Amanda Strauss Candidate Page

Amanda Strauss

Research Librarian, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Education: Master of Science in Library & Information Science with an emphasis in Archives Management, Simmons College, 2013; Master of Arts in History, Simmons College, 2013; Bachelor of Arts, History and Spanish, Willamette University, 2008.

Work Experience:  Jan 2013-present, Research Librarian, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Aug-Dec 2012, Interim Archivist and Records Manager, Emerson College; Aug  2010 - Aug 2012, Research Services Assistant, Schlesinger Library. 

Relevant Service: Reference, Access, & Outreach Section: Electronic Records Working Group (2014), Navigating Minimal Processing & Public Services (2011-2012). New England Archivists: Education Committee (current), 3 Day Taskforce to Restructure Annual Meetings (2012); Spring 2013 Program Committee.

Relevant Publications and Presentations:

Publications:  New England Archivists Newsletter May 2015, Book Review: Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion; Archival Science September 2014 “Treading the Ground of Contested Memory: Archivists and the Human Rights Movement in Chile,” DOI 10.1007/s10502-014-9223-3; SAA Archival Outlook July 2012, “Embracing the Globe: Establishing a U.S. Chapter of Archivists without Borders;” Co-author; Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable Newsletter April 2012 “Encounters in Chile: A Perspective on the International Archives Community;” New England Archivists Newsletter  July 2011; “Archives as Testimony: Preserving the Memory of Human Rights Violations in Chile and Argentina.”

Presentations: Feminist Digital Scholars Workshop June 2015 “Mindful Research: A Workshop for Feminist Scholars;” Women’s History in the Digital World May 2015, “Digital Tools at the Schlesinger Library: An Exploration and Conversation;” New England Archivists: “DIY Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon” March 2014; “NEA at 40: Reminiscence on a Profession” March 2013. Society of American Archivists: “Treading the Ground of Contested Memory: Archivists & the Human Rights Movement in Chile” August  2012; Lightning talk: “Self-Reflection as an Antidote to Colonialism: An Archivist’s Meditation”


It is with great enthusiasm that I ask you to consider my candidacy for a leadership position with RAO. I have been the grateful beneficiary of RAO’s work to support the reference services, teaching, and outreach activities of its members. I would like to see RAO further this work by turning its attention to the rise of digital humanities scholarship. This growing field offers us the opportunity to experiment with new methods of opening our collections (both the unique materials and metadata we create) to scholars and students. I would also like to see RAO open a dialogue with groups like the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians to discuss how both archivists and faculty can shape the future of research, teaching, and learning in the archives. RAO has been one of the most important aspects of SAA for me. From the time I was a student, I have felt welcomed by this Section and have been given opportunities to serve. It would be an honor to take an even more active role by serving as part of RAO’s leadership.



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