Elections 2014

The results of the 2014 election are in.

Our new Vice Chair/Chair Elect is Cynthia Ghering. 

The new members of our Steering Committee are Carrie Daniels and Benn Joseph.  Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who ran for office.

Bio:

Cynthia Ghering is director of the Content and Collaboration Teams in central IT Services and director of the University Archives & Historical Collections at Michigan State University, a position she has held since January of 2008. The IT Services Content and Collaboration Teams coordinate tools and services that support productivity tools including content management and repositories, institutional messaging (e-mail) and calendaring services, web development and hosting, central IT service desks, and departmental desktop support. The University Archives is responsible for the preservation and access of the University’s historical and business records and provides records management services to campus. Cynthia is an intermittent instructor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information and teaches in SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist program.  Prior to assuming her present role, Cynthia spent over eight years with the Ohio Historical Society where her last position was the Assistant Director of the Curatorial and Collections Services Department. Cynthia received a BA from Western Michigan University in 1991 and MS in Information from the University of Michigan in 1999.

Statement:

For the past two years I have held a unique role at Michigan State University. I am both the University Archivist and a director in our central IT Services unit. This perspective, while challenging, has been incredibly valuable to me as an archivist and records manager. I continue to see the need for college and university archivists to position our work as “value add” services that benefit multiple communities. In order to retain and grow our resources we must continue to measure and communicate the benefits of archives and special collections, as well as the unique skills and resources archivists and records managers bring to the digital office environment. Over the years I have found the C&U section to be an excellent opportunity for sharing experiences, learning from each other’s successes (and sometimes, our failures), and encouraging ourselves to higher performance and increased relevance within our institutions. My vision, if elected, would be to continue the C&U section’s strong tradition as a forum for inspiration, discussion, and support.

 

Bio:

Carrie Daniels is University Archivist and Director of Archives and Special Collections (ASC) at the University of Louisville, a position she has held since January 2013. She joined the faculty of the University of Louisville in 2003, as Archivist for Automated Systems and Co-director of the Oral History Center in the University Archives and Records Center. Previously, she served as a Project Assistant and Digital Library Content Administrator in Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives. She earned her MSLIS from Simmons College. She also completed a master's in education and coursework toward a doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her work focused on the history of higher education in the United States. She has served as a steering committee member to SAA's Oral History and Reference, Access and Outreach sections, as vendor coordinator for the Midwest Archives Conference, and as chair of the Kentucky Council on Archives. She is a member of the 2009 cohort of the Archives Leadership Institute.

Statement:

As director of Archives and Special Collections, I am ultimately responsible for a broad range of activities, including preserving and providing access to rare books, photographs, oral histories, university records, and manuscript collections, whether analog, born-digital, or digitized. My responsibilities also encompass the administration of the University's open records and records management programs. The University of Louisville is a relatively large institution, but like most college and university archives, our financial resources don't match our aspirations. I have benefited from the Section's programming and initiatives, and I would like to give back, to ensure the Section continues to be a source of programs and projects that help our members achieve more of their goals. I also have a particular interest in professional development: I am a continuing member of the committee that developed and oversees the UofL Libraries' mentoring program, I initiated our faculty research support group, and I just completed a two-year term as chair of the UofL Libraries Personnel Committee. I applaud the work that the Section has initiated in this area, and would support the continued development of this program. I would welcome the opportunity to serve the College and University Archives Section as a member of the steering committee.

Bio:

Benn Joseph joined Northwestern University in 2009 as a Manuscript Librarian, and splits his time between the Northwestern University Archives and the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections where he manages both paper-based and digital collections. He is also responsible for developing digital archives workflows for the library, and manages the university's web archiving initiative. Prior to Northwestern he worked at the Chicago History Museum processing manuscript and photographic collections, and at Benedictine University as the Special Collections Librarian. Benn received his MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, and is a member of the 2013 Archives Leadership Institute cohort.

Statement:

Having worked in archives at small and large institutions, both public and private, I would bring a variety of experiences to this position that represents the constituency of the College & University Archives Section.  In my current position at Northwestern University, I divide my time evenly between University Archives and the McCormick Library of Special Collections, which are two separate, autonomous departments.  In this unique position, I have worked to streamline operations and find opportunities for collaboration, and have as a result become very interested in organizational change.  This is becoming a hot topic for academic institutions, and as a member of the Steering Committee I would be interested in exploring how academic archives can approach organizational change, how they fit structurally and culturally in the greater academic institution, and how project management workflows could be introduced into our daily routines.