Lori Lindberg, Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect

Professional Experience: Lori Lindberg, Archivist—professional consultancy, 2001–present; Part-time faculty, SJSU School of Information, 2002–2003, 2010–2015 (retired); Full-time faculty, SJSU School of Information, 2003–2010; Adjunct Faculty, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, 2013–present; Archivist/Librarian, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, 2000–2003; Assistant Archivist—Reference, Bank of America Corporate Archives, San Francisco, CA, 1997–2001. Teaching assignments also at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2012) and University of Caifornia, Los Angeles (2010).

Education: PhD (Information Studies) University of California, Los Angeles (incomplete); MLIS (Library and Information Science) San José State University (2000); BA (English Literature) San Francisco State University (1996).

Professional Experience: Association offices held: Society of American Archivists—Chair, Archival Educators Roundtable 2003–2006; Member, Nominating Committee, 2013–2014; Society of California Archivists—Director at Large, 2008–2010; Society of Indiana Archivists—Board Member, 2014–2016; Association committee activity: Society of American Archivists—Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award Committee, 2006–2007; Theodore Calvin Pease Award Committee, 2008–2009; Committee on Education, 2010–2014; Chair, Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Subcommittee, 2011–2014, Member, 2014–2017; Society of California Archivists—Education Committee, 2004–2013; 2008 Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, Program Committee; 2011 Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee; ARMA International—Metadata Task Force, 2008; Unconference activity: THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) Bay Area—Organizing Committee, 2010 and 2011; THATCamp SAA2014, Washington DC, Organizer.

Professional Memberships: Society of American Archivists, 1999–present; Society of California Archivists, 1999–present; Academy of Certified Archivists, 2001–present; Midwest Archives Conference, 2008–present; Society of Indiana Archivists, 2014–present.

Awards and Honors: Society of American Archivists—Council Distinguished Service Award (as part of DAS Subcommittee), 2015. Attendee—2011 Archives Leadership Institute (sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC]), University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2011. WISE (Web-based Online Information Science Education) Consortium—Excellence in Online Teaching Award, 2010, 2012; SJSU School of Library and Information Science—Outstanding Lecturer, 2006.

Publications (2015 only): Lindberg, L. (2015). “Metadata.” Encyclopedia of Archival Science (1st ed., pp. 243-244). London: Rowman & Littlefield (L. Duranti and P. Franks, eds.); Lindberg, L. (2015). “Recordkeeping metadata.” Encyclopedia of Archival Science (1st ed., pp. 323-324). London: Rowman & Littlefield (L. Duranti and P. Franks, eds.); Lindberg, L., & Ghaznavi, M. (2015, March 1). DAS at Three Years: The Making of the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate Program. Archival Outlook, pp. 22-23, Chicago: Society of American Archivists.

Presentations: Society of American Archivists—Many SAA sessions on education, leadership, and record-keeping metadata. Society of California Archivists—Workshops and educational sessions at annual meeting and Fall/Spring workshops. ARMA International—local chapter educational sessions—Silicon Valley, Inland Empire, Golden Gates.

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Question posed by Nominating Committee:

The last several VPs/Presidents-elect have developed and promoted initiatives that tie into SAA’s strategic plan. For example, Kathleen Roe’s “Year of Living Dangerously” promoted SAA’s advocacy agenda. If you were the successful candidate, what initiative(s) would you promote during your tenure as president? How would you help SAA fulfill its mission of “promot[ing] the value and diversity of archives and archivists” and inspire the membership to do likewise?

Candidate's Response:

When gathering ideas and words to articulate my vision of a vice-presidential year of preparation, filling volunteer positions and then entering a presidential year of my own initiatives, I sought the questions and views of our predecessors. I went back five years, which seemed like a reasonable time frame. SAA’s current strategic plan has a three- to five-year vision. Starting with Jackie Dooley’s 2011 election statement and progressing through Danna Bell, Kathleen Roe, Dennis Meissner and Nancy McGovern, I felt it important to look at the questions asked of the successful candidates and their individual visions of what SAA can and should be. From reviewing them, I have decided that my primary initiatives should provide some continuity, and goal achievement as outlined in previous presidential aspirants/occupants as well as in some of the Key Performance Indicators of the SAA Strategic Plan.

My desired initiatives could best be described as:

1. “Bring It!”


2. “Get ‘er Done!”

“Bring It,” because we are empowered and emboldened by a set of Core Values that give us a base from which we guide ourselves in our important work and a mandate never to cease telling others about it at every occasion possible. Borrowing from Jackie Dooley’s last sentence in her 2011 Candidate Statement, “Let’s be sure we deliver it: individually and collectively, internally and externally, clearly and widely.” As your President, no matter the challenges, bring them to me. We will face them, see clearly a path to progress, set a course, and sail to success. That’s not to say it will all be smooth sailing (to carry a metaphor as long as I can), but if we are eager to face challenges and lean on each other for support, ideas and implementation, I believe we can make SAA a more agile and responsive organization than ever. “Bring It,” because the SAA President should not be timid, but rather an (tasteful) in your face “advocate-in-chief for our profession,” to quote Kathleen Roe in 2013. “Bring It,” because the SAA President is the public face of an organization of people not necessarily characterized as being assertive or demonstrative. It’s time to change that! “Bring It,” because we challenge other organizations to do similar things or, better yet, want to partner with us because we have shown we’re confident and capable. “Bring It” can also mean bringing the president closer to the regional and state organizations as a speaker, a partner, an advocate, a trainer, an inspirer, a giver of advice and ideas.

“Get ‘er Done” will encourage our work to get done smarter and faster so our members benefit sooner, and to do it in ways that maximize our time and minimize our personal and professional sacrifice. For example, some of the first new revenues from the recently-approved dues increase should give the Society a greater ability to follow through on one of Danna Bell's 2012 positions: make the technology investments needed to deliver member services in more efficient and cost-effective ways, and enable a more powerful computing infrastructure to coordinate and share data and information to benefit all of our members and programs. Through wise investments in our infrastructure, we can begin to envision a means through which members can be active, contributing participants in virtual spaces that do not have to involve physical travel. Education can offer more courses and materials in ways that lessen the reporting and tracking burdens on an already overextended staff and we can coordinate efforts—and host new events—across time zones and miles like never before. Publications can deliver more e-pubs in authorized, cost-effective ways. Not only should we dedicate some of our new revenues to this important effort, we should investigate additional funding options— looking outside SAA for funding to help SAA design a robust and responsive computing infrastructure that permits the association to do more, share more, and push content faster and to more people in order to serve a 21st century tech-savvy membership where our own work environments and job titles are changing quickly. “Get ‘er Done” also means planning for succession so ideas do not get lost or dropped. An SAA president serves for only a year. Let’s see some of these great ideas not fade away when the office occupant changes. I'm planning on living every year dangerously.



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