2018/2019 Steering Committee Ballot


Chair (vote for one)

Edward Benoit, III is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Archival Studies and Cultural Heritage Resource Management programs in the School of Library & Information Science at Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014) as well as a MLIS and MA-History (2009). He is a past member of the board of the Louisiana Archives & Manuscript Association (LAMA), currently serves as the LAMA liaison to the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) and will be a member of the SAA Graduate Archival Education Subcommittee as of August 2018. As an educator, he integrates emerging technology into online courses, transitioned the archival curriculum at LSU to an online format, and launched a new online graduate certificate program in archival studies. His research focuses on community archives, participatory archives, audiovisual materials, and archival pedagogy.

Steering Committee Members (vote for two)

Aisha Johnson-Jones is the Supervisory Archivists at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and Lecturer in Archival Studies at Clayton State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University. Prior to joining the Carter Library, she administered university archival programs for more than six years. Her research interests are heavily based in uncovering the history of those less represented through use of archival documents. In her upcoming title, Access Denied: The African-American Struggle for Library Equality, she uses her work to demonstrate the importance of primary resources.  To encourage the use of archival materials in traditional course curriculum, she developed an archival practicum for courses in History, Languages and Cultures, and English. Her teaching agenda includes management of information organizations, archives and technology, access and services for inclusion, and digital humanities. She co-created/co-taught an experimental course centered on the electronic editing of archival documents using TEI-XML. The various teaching experiences fine-tuned her skills in curriculum and course development, and program evaluation.  She is a member of the SAA Mentor program, and committed to the production of well-rounded archivists and professional development for veteran archivists.

 Ashley Todd-Diaz is the Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Towson University, and a member of the National Faculty within Emporia State University’s Master of Library and Information Science and Archives Studies Certificate programs. She is also a doctoral candidate within Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. Her dissertation research explores the physical and virtual dynamics surrounding archives and libraries that exist within a parent-child organizational relationship, and how those dynamics are communicated to and perceived by researchers. Her research interests include libraries and archives as organizations, users and information seeking behavior, archival literacy, and incorporating emerging technologies, such as augmented reality, into the classroom. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MSIS with a concentration in Archives and Records Administration from SUNY at Albany, and an MA in English and American Literature from New York University. In addition to being a member of the Archival Educators Section, Ashley is active within the Society of American Archivists as chair of the Manuscripts Repository Section and as a member of the Teaching with Primary Sources committee of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section.