2022 MDOS Election: Call for Candidates

Help shape the future of the Society of American Archivists’ Metadata and Digital Object Section (MDOS) by joining the Steering Committee. Service on the MDOS Steering Committee is a manageable time commitment that offers you valuable experience as you contribute to our profession by fostering discussion, education, and collaboration among archivists interested in digitization, digital archival objects, and the metadata that enables their access, management, and preservation.

The MDOS Steering Committee is currently seeking candidates to fill vacancies for the following positions:

  • 1 Steering Committee Co-Chair. Three-year commitment. Serves the first year as Junior Co-Chair, the following year as Senior Co-Chair, and third year as the Immediate Past Chair. The Junior Co-Chair assists in the operation of the Section, serves as acting chair in the absence of a Co-Chair, and participates as a Member of the Steering Committee. The Senior Co-Chair directs and reports the activities of the Section, organizes and runs the annual meeting, leads the Steering Committee, and handles administrative duties such as submitting the Section's annual report and serving as the Section's liaison to SAA and Council. The Immediate Past Chair shall assist with special projects and provide continuity for ongoing initiatives.
  • 1 Steering Committee Member: Three-year commitment. MDOS Steering Committee Members attend and actively contribute to regular Steering Committee meetings, help set goals and priorities for the Section, and develop and/or solicit proposals for the Section's session at the SAA Annual Meeting.
  • 1 Web Liaison: Three-year commitment. The MDOS Web Liaison serves as a member of the Steering committee and is also responsible for maintaining the Section website, posting meeting minutes as needed, and collaborating with other Steering Committee members to manage the MDOS Google Drive space.  
  • 1 Education Coordinator: Three year commitment. The Education Coordinator is a member of the MDOS Steering Committee and also serves as the section's liaison to the SAA Education Committee. In addition, this role arranges informal online meet-ups for members, prepares educational experiences (such as guest speakers), and produces the monthly MDOS newsletter.


The Steering Committee holds monthly, one-hour meetings and Steering Committee members generally spend an average of 1-2 hours per month on Committee activities. Attendance at the SAA Annual Meeting is not required to seek a position on the Steering Committee, but candidates must be members of the Metadata and Digital Object Section who are in good standing with SAA. Successful candidates will begin their terms at the close of the 2022 SAA annual meeting.

If interested, please complete this form by May 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern: https://forms.gle/nCdc9wcJroGtwqyVA 

If you have any questions, please contact the the MDOS Steering Committee Co-chairs, Mike Shallcross (shallcro@umich.edu) and Lara Friedman-Shedlov (ldfs@umn.edu).