Meet the Candidates for the 2019 Collection Management Tools Section Elections

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Jane LaBarbara

Assistant Curator for the West Virginia and Regional History Center at West Virginia University Libraries.

Biography: I am currently Assistant Curator for the West Virginia and Regional History Center at West Virginia University Libraries.  Prior to coming to WVU, I did archival work at Duke University, the Carolina Digital Library & Archives at University of North Carolina, and Rhodes College.  I earned my MLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from UNC. I am an active member of SAA, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), and my local ACRL chapter. My previous professional service includes serving on the program committee for MARAC's spring 2016 conference and the local arrangements committee for MARAC’s spring 2019 conference. I also served on an SAA Awards subcommittee from 2014-2017, and I am serving on the SAA Collection Management Tools Section Steering Committee from 2017-2019.  I have used a variety of collections and digital asset management tools, including ArchivesSpace, Archivists' Toolkit, ContentDM, and a WVU Libraries homegrown system called MFCS.

Interest Statement: When my department was migrating our finding aids from our homegrown system into ArchivesSpace, I used the CMT Section's documentation portal to learn from other institutions instead of spending time and energy starting from scratch.  A few years later, we are continuing to refine workflows and are embarking on new collections management projects. Attending conferences and workshops has shown me that we are not alone; plenty of my fellow archivists could really use the kind of information the CMT Section can provide.  Serving on the steering committee for CMT for the past 2 years, I have helped revamp the Repository Profiles and craft the recent proposed refinement of our mission and goals. I am running for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the CMT Section because I want to continue to build this collection of resources that helps archivists across the profession share information on the tools they use, their struggles, and their successes. I look forward to the possibility, through the referendum, of moving us toward a broader focus on tools and processes that are so central to our work. With continued care and growth, this section can be an even better forum to bring together resources that help people to identify the best tools for their institution and patrons, and to pull those tools together into efficient and staff-friendly workflows.

Steering Committee

Jennifer Mitchell

Head, Archival Processing at LSU Libraries Special Collections

 Biography: Jenny Mitchell is Head of Archival Processing with LSU Libraries Special Collections. She coordinates the accessioning of newly acquired collections and sets priorities for the processing and description of archival materials. Jenny has also served as the creator and leader of the ArchivesSpace Implementation Squad at LSU. This has involved setting priorities for the project, working with stakeholders across multiple departments, and the evaluation and standardization of many decades of legacy description.

Interest Statement: As the head of the processing unit with LSU Libraries Special Collections I manage all aspects of the processing, description, preservation, and storage of the archival and manuscript holdings of the department. In addition to managing processing, I have also served as the project lead for our ArchivesSpace implementation which has proved to be a challenging and rewarding task. As part of this project I developed the workflows to clean and update some 80+ years of legacy description to comply with current professional standards and practices.

I have been involved with this section from when it was the Archon/Archivists’ Toolkit Roundtable and voted for the change when it became the Collection Management Tools Section. I have been impressed by the section leadership’s desire to continue to change and adapt to best serve the needs of its members. I am excited to be a part of this next step and assist in managing the transition to our next phase.

Rita Johnson

Digital Production Librarian at UNC Charlotte

Biography: My name is Rita Johnston, and I have worked at University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2013. In my current role as Digital Production Librarian, I am responsible for managing and coordinating digitization of materials in our Special Collections and University Archives unit at J. Murrey Atkins Library, and making digitized resources available through our digital collections repository. I began my employment at UNC Charlotte as the coordinator of a multi-year digitization grant, and I previously worked at Duke University. My experience with content management tools includes working with Islandora, ContentDM, and ArchivesSpace. I have an MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA in History from UNC Asheville. I enjoy traveling and exploring cultures, cooking, and spending time with my two cats.

Interest Statement: I work with collections management systems every day at UNC Charlotte and know how vital these systems are for cultural heritage institutions and their employees, which is why I am interested in serving on the Steering Committee of the Collection Management Tools Section of SAA. There are many intricacies to collection management systems, and I appreciate that the CMT section helps archivists get unbiased information and the support they need for selecting, understanding, and using collection management tools. I primarily work with our Islandora digital collections repository, so I would love to help build upon the great resources already created by the CMT community and encourage the creation of more repository profiles and documentation that expands knowledge of digital asset management systems. I am also interested in exploring ways to increase collaboration and the sharing of user experiences among members. I am active in the Society of North Carolina Archivists and Digital Library Federation and would welcome the opportunity to contribute more within SAA.