SAA Visual Materials Section Nominations for Election 2019-2020

SAA Visual Materials Section Nominations for Election 2019-2020


Patrick Cullom

Visual Materials Processing Archivist

Technical Services, Special Collections

Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill

Campus Box 3930

Chapel Hill, NC  27515

(919) 962-4251



 Patrick Cullom is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist for Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, where he has been for over 10 years. Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts in History from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and a Master of Library and Information Science (concentration in Archives), from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. During his career, Patrick has encountered, arranged, and described a wide variety of image formats spanning the 19th – 21st centuries, working with collections ranging from a single item to those numbering in the hundreds of thousands. He has handled more than a million “analog” prints/negatives and hundreds of thousands of “born-digital” image files. Patrick’s mantra with images is that all photographs are essentially “records of light levels at a given time and place” and all can be initially approached as such.  Before joining Technical Services at UNC Chapel Hill, Patrick was the Audio-Visual Archivist at The Catholic University of America and worked in the Public Services Department at the University City Regional Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Candidate Statement:  

I am interested in becoming Section Chair-Elect for the Visual Materials section so that I can share my enthusiasm for this having the group look at what we have done and seen,collectively as a field, to help us prepare for the future. Having entered archives audio-visual  materials game" in 2001, a great time to do so, especially due to the "end of the analog (av/photographic) era" and the transition to the "born-digital (av/photographic) era" I feel as if I can provide some insight into these constantly evolving mediums.  Throughout my archival career I have been drawn to the similarities (there are lots) and differences (there are lots) between analog and so-called "born-digital" materials. I hope to bring this theme to the Visual Materials Section, especially as we will all keep seeing "combined" (analog & digital) av/photographic collections, as well as solely digital collections, and help us use the skills we already have in place for analog formats while we adjust existing (and develop new ones) for digital formats. I also realize that due to the nature of "born-digital" collections, digital image files can literally be found in any type of archival collection.  I hope to build a bridge between our section and the SAA Education Department, so that we may share the collective knowledge we have as a section concerning visual materials to the other sections in SAA.

Member at Large

Alison Anderson, MLIS, CA

Senior Processing Archivist

Harvard Planning Office

Property Information Resource Center

1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 585

Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 495-4353  



I am currently the Senior Processing Archivist at the Property Information Resource Center (PIRC) in the Harvard Planning Office, where I have worked for the last twelve years. The PIRC is the main repository for Harvard’s building and land records, which include architectural drawings, maps, photographs, and property agreements. In addition to being involved in every aspect of archival processing, I am also responsible for the continued maintenance of data once it is in our collection management system. I have been involved with numerous collection management projects to enhance metadata and improve access, including data reconciliation, collection imports, and a large-scale digitization project. I hold an MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, I have just enrolled in SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification process, and this past year, I sat for and passed the Certified Archivist exam. In my free time, I am a knitter; an aspiring sewer, embroiderer, and painter; and dog mom to my 6 year old pup, Pumpkin.

Candidate Statement:

Having worked with visual materials for over a decade, I feel that I would make a great fit athe Member-at-Large for the Visual Materials Section. My broad interests include the preservation of both analog and digital architectural records, finding innovative solutions for enhancing metadata, discovering efficiencies in workflows, and creating connections across collections to improve user experiences. I would love to become more active in SAA in order to broaden my network with other members of the visual materials community.



Susan Swiatosz

Head of Special Collections and University Archives

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Thomas G. Carpenter Library/Bldg 12, Room 1305

Jacksonville, Florida 32224



I have been an archivist for over 15 years. After a career as a historic preservationist in New York City, I received my MLIS at Pratt Institute in 2003 with a focus in archives and records management. Having worked for several years in the Washington D.C. area I moved back to my home state of Florida in 2005 where I worked as a children’s librarian in Broward County, as the ‘lone arranger’ at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, and most recently as the archivist at the Boynton Beach City Library. I am active in regional and state archival groups, having served as President of the Society of Florida Archivists 2017-2018. I relocated to Jacksonville in 2018 where I am currently the Head of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Florida.

Candidate Statement:

I have worked with visual materials in both my careers, as a historic preservationist and as an archivist. Most recently I am collaborating with the Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) at the University of North Florida on interdisciplinary projects where students, faculty, and staff use Special Collections visual materials to design and implement digital projects. My other interests include providing accessibility and discovery for the visual materials in our collections. I feel that as a Member-at-Large of the Visual Materials Section my experience and past leadership skills would benefit the section.

Lillianne Keaney

Horblit Project Cataloger

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA 02138



As the Horblit Project Cataloger at Houghton Library at Harvard University, I manage the digitization and cataloging of a large early photography collection. Prior to working at Houghton, I worked as a photograph cataloger and archivist at Schlesinger Library, also at Harvard. Since finishing library school at Simmons, I have been fortunate to focus and develop my expertise working with photograph collections, and I look forward to continuing this work well into the future!

Candidate Statement:

I am running as a candidate for the open Member-at-Large position as I would like to be more involved in our section and SAA. At times I have struggled with the idea that a membership in SAA may not be worth it for someone that only works with visual materials (despite this lovely section). However, as a former Kennedy Library employee, I started thinking about John F. Kennedy’s quotation: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” and so I have decided that I should get more involved—and bring more attention to the work we do as professionals describing and cataloging visual materials. As a newer professional, I am excited about this opportunity and I hope that I can serve you in this capacity.