Senior Chair

Barrye Brown
Processing Archivist
Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Barrye Brown is currently a Processing Archivist in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. She holds a MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on Archives and Records Management, a MA in Atlantic World History from Rice University, and a BA in History from Dillard University. While obtaining her MSLS, she worked as a Carolina Academic Library Associate with a dual appointment in the Southern Historical Collection and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History.  She became a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) in October 2017. Prior to her current position at the Schomburg, she served as the Reference and Outreach Archivist at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. Her research interests include Community Archives, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries and Archives, African Diaspora Studies, and Southern Studies.

Vice Chair

Tarienne Mitchell
LDS Church History Library

Tarienne Mitchell currently works as an archivist for in the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013. She’s also a certified archivist. Tarienne is the subject matter expert for Blacks in the Church and actively seeks out collections that provide insight on the Black LDS Church experience. To achieve her goal of educating the greater Church membership about this topic, Tarienne has created a research guide and often presents and teaches classes.    

Newsletter Editor

 Amy Vo

Amy C. Vo
Cold War Collections Project Archivist
New York University

Amy C. Vo is currently the Cold War Collections Project Archivist at New York University. Amy has been in the archives field for the past five years, working and interning at municipal government archives, university special collections, historical societies, and house museums in Texas, New Jersey, and New York. During these years as a new professional, her experiences pushed her toward more deeply engaging with discussions and research about labor practices in the archives field. In particular, her work considers the impact of labor precarity on the retention of underrepresented archivists, and the personal and institutional tolls that short-term and contract positions inflict.


Sonia Yaco

Sonia Yaco
Assoc. Director, Head of Special Collections and University Archives 
Rutgers University

Sonia Yaco is the Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University. She is the founder and Senior Advisor of Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE), a civil rights history preservation project. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Kids in Birmingham 1963 project. Yaco holds a MA from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yaco's co-authored  “A Documentation Case Study: the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project” appears in Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion.

Steering Committee Member

Jina DuVernay
Visiting Archivist, African American Collections, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Emory University

Jina DuVernay is the Visiting Archivist for African American Collections at Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. DuVernay serves as Co-chair of the RBMS Diversity Committee and as a member of the RBMS Membership & Professional Development Committee. She is also on the Executive Board of the Black Caucus American Library Association. DuVernay is passionate about promoting the preservation of archival materials regarding people of color, as well as, advocating for more people of color to enter the archival profession and assisting with efforts to retain them.

Steering Committee Member

Brittany Newberry
Processing Archivist,  Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta University Center

Brittany Newberry is a Processing Archivist at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in American Ethnic Studies from Wake Forest University. She received a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Georgia Archivists. Brittany isa member of the Society of American Archivists Membership Committee and serves as the chair of the Career Development Subcommittee. She serves as the Outreach Manager for the Society of Georgia Archivists. Brittany is a member and co-chair of the Testing sub-team of the ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council. Her research and professional interests include African American archives, academic or research archives, and social justice, diversity and Archival activism.