2019-2020 PLASC Section Steering Committee Candidate Slate

Get to know the PLASC Steering Committee candidates. See their statements below.


Derek T. Mosley  

Archives Division Manager
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, Georgia

Derek T. Mosley is the archivist/division manager at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, a special library of the  Fulton County Library System. He previously worked at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Derek has served in various leadership roles within the Society of American Archivists including the 2015 Nominating Committee and past chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section. If elected as vice-chair, I would like to continue the great work of past leaders and build a strong community of archivists working in the public library world.  I would like to create more spaces for the unique role archivists hold within our public libraries and special collections.


Dylan Gaffney
Information Services Associate for Local History and Special Collections
Forbes Library, the public library of Northampton, Massachusetts

Dylan has been working in public libraries for over two decades, was awarded the Massachusetts Library Association’s Paralibrarian of the Year award in 2018, and has served on numerous committees and organizations in his community, including the Northampton Historical Commission, the Northampton Charter Review Committee, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library Standing Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committees for Forbes Library and Historic Northampton. He has received several grants for his work at the library including the IMLS/Internet Archive Community Webs Grant, and the Massachusetts 150th Anniversary Civil War Grant. He is a co-founder of the Northampton Film Festival, Cinema Northampton and the Bay State Hotel Music Documentation and Oral History project. Whether documenting the indie music scene of the 1990s, building programming around the history of local abolitionists and formerly enslaved peoples in the 1840s, or helping patrons research the early LGBT movement in the area, he has been hard at work with his colleagues trying to fill in gaps or silences in an already rich collection, and to make the archives better reflect the community which it serves.  He has presented at SAA, ALA and Internet Archive meetings on these topics and looks forward to continuing the tremendous outreach, growth and advocacy of PLASC.