SAA honored individuals and organizations that went above the call of duty at ARCHIVES 2015. Their innovative thinking, dedication, and passion have bettered SAA and the profession and called attention to the significance of archives. Advocacy/Public Awareness J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Adrena Ifill Blagburn is the 2015 recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award. The award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. Since founding the cultural heritage and multimedia production firm Ifill/DoubleBack Global Group (www.doublebackproductions.com) in 2002, Ifill Blagburn has been a leading advocate for the preservation of archival records documenting African American Congressional history. As a consultant and director of the Avoice Project (www.avoiceonline.org), an online library of digitized artifacts documenting the legislative and political contributions of African Americans serving in Congress, Ifill Blagburn grew the project to include nine online exhibits, a collection of lesson units designed to promote the use of primary sources in the classroom, and more than ten thousand digitized assets. Philip M. Hamer–Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, is the 2015 recipient of the Philip M. Hamer–Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award. The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have increased public awareness of archives documents. The Legacy Center has made a portion of its unique primary sources accessible to new audiences. The stories featured on the website Doctor or Doctress? Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians (www.doctordoctress.org) make history approachable by guiding users in interpreting and understanding these materials. The site leverages women’s stories to help students build critical analysis skills while learning about the broader scope of American history. It is a polished combination of images of primary source documents, video, audio, timelines, maps, and contextual information, packaged to help users understand why these stories matter. Outstanding Contribution Distinguished Service Award The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an archives institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has given outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission since 2008, ALI provides leadership training to archives professionals who want to make an impact on the profession. By this fall, the annual program will have hosted more than two hundred individuals who have studied advocacy, media relations, change management, team development, project management, and other relevant leadership topics. These individuals use the professional network created by participating in ALI and implement what was learned through new ideas, improved service, and enhanced leadership skills. Council Exemplary Service Award SAA’s Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP), the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Subcommittee of the Committee on Education, and Mark Greene, past director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, are the 2015 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. CAPP was established in 2013 to enhance SAA’s capacity to address public policy issues and concerns affecting archivists, archives, the archival profession, and its stakeholders. In two short years, CAPP created a public policy agenda and an effective process for SAA members to request an advocacy action. The group has also prepared important issue briefs that address the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Archivists and Section 108 of the Copyright Act, Orphan Works, Presidential Records Act of 1978, Freedom of Information Act, and State Freedom of Information Laws. The Council applauded CAPP for enthusiastically demonstrating that “no issue is too dense or too dry for their spirited consideration.” The DAS Subcommittee was established in 2011 by the Committee on Education to ensure that the curriculum for SAA’s DAS Certificate Program reflects best practice and remains cutting edge. Since its creation, the subcommittee has shepherded the development of thirty unique courses, including webinars, and oversaw the creation of a one-hundred-question comprehensive examination. More than one thousand individuals have taken DAS courses, with approximately six hundred actively pursuing the DAS certificate. To date, 183 individuals have earned a DAS certificate. The Council noted that the subcommittee has “enthusiastically dedicated countless hours to achieve a highly successful program that is a leader in the field.” SAA Fellow Mark Greene was honored for “consistently and relentlessly demonstrating a vision for the archives profession, one that has frequently caused him to challenge accepted theory and practice and champion new directions.” For more than thirty years he has provided significant and continuous leadership in SAA across its many subgroups, which culminated in service as SAA president during 2007–2008. Over the course of his career, Greene has made impressive contributions to the literary canon of archival science, focusing on archival appraisal, archival meaning and value, archival ethics, archives management, and arrangement and description. He has also enthusiastically mentored emerging archivists so they, too, could achieve success. Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award Diane Wells, CA, archivist and records manager of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in Seattle, is the 2015 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. Wells has held her position at the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in Seattle since 1994. Early in her tenure, Wells produced a policies and procedures manual that has become a foundational resource for Episcopal diocesan records management programs. She also has creatively used her organization’s archives to promote major commemorative events, such as the 150th anniversary of the Episcopal Church’s presence in the Northwest. During the yearlong celebration, Wells wrote articles, provided background material and photographs, and produced a history video, One in the Spirit: 150 Years of the Episcopal Church in Western Washington. Spotlight Award Anne Ostendarp, multimedia archivist for the Knights of Columbus and a consulting and project archivist, is the 2015 recipient of the Spotlight Award. The Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the profession and archival collections—work that does not typically receive public recognition. Ostendarp developed curriculums for the Association Archives and Archives Overview workshops. She also became the coinstructor of SAA’s Understanding Archives workshop and has taught at the SAA Annual Meeting and archival regional groups for the last ten years. Many of her workshop attendees come from small historical societies, academic institutions, and businesses seeking knowledge to improve responsible handling of the archival holdings in their care. Ostendarp’s instruction empowers them to do so, providing both theoretical structure and practical guidelines. Diversity Award The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) at the University of Florida and Shorefront are the 2015 recipients of the Diversity Award. The award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. SPOHP teaches the craft and intellectual traditions of oral history through university seminars and community-based workshops. Since its founding in 1967, SPOHP has conducted more than seven thousand interviews and transcribed more than 150,000 pages of material from the interviews. Its current roster of projects, including the Alachua County African American History Project, the Mississippi Freedom Project, the Veterans History Project, the Native American History Project, and the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, represent the breadth of the program’s impact on diversifying the archival record. From its beginning in 1995, Shorefront, an Evanston, Illinoisbased nonprofit, has diligently collected, preserved, and shared artifacts, documents, photographs, and family archives representing the lives of the black community on the Chicago suburban North Shore. Shorefront’s founding was motivated by the recognition that the records of this vital history, spanning more than 150 years, were at great risk. Shorefront is now home to more than 170 linear feet of archival collections. In addition to maintaining the Shorefront Legacy Center, the public access point for its collection, Shorefront has embraced its mission of education, supporting extensive public programming and, through its Shorefront Press, publishing an annual journal and historical monographs. Archival Innovator Award The State Archives of Florida’s Florida Memory Team (Katrina Harkness, Mark Nicolou, Josh Goodman, Adam Watson, Jody Norman, and Derek Long) is the 2015 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. In May 2014, the State Archives’ Florida Memory Team launched Florida Memory Radio (Radio .FloridaMemory.com), a twenty-four-hour streaming Internet radio station. Florida Memory Radio features music from the Florida Folklife Collection, which consists of audio, photographic, and documentary materials relating to the history and culture of Florida. The bulk of the programming on Florida Memory Radio consists of daily “shows” featuring the main genres of music represented in the Florida Folklife Collection. Emerging Leader Award Cheryl Oestreicher, head of Special Collections and Archives and an assistant professor at Boise State University, is the 2015 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. 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. Oestreicher has done admirable outreach work in the Boise community, establishing a partnership with the Boise City Department of Arts and History and opening the doors of the archives to an array of community organizations, such as the local chapter of the Wild West History Association. The Award Committee also commended Oestreicher’s work as editor of Provenance, the journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, and success in making the journal’s back issues freely accessible online. Writing and Publishing C. F.W. Coker Award The Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project (http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/snac/search) by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, the UC Berkeley School of Information, and the California Digital Library is being awarded the C.F.W. Coker Award, which recognizes finding aids, finding aid systems, innovative development in archival description, or descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids. SNAC addresses a longstanding research challenge: discovering, locating, and using distributed historical records. The standards used to describe these records may differ from one archive to another. Thus, scholars using the records as primary evidence often undergo time-consuming and inefficient research. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, SNAC began to explore the feasibility of extracting data in record descriptions (such as finding aids) that describe the people who created or are documented in the records. The data was then assembled into a prototype research tool that integrates and simplifies access to the dispersed records and provides unprecedented access to the biographical-historical contexts of the people documented in the resources. Waldo Gifford Leland Award Michelle Caswell, assistant professor of archival studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the 2015 recipient of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award for her book, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia, published by University of Wisconsin Press. The Waldo Gifford Leland Award is given for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the fields of archival history, theory, and practice. In Archiving the Unspeakable, Caswell provides a compelling perspective on the mug shots taken in Tuol Sleng prison during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. The mug shots have come to represent the brutality of the regime. Caswell studies these mug shots under an archival lens and examines how the photographs have transformed from Khmer Rouge administrative records to museum displays, archival collections, and databases, illustrating unimaginable human suffering. Preservation Publication Award From Theory to Action: “Good Enough” Digital Preservation Solutions for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions is the recipient of the Preservation Publication Award. This award recognizes and acknowledges the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation and, through this acknowledgment, encourages outstanding achievement by others. From Theory to Action summarizes the findings of the “Digital POWRR: Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources” project, funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant. For the project, Jaime Schumacher, Lynne Thomas, Drew VandeCreek, and other members of the Digital POWRR team examined how small and midsized institutions can achieve standards for digital preservation without the funding sources or technical expertise found in larger institutions. Northern Illinois University was the principle investigator along with four other Illinois universities: Chicago State, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, and Western Illinois. Preservation Publication: Special Commendation The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) received a Preservation Publication special commendation from SAA for their publication, 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship. Organized in 2010, NDSA is a consortium of institutions working toward the goal of long-term digital preservation on a national level. The organization advances digital preservation by studying new trends and current gaps and seeking new areas of research and development in this field. The 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship, authored by the NDSA leadership group, integrates the perspective of dozens of experts and hundreds of institutions to provide funders and executive decision makers insight into emerging technological trends. The Agenda is available for open access at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsa/nationalagenda/. Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award Kit Hughes, assistant professor of media, journalism, and film at Miami University, is the 2015 recipient of the Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award, which recognizes an outstanding essay dealing with some facet of archival administration, history, theory, and/or methodology that was published during the preceding year in The American Archivist. Hughes, who earned her PhD in media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was honored for her article “Appraisal as Cartography: Cultural Studies in the Archives,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The American Archivist (vol. 77, no. 1) . In her article, Hughes examines the practice of appraisal, which, as she writes, “controls the flow of materials that can be used by people to construct cultural identities.” Hughes compares archival appraisal theory with a cultural studies model of appraisal to arrive at “new ways of considering methods of documenting culture.” Hughes’s model encourages archivists to broaden their view of stakeholders, media, and the role of archives in modern culture and society, leading to the laudable goal of achieving a more inclusive documentary record.
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