Election Information

The Section's 2017 election is for Vice-Chair/Chair-elect and three Steering Committee members.The ballot will be sent directly to members through Survey Monkey during the last week of June, 2017. Voting will close on July 11, 2017. All results will be announced at the annual meeting on Friday, July 28, 2017. Please see information about the candidates below:

Candidates for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect  (Vote for 1)

  • Sean Benjamin, Public Services Archivist of the Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.
  • Alison Clemens, Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.

The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect serves a three-year term: Year one as Vice Chair and editor of the Section Newsletter; Year two as Chair of the Section; Year three as immediate past chair and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Sean Benjamin, Public Services Archivist of the Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.

Education: Master’s in Library and Information Science, Concentration in Archival Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 2009; Bachelor of Arts, Major in History, University on New Brunswick at Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick, 2002.

Professional Experience: Public Services Archivist, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University, 2010-present; Processing Archivist, Tulane Recovery Center, Library Associates, 2010; Library Associate, Louisiana and Special Collections, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans, 2003-2007.

SAA Participation: Member since 2010; Steering Committee, Manuscript Repositories Section, 2015-present; Current Member of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section, Manuscript Repositories Section, Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, and Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable.

Other Activities: Member of the Academy of Certified Archivists since 2013; Society of Southwest Archivists member since 2013, Local Arrangements Committee member 2013-2014, Program Committee member 2014-2015; Louisiana Historical Association member since 2012, Archives Committee member 2012-present; Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association member since 2011, member of the LAMA Executive Board 2014-present; Secretary of the Greater New Orleans Archivists 2014-2017.

Sean has presented papers and chaired sessions at regional and state conferences, the most recent being a paper entitled “Alt-Advocacy in Special Collections: Collection, Preservation and Long-Term Access to Louisiana Alternative Publications in the Digital Age.” Sean has also published in state archives journals. His research interests include archival reference and access, Louisiana history and historical geography, early American roads and highways, Reconstruction, and the history of radical and social movements.

Alison Clemens, Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.

Education: MSIS, University of Texas at Austin School of Information, specializing in Archives & Special Collections, with a Museum Studies Portfolio; BA, Scripps College, with a major in Political Theory and a minor in English Literature.

Professional Experience: Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University (2017- ). Alison manages accessioning and arrangement and description staff and processes; teaches instruction sessions on accessing and interpreting primary source material, and provides reference support; Archivist, Beinecke Library, Yale University (2013-2016); Houston and Texas Archives Fellow, University of Houston, 2012-2013.

SAA Participation: Steering Committee, Manuscript Repositories Section (2015- ); Chair, Committee on Education (2016- ) and Member, Committee on Education (2013- ); Awards Committee member (2015-2016); Chair, Archival History Roundtable (2015-2016).

Other Activities: Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the American Library Association Membership & Professional Development Committee member (2013- ); 2017 Conference Planning Committee member (2016- ), Web Editor (2015- ), Publications Committee member (2015- ), and Task Force on Core Competencies in Special Collections Librarianship member (2014-2017); Connecticut State Library Board member (2016- ). 

Alison is particularly interested in literary and historical manuscripts, uniting technical services with front line user services to facilitate access and the ongoing education and development of archivists and special collections librarians.

Candidates for Steering Committee (Vote for 3)

  • Sarah Bost, Student Success Archivist, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture.
  • Volodymyr Chumachenko, Assistant Professor/Processing Archivist, Hale Library, Kansas State University.
  • Ryan Evans, Archivist, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum, Bard College.
  • Anne Jenner, Pacific Northwest Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries.
  • Rebecca Petersen May, Public Services Archivist at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University.

The Steering Committee members serve two-year terms. The first year includes work on the Nominating Committee, compiling the slate of candidates. The second year includes work with the Chair to plan the Section’s program at the Annual Meeting. 

Sarah Bost, Student Success Archivist, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

Education: MSLS with Archives and Records Management Concentration, UNC-Chapel Hill; BA in Religious Studies and French, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Professional Experience:  Student Success Archivist, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, 2014 - present; Graduate Assistant, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, 2013-2014; Graduate Assistant, Research and Instructional Services, Special Collections, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-2013.

SAA Participation: Member, 2012-present; DACS workshop revision, TS-DACS, 2016; "A Learning Pass to the Past: Introducing Archives to Middle School Students," presentation at Manuscripts Section annual meeting, 2015; Access to Electronic Records working group, Reference, Access and Outreach Section, 2014-2015.

Other Activities:  Society of Southwest Archivists, 2014-present; Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2016. Society of North Carolina Archivists, 2012-2014; "Using Dropbox to Deliver Digital Files," poster at Tri-State Archivists Meeting, 2013. 

Volodymyr Chumachenko, Assistant Professor/Processing Archivist, Hale Library, Kansas State University.

Education: MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA in Russian and East European Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professional Experience: Assistant Professor/Processing Archivist, Hale Library, Kansas State University, 2013-present; Processing Archivist (part-time), University Archives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008 - 2012; Reference Research Associate (part-time), International and Area Studies Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, 2012-2013; Lecturer (part-time), School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2013.

SAA Participation: SAA member since 2013. Panel Chair: Immigration Archival Collections: Difference, Transnationality, Relevance-2017 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR; Presenter at the Archival History Section panel "A Century Ago: How the Russian Revolution, and the Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, Shaped Archives in Russia and Ukraine," 2017 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Other Activities:  Professional Membership: Midwest Archives Conference (MAC); American Library Association (ALA); Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN); K-State University Service; K-State Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee, 2016-present; Undergraduate Grievance Board Member, K-State University, 2015-present; K-State University Libraries Service; Library Disaster Team Member, Hale Library, 2015-present; Scholarly Communications and Publishing Organizational Assessment Task Force Member, Kansas State University Libraries, 2014; Diversity Committee Member, Kansas State University Libraries, 2014-2015.

Ryan Evans, Archivist, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum, Bard College.

Education: MSLIS from Pratt Institute; MA from Columbia University in Modern Art, Critical and Curatorial Studies; BA from Boston University in Art History and French.

Professional Experience: Archivist, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum, Bard College, 2014-present; Archivist, Kress Foundation, 2013-2014; Digital Processing Archivist, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2012-2014; Special Collections Cataloger, Museum of Modern Art Library, 2011-2013.

SAA Participation: Member since 2013. Chair, Lightning Round, Museum Archives Section Best Practices Working Group Symposium on Born-Digital Resources, 2016 SAA Annual Meeting. Regular contribution to Museum Archives Section Best Practices Working Group since 2012, including coordination of annual symposium 2014-2017; Current member: Manuscript Repositories Section, Museum Archives Section, Collection Management Tools Section, Electronic Records Section, and Metadata and Digital Object Section. 

Other Activities: Speaker at IFLA’s Pre-conference “Art Now!: Contemporary Art Resources in a Library Context,” Helsinki, August 2012; Digital Solutions panelist for Archivists Round Table Symposium at the New York Public Library titled “Artists’ Records in the Archives,” October 2011; Case Studies panelist at Art Libraries Association of North America (ARLIS/NA) conference, March 2011; Digital Archives Specialist SAA Certification, expected 2017. 

Anne Jenner, Pacific Northwest Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries.

Education: MLIS, certificate in Special Collections, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA, Scandinavian Languages and Literature, University of Washington; BA, Swedish, North Park College, Chicago.

Professional Experience: Pacific Northwest Curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, 2012-present; Director of Archives and Special Collections, North Park University, Chicago, 2007-2012; Head of Library, primary cataloger, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center in Rock Island, Illinois, 2002-2007; Director of Scandinavian Program, Department of Germanics, University of Pennsylvania,1996-2001.

SAA Participation: Member since 2007; participate in the Manuscript Repositories Section, Congressional Papers Section, Lesbian & Gay Archives Section, Native American Archives Section, Archives Management Section; past participant in Archivists of Religious Collections Section.

Other Activities: Archives Leadership Institute, 2015; Northwest Archivists, member, since 2012, served on the Conference Program Committee in 2016 and chair 2017; Seattle Area Archivists; Swedish American Historical Society Board Member, 2007-present, Chair of the Preservation Committee 2007-2013. Orbis Cascade Alliance Unique and Local Content Team member 2016-present and chair-elect 2017, and current EAD Database working group chair; Midwest Archives Conference, Chicago Area Archivists, Chicago Area Religious Archivists, former member.

Rebecca Petersen May, Public Services Archivist at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University.

Education: MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BA in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University.

Professional Experience: Currently the Public Services Archivist at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University, where my responsibilities include reference, access, outreach, student management, and instruction. Prior to becoming Public Services Archivist, I worked at ZSR as Access Archivist and at the Library of Congress on the Veteran’s History Project and the LOOK Magazine Project.

SAA Participation: Reference, Access, and Outreach Section (RAO) Steering Committee member; Public Awareness Subcommittee for the Regional Archival Consortium Committee (RAAC). 

Other Activities: Immediate past president of the Society of North Carolina Archivists, having served as the Archives Month and Nominating Committee chairs for that group as well. 

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Last updated | 28 September 2018