2017 Public Library Archives/Special Collections Candidate Information

Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Jody Hoks

I am the Digital Archivist for the Archives, Local History, and Genealogy Unit at the Fort Worth Library. I am responsible for developing and promoting digital collections, and preserving and providing access to the Archives’ digital materials. Previously, I was the Assistant Archivist for the Bernard Rapoport Legacy Project at the Briscoe Center for American History, and a Project Archivist at the Milwaukee Public Library. I earned an MA in English and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am an active member of SAA, the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA), and the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA). I served on SAA’s Distinguished Award Subcommittee from 2010-2013, and will begin a term on the Spotlight Award Subcommittee in 2016. I am also a member of ACA’s Petition Review Committee.

Candidate statement: I am interested in serving as Vice-Chair of the Public Library Archives & Special Collections Roundtable in order to help facilitate interest in the group and encouragement involvement from more archivists working in public library settings. I believe that archives located in public libraries are often an overlooked and underused resource, even within the organization. This makes educating both the general public and colleagues about the existence and value of archives critical. In addition, archives in public libraries face unique challenges in terms of available resources, dependence on volunteers, and integration with the library as a whole. If elected, I will work to encourage collaboration between roundtable members to develop ways to advocate our archival, genealogy, and local history resources and develop best practices in utilizing the resources we have to care for and provide access to our collections.​