2014 Steering Committee Candidates

Casey A. Coleman
Records Policy Analyst, Office of the Chief Records Officer, National Archives and Records Administration
Federal Government

Participation in the GRS Steering Committee is an opportunity to use the skills I've developed working in the federal records management community to serve SAA's membership. I have substantial experience working on collaborative teams to develop and complete projects addressing federal records management and electronic records issues. In practice, these activities have allowed me to work closely with federal agencies, external stakeholders, and units throughout the National Archives to meet strategic goals.

As a member of the Records Management Policy Section at NARA, I am part of a team that creates policy and guidance products to help federal agencies meet their records management needs and responsibilities. During the past year, I worked on the development and implementation of the Managing Government Records Directive (M-12-18), the creation of a new approach for managing email records (Capstone), and revised social media guidance.  Prior to relocating to the Washington area, I taught history and communications courses at a handful of colleges and worked at archives in Wisconsin and Texas.

I am an alumnus of the University of Florida (BA, History), the University of Vermont (MA, History), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, Communication Arts-Film Studies and MA-LIS, Library and Information Studies).  I am currently serving as NAGARA’s representative on the host committee for 2014 SAA/CoSA/NAGARA Joint Annual Meeting. I previously served as the Membership Coordinator of the National Archives Assembly from 2011-2013, a member of the program committee for the Fall 2012 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, and have been a member of SAA since 2007.

Jennifer Day, CA
Archivist, City of Oklahoma City, City Clerk's Office 
Local Government

I have been in the archival field since graduation from the Library and Information Studies program at the University of Oklahoma in 2005. At that time I began working for the Oklahoma Historical Society in the Manuscripts Division. I assisted in their move into a new facility in 2007 and became head of the Manuscripts Division at that time. In 2009 I gained my certification with the Academy of Certified Archivists.

In December of 2012 I began my current position in the City Clerk's Office for the City of Oklahoma City. Frances Kersey, the City Clerk, saw the need for records preservation and a centralized records facility. I am the first archivist to work for a municipality in the state of Oklahoma.

I attended the Archives Leadership Institute in 2013 and was lucky to meet Terry Baxter and Geoff Huth, both of whom I have learned a great deal from. I am currently waiting to hear from the NHPRC regarding a basic processing grant that would process and create finding aids for 1200 cf of records in the Clerk's Office. The long term goal for my position is to create an archival facility that will house the records of all City departments that are on a permanent retention, and will operate a public research room. During the application process I was fortunate to work with Scott Cline of the City of Seattle at the recommendation of Kathleen Roe.

I am heavily involved with my local archivist community and work closely with Jan Davis, the Administrative Archivist at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

I am very dedicated to the preservation of government records and in a few weeks I will chair a session and present a paper at the Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting, of which I also serve as Secretary, on the importance of government records in historical research with New Orleans Parrish archivist Irene Wainwright Amy Cannon, former City Archivist for San Antonio.

Dorothy Fouche
Archivist, Alabama Department of Archives and History
State Government 

I am an archivist in the Government Services Division of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Working in the collections management section, I am responsible for providing physical and intellectual access to our state and local government collections.  I am also involved with our electronic records team, and I serve on the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) Education Subcommittee and on the 2014 Best Practices Exchange Planning and Programming Committees.  I am interested in serving on the Government Records Steering Committee to help our Section have a strong voice in SAA.  I am excited about providing access to government records, and to share why government records are important to anyone who will listen.  I would appreciate the opportunity channel my enthusiasm for government records to contribute to both the section and SAA. 

Lawrence Giffin
Electronic Records Archivist, State Archives of North Carolina, Department of Cultural Resources
State Government

I am currently Electronic Records Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina, where I manage the creation and implementation of the digital repository for permanent electronic records of state and local agencies in North Carolina. I also run the web- and social-media-archiving program for state and local agencies, present e-records management trainings to state employees, and provide digital support to the various departments of the State Archives and State Library.

Previously, I was Records Services Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I provided records management services to the campus community, maintained and updated the university’s retention schedule, and oversaw the transfer and accessioning of the university’s public, archival records.

Government records have been a central component of my career as an archivist, and as I've wanted more recently to become more involved in the professional community, I see a position with the Government Records Section as an opportunity to participate in the community in a way that draws one of my major professional competencies.

Dorissa Martinez
Archives Technician, National Archives and Records Administration
Federal Government

I joined SAA in 2010 as a student in hopes of learning more about my new profession! Even though I currently work as an Archives Technician, I still feel like I’m new to this profession. I began my journey into the archives world after leaving corporate America. I don’t have any formal training or education in this field; I have been taught everything I know by the amazing, wonderful, super duper, staff at NARA! Everyone that I work with has some type of formal education, so feel like I am constantly playing catch up. It is because of this that I have found myself wanting to get more involved with the SAA. I know there is so much for me to learn and I feel like I can benefit from being on a committee. I served as the Student Intern on the Diversity Scholarship Committee in 2011, so I understand the time commitment involved. I look forward to speaking with you more about this opportunity. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Daniel McCormack, CA
Archivist/Records Manager, Town of Burlington, Massachusetts
Local Government

Having been involved in public records work as a librarian and archivist for 15 years I can contribute significant experience and knowledge to the Government Records Section. I have served in a state agency as well as in a vibrant Massachusetts town. Every day I see the ways that issues such as electronic records management, preservation, and access, affect individual citizens. “All politics is local,” is adage that describes government on many levels. All of us who face the myriad of constraints, commitments, and pressures involved with public records understand that all records issues are local too.

The work we do as stewards of public records demands a perspective that translates our work to the basic needs of those we serve. We need to work with our colleagues to help create innovative, workable solutions to the changing government records landscape. Whether in town halls, state agencies, the federal government, or other settings, we need to share and cultivate the knowledge gained by our colleagues.  I have served as a liaison from the Lone Arrangers roundtable to the Standards Committee and currently am a member of the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board. These experiences have emphasized the importance of collaboration and I would seek more ways of facilitating and spreading our collective knowledge. Most importantly I would always be an advocate between other archivists and allied professionals for the needs of public sector records custodians. Wherever we work, however different our duties may be, we have the same needs and goals. It would be a pleasure to represent you on the Government Records Steering Committee.

Laura Saegert
Assistant Director for Archives, Texas State Library and Archives Commission 
State Government

I have been with the Commission since November 1981 and took on the role of assistant director in 2010. I work primarily with state government records but in recent years have begun working with local records on a limited basis. TSLAC has a system of regional depositories that house local government records in their regions, I serve as the liaison to those repositories. I am interested in furthering the outreach of the Government Records Section to reach all government archives and raise the awareness of the value of government records in other aspects of the archival community.

Eric C. Stoykovich
Fold3 at the National Archives, Washington, DC
Federal Government

Dr. Eric Stoykovich works as a Digital Operations Manager for Fold3 (a subsidiary of Ancestry.com) at the National Archives in Washington, DC. During the last three years, he has helped to create over a million digital surrogates of government records in one of NARA's most productive digitization labs. He finished a MLS with an Archives concentration from the University of Maryland in May 2013. He also completed a dissertation in American history, which examined the role of state and federal governments in the promotion of 19th-century agricultural reforms. He is also a Certified Archivist. He would provide a unique perspective to the Steering Committee of the Government Records Section both as a researcher in government archives and as an outside contractor working closely with the archives of the federal government.

Dawn Youngblood
Archivist, Tarrant County Archives, Ft. Worth, Texas 
Local Government

While Federal and State level Archives are well established across the nation, I see the real need to grow more local government archives such as the one I lead.  Since this vision has the potential for significant growth of our profession, opening up many new jobs, as a member of the SAA’s Government Records Section Steering Committee, I would like to serve to promote these kinds of more local government archives.  I was hired in 2010 and continue to serve as Tarrant County Archivist in Fort Worth Texas.  Under my leadership, this local government archives has grown significantly in terms of collections, use, and outreach. I developed an extensive online presence, a vivid community outreach program, a strong volunteer support network, and a state of the art exhibit area all with a very limited budget. The Tarrant County Archives has gone from a sleepy little well-kept secret to a highly respected institution that is a dynamic and well known part of the community housed in a 10,000 sf state of the art facility in downtown Fort Worth.  As a member of the SAA’s Government Records Section Steering Committee, I would promote expansion of this local government model across the nation.

Dawn Youngblood received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, worked in publishing, returned to graduate school, obtained a PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology from Southern Methodist University, then proceeded to obtain an MLS with specialization in special collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began working in special collections and archives in 2000 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, accepting her current position of Tarrant County Archivist in 2010.

Dawn is an active member of the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, and the American Association of State and Local History. She has served on various foundation boards and association committees