Nancy McGovern Elected Vice President Nancy McGovern, head of curation and preservation services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been elected SAA vice president/ president-elect for 2015–2016. She begins her one-year term this August following the Annual Meeting and will serve as the seventy-second president in 2016–2017. Current Vice President Dennis Meissner will assume the 2015–2016 presidency in August. A Fellow of SAA, McGovern encouraged SAA to focus its energy and other resources on providing targeted courses, collaborative opportunities, and outreach materials to help raise the profile of archives and archivists. “Expanding courses on topics such as digital essentials for everyone, tips for managing hybrid (physical and digital) collections, and advanced courses in partnership with other professions when appropriate that respond to trends and needs would leverage SAA’s educational track record and the success of the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) program,” McGovern wrote in her candidate statement. McGovern also highlighted the Research Forum as an existing opportunity SAA offers for “members and participants from other professions and associations in North America and beyond [to] share information, discuss essential issues, and identify additional opportunities to collaborate.” To increase outreach efforts, McGovern envisions growing and repackaging SAA’s guidance documentation and other resources to assist SAA members in reaching neighboring fields, creators, and users. “Providing endless opportunities to hone and present our collective elevator pitch on archival value would raise our profile and strengthen our community,” McGovern wrote. Cheryl Stadel-Bevans to Be Next SAA Treasurer Cheryl Stadel-Bevans, records manager and FOIA specialist at the Office of Inspector General, Department of Housing and Urban Development, was elected to a three-year term as SAA Treasurer. Her term will begin in August and will run through the SAA Annual Meeting in 2018. To help ensure the financial well-being of SAA and bring more value to members, Stadel-Bevans will look to the strategic plan and recent membership data to align the budget with priorities, such as achieving professional excellence, fostering innovation, advocating for archives and archivists, and promoting diversity in both the profession and archival record. In her candidate statement, Stadel- Bevans also stressed the need for SAA to look to the future to plan for new developments or enhancements. Amy Cooper Cary, Bergis Jules, and Kris Kiesling to Join the SAA Council Amy Cooper Cary (Marquette University), Bergis Jules (University of California, Riverside), and Kris Kiesling (University of Minnesota) have been elected to the Council for three-year terms (2015–2018). In their candidate statements, the newly elected explained how they would utilize their skills and experience to help SAA thrive in an environment that expects communication, collaboration, and demonstrated action. Amy Cooper Cary “Fostering SAA as a thriving, dynamic organization—where collaborations result in actions that speak to our mission of excellence and innovation—does not happen in a vacuum. It requires cooperative work by all members of leadership, serving an engaged membership. Transparency of leadership is critical to this endeavor. . . The lessons I’ve learned as MAC President will [serve] me well. I have learned that understanding the needs of the organization requires me to focus beyond the core leadership group. As a result, I’ve cultivated a leadership model where I try to consistently engage Council, working groups, and the membership to identify collaborators and problem solvers for specific organizational needs. I approach each situation with the willingness to listen to new ideas, involve people to discuss options, and clearly communicate outcomes.” Bergis Jules “I have spent most of my time, skills, and expertise supporting the organization in our efforts to address diversity issues in the profession. So I was pleased to see the renewed commitment by SAA Council during their November 2014 meeting to focus more attention on the diversity and cultural competency goals in the new Strategic Plan. While these discussions mostly take place during Council meetings, Council should also provide opportunities for the membership to engage them on a more personal level in conversations on this and other key topics. These could take the form of open forums at the annual meetings or in online spaces, including web forums and social media. As the group charged with governing the organization, it’s vitally important for membership [to] get the opportunity to directly engage with the processes, thinking, and discussions behind key Council decisions.” Kris Kiesling “Individuals and organizations cannot operate in isolation. Collaboration is about bringing together individuals or organizations with different skill sets to accomplish a common goal. As a profession, archivists have taken a leadership role in digitization and electronic records. But we have, of necessity, collaborated with a wide spectrum of other professionals in this area, including technologists, historians, and librarians. We have established strong working relationships with the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association, forming new task forces to address perplexing questions such as how to accurately count archival holdings and how to standardize public services metrics. So collaboration is not a new idea for SAA, but there are undoubtedly areas around which new collaborations can be established. I personally have been a member of several successful collaborations, primarily around the development of EAD and DACS.” SAA Nominating Committee Welcomes Krystal Appiah, Derek Mosley, and Audra Eagle Yun The 2016 Nominating Committee will comprise Krystal Appiah (Library Company of Philadelphia), Derek Mosley (Atlanta University Center), Audra Eagle Yun (University of California, Irvine), and two third-year Council members selected by the Council at its May 2015 meeting. Appiah 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 2016 election. The new members of the Nominating Committee defined their criteria for choosing a slate of nominees in their candidate statements. Krystal Appiah “I would [seek] nominees who advocate for archives and archivists and empower others to do the same. Although political advocacy is an important component, there are a number of other ways that nominees might show support for archives and archivists. These include mentoring and grooming other archivists at all career stages for professional growth and satisfaction; supporting institutional policies that give archivists the necessary authority to carry out their professional responsibilities; and ensuring funding to make professionally staffed archives a sustainable reality.” Derek Mosley “I will look for candidates that are dedicated to uplifting the archival profession and ensure that we utilize the knowledge of the members of SAA. We need leaders who acknowledge the changing roles of what archivists do and strive to make sure we are promoting our field effectively. The slate of nominees should be advocates for archives and archivists. They should be able to engage the public and bring a wider awareness of the profession to the public. As a profession, we struggle for adequate funding and I would choose a slate that would push for better funding for the Society and our institutions.” Audra Eagle Yun “The leaders chosen by the Nominating Committee and later elected by the membership of SAA should be identified in partnership with a wide range of groups within the organization, reflecting and expanding the diversity of our organization. Working collaboratively with members of the Nominating Committee for the Society of California Archivists, I have grappled with the challenges of finding qualified, dedicated candidates—balanced with the role of the Nominating Committee member to provide a compelling case to prospective candidates. As a member of the SAA Nominating Committee, I would be committed to a slate of nominees who reflect the shifting practices of our profession, serve as a voice for many perspectives, and react to our urgent call for advocacy.” WHO WOULD YOU SUGGEST? The newly elected Nominating Committee members are already on the lookout for prospective candidates for the 2016 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 the form at http://www2 .archivists.org/governance/election/Nomination-Form.
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