Eight exceptional students were honored during Plenary 2 at ARCHIVES RECORDS 2016 on Friday, August 5. Each of these students has demonstrated scholastic and personal achievement, as well as the potential to become an influential member of the archives profession. Alessandro Meregaglia, a 2015 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with dual master’s degrees in history and library science with a specialization in archives and records management, is the recipient of the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award, which supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. At the Annual Meeting, Alessandro participated in the Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and the Issues and Advocacy Roundtable. Kate Madison received the F. Gerald Ham and Elsie Ham Scholarship, which offers financial support to a graduate student in his or her second year of archival studies at a US university. Madison, who is pursuing a master of library and information science degree at the University of Pittsburgh, impressed the Awards Committee with her outstanding research paper, “The Archival Captive Revisited: Native American Archival Materials and Self-Determination in the Archive,” which placed the literature of Native American archives in context of the restoration era of Native American sovereignty and later “the complex, interdisciplinary, international debate over the control of Indigenous cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.” Madison hopes to work with museum or university archives and the digital humanities, using her historical knowledge in service of advocacy and outreach. Gailyn Bopp, a graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, is a 2016 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award, which recognizes minority graduate students of African, Asian, Latino, or Native American descent who, through scholastic achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA. As an archivist, Bopp wants to advocate for engaging communities with local archives and historical societies and for the value of indigenous cultures and archives practices. She currently volunteers at the Hawaiian Historical Society and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i Tokioka Heritage Resource Center. Karen Li-Lun Hwang, a graduate student at Pratt Institute in New York, is a 2016 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award. As a student, Karen has focused on making minority narratives more accessible to the public through linked open data and through her work with community archives. She has worked with the Asian American Arts Centre in New York City and with community archives in Brooklyn, such as Interference Archive. Her work with the Linked Jazz team at the Pratt Institute and the “We Won’t Move”: NYC Tenant Movements Exhibition at Interference Archive in 2015 has established a practice of bringing together resource materials from heterogeneous collections to offer more nuanced portraits of history. Desiree Alaniz is the 2016 recipient of the Josephine Forman Scholarship sponsored by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists. The scholarship provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue careers as archivists, and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession. Alaniz, who is pursuing dual master’s degrees in library and information science and history at Simmons College in Boston, has been an active leader in several student-activist organizations and with Quist, a volunteer-run app that documents the history of LGBT communities. Her dedication to engaging issues of social justice within archival practice is evident in her collaborative work with other students and in her recently published article, “Diversity in Archives,” in the New England Archivists Newsletter. Jimmy Zavala, who is pursuing a master of library and information science degree at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), is the recipient of the Mosaic Scholarship. The Mosaic Scholarship provides funding to students who demonstrate potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. In addition to a strong academic record, Zavala has demonstrated a commitment to engage with community-based archives. Zavala joined the Ralph Bunche Youth Leadership Academy in high school, where he first worked with archives and was exposed to the positive history of the community in which he grew up. He also conducted interviews at the Southern California Library to examine the role the library played in promoting community access, representation, and empowerment. His current research at UCLA is centered on how community archives provide a platform for disenfranchised and marginalized communities to tell their stories and see themselves represented in archives. Tristan Triponez, a doctoral student in the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, is the recipient of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award. The award enables international archivists who are training or studying in the United States or Canada to augment their experience by traveling to the SAA Annual Meeting. Tristan is a Swiss citizen from Biel/Bienne who has worked as an archives and records management consultant for several years. Tristan has worked on research for the InterPARES Trust Project as well as research on the preservation of original recordings in popular music. Rachel Walton, digital archivist and records management coordinator at Rollins College and master’s student in the Archival Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), is the 2016 recipient of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award. The award recognizes superior writing achievements by students of archival studies. Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, nominated Walton’s paper, “Looking for Answers: A Usability Study of Online Finding Aid Navigation.” Walton’s paper presents a usability study on the finding aid interface created by Princeton University Library and analyzed ten use cases to determine how users interact with a particular online finding aid system. She concludes with ten pragmatic guidelines for archival professionals designing online archival finding aids with a high degree of usability. The paper will be published in The American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2017).
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