ERS 2012 Election Information


Vacant Positions and Candidates

Vice Chair / Chair Elect

  • Nat Wilson

Steering Committee (2 positions)

  • Ben Goldman 
  • Mark Matienzo
  • Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig
  • Meg Tuomala

Candidate and Biographical Statements

 Nat Wilson Nat Wilson

Candidate Statement: 

A strong community of professionals working together to solve common problems and share innovative ideas is critical to the development of a successful strategy for archiving electronic records. This is true not only during the formation of new strategies, but also during the evaluation and refinement of established programs. As the Digital Archivist at Carleton College, I have used a pragmatic approach to implement a digital preservation plan that is based on sound standards and that functions within the confines of limited resources. To do so I employ effective, sustainable and extensible methods grounded in well-founded archival principles. The aid and support I have received from colleagues both within and outside of the archival profession has been key to my success. Because of the generous guidance I have received from my peers, I am excited by the opportunity to work with the Electronic Records Section of the SAA where we can continue sharing our knowledge and experience with an eye towards the advancement of the profession. Thank you for your consideration.


Nat Wilson is the Digital Archivist and Library Technology Coordinator at the Carleton College Archives in Northfield MN.  Before relocating to Northfield, Nat worked in the Archives and Special Collections Department of National-Louis University in Chicago, IL.  He received his MLS in 2009 from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign with an emphasis on archives and digital libraries, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections also from the University of Illinois.  At DePaul University in Chicago, he received a MA in History in 2004 and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate in 2005.  


Ben Goldman

Candidate Statement:

My thinking on electronic records issues evolves with each new challenge I've faced. It's such a dynamic field to be working in, and provides a never-ending trail of interesting obstacles to work through. With every such challenge, I've benefitted from the work of other archivists who are engaged in solving these same problems and willing to share their experiences, so I really value the role of the Electronic Records section in contributing to the progress of electronic records work everywhere. I am running for the steering committee because I know the profession is hungry for direction on this topic, and I would like to contribute to the work of a section that is and should be strategically important to the Society and archivists everywhere. 


Ben Goldman is the Digital Records Archivist at Penn State University, where he is responsible for developing workflows and practices surrounding the management and preservation of born-digital holdings, and is contributing to the ongoing development of Penn State's microservice-based repository system. Prior to joining Penn State, he was the Digital Programs Archivist at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center, where he started the Center's first electronic records program. He has published and presented at conferences on the topic of practical approaches to working with born-digital archival collections. 

Ben has a Master of Science in Library and Information Acience from Syracuse University, with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries.


  Mark Matienzo

Candidate Statement: 

While electronic records are no longer a new issue for archivists, we are still challenged by the ongoing need to work collaboratively with technologists, preservation specialists, policymakers, other archivists, and beyond. As a member of the Steering Committee for the Electronic Records Section, I will work to build strategic partnerships with other constituent bodies of SAA, such as sections and roundtables. I hope to work closely with other SAA leaders to develop strong content for our membership meeting, the education sessions at the Annual Meeting, and to have the ERS lead the way for archivists with responsibility for born-digital records. In addition, I hope to ensure that the ERS will be a group within SAA where government and organizational archivists and archivists and curators within collecting repositories.


Mark A. Matienzo is a Digital Archivist with Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, and serves as the Technical Architect for the ArchivesSpace project. He teaches digital preservation as adjunct faculty at the Drexel University iSchool. Matienzo served as the lead digital archivist for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded AIMS project ("Born Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship"), a partnership between University of Virginia, Stanford University, University of Hull, and Yale University, and is serving as a member of BitCurator project's Development Advisory Group. He received a MSI in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan School of Information and received a BA in Philosophy from the College of Wooster.


Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig

Candidate Statement:

As our digital world becomes even more complicated thanks to mobile applications, 3D printing, and other technologies, I think the Electronic Records Section has two important roles to play that I would like to participate in if elected to serve. These are spreading the word about the importance of long-term preservation to the masses and continuing to work together as a section by sharing our knowledge and tools to make digital preservation possible.


Lynda joined the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) in 2005 to work on the Collaborative Electronic Records Project (CERP). This three-year pilot between SIA and the Rockefeller Archive Center resulted in tools and processes for the long-term preservation of email accounts. She has taught email archiving workshops for both the Society of American Archivists and the Association of Canadian Archivists. As an electronic records archivist, she participates in digital curation and preservation issues that include websites, social media, and born-digital video and audio at the Smithsonian. She previously served as Editorial Library Director at the Army Times Publishing Co. in Springfield, Va., where she was responsible for electronically archiving print publications. She also worked in a variety of newsroom positions at Knight Ridder-Tribune in Washington, DC. and newspapers in Illinois. Lynda has a Master's degree in History from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a Bachelor’s degree in Print Communications from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.


Meg Tuomala

Candidate Statement:

My name is Meg Tuomala and I am a digital archivist at Washington University in St. Louis. In this position I manage University Archives’ digital assets (both born-digital and digitized material), oversee the processing of archival material (regardless of format), and provide guidance to university on issues related to digital preservation. Previously, I was records services archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I helped the campus community manage their records. This included developing and leading training sessions on electronic records and email management. At UNC I also prepared born-digital collections for ingest into the Carolina Digital Repository.

I am running for a seat on the Electronic Records Section steering committee because I would like the opportunity to actively contribute to Section leadership and organize and lead the programs and services that we offer to our own membership, other SAA sections and roundtables, and the profession as a whole. I work with electronic records throughout all phases of their life-cycle and am familiar with the challenges they present to archivists.  Also, I am a new professional and ready to get more involved in the ERS and SAA.