Meet our section's candidates for the 2022 election!

Thank you to all of our colleagues who are running in the 2021 Archives Management Section elections! We understand that we are all so busy and we greatly appreciate the candidates’ willingness to help us run our section.


Please take some time to review their statements.


You will be voting for:

One Vice Chair/Chair-elect, for a two-year term

One Secretary, for a one-year term

Two Steering Committee Members, each for a three-year term


Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; please keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!


This year's candidates:


Vice Chair/Chair-elect

Ashley Todd-Diaz, CA



Current: Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives, Towson University

Adjunct instructor in the College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

Adjunct instructor in School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University

Previous: Curator of Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University



Ph.D. in Library and Information Management, Emporia State University

MSIS with a concentration in Archives and Records Administration, SUNY at Albany

MA in English and American Literature, New York University

BA in English Language and Literature, Sarah Lawrence College


Candidate statement:

My 10+ years as an archival manager have taught me that the role of a manager can be challenging and sometimes lonely. Due to this, I see a high value in belonging to a community of practice for archival managers to build a network, share resources, and engage in opportunities to learn from one another. Some of the topics I would like to see our section engage with further include advocacy and communicating priorities to leaders who don’t have an archival background, reflecting on practice and change emerging from the pandemic, recognizing and responding to systems of oppression that impact management roles, and developing sustainable management practices. I recognize we have many experienced and skilled section members that we can learn more from and I would like to see our members lift each other up and celebrate that knowledge. As someone who has been a member of the Archives Management Section for several years, I am interested in taking on a more active role with the section and seeing what we can accomplish together.



Secretary (1 year term)

Lynn Eaton



Current: Director, Special Collections Research Center. George Mason University.

Previous: Special Collections Librarian, James Madison University.

Research Services Archivist, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Technical Services Archivist, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Project Manager, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Project Archivist, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.



MSLS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MS, College Student Personnel Services, Miami University (OH)

BA, English, James Madison University


Candidate statement:

With the current rate of turnover, I would like to see the section increase outreach and collaborate with other sections to provide resources to new managers. During COVID, I appreciated the webinars and meetings to discuss current practices, challenges, and ideas for managers to meet those challenges. I'd like to see that continue, as well. We have a lot to offer a large swath of the profession, and I'd like to see our section's value be realized by our section and SAA members.



Steering Committee (2 positions, 3 year term)

Linda Hocking, CA



Current: Curator of Library and Archives, Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, CT



MS, Library & Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

BA, Political Science, Marist College


Candidate statement:

I am interested in running for a position on the steering committee of the Archives Management Section to help foster collaboration and learning about management issues across a wide variety of repositories. As a representative of a very small repository, I often find that SAA sections, conferences and events can skew heavily toward large well-resourced repositories. Through my participation, I hope to lead by example in showing that everyone from every size organization has a place and something to contribute. Our challenges and solutions are scalable, and we can all learn from each other, and put ourselves in a better position for management roles in other types of repositories. I hope to help further the sections goals of finding educational opportunities for members and dissemination of information about management issues.



Heather Kushnerick, CA 



MLS, University of North Texas

MA in History, University of Texas at Arlington

BA in History, University of Texas at Arlington



Current: Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist at the South Texas College of Law Houston


Candidate Statement:

The last two and half years have been difficult for all of us as we learn how to navigate the many challenges that COVID imposed on us, our institutions, and our communities. Work life, priorities, and how we do what we do has changed considerably over the course of the pandemic. It’s been a constant refrain from some time now that we are all doing more with less. Prior to the pandemic, however, it seemed like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. Now, due to the isolation of the pandemic many need help to see that light. I believe that the Archive Management Section is tailor-made to assist our members, our staff, and our coworkers in this endeavor, and I’d like to be a part of it.