2013-2014 Officer Candidate Bios and Statements

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate: Gabrielle M. Dudley

Gabrielle M. Dudley serves as the Research Library Fellow for Reference and Instruction at the Manuscript, Archive, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University. In May 2012, Gabrielle graduated from the University of South Carolina with a MA in Public History and a MLIS with an emphasis in African American history and archival administration. She also holds a BA in History from the University of Montevallo. Gabrielle has been a member of SAA and AACR since 2010 and currently serves on the AACR Special Projects Team.

"If I am elected as the Incoming Vice Chair/ Chair Elect, I would like to organize various meet ups/networking events across the country for AACR members. I believe there is a need for members to interact (in person) more than once a year at the annual meeting. This will allow AACR members who are not able to attend the annual meeting on regular basis opportunities to network and fellowship with other AACR archivists in their area. In addition, I would like to continue the outreach and advocacy efforts of the roundtable in terms of various petitions, resolutions, and the online presence of the group." 

Newsletter Editor Candidate: Liza Booker 

Liza Booker is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Rhetoric and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science. Liza acquired writing and online publication experience, as well as knowledge of research methods while working as a Research Assistant at the University of Illinois and Editor at Illini Media Company for a number of years. She has a positive, friendly personality and a strong work ethic.

"I have gained editing skills from editing articles for Buzz Magazine before they are submitted for publishing. I also have a positive, friendly personality and a strong work ethic. I have written articles for Buzz Magazine (which is also the217.com online) such as reviews for Movies and TV, Arts and Stage, and Food and Drink as well as articles regarding internet buzz. Therefore, my skills would transfer well into this position. I have a strong interest in this position and am excited by the idea of copy editing for AACR."

Newsletter Editor Candidate: Barrye Brown

Barrye Brown is a graduate student who specializes in Archives and Records Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she serves as a Carolina Academic Library Associate for the Southern Historical Collection and the Stone Center Library at UNC – Chapel Hill. Previously, Barrye worked at the Museum of Mobile, the National African American Archives and Museum, and the African American Heritage Trail of Mobile, AL. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dillard University and a Master of Arts degree in Atlantic World History with a focus on African-Atlantic Diaspora from Rice University. 


Newsletter Editor Candidate: Raegan Stearns

Raegan Stearns is an archivist for the Black Ethnic Archives at Southern University in Shreveport.  She has been a member of SAA since 2008 and is actively involved with the Ark-La-Tex Archivists, Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, Society of Southwest Archivists, and Academy of Certified Archivists. Raegan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and African and African Diaspora Studies from Tulane University and received a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a concentration in Archival Management from Louisiana State University.

"As editor, I will strive to build upon the great work of previous newsletter editors and contributors.  As Southern University at Shreveport's archivist, I have found my particular passion to be collection development; I enjoy the outreach and connection-forging processes required to grow and advocate for my institution.  I plan to use these same skills to produce a newsletter of both practical and inspirational value.  In addition to keeping members abreast of current activities and practices, I feel that there exists an opportunity to highlight those who make use of our respective repositories.  Thank you for your consideration."