforms and delivery. Owens’ work also has led to a number of practical tools and documents for the archives community, including the Levels of Digital Preservation framework document, which demystifies digital preservation best practices. Emerging Leader Award Beth Shields, the electronic records analyst at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), and an electronic records consultant for CoSA, is the 2014 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. Created in 2011, the Emerging Leader Award celebrates and encourages early career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, performed commendable service to the archives profession, or have accomplished a combination of these requirements. In her work at KDLA, Shields works to improve Kentucky’s electronic records management policies and procedures. Her contributions help to ensure that Kentucky government records will be properly managed and preserved, regardless of format. As the co-chair of CoSA’s State Electronic Records Initiative, Shields provides insight and coordination for this large and important collaborative project that has far-reaching implications for electronic records and digital preservation in all state and territorial archives. Writing and Publishing C. F.W. Coker Award The Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) by the University of Miami Libraries is the recipient of the C.F.W. Coker Award. The team members who worked on this project are: Tim Thompson, Matt Carruthers, Andrew Darby, David Gonzalez, and Jamie Little. The C.F.W. Coker Award recognizes finding aids, finding aid systems, innovative development in archival description, or descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids. Over the years, the archives community has produced a body of detailed biographical descriptions that support access to the broader social and historical context surrounding archival and special collections. The emerging archival authorities format, EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context–Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families), provides a framework for encoding those descriptions and establishing a dialog between librarians and archivists regarding name authority control. The RAMP editor is a web-based tool for generating and disseminating EAC-CPF records. The RAMP editor successfully brings together librarians and archivists with a diverse range of skills around a project with a singular goal: to make descriptive work more accessible to the public by making archival description dynamic and reusable. Waldo Gifford Leland Award Ellen Gruber Garvey, an English professor at New Jersey City University, is the 2014 recipient of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award for her book, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, published by Oxford University Press. The Waldo Gifford Leland Award is given for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the fields of archival history, theory, and practice. Writing with Scissors provides an engaging narrative on the role of newspaper clippings scrapbooks as archival records that transcend lines of race, politics, gender, and class. Garvey contextualizes the keeping of these scrapbooks as a way for marginalized people to tell their history. As scrapbook makers reused free books and blank scrapbooks to create and manage their own personalized texts, they claimed ownership of their reading matter and constructed counter-narratives to their portrayals in the press. By reading scrapbooks against new technologies for managing newsprint, Garvey encourages archivists to view scrapbooks as “direct ancestors of digital information management.” Preservation Publication Award Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video, a website created and edited by the archivists at WITNESS, an international organization that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights, is the winner of the Preservation Publication Award. Published in 2013, the website focuses on preserving digital video, an area in which there is still little published guidance. Available freely online in three languages, the guide is organized into eight sections that focus on stages in a video archiving workflow: create, transfer, acquire, organize, store, catalog, preserve, and share. Unlike other resources, it is aimed at content creators rather than archivists, enabling interventions that support preservation early in the digital lifecycle. The guide also uses easy-to-understand language and low-cost recommendations that empower individuals and grassroots organizations with fewer resources to take action to safeguard their own valuable collections. WITNESS staff Grace Lile, the director of operations, and Yvonne Ng, senior archivist, accepted the award.
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