Candidates for the 2020-2021 Web Archiving Section Steering Committee

Nominees for Vice-Chair

Andrew Hinton - Head of Collection Development, Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Andrew Hinton joined the Vietnam Center and Archive in 2015 as Assistant Archivist. In this role, Andrew manages the Archive of Modern American Warfare, which collects and preserves the records of modern veterans. Andrew works closely with post-9/11 veterans to ensure that their records – especially born-digital records – are made available for research and preserved into the future. He also serves as Head of Collection Development for the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive. In this position, he works to build and strengthen the Vietnam Archive's holdings and leads the Processing Unit in preparing archival materials for research use. Before coming to the Vietnam Center and Archive, Andrew held positions at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Vancouver Police Museum, and the Jewish Museum and Archive of British Columbia. He belongs to the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Southwest Archivists. Andrew is also a certified Digital Archives Specialist and a certified member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Paul Kelly - Digital Archivist, DC Public Library

Paul Kelly is Digital Archivist at DC Public Library, Steering Committee member and metadata consultant for Washington DC’s DPLA hub, District Digital, and lecturer in Digital Curation at Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science. He holds an MA in English Literature/Film Studies from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and an MLIS from Catholic University of America. He has piloted and managed web archiving programs for Catholic University, where he also served as Digital Archivist, and for DC Public Library in collaboration with Internet Archive as part of the Community Webs IMLS project. He is extremely interested both in automating and improving archival description for web archives, and in the application of data analysis techniques to web archive content. If elected as Vice-Chair (Chair Elect), he would aim to generate broader awareness of web archiving activities across our field, and to promote democratization of web archiving tools for all.

Melissa Wertheimer - Music Reference Specialist, Library of Congress

Melissa Wertheimer’s passion for web archiving began when she joined the Library of Congress Music Division as a Music Reference Specialist in 2018. Her primary responsibilities encompass special collections librarianship, outreach, and curating web archive collections. Web archiving has become Melissa’s favorite aspect of the information profession, and as SAA Web Archiving Section Vice-Chair will aim to facilitate an inclusive community of open communication and professional support within the membership. She looks forward to learning from her section colleagues as much as leading them. Library of Congress web archives under Melissa’s curatorial purview include the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive, Performing Arts Web Archive, and the forthcoming Professional Organizations for Performing Arts Web Archive. Melissa also contributes to the LC-wide Coronavirus Web Archive as an appointed project group member. Melissa is especially passionate about appraisal strategies for curating web archives, and has presented her work related to web archives appraisal at the April 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and the LC Web Archiving Interest Group. She was interviewed by Trevor Owens about her appraisal strategies for the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive, and her entry “Appraisal for Web Archives” will be published in the forthcoming Handbook of Archival Practice. Melissa current professional service includes serving as a volunteer mentor for the MARAC Mentoring Program and Archivist of the Music Library Association (MLA). Melissa also serves on MLA’s Archives and Special Collections Committee, Preservation Committee, and Oral History Committee. In SAA, Melissa is a member of the SAA Web Archiving Section, Performing Arts Section, and Electronic Records Section. Melissa has given presentations related to archives at MLA, MARAC, the Hammond-Harwood House of Annapolis, the Hillwood Museum, and the Walters Art Museum. Melissa is also a flutist and new music specialist, and formerly held adjunct teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University and Howard Community College in Maryland. Melissa holds a MLIS in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland, a MM in Piccolo from the Peabody Institute, and a BM in Flute from Ithaca College.

Nominees for Secretary

Kiera Sullivan - University Records Processor, UC San Diego Library

I joined the UC San Diego Library three years ago as the University Archives Processor. My work focuses on processing the records of the offices and communities of UC San Diego. Additionally, I support the University Archivist in outreach, accessioning, and assisting with University Archives-related research questions. I previously served as the Town Archivist and Assistant Town Clerk of the town of Bedford, Massachusetts. I have been a member of SAA since 2011.

I am eager to contribute my time and efforts to the work of the Web Archiving Section. Archival work increasingly includes the appraisal and management of web content. The Web Archiving Section enables collaboration and education within the archival profession, and I would be thrilled to participate and assist in that work.

Nominees for Education Coordinator

Ryder Kouba - Collections Archivist, University of Hong Kong

I am currently the Collections Archivist at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) University Archives, a position I've held since January of this year. Prior to moving to Hong Kong I was the Digital Collections Archivist at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where I was responsible for managing our web archives as well as all other digital collection materials. Prior to moving to Egypt I worked at the University of Houston and Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and I received my MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

As Digital Collections Archivist at AUC web archiving was a large part of my job and something I deeply believe in; I'm currently starting a program here at HKU to document university life during trying times in Hong Kong (well, everywhere in 2020 I suppose). Besides technical frustrations with accurately capturing sites, I find web archiving interesting from the myriad of ethical issues with capturing social media; like archivists in the States, in Egypt and now Hong Kong these issues are on the forefront when considering what material should be preserved and made accessible. I'd be thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as Education Coordinator to help provide tools for archivists and to expand the number of people working with web archives/archiving.

Colin Post - Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

In the fall, I will be starting a new position as an Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I just completed my PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I researched how artists and curators exhibiting digital art on online platforms are approaching the ongoing care of their artworks. I see this work as part of a broader research effort to better understand how creative communities are stewarding their own networked information.

As a researcher and educator, I'm committed to helping diverse communities learn web archiving skills and tools as a critical component of documenting their own histories on their terms. I look forward to working with students entering the archival profession at a moment of great change and crisis. With these emerging professionals, I aim to cultivate the importance of these community-driven approaches, which are especially crucial for web archiving. Serving as the Education Coordinator of the Web Archiving Section would provide me the opportunity to expand this mission among a broader community of professionals.

Nominees for Communications Manager

April Feldman - University Archivist, California State University Northridge

I am the first full-time university archivist in the relatively short life of my institution. Although I have been at the university for several years, I have been in this position for a little more than two. There have already been several challenges, as you can imagine, from building an archives level project plan to garnering buy-in from the administration. The most pernicious of these challenges remain archiving the web, social media, and email.

The opportunity to participate in the leadership of SAA’s Web Archiving Section presents an exciting opportunity to support the section’s stated goals and to interact with the wider archival community. I will come to the position with a willingness to engage the community and to participate in the process. I relish the chance to learn on the job and do my part in providing guidance and tools to others that have or desire to begin their own web archiving programs.

Nominees for Student Member

Allison Fischbach - Archives and Research Associate, Towson University

Allison Fischbach is Research and Archives Associate at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library. She has worked in academic archives and special collections for over six years, with a focus on preservation, digitization, exhibits, teaching and the arts. She has a BA in English Literature from Washington College, and is currently pursuing an MLIS in Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland iSchool. Allison is also an established bookbinder and printmaker, having taught at both Towson University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her past work has focused on workflows and organization for the Book Arts Collection at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2017 she established a formal program for showcasing student art and curation in the library space. Her most recent project, “The Studio is Closed: Refocusing Art and Archival Collaboration in Response to Pandemic,” presented at the Towson Conference for Academic Libraries in August 2020, combined printmaking and archives through the creation of a digital materials ‘toolkit’ and online exhibit.

Allison currently works on a number of web-archiving projects, including heading the university’s use of Archive-It, documenting the web presence of student organizations, and developing an email archiving workflow to record the university response to COVID-19. Allison hopes to increase her knowledge of best practice in web archiving and curation as organizations and individuals increasingly rely on digital formats to document their actions. She finds this developing forefront of the archival profession both has serious considerations for personal privacy protections, and allows for experimentation, as collaborative actions and creativity are used to solve complex problems. By serving on the SAA’s Web Archiving Steering Committee she is excited to contribute to the professional discussion on these emerging trends.