Meet the Candidates for the 2020 Collection Management Section Elections

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Larissa Krayer

Digital Archivist, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Biographical Statement: I am the Digital Archivist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library since 2016. Prior to that I worked for 10 years in the museum field involved with collection care, managing databases and digitizing large photo collections. In 2019 I earned the Digital Archives Specialist certificate and am an active member of SAA. My current projects include implementing Islandora, the collection’s first DAM, overseeing digitization projects and developing a digital preservation program and workflow. In the past, I worked on implementing ArchivesSpace for our archives in a consortium with the other libraries in the University of Nebraska system. I have experience working with Islandora, ArchivesSpace, PastPerfect, and CONTENTdm.

Interest Statement: Over the past few years I have been in the trenches developing the framework for the implementation of first ArchivesSpace and currently Islandora at my institution. I really benefited from the section’s documentation portal when creating our workflows for ArchivesSpace. It is such a valuable tool especially for those in a small shop like my own. Having served on the steering committee these past two years, I was involved in the development of our recent update to our mission and goals. These changes have expanded the section’s focus to include more tools such as DAMs. I am interested in running for the position of Vice-Chair to continue this expansion work and build out the documentation portal to include more workflows, processes and tools we use in the management of our collections.

Web Liaison

Bernadette Birzir

Archivist for Collection Management and Digital Initiatives, Tulane University

Biographical Statement: My name is Bernadette Birzer. I am the Archivist for Collection Management and Digital Initiatives at Newcomb Archives and Vorfoff Collection at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. My responsibilities include the management of archival and special collections materials and the management of digital collections and the long-term preservation of digital archives. I received my MLIS and a graduate certificate specializing in archives and special collections from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. I am a Certified archivist via the Academy of Certified Archivists and also working on a Master of Liberal Arts degree at Tulane University, SOPA.

Interest Statement: I am interested in filling one of these Collection Management section roles: Web Liaison, Newsletter Editor, or Steering Committee Member. I consider this type of member participation as an opportunity for me to network, connect, and participate more with other archives professionals and collection managers around the United States. For two years I have had the pleasure of being the editor of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association's (LAMA) Newsletter, so, I would be thrilled to be considered for the Collection Management Section Newsletter Editor role. Since I have experience managing an online digital repository, my skills might also be suitable for the Web Liaison role. I am also happy to serve as a Section Steering Committee Member if that is where I am most needed.

Steering Committee

Hsiu-Ann Tom

Digital Archivist, Amistad Research Center

Biographical Statement: Hsiu-Ann Tom is the Digital Archivist at Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana where she focuses on digital and born digital collections. She is responsible for creating standards-based policies and workflows, training staff on best practices for digital asset management, and developing and implementing procedures for the acquisition, preservation, and access of born-digital materials. Her work also includes installation of a professional content management system, and formulating a plan for importing existing metadata and handling ongoing data entry.

 She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University in Boston in 2019. She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA, Sociology) and Harvard University (MA, Religion and Politics), and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Prior to working in the archival field, Hsiu-Ann served in the United States Army intelligence field as a cryptolinguistic analyst, attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Before coming to Amistad, Hsiu-Ann worked on the archives staff of Boston University's Howard Gotlieb's Archival Research Center working with the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts Collection. She has held archival internships including working at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and the Massachusetts National Guard Military Records Branch. She served as an intern to SAA’s Human Rights Archives Subcommittee from 2018-2019 where she worked on a survey to document the history of the section over the past 10 years. For the past year she has served as a Steering Committee member on Human Rights Archives section. She is a member of the Society of Southwestern Archivists, Louisiana Archivists and Manuscripts Association and the Special Library Association.

Interest Statement: As a new archivist, Hsiu-Ann is excited to continue engage in the SAA community through service to the Collections Management section as a Steering Committee member. She is interested in encouraging more discussion around tools for web accessibility, and developments surrounding how computational archival science may inform the evolution of collection management tools.