RAO Elections Ballot

2021 Election: Candidate Statements

Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2021 Reference, Access, and Outreach 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 Vice Chair/Chair-Elect for a two-year term

  • Two Steering Committee Members-at-Large for a two-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 position: 

Jay-Marie Bravent (they/them)

Research Services & Education Assessment Archivist, University of Kentucky

Jay-Marie Bravent








Jay-Marie Bravent has been working in archives since 1999, serving in roles at academic institutions, corporate archives, museums, and historical societies. They are a Certified Archivist and hold an M.A. degree in Historical Studies/Public History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. From 2015 through 2020, Jay-Marie served as the Director of Research Services & Education at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), providing leadership for the Breckinridge Research Room, instruction programs, rare books, and print collections. Beginning in 2021, Jay-Marie began in an exciting new position focused specifically on public services and assessment. They are the current chair of the SAA-RAO Assessment of Measures and Metrics for Public Services (AMMPS) Sub-Committee and served on the board of the Kentucky Council on Archives from 2012-2020.

Steering Committee Member Candidates

The following candidates are running for the section steering committee:

Sarah Lebovitz (she/her)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Archivist, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

Sarah Lebovitz







Sarah Lebovitz has served as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University since 2018. As the official archivist for SEIU, her duties include all aspects of collections development and management (field work, processing and access, digitization, etc.) and handles all reference and research requests related to the SEIU collections at the Reuther. She additionally manages social media platforms specific to her role as the SEIU archivist and routinely uses those platforms to create low-barrier access and outreach for collections. She holds a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and has a background in anthropology and the study of religion. Her current projects include making SEIU’s publication collection at the Reuther accessible to the public online and working to find creative ways to allow access and encourage interaction with archival material.

DiAnna Hemsath (she/her)

Archivist, McGoogan Health Sciences Library, University of Nebraska Medical Center

DiAnna Hemsath







DiAnna Hemsath is the Archivist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Health Sciences Library. Before joining the library in 2018, she served as Curator and Collections Manager of the Kruger Collection at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and as a Technical Services Archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Center. She is a Certified Archivist. She is currently involved in SAA as a Steering Committee Member of the Privacy and Confidentiality Section and as an At-Large Steering Committee Member of the Science, Technology, and Healthcare Section. She holds both a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hello! I am DiAnna Hemsath, and I am running for a member-at-large seat on the RAO Section Steering Committee. As a Certified Archivist and a graduate of a museum studies program, I would bring a unique blend of education and experience in museums, archives, and libraries to the section. Whether through providing a researcher with answers or sources to further their research, creating and promoting an exhibition, or taking a collection to an audience, I firmly believe that making collections accessible is why we do the work we do. As a member-at-large of this section, I would like to develop programming, resources, and section collaboration opportunities that promote the many innovative ways archivists reach their audience. Thank you for your consideration!



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