2013 Elections

Hello, and welcome to the International Archival Affairs Roundtable (IAART)  Elections page.

Below you will find a list of the candidates who are running for office to serve on the steering committee of the IAART.  The vacant offices are as follows:

  • Senior co-chair:  One-year term
  • Junior co-chair:  Two-year term (one year as junior co-chair, one year as senior co-chair)
  • Member-at-large:  Three-year term
  • Member-at-large:  Two-year term
  • Member-at-large:  One-year term

Since we are holding an election for the roundtable for the first time, we will be electing an entirely new slate of five steering committee members, and as a result, the terms of office are staggered.  This has been done to ensure that in each succeeding year, we will be able to hold elections for the position of junior co-chair (two –year term) and for one of the three member-at-large positions (three-year term).

Please read the candidate biographical statements, and then vote for one candidate for each of the five positions.  

The deadline for casting your ballot is Monday, July 15.

Thank you for voting!

IAART Ad-hoc Steering Committee (Brad Bauer, Tom Connors, Polina Ilieva, Valerie Komor, Lisa Nguyen, Mario Ramirez)

Senior co-chair

Brad Bauer
Brad Bauer has been the Chief Archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC since 2011, managing the operations of the museum’s archival program.  Prior to joining the museum, Bauer worked for eight years as the Western European Curator and Associate Archivist for Collection Development at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, responsible for the acquisition of a wide variety of international manuscript collections.  He has also held positions as archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library (NARA) in West Branch, Iowa; as Special Collections Librarian at the Thousand Oaks Library, in Thousand Oaks, CA, and he started his career as a reference librarian at the Anaheim (CA) Public Library.

Bauer has been a member of SAA since 2001, and served for five years on the steering  committee of the Acquisitions and Appraisal section, including a term as steering committee  chair; as well as chairing the Oliver Wendell Holmes Award subcommittee of the Awards  Committee, which helps foreign students studying in North America to attend the SAA Annual  Conference.  Most recently, he has served as a member of the ad-hoc Steering Committee for  the International Archival Affairs Roundtable, as this committee drafted and implemented the roundtable’s bylaws.  Bauer has also served in various regional archival associations, including  the Society of California Archivists, where he has was a Board member—including a term as  President (2011-2012)—as well as a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force, and he  previously co-chaired the Education Committee.  He has an MLS degree from the University of  California, Los Angeles, as well as a master’s in liberal arts from Stanford University.

Jean Green
Jean Green has been an archivist for over twenty years. She is currently Head of Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives at Binghamton University – SUNY. She is responsible for collection development, preservation activities, on-site and digital access, information and research services, digital initiatives and reference services for Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives. Before coming to Binghamton University, she was the Assistant Director and College Archivist at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Prior to that, she was Archivist for the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Jean holds an MA in History from SUNY Cortland and an MLS from SUNY Albany. She is a long-time member of the Society of American Archivists and currently a member of the ALA/SAA/AAM Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM) and serves on the Steering Committee for the Reference, Access and Outreach (RAO) Section. She is member the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and serves on the Development Committee for that organization. She also serves on the Board for the New York Archives Conference (NYAC), is a member of the Archives Partnership Trust, a member of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and is involved in other professional organizations.  In her spare time, she plays goal for the Southern Tier Storm Women’s Recreational Hockey Team.

Junior co-chair

Rachel Binnington
For nearly 20 years Rachel has worked with archives, special collections and cultural heritage. She is currently a freelance Archivist and Heritage Broker based in the US. Her specialisms include in digitization, funding and archival and records management standards.
She has held roles in the public sector and not-for-profit archives, as well as corporate records management. She continues to consultant to companies as well as individuals and family offices having worked extensively with entrepreneurs and start-ups. She has worked for both the US Senate Committee on Finance and the UK Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

Rachel has extensive experience of collaborating with librarians, conservators, curators, digitizing providers, and collections management professionals in the US and Europe.

She has worked with numerous collections including the American Jewish Archives, the Stanley Kubrick Archive (London College of Communication), Quentin Blake Archives, the Rothschild Family Archive, the Landscape Institute. She has volunteered with the East Sussex County Records Office, The Garden Museum, the George S. Patton Museum, and the Barr Memorial LIbrary

Her commercial clients have included Collier Campbell Colours, Venture Investors Finance, s.r.o., Sandbox Industries, British Land, and RGM Advsors LLC.

Rachel believes in enabling access and that return on investment is more than just quantitative and is as applicable to culture and heritage as it is to commercial enterprises.

Having recently returned to the US, Rachel is looking forward to being more active in the SAA.  Her goal is to raise awareness of at-risk and endangered collections, wherever they may be.  In the next few years, she feels it is vital that the IAART actively promote professional cross-cultural and cross-domain exchanges to increase the building and strengthen collections, including creating a mentoring program for at risk/endangered collections to provide them strategic guidance.

She holds an MA in International Archives and Records Management from University College London.

Christian Kelleher
Christian Kelleher is the archivist and assistant head librarian at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the University of Texas at Austin, where he manages the rare books and manuscripts division. He is also the project manager for the University of Texas Libraries' Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI). At the Benson Collection Mr. Kelleher has worked with archival projects including the papers of José Revueltas and Magda Portal, the archive of radio program Latino USA, the online archive of the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala, and through HRDI the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, among many others. Before joining the Benson Collection he was an archivist and records manager with History Associates Incorporated in Rockville, Maryland where he worked with a number of organizations in the Washington, DC area, including the Organization of American States, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the National Park Service, and the National Geographic Channel. Mr. Kelleher holds a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archival Enterprise, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism. He is a Certified Archivist from the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Member-at-large:  3 year term

Karen Trivette Cannell
Karen Trivette Cannell is an Assistant Professor and current Head of Special Collections and FIT Archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York (SUNY). She has held this position since 2008 and is its first incumbent. FIT’s student body represents more than one hundred (100) countries and Special Collections regularly serves international scholars. Cannell holds a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University at Albany (NY) where she also began a Ph.D. in Informatics. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History is from UNC-Chapel Hill where she graduated “With Distinction.” With over eleven years of professional service, often serving international constituencies, she has worked primarily in art libraries and art archives except for an over three-year post at the New York State Archives where she primarily advised practitioners across New York State on archives and records management matters. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society, and she recently was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (2013).

Christopher Laico

Since joining the Columbia University Libraries in 2000, I have dedicated my professional career to processing human rights collections. I have always viewed my work as a labor of love, a calling, and not merely a job. If elected, I would bring the same attitude to the position of steering committee member-at-large.  To illustrate, in collaboration with my fellow steering committee members, I would like to invite a panel of speakers to a future SAA Annual Meeting in order to discuss issues of interest to the IAART.  In consultation with the entire IAART membership, I would also like to have a collaborative program with other SAA roundtables--for example, the Human Rights Archives Roundtable.  It would be an honor to serve.
My professional background has prepared me well to take on the duties of a steering committee member-at-large for the SAA International Archival Affairs Roundtable (IAART). To illustrate, from 2003 through 2011, I worked as the editor of The Academic Archivist: Newsletter of the College and University Archives Section. I was also an active editorial board member of the College and University Archives Section subcommittee that revised the SAA publication, College and University Archives: Selected Readings (Chicago: SAA, 1979). In 2008, this revised volume was published under the new title: College and University Archives: Readings in Theory and Practice. I was also the newsletter editor for the SAA Human Rights Archives Roundtable from 2010 to 2012. Finally, beginning in 2004 to the present, my editorial activities outside of the SAA have included working as the Book/Resource Reviews Editor for the Journal of Archival Organization.
Education: Certificate in Archival Management and Historical Editing, Graduate School of Arts and Science, Department of History, New York University (January, 2001); MA, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University (1993); BA, Drew University (1985). Honors: Member of Phi Sigma Alpha, National Political Honor Society (1983-1985) and President (1984-1985). Additional Certifications: ABA Certification in Administrative and Public Law (1988); Recipient of Das Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache [Certificate in German as a Foreign Language], Goethe Institut, Schwäbisch Hall, West Germany (1983).

Member-at-large:  2 year term

Ellen Engseth 
Ellen Engseth is archivist and senior academic librarian at UWM Libraries, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM), where she leads user and access services for the Archives Department. Previously, she was Director of Archives and Special Collections at North Park University, and Visiting Archivist for Student Life and Culture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previous service to Society of American Archivists includes the steering committee of the College and University Archives Section, Publications Board member, and advisor for UWM's SAA Student Chapter. Engseth is a member of the Archives Leadership Institute 2013 cohort, and active in library and archival professional organizations. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives administration, a Master of Arts in History, and a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Engseth is also adjunct faculty with the School of Information Studies at UWM, and teaches a variety of courses including  comparative study abroad course based near Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ellen states that "I am interested in running for the steering commitee because the global participant aspect of our profession is of interest to me.  The international scene will be increasingly pertinent to us, whether this be cause of collections with international scope, or due to our worldwide users, colleagues, and standards.  The steering committee can encourage connections between SAA and other organizations, and among individuals, through work aimed to meet our roundtable's mission of addressing worldwide issues, dialoguing about the international scene, and supporting collaboration.

The value of the international scene was greatly confirmed in my mind through my recent experience of developing and leading a comparative study abroad course.  I look forward to working with others on a variety of meaningful international experiences for our members."

Ryder Kouba
Ryder Kouba is the University Archives Fellow at the University of Houston. Prior to this position, Ryder earned his MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin while working at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the LBJ Library, and the Austin History Center. Before attending UT's iSchool, Ryder attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked towards a Ph.D. in history of international higher education, but found his true calling while working at the Wisconsin Historical Society. His previous leadership experience includes the SAA-UT student chapter; he is excited to become involved with the national organization through the International Archival Affairs Roundtable.

Ryder's interest in interational archives falls in two areas: Archives and documents in troubled areas (e.g. Iraq, Libya, and Mali) and the (potential) role of SAA and its members. Additionally, he is interested in the comparative history of archives and their historical development around the globe.

Ryder states "I am running for an IAART Steering Committee position because I believe this roundtable has an important role to play in informing its members, as well as the profession as a whole, about archival news, issues, and research from around the world.

"I envision an IAART website which is the go-to place for American Archivists to learn about happenings around the world, from major crises (e.g., Mali) to more routine matters, such as the opening of the new Ottoman Archives in Istanbul.  Additional, IAART should play a key role in informing its members about international conferences, such as ICA and Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation.

"In short, I believe IAART should make available the information that was previously available in the 'International Scene' section of the American Archivist, and become a repository of information for archivists looking for information about our global profession."

Alison Stankrauff
I have served as the Campus Archivist at the Indiana University South Bend campus since 2004. I have been working on the Displaced Archives Project for the past year – which is very important to me. This is a project that seeks to rectify social injustices worldwide and to build a centralized database that tracks the movements of these records and documents their history. I’m also the Immediate Past Chair of the SAA Issues and Advocacy Roundtable.

Previous to my current position, I served as a Reference Archivist at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati from 2002 to 2004. From 2000 to 2002 I served as a technician at the Reuther Labor Archives at Wayne State University working to digitize the Detroit News photograph collection as well as with the National Association of Letter Carriers Collection. I interned at the Rabbi Franklin Archives at Temple Beth El in metropolitan Detroit. I graduated with my Masters in Library Science with Archival Administration concentration in 2002 from Wayne State University, and I have a Bachelors degree in history from Antioch College.

Member-at-large:  1 year term

Elizabeth Haven Hawley
I am committed to reconciliation between homelands and diaspora communities. My career has involved advocating for the preservation of underrepresented historical materials and international cultural heritage. I am especially concerned about how the emergence of new communication technologies will shape our ability to collect, preserve and create access to evidence of social diversity. I am seeking a position on the IAART steering committee to increase my commitment to the archival profession and promote international connections among archivists.  The IAART steering committee can support relationships that will strengthen our ability as a profession to address a range of heritage preservation issues, including intellectual property issues, stewardship, and access, disaster recovery and born-digital materials.

I received my MS/PhD in history of technology from Georgia Tech ('01/'05) and worked for three years for The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.  I then worked at the Immigration History and Research Center (IHRC) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for more than five years.At the IHRC, I oversaw immigrant and refugee collections, was an active public historian and established collaborations with European institutions, American communities and the IHRC to further programs and infrastructures for sharing global heritage materials.  In 2013-2014, I will be a visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.

Danielle Scott
Danielle Scott currently serves as the collections manager and curator for the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. Previously, she held positions with the US Department of State and the National Archives and Records Administration, where she worked on issues pertaining to the long-term preservation of born-digital historical materials. Scott received her MA in history from the University of New Mexico in 2007 and her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2009.  I am delighted to submit my self-nomination for a Steering Committee member-at-large position. My work with the Hoover Institution Library and Archives--a repository with an explicitly international collecting mission--introduced me to the many challenges and opportunities inherent in working with international collections. The IAART is in a unique position to provide much needed leadership on issues affecting the work of international archivists, and to advocate on behalf of programs that collect beyond borders. With a successful referendum behind us, let's build on this momentum and create an open space to educate, engage and inspire.