Candidates for 2016-2018 PAR Officers

Elizabeth Surles (co-chair, 2016-2018)

Elizabeth has been Archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies since January 2014. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Digitization Archivist and then Library Director at the American Alpine Club Library in Golden, Colorado.  She formerly worked at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music and the Office of Collections in the library of the University of Illinois, where she earned master’s degrees in musicology and library and information science and a certificate in special collections. Before her time in Illinois, she was the Starr-Gennett Foundation’s Project Coordinator in Richmond, Indiana, where she worked to promote the history of Gennett Records.   She serves on Music Library Association's (MLA) Archives and Special Collections Committee and co-chairs the MLA Working Group for Archival Description of Music Materials.  She is also a tri-chair of the local arrangements committee for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference's (MARAC) Newark 2017 meeting and is a member of MARAC’s Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. She has served as a member of the Society of American Archivists' Performing Arts Roundtable Steering Committee from 2014-2016. Her research interests include early jazz vocalists and description of archival music collections.  She holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in music and history from Lawrence University, where she studied piano performance and the history of vernacular music in the United States.

Laurie Moses (steering committee, 2016-2018)

Musican/composer and tech tinkerer Laurie Lee Moses joined the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago as Archivist and Digital Librarian in 2009. She holds a MS in LIS from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign with a concentration in Data Curation and a certificate in Special Collections, and a MM in composition from Roosevelt University. At the CBMR, Moses shepherds the archival collections from accession to long term preservation, works with donors and patrons, and develops multi-pronged digital strategies for access and discovery. She documents CBMR events, edits A/V content for the web, serves as social media manager, content curator, and user-centered designer for the CBMR’s website and web applications.

Prior to her work as an archivist, she was a founding partner of Media Monster, a video post-production and commercial video house. Moses is a composer and performs on saxophones, percussion, piano, and voice in experimental improv and world beat ensembles, with a community chorus, and with dance and performance artists around Chicago.

Kate Crowe (steering committee, 2016-2018)

Kate Crowe is the Curator for Special Collections and Archives at the University of Denver. She oversee all collection development, exhibits, reference, and outreach activities. This job includes curatorial responsibility for the Carson-Brierly Dance Library, an endowed collection in Special Collections and Archives with an active friends group which focuses primarily on documenting and promoting the history of dance in the Rocky Mountain region. Kate is the outgoing 2014-2016 PAR co-chair.

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