ERS 2011 Election Information

 ***   Please remember to VOTE by Monday, August 8, 2011 ***

Vacant Positions and Candidates

Vice-chair/chair-elect (1 position):

  • Seth Shaw, Duke University

Steering Committee (1 position): 

  • Laura Carroll, Emory University

  • Cynthia Ghering, Michigan State university

  • Mark Matienzo, Yale University


Candidate Biographies and Statements: 

Laura Carroll, Emory University

Biographical statement:
Laura L. Carroll is a manuscript processing archivist at the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University, where she has recently served as the lead archivist on the Salman Rushdie born digital archives processing project. Prior to joining the staff at Emory in January 2008, Laura was the archivist at the American Medical Association in Chicago, Illinois. She has also worked at the Newberry Library and Loyola University’s Women and Leadership Archives. She holds a master’s degree in Public History from Loyola University (2002), in addition to a M.L.I.S. from Dominican University (2007). She has presented on the Rushdie born digital archives processing project at a workshop for the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, the Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Meeting, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Pre-Conference.

Candidate statement:
Through my experience working with Salman Rushdie's born-digital archives and speaking on the subject to various groups across the country, I have come to realize that we have a lot to learn about the administration and preservation of the growing amount of born- digital records our institutions are receiving. But I have also learned we have a strong foundation of theoretical principles that can still speak to the way in which we tackle some of the thornier issues. As a steering committee member of the ERS, I would be committed to increasing awareness of the practical solutions that several of us working with born digital records have learned and/or created and sharing these with the rest of our colleagues. I also believe it is important to start integrating stewardship of born-digital material into all discussions of archival processes and procedures.


Cynthia Ghering, Michigan State University

Biographical Statement:
Cynthia Ghering is director of the University Archives and Historical Collections at Michigan State University. Prior to MSU, Cynthia was the Assistant Director of Curatorial and Collections Services at the Ohio Historical Society. In 2008, Cynthia helped organize an electronic records forum: Managing University Digital Assets and Resources: Collaborative Approaches and Persistent Challenges for the Big Ten universities. Cynthia co-authored an EDUCAUSE research bulletin, Electronic Records Management: Today’s High Stakes, based on the conference. In 2009, the University Archives was awarded an NHPRC grant to build a prototype electronic records archive for records created by MSU’s Registrar’s Office. In 2009-10 Cynthia led a year-long, university-wide project to identify current digital asset management efforts, analyze existing repositories on campus and recommend future steps. Based on this work, Cynthia co-authored Digital Curation Planning at Michigan State University for Library Resources & Technical Services. Cynthia received a BA from Western Michigan University and MS in Information from the University of Michigan in 1999.

Candidate Statement:
As the director of a mid-size university archives, I’m very aware of the challenges of acquiring, curating, preserving, and providing access to born-digital records with limited resources and a finite number of staff. I’m also a big fan of real-world, practical solutions that integrate with the management of analog collections and are sustainable over the long-term. All of the progress we’ve made so far at our institution has been based on the work of our peers and colleagues and their willingness to share solutions and new approaches. The ERS section is instrumental in fostering an environment where archivists can bounce ideas off each other, learn from current projects and share new concerns. If elected as ERS steering committee member, I would continue these efforts to lead, share, and collaborate as our profession transitions from a “paper-based” world to a “paper-sparse” world. Thank you for your consideration!


Mark Matienzo, Yale University

Biographical statement:
Mark A. Matienzo is a Digital Archivist in Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library. He has served as a consultant for the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science and ArchivesSpace, the project investigating the merge of Archon and Archivists' Toolkit, and taught a seminar on digital libraries at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University in Fall 2009. He was Chair of SAA's Description Section from 2007-2008 and Co-Chair of the RLG Programs Roundtable from 2008-2009. Prior to joining Yale University, he worked as an Applications Developer in Strategic Planning (formerly the Digital Experience Group) of The New York Public Library, as assistant archivist for systems and metadata at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives of the American Institute of Physics, as project cataloging archivist at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, and as catalog librarian at ProQuest Information and Learning. He received his MSI from the School of Information at the University of Michigan and a BA in Philosophy from the College of Wooster.


Seth Shaw, Duke University

Biographical Statement:
Seth Shaw is the Electronic Records Archivist for Duke University Archives where he is responsible for everything born-digital in both the University Archives & Special Collections. He received his Bachelors of Science in Information Systems from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2005 and his Masters of Science in Information, Archives & Records Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Information in 2007. Additionally, he co-teaches a two-day workshop for SAA: "Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections."