Elections 2015

Steering Committee Biographies and Statements

Vice Chair/Chair-elect

Kat Stefko

Kat Stefko holds an MSLIS from Simmons College, an MA in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin, and a BA from Oberlin College.  She is the Head of Technical Services at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, where she oversees arrangement, description, cataloging, and preservation digitization for the library.  Prior to joining Duke, she was Director of Archives and Special Collections at Bates College (2004-2011), and has held archival positions at Harvard University, the Cambridge Historical Society, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  She is a member of the 2010 Archives Leadership Institute cohort, and from 2008 to 2011 served as a member of the Maine State Historical Records Advisory Board.  She has held leadership roles within the New England Archivists, the Delaware Valley Archivists Group, and the Society of American Archivists, including as a member of the College and University Archives Section Steering Committee (2012-present).


For the past three years I have served on the C&U Section’s steering committee. From this vantage point, I have come to appreciate the coordination, diligence and initiative required to sustain the section and to move our large and varied group forward.  I would be delighted to serve as the next vice-chair/chair elect of the committee and to continue the momentum and good work already underway.  I am particularly interested in pressing forward projects that the members have identified as priorities, including developing resources that respond to the unique aspects of our work in the academe.  We are the largest SAA section and my hope is that we could also be the most active. To that end, I would seek to encourage members to engage with the group and its leaders and to build communities around  shared interests.

Steering committee

Amy Allen

I am the University Archivist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  I was the first University Archivist at the U of A, charged with creating a new unit for this important task of preserving the institutional records for a now 144 year old university.  I deal with multiple aspects in the cycle of manuscript collections, including recruiting new collections, processing, and providing reference.  In addition, I create physical exhibits, digitize physical materials for online exhibits, and preserve and provide access to born digital materials, including web archiving.  Also, I am currently involved in the set-up of our institutional repository.  Previously, I worked as a processing archivist on a large collection of political papers.  I earned a BA in English from the University of Arkansas and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.  I am a Certified Archivist and earned the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate.  I am also a member of the Society of Southwest Archivist where I serve on the Professional Development Committee.


I would like the opportunity to become a more active participant in SAA and not just a member.  College and University archives are at an exciting point as more and more time tested resources are only available in digital format.  This can become a balancing act between implementing new procedures while still completing procedures for traditional materials.  I think the steering committee can help provide guidance in these tasks, and I can bring my experiences of trying to juggle different roles with limited resources.

Susanne Belovari

Education: PhD, Comparative Sociology/History, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC); M. S., Library School, UIUC

Professional Experience: Archivist for Faculty Papers, University Archives, UIUC, 2014-present; Archivist for Reference and Collections, Tufts University, Massachusetts, 2005-2014; Holocaust Restitution Historian and Archivist, for Holocaust Victims' Information and Support Center, Jewish Community of Vienna, Austria, 2002-2004.

Professional Service: SAA member since 2005; member of SAA College & University Archives Section, Archival History Roundtable, Human Rights Archives Roundtable, International Archival Affairs Roundtable, and the Manuscript Repository Section. Board member, International Council on Archives – Section on University and Research Institution Archives, 2006-2014; Editor in Chief, Archivists Across the Globe Online Biography (ICA-SUV project), Editor in Chief, ICA-SUV Newsletter; member of the ICA-SUV Student Records Committee, 2010 – 2014, the ICA-SUV Committee on the Preservation and Access of Scientific Data, March 2007 – 2010 and the ICA-SUV Web-Advisory Committee, March 2007—ongoing. Nine conference presentations at SAA Annual Meetings (including SAA College and University Section, Archival History Roundtable, and Business Section) since 2005 as well as given numerous talks at US regional and international conferences. Publications include articles in regional, national, and international journals, e.g. a 2013 Archival Sciences article, Holocaust Restitution publications/reports, and a book chapter. 

International Guidelines: contributed to ICA-SUV Guidelines on Appraisal and Disposition of Student Records (2012) as well as the ICA-SUV Management and Preservation of Scientific Records and Data, an online handbook (2011). Archives Leadership Institute, 2009; New England Archivists' Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award 2007.

Conference organizer: Co-Chair, Programme and Review committees, ICA-SUV Annual Conference, Paris, France, 2014 and member of ICA-SUV Planning Committee and Academic Committees (i.e. review committee), Annual Conference 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009.


The College and University Archives Section of SAA is not only one of the largest but also one of the most active sections pooling the exceptional resources and people working at US academic archives in order to address issues facing them and other archival institutions. We have all benefitted from the section’s work and I would like to contribute to its planning and organizational efforts. I can offer my professional experiences working in the US and other countries as well as my international viewpoints based on my Austrian background and years serving on the board of the international Section of University and Research Institution Archives (ICA-SUV) 2006-2014.

Among the many archival challenges we face at US academic archives, international matters play an important role, take for instance WIPO and copyright questions, international cooperation regarding digital preservation and human rights archives, sharing skills and knowledge across national borders so as to improve our work and services, and an increasing need to make our collections internationally accessible in an understandable and easy manner located as they are today within the possibilities of a networked globe and its user communities.

Karen Cannell

It is safe to say that Karen Trivette Cannell is a woman of purpose. In 2000, as she started her Master of Library Science degree, she declared to her advisor: “Ultimately, I want to work in NYC, in an academic setting, focused on art and design curricula, and manage its archives and special collections.” In her own words, repeated at least once a day, “I am a very lucky girl!” Luck probably had something to do with Prof. Cannell’s becoming Head of Special Collections and College Archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), but her education and experience appears to be a well-plotted path. Before coming to FIT, Prof. Cannell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History at the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then a Master of Library Science from the Univ. at Albany/SUNY. She has worked in several libraries and archives including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Clark Art Institute, Jenny Holzer Studio, and the Museum of Modern Art. From these environments – and over three years at the New York State Archives – she developed a clear and dynamic philosophy of managing the people, services, and materials that define a college library's department of special collections and college archives. Timing finally worked in her favor when the Head of Special Collections and College Archives at FIT position was created and posted. She’s the first incumbent to hold the position, has held it since 2008, and hopes to realize the countless delights and treasures of the department for many years to come.


Hello! I respectfully ask for your vote to become a Steering Committee Member of the College and University Archives Section of SAA. I would be honored to help fulfill the duties of the office and to fully support the Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-elect. If elected, then I would enthusiastically welcome the chance to serve the organization generally and the section specifically. I hope you will give me a chance to serve and thank you for your vote!

Christy Fic

I received my MLIS (with a specialization in archives, preservation, and records management) from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. After graduation, I moved to the Washington DC metro area to work as a contract processing archivist for the Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives. At the end of my contract, I returned to Pennsylvania and joined the faculty at Shippensburg University as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. This past academic year I transitioned into the role of Archivist & Special Collections Librarian. While working full-time at Shippensburg, I also earned a second masters degree in Applied History. In the span of only 5 years, I have been a graduate student, an archivist, a reference and instruction librarian, and am happy to be an archivist again!


Greetings fellow College & University Archives section members! I'm interested in serving as a Steering Committee Member because I have been looking for ways to give back to the profession, and I know that this would be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of SAA and to serve the membership. After working in temporary positions for the last several years, I feel that I am at a point in my life where I am able and ready to make this long-term commitment. Previously, I have been professionally active at the state and regional level. I was recently selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Library Association's Academy of Leadership Studies, a conference for emerging library (and archives) leaders; and I am a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference's fall 2015 program committee. I would love to have the opportunity to extend my service beyond my state and region, and to make an impact on the profession at the national level.

Scott Pitol

Scott Pitol is the University Archivist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and manages the Chicago campus portion of the University of Illinois System Records and Information Management Services (RIMS) office, a position he has held since January 2012.  Previously, he worked more than five years as the Corporate Archivist at The Pampered Chef, the premier direct seller of kitchen tools and part of Berkshire Hathaway, where he also directed the Records Management program.  Scott served on the 2010-2011 Annual Meeting Host Committee for SAA's Annual Meeting in Chicago.  He served the SAA Business Archives Section Steering Committee as Vice Chair, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair from 2008-2011 and organized the 2010 Business Archives Colloquium in Washington, DC.  Locally, he served on the Chicago Area Archivist Steering Committee for eight years and was the Vice Chair for three.  Scott received his MLIS from Dominican University in 2006 and was the President and Founder of the SAA Dominican University Chapter.


My goal while attending library school was to work in an academic archives.  Life can unfold in unexpected ways, and I spent the first five-and-a-half years of my career back in the corporate world before I found the path to an academic archives.

My journey, however, has been useful and continues to help me see a variety of perspectives when faced with difficult tasks and situations.  This varied experience will serve me well as a member of the steering committee.  Additionally, I often find myself grappling with the issues that surround collecting and providing seamless access to both paper and electronic records.  This is a focal point of my research and an area where I have much to learn and share while supporting the initiatives of the College and University Archives Section.  I welcome this opportunity to serve and hope you will support my candidacy.

India Spartz

India Spartz is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Union College in Schenectady, NY, a position she has held since September 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Special Collections at the University of Arizona (2012-2014) and as Senior Archivist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University (2002-2012). She earned her MLIS at UC Berkeley and completed a master’s in Museum Studies at University College London, and is a member of the 2012 cohort of the Archives Leadership Institute. 


As a recently appointed head of Special Collections and Archives at a small liberal arts college, my responsibilities range from managing the department to digital curation, teaching and records management. Meeting the needs of my colleagues is both challenging and rewarding and I have greatly benefited from the sound advice and support of my SAA colleagues. I would like to give back to the organization by contributing my background and experience in managing and developing archival programs. I am also interested in exploring topics such as organizational management, digital curation and fundraising in archives. I welcome the opportunity to serve the College and University Archives Section as a member of the steering committee. Thank you for your consideration.

Eric Wiley

I currently work as a tenure track faculty member at Illinois State University, where I am a Special Collections and Formats Cataloger at Milner Library.  My duties are split between archival processing and special collections  cataloging.  Because of the nature of my position I interact frequently with smaller departments (special collections and archives) and much larger departments (cataloging) within the university library setting.  The current budget has also provided a strong incentive for library employees to take an active interest in the university as a whole, and I have been gradually broadening my service beyond the library to include the wider campus community.  In the past I have worked at the Illinois Regional Archives Depository at Western Illinois University, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, giving me a wide range of experience with a variety of different institutions, the obstacles they face, and how they choose to address those obstacles.


I chose to nominate myself as a steering committee member because of the following phrase in the list of Duties of Officers: Steering Committee members shall advise and assist the Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-elect regarding Section activities including policy formulation, study/discussion groups, goal-oriented projects and the newsletter (emphasis added).  I have no interest in serving on a committee solely for the sake of serving on a committee.  I have been fortunate to receive a tremendous amount of help from fellow archivists and SAA.  I view this position as an opportunity to in turn serve the members of this section and SAA, and work with the committee members to engage in activities that will improve our members professional lives in some fashion.  I currently serve on the MAC (Midwest Archives Conference) at SAA and 2016 MAC Program Committee, as well as serving as the “Archival Resources on the Web” column assistant editor for the MAC Newsletter.  I have greatly enjoyed my increasing involvement with MAC, and would like to also become further involved with SAA.  Serving as a steering committee member for the College and University Archives Section would be an ideal way to begin increasing my involvement with SAA, collaborating with fellow archivists, and serving SAA as well as the archives profession in general.