Archives Management Section: 2017 Election Candidate Statements

Introductory statement:


Dear Members of the Archives Management Section,

Please take the time to vote for the next leaders of our roundtable.  We think that all of them will serve us well. SAA will send out a unique link via Survey Monkey to each section member with their ballot when voting opens, by June 28. Voting will continue until July 12 (please submit by July 10th).

If you have not received your ballot by July 1st (check your spam folders), or are having troubles casting your ballot, please contact Felicia Owens at


Thank you,

Archives Management Section Nominating Committee







Nancy Lenoil, CA   


Professional Experience:

State Archivist & Chief, Archives Division, Office of the California Secretary of State, 2006-present

Archivist, California State Archives, 1988-2006

Fellow in Archives Administration, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, 1987-1988

Archives Technician, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 1987

Graduate Assistant, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, 1986-1987



BA, History, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1983

MA, History with Certificate in Archival Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1987

These are the candidates for the 2017 Election:

Vice Chair / Chair-Elect

This individual serves one year as Chair-Elect for the Section, and the following year as the Chair. The Chair-Elect serves on the Steering Committee, serves as acting Chair in the Chair’s absence, and assists with Section business, including planning for the annual meeting.  In their eventual role as Chair, the incumbent directs and reports the activities of the Section, organizes and conducts the annual meeting of the Section, chairs the Steering Committee, acts as liaison for the Section to other bodies, appoints Section committees as needed, and is responsible for administrative matters, including, but not limited to, annual reports to the SAA.

Candidate Statement:


David Benjamin 

Head of Special Collections & University Archives, Libraries, University of Central Florida

I have been an archivist for over thirty years, working in a variety of archival settings, from a very small, specialized archive in Kansas to the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin, an extremely large and diverse archival repository. I have held several management positions in archives, first as Assistant Director of the Volkerding Study Center at the Center for Creative Photography and now as the Head of Special Collections & University Archives in the University of Central Florida Libraries. Here is abbreviated version of my archives experience:

  • Head of Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, 2014 – present
  • Assistant Director, Volkerding Study Center, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 2012-2014
  • Visual Materials Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society, 1994-2012
  • Kansas Collection, Spencer Research Library,1985 – 1995

I have Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a Masters of Architecture in American Architecture and Landscape History from the University of Kansas. I am involved with a number of regional, national, and international organizations including the Society of American Archivists, chairing their Visual Materials Section from 2011-2012; Association of Moving Image Archivists; Museum Computer Network; Rare Books and Manuscript Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries; American Library Association; College Book Arts Association; Society of Florida Archivists; and Central Florida Archivists.

Having worked in both small and large archival repositories, I understand the variety of challenges faced by those of us responsible for managing archives. As my daily responsibilities have shifted from processing, cataloging, and describing archives to worrying about the supplies budget, personnel issues, and maintaining standards and services as resources shrink, I find myself reaching out to friends in similar jobs for support and advice. I see this section as an important resource for sharing ideas, challenges, success, and failures with other archives managers – and especially those just moving into management positions. I am very interested in working with other archivists strengthening the network of support available for those of us tasked with managing archives. When I was Chair of the Visual Materials Section of SAA, I discovered a vast network of colleagues coming together to brainstorm and solve issues related to visual materials – this was one of the best experiences of my career and I am looking forward to again being involved in leadership in SAA. 





This individual serves for one year as the official record keeper of the section and be responsible for compiling and sharing minutes from steering committee and annual meetings. 


Candidate Statement:


Ann E. Smith Case, University Archivist, Tulane University 


I have been the University Archivist at Tulane University for the past nine years. I received a promotion to that position after having worked as the Assistant University Archivist (a paraprofessional position) at Tulane for 15 years; I also obtained six years’ experience working in other Special Collections departments at Tulane prior to beginning in the University Archives. I became a Certified Archivist in 2007, and recertified in 2013. My undergraduate degree is from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. I earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Historical Archaeology) from Tulane University, and I got to the ABD stage in my doctoral studies in archaeology there as well. Last year, I authored a pictorial history that covers the 181-year history of my institution, using images drawn from my archives: Tulane University (Arcadia Publishing 2016). I am currently serving as the Web Liaison for the Archives Management Section, and as the Secretary for the Archives Management Section as well. 

Being a part of the Archives Management Section offers me the opportunity to confer with other colleagues who have the same goals and the same challenges, and hopefully together we can discern where common gaps in support (financial, administrative, cooperative, or educational) are becoming evident. As part of the leadership team, I hope to be able to contribute to the dialog to find solutions to help fill those shortfalls, and perhaps better situate ourselves to handle whatever pops up in the future. For the past four years, I have been privileged to record and post our meeting minutes, reports, and news items to the Archives Management Section webpage while fulfilling my duties as secretary. I hope to continue contributing to our profession as Secretary for the Archives Management Section.   





 Steering Committee Member – Two positions available

The Member-at-Large serves a two-year term as member of the Steering Committee, which directs and coordinates activities of the Section.  Committee members collaboratively establish projects throughout the year, shape the Section’s long-term plans, and plan Section meetings.

Candidate Statement:

John H. Slate, City Archivist, Dallas Municipal Archives 


I previously served as a leader of several SAA roundtables and sections, including as chair of the Government Records Section (2007-2008), Local Government Records Round Table (2004-2005), and Visual Materials Section (1999-2000). I am also a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists (2010-2011) and have served on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board since 2005. I attended the Archives Leadership Institute in 2011. 

My professional experience began in 1982 at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. I subsequently served as Curator of Collections/Rare Books Librarian at the Hertzberg Museum, San Antonio Public Library and Archivist at the Texas African-American Photography Archive, Documentary Arts, Inc., in Dallas. In 2001, I became the City Archivist at the Dallas Municipal Archives. 

I recently coauthored the book Managing Local Government Archives (with Kaye Lanning Minchew), published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016.  

I have Masters Degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Enterprise, from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, at the University of Texas at Austin.



Candidate Statement:


Jason Speck, Head of Collection Management, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland


Jason Speck is the Head of Collection Management for the University of Maryland's Special Collections and University Archives.  Prior to this he served Maryland as the Assistant University Archivist from 2008 to 2015.  Jason has been involved in serving the membership for the last five years. He is currently serving SAA as a District Representative for the Key Contact subcommittee, overseeing communications to new members for the Mid-Atlantic region.  Jason is also very active in his regional organization, and currently serves on the steering committee for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). 

As a career-changer, I spent a decade in management before coming to Archives.  Now that I am involved in archival management, I am acutely aware of how important this skill set is for the future of the archival profession.  While we spend a lot of time on the technical skills necessary to operate a repository in the 21st century, we need to do much more that we have to concurrently develop the management and leadership skills that those forward-facing institutions will require for their long-term viability.  I want to be a part of that effort, and serving on this committee would be a step in that direction.