2022 Preservation Section Election

Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2022 Preservation Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.

You will be voting for:

  • One Chair-Elect who will serve a three-year term, (first year as chair elect; second as chair, third as past-chair)

  • 1 Member-At-Large Committee member for a three-year term. 

Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens! 

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidates

The following candidates are running for the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (or Co-chair) position:

Kristianna Chanda

Project Technician, National Digital Newspaper Project       
Records and Digitization Manager, Princeton Art Museum

Hello, my name is Kristianna Chanda and I recently graduated from Rutgers University Masters of Information with a concentration in Archiving and Preservation. I currently work as a Project Technician for the National Digital Newspaper Project, digitizing newspapers from microfilm, which would then be included on Library of Congress’s Chronicling America database. I also work as a Records and Digitization Manager at Princeton University Art Museum where I digitize and categorize object files. In 2020, I became an early-career member for the Committee on Public Awareness, and, for almost a year, I served as the committee editor. I am interested in becoming the vice-chair of the Preservation Section because I have experienced firsthand the importance to advocate for the preservation of institutions’ collections and a lot of my work is centered on best long-term methods in providing archival and information access.

Nicole Potter

Curator of Collections, Margaret Chase Smith Library

Nicole Potter received her Masters of Science in Library and Information Science and Certificate of Advanced Study in Cultural Heritage Preservation from Syracuse University School of Information Science in May 2018. Currently she is the Curator of Collections at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan, Maine, a congressional research library which includes a historic house, museum collections, and an archive. Previously she was the Regional History Museum Librarian for The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho. Professionally her work has focused on the care and preservation of a variety of collection materials at primarily smaller institutions. She is excited by the opportunity to share her experience with the SAA Preservation Section community and is eager to work with more of her colleagues from all across the country. 

Steering Committee Member Candidates

Danielle Spalenka

Digital Initiatives and Preservation Archivist, Filson Historical Society

My name is Danielle Spalenka, and I am delighted to be nominated for the Preservation Section for the Member-At-Large position. I have spent the majority of my career in archives working and advocating for preservation. My current role is Digital Initiatives and Preservation Archivist at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY, where I manage digital collections and grant-funded projects and monitor both digital and physical collections for preservation issues. Prior to joining the Filson in 2019, I was a Preservation Specialist at NEDCC, Project Director for the Digital POWRR Project, and Curator of Manuscripts at Northern Illinois University. I have served on the board for the Kentucky Council on Archives and the Program Committee for the Midwest Archives Conference and NDSA Digi Pres meetings, and would be eager to support the work of the Preservation Section.

Keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!