2023 Election: Candidate Statements

You will be voting for:

  • One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (or Co-chair), for a three-year term (2023-2026); and
  • Two Steering Committee members (three-year terms) (2023-2026). 

Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens! 


Vice-Chair/Chair Elect Candidates (1 open seat)

Tyler Cline

Digital Archivist, University of North Carolina Charlotte


Over the past decade as a digital archivist, I've seen the field grow, change, and reckon with ever-expanding technology use and content generation. The sheer volume and complexity of digital records compounds existing pressures on archives and archivists to preserve and make available the digital cultural record. This has the effect of exacerbating the ongoing issues of underfunding and understaffing of archival institutions, in addition to the increasing political hostility to the information profession in general. I'm running for vice chair/char-elect of ERS in order to collaborate with those working with electronic records to advocate for sustainability, equity, and growth in our field.


Tyler Cline is the Digital Archivist at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, a position he's held since 2017. He is responsible for born-digital manuscript collections, university records, and oral histories, as well as web archiving. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and public memory, as well as providing broad and equitable access to history. From 2013-2017 he was Digital Programs Archivist at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, where he managed the Digital Programs unit. He holds a DAS, and has served on SAA's DAS sub-committee. He received his MA in Public History from Sacramento State University in 2011.


Steering Committee Member Candidates (2 open seats)


Eirva Diamessis

Senior Manuscript Processor, Cornell University

I have an MLIS in Archives Management Concentration from Simmons College (2019, Beta Phi Mu), and I recently completed the DAS Certification from SAA (2022). I have been a Senior Manuscript Processor at the Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) at Cornell University Library (CUL) since February 2022. In this job, I am processing not only manuscripts but also digital material (working on stabilizing the electronic media, capturing, analyzing the media, and reviewing level 1 data), as well as preparing digitized material for the preservation storage of the library.  In the past, I was a Digital Collections Assistant at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library working on several digitization and digital curation projects. I also participated in a CUL mentoring program as a mentee, learning more about the appraisal of digital records, arrangement and technical description of B-D material, digital strategies, and more of the RMC.

Being an archivist is a “new” career path I have been gradually building since a few years after my arrival in the US. By participating in this committee, I hope to get more involved in this community and learn more about digital archives and digital preservation, build professional relationships, and offer back to the community, as I feel I have been benefiting from (through the DAS certification).

Evelyn Davis

Processing Archivist and Digital Humanities Librarian, Prairie View A&M University

Hello, my name is Evelyn Davis and I am a processing archivist and digital humanities librarian at Prairie View A&M University. I am interested in connecting with fellow digital humanities librarians and increase sharing information online for user to have more accessibility. I am working on several digital archives projects to help my institution digitize their analog records. I have over five years experience in both public and academic libraries and I enjoy helping patrons find, discover, and uncover information. 

Amanda Garfunkel

Digital Archivist, Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine

Amanda Garfunkel is the Digital Archivist at the Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. In her role she is responsible for implementing workflows to manage digitized and born-digital records, creating a digital preservation environment, and working with her colleagues to manage digitization projects among her other duties. She prioritizes creating access to collections and strongly believes in good documentation, collaboration, and the ethical stewardship of collections. These are all attributes that she hopes to bring to the Electronic Records Section as a Steering Committee Member. She has spent the last couple years as an Editor on the bloggERS team and is looking to be more involved with the larger Electronic Records Section community. 

Erika Hendrix

Digital Archives Assistant, Hauser & Wirth Institute

I am a recent MLIS graduate with an advanced certificate in archives and records management and current Digital Archives Assistant at the Hauser & Wirth Institute, where I am responsible for processing born-digital materials on optical media in a notable artist’s archives. As a graduate student, I completed coursework in digital preservation and metadata for digital libraries, and additionally gained significant practical experience with digitization workflows and digital assets through internships (Lesbian Herstory Archives, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives) and a “Digitizing Local History Sources” fellowship at Long Island University. In my present position, I appraise digital materials and use a variety of tools and software to either image discs or transfer files in a wide range of file formats from data, video, or audio discs.

As an early-career archivist, I am interested not only in learning more about digital preservation tools and strategies, but also in expanding my network and communicating with other archivists about best practices and the implementation of practical workflows at their institutions. I am an enthusiastic researcher and perpetually keen to learn about new technological developments, and I would be grateful to both contribute and grow my digital archives knowledge in the service of other archives professionals.  

Kelly Policelli

Digital Archivist, State Archives of North Carolina

My name is Kelly Policelli. I'm a graduate of the master's program in public history at NC State University and the master's program in library science at UNC Chapel Hill. Archives is a second career for me--I was an English major and worked in editorial production for books for more than 15 years. I started my archives journey as a records management analyst and appraisal archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina before moving into a position as supervisor for arrangement and description of government records. After a brief hiatus, I'm back at the State Archives in an entirely new role: I am now the digital archivist responsible for managing the digital repository. Although my previous experience included appraisal and arrangement and description of electronic records, my new job's focus on transfer, ingest, and preservation of electronic archives and special collections, including email, leaves me with a lot to learn. Serving on the steering committee of ERS would be a great opportunity for me to expand my network within the digital archives community while at the same time, in a small way, giving back to a group that I'm likely to learn a lot from in the coming years.

Melissa Prunty Kemp

Independent Contract Archivist

I am an independent contract archivist for a small digital collection (3 TB) for an international Fraternity.  I have just earned a Masters in Archives and Records Administration from San Jose State  University.  I have been active in SAA since 2020 and have attended the annual conference each year since then. I continue to study digital archiving and archival software packages.