2017 Candidates for Records Management Section Steering Committee

Candidates for Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Alex Toner


Alex J. Toner is the University Records Manager at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been employed for four years. As University Records Manager, Alex provides guidance, training and consultations to University departments on recordkeeping best practices and retention guidelines; directs all off-site storage and destruction service through a third party vendor; and contributes to archival processing and reference services as well as research data management advocacy. He previously worked as an archivist in the Detre Library and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, and is a 2011 MLIS graduate of Pitt’s ischool.

Alex, a five-year member of SAA, has served two years on the steering committee of the Records Management Section. As a member of MARAC he participated on the 2016 Local Arrangements Committee during the spring conference in Pittsburgh. Locally, he serves on the steering committee of the Three Rivers Archivists, has been a member of the University of Pittsburgh Staff Council for three years as Chair of its External Relations Committee, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Warren A. Sill Fund, an Ohio non-profit organization. He and his wife have lived in Pittsburgh for seven years.

As a Vice Chair/Chair Elect nominee, I’m excited for the opportunity to build on the terrific work of the Records Management Section over the past two years. I believe we are poised to increase our visibility as an important asset on records and information management within SAA. A wide range of themes, from email management, public records retention, and ECM systems, to research data management, information governance, and legal compliance, all require input and solutions from across the domains that our section membership represents.

Statement of Interest:

Working collaboratively, I believe our section can continue to strategically position the RMS as an important voice on recordkeeping issues within SAA; broaden our inclusivity to better account for perspectives from outside the fields of government and higher education; cultivate communication and advocacy channels; promote technical resources and professional development opportunities; and build dialogues with students and emerging professionals about careers in records management.

My involvement on the RMS steering committee over the past two years, as well as engagement in leadership roles with other professional organizations, has positioned me well to serve in a leadership capacity in SAA. I am excited to serve as your next Vice Chair/Chair Elect!

Candidates for Steering Committee

Elizabeth Carron


Elizabeth Carron is the Assistant Records Manager at the Bentley Historical Library. Carron manages the newly formed Records Management Program, where she is responsible for areas such as coordinating outreach, providing training and appraisals, and collaborating on unit-wide digital recordkeeping implementation. She has an BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in English and Francophone Studies and an MLIS from Simmons College, during which time she served the Library and Information Science Student Association as both Treasurer and Vice-Chair. She previously served as a Reference Librarian at the Springfield City Library (Springfield, MA), Assistant College Archivist at Smith College, and Project Archivist for Collections Development and Management at Bentley Historical Library. She recently completed work on New England Archivists' task force studying regional contingency employment.

Statement of Interest:

My decision to run for RMRT Steering Committee was directly impacted by the work this community has engaged in over the last few years. I personally have found the Zotero account and hangouts to be so helpful. While I’m not so new to records challenges, I am new to the title of ‘Records Manager’. I draw heavily upon my experiences in public librarianship, community archiving, managing institutional collections, and yes, being a barista during graduate school. After all, so much of working in records management involves listening and communicating with diverse sets of people, professions, and expectations! The work we do is more than interprofessional - it's interdisciplinary. I’m eager to continue to explore those dynamics with you all, and to seek out new – and perhaps nontraditional - opportunities for learning, growth and partnership.

Hillary Gatlin


Hillary Gatlin is the University Records Manager for Michigan State University. In her work for University Archives and Historical Collections, she oversees the university’s records management program, including retention of university records in both paper and electronic formats. She received her MLIS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Hillary has previously worked as an archival intern at the Andy Warhol Museum and as the Records Management Specialist for George Mason University.


 Hillary is the Vice President of Programs for her local Mid-Michigan ARMA Chapter and is an active member of ARMA International. She is finishing a term as a member of the SAA Records Management

Section Steering Committee.

Statement of Interest:

If selected to serve again as a member the Records Management Section Steering Committee, I would focus on continuing to develop the section’s outreach program, including exploring the development of training for individuals new to records management responsibilities. I would also like to increase efforts to collaborate with other SAA sections as well as additional records management organizations, including ARMA International and NAGARA. I believe that collaboration between both the archival and records management communities will be crucial to continued development in the records management profession, particularly as records management focuses more on the electronic records environment.

Lorette Weldon


Lorette S. Weldon, information professional, professor and author of SharePoint without Coding: My Notes for Embedding the Librarian, Volume 1 and Volume 2, and Librarians using SharePoint, obtained her MLS from University of Maryland. She has articles in Computers in Libraries, Information Outlook, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ Trusteeship. She has been a speaker at the Special Libraries Association 2009, Computers in Libraries 2009 and 2010 Conferences.

Lorette has been Webinar Instructor and Board Professionals Newsletter editor for Association of Governing  Boards of Universities and Colleges, The Records Manager Newsletter editor and Webmaster for the Society of American Archivists Records Management Roundtable for  four years. For two years, she was the chapter archivist for SLA’s Maryland Chapter and webmaster for SLA’s DC Chapter.

Statement of Interest:

As a returning RMRT Newsletter Editor, I am prepared to serve the archival and records management communities on the Steering Committee by gearing the newsletter to report on matters placed before the roundtable by the SAA Council and staff. Through four years in this position, I have been working in making a newsletter that did the following: More focus on recent graduates; Articles that better demonstrate the diversity of our backgrounds; Case Studies. I would use my position within the Steering Committee to also make the newsletter marketable to lure new members and new ideas to the RMRT.

Ivy West


Ivy West is Digital Curator, Archivist, and Manager of Records at the Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory in the National Security sector. Ms. West also works as a Research Librarian at the Trinity Washington University.  At JHU/APL, Ms. West utilizes her knowledge of archives and library research tools accessing monographs, serials, photographs, and geospatial information.  In addition, she performs research, retrieves and attaches metadata to a collection of military, science and defense related records, assembling, cataloguing, and preserving born-digital current and historic information. Previously, she worked at the Library of Congress performing a variety of research on serials, where she composed literature and content, circulated worldwide to inform the library community about developments regarding serials, and performed record updates and data management related to acquisition, licensing, and usage assessments.

Ms. West has strong research skills, and is well-versed in legal, and other electronic research platforms.  In 2015, she served as the E-Resources Reference Librarian for Johns Hopkins University.  She has her MBA, a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland, and obtained a Masters in Digital Curation from Johns Hopkins University.

Statement of Interest:

I wish to serve as a Steering Committee Member on behalf of the Records Management Section Team because it would serve as an excellent opportunity to learn more about the tremendous facets and trends in records management, digital curation and information governance. These disciplines are growing in the federal government, private sector, and non-profit sectors at an alarming rate, and require greater standardization and governance. Serving as a Steering Committee Member would also present the unique opportunity to promote value and greater collaboration among information professionals as archivists, records managers, digital curators, and emerging data professionals, who aspire to preserve the integrity and accuracy of records in digital and paper-form.