2023 IAAS Elections

Steering Committee Roster


Please find the 2023 IAAS election slate of candidates below:


Junior Co-Chair (2-year term):


Karen Trivette

Head of Special Collection and College Archives, Gladys Marcus Library,

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Candidate Statement: I wish to express my sincere interest to serve the SAA International Archival Affairs Section (IAAS) as Junior Co-Chair. Since becoming a professional archivist, I have taken on leadership roles within my institution and for local, regional, national, and international professional organizations. I have been a member of the IAAS since 2003 and a member of SAA since 2002. I have participated on the international level as a Foundation Board member for the Access to Memory (AtoM) 3 initiative and served that body in the capacities of Chair of the Foundation Board’s Roadmap Committee and as Vice Chair for the Board. My service to the AtoM 3 Foundation Board lasted for 2 years, 2019-2021. In addition, I have been a member of the International Council on Archives since 2005 and co-hosted an internationally-focused podcast, An Archivist’s Tale (2017-2021/hiatus). Thank you so much for your consideration and your vote; it would be my complete honor, privilege, and pleasure to serve my IAAS colleagues in such a tangible and meaningful way.

Biography: I have thoroughly honed my leadership skills over the course of my involvement with SAA [College and University Archives Section Chair, 2021-2022; American Archivist journal Editorial Board member, 2016-2020, and special issue Guest Editor, 2021; Archives Leadership Institute graduate, 2018; and the International Archival Affairs Section Steering Committee-Member, 2022-present]; as well as the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., President, 2017-2018.

In addition, I have presented at symposia, conferences, and other professional gatherings in many locations abroad; indeed, I feel my most professionally stimulated by international influences. This is also made evident by my pursuing my PhD in Archival Science from Alma Mater Europaea/University of Maribor, Slovenia, which I aim to complete by winter 2023.

Lastly, I have had the great fortune to publish in international journals such as the International Journal of Fashion Studies, Atlanti+, Moderna Arhivistika, and most recently the Archives in Ukraine. I have also twice contributed to international-in-scope monographs, The Fashion Forecasters (2018) and the Routledge History of Fashion and Dress, 1800 to the Present (2023). I also welcome you to visit my website for a full curriculum vitae at www.karenjtrivette.net. Thank you!


Two Steering Committee Members-at-Large (3-year terms):


Dr. Shelley Sweeney

Archivist Emerita at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,

Winnipeg, Canada

Candidate Statement: I was a member of SAA’s International Archival Affairs committee in 1994-95, and have attended meetings over the years when I have managed to get to SAA conferences, so I have a long-standing interest in the affairs of the committee. I became a member of the International Council on Archives (ICA) in 1992 and continue that membership to this day. I was also a founding member and member of the steering committee of the Provisional Section of University Archives of the ICA from 1992 to 1994, as well as a Steering Committee Member of the Section of Professional Associations (SPA) of the ICA from 2006-2007. I was the Secretary-General of the Bureau of Canadian Archivists and represented Canada on the international stage from 2005 to 2007.

Biography: Dr. Shelley Sweeney is Archivist Emerita at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in Winnipeg, Canada. She was Head of the archives from 1998 to 2020 and previous to that was University Archivist at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada from 1983 to 1998. She was in the first class of the Masters of Archival Studies program at UBC (1985) and has a PhD in Archival Enterprise from the University of Texas at Austin (2002) where she studied under David B Gracy.


Jennifer Dantchev

MSLIS Graduate Student

Long Island University – Post Campus

Candidate Statement: I am currently one of the Early Career Members on the IAAS Steering Committee. I have been enjoying my experience working with professionals in the field and have already learned so much about serving on a SAA section committee and about international archives related issues. I look forward to an opportunity to serve as a Steering Committee Member-at-Large for the IAAS Steering Committee, learning and aiding in the section’s affairs and programs. As a Steering Committee Member-at-Large, I hope to become more engaged with the steering committee’s affairs and help promote all the wonderful things the committee has to offer now and in the future!

Biography: I am currently a graduate student at Long Island University (LIU) working towards my MSLIS with a concentration in Rare Book and Special Collections. I am also concurrently working towards the LIU Palmer School of Library and Information Science’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management. I hope to gain employment after graduation in archives and records management.

I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MA in East European Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. I currently live with my husband and dog in Massachusetts while I complete the rest of my studies online.