Web Archiving Section Committee Members 2022-23

The 2022-2023 Steering Committee met for the first time in October to discuss our goals for the upcoming year, and we are looking forward to continuing with our Coffee Chats and publishing some great content in the form of blog and Twitter posts. We would also love for people in our section to get involved and share their ideas, so we invite you to participate by submitting news, announcements, and topics of interest. We also welcome guest contributors to the blog, so please feel free to contact us with your ideas. Members of other SAA sections are encouraged to collaborate with us as well. Please send items and suggestions to any of the commitee members and we will take our suggestions forward.

We have a few new members of the Steering Committee this year, so we are introducing ourselves by giving a brief introduction of our names, roles, institution affiliations, goals for the section, our favorite web archive, and something we value most or find fascinating about web archiving work.

Susan Paterson (chair)

​​Greetings everyone! My name is Susan Paterson and I’m the Chair of the Web Archiving Section. I am a liaison librarian at Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus, which is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. My liaison areas are government information, social work and French studies. My web archiving work stems from my role as a government information librarian. I have been involved in various groups in Canada to document and preserve historical government content through web archiving.

This is my second year as both a SAA and WAS member and I hope to learn much more about web archiving from my colleagues. I hope to build on the tremendous work of past committee members to make this section both welcoming and an invaluable resource for web archivists. The more the merrier!

I admire the work being done by Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO), a group of over 1300 cultural heritage professionals collaboratively working to preserve at-risk Ukrainian cultural sites. The group was founded in March 2022 by Quinn Dombrowski, Sebastian Majstorovic, and Anna Kijas and you can learn more about SUCHO’s work and the SAA’s Resolution Honoring SUCHO

Corinne Chatnik (vice-chair)

I’m Corinne Chatnik, I recently began my position as Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian at Union College in Schenectady, NY and was previously a professional archivist specializing in digital archiving for five years at the New York State Archives. This is my first time on the Web Archive Steering Committee and will be serving as Vice-Chair. This year I’m excited to meet others working on web archiving and hearing about their experiences and successes. 

Allison Fischbach (secretary)

Hello, I’m Allison Fischbach, Digital Archivist for the Chesney Medical Archives at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine in Baltimore, MD. I previously served as a Student Member of the SAA Web Archiving Section and I’m glad to serve again as Secretary. This year I’m excited to learn more about the descriptive elements of web archiving, how researchers use web archives, and the tools and techniques used for capture and access.


My favorite web archive is Artbase from Rhizome. I think the way web content is rendered and re-interpreted as art is especially interesting. 

Amanda Greenwood (education coordinator)

Hello everyone! I’m Amanda Greenwood, Bigelow Project Archivist at Union College in Schenectady, NY. This is my second consecutive term on the SAA Web Archiving Section Steering Committee, and I’m looking forward to this year being as enjoyable as the last! I’ve worked on a few web archiving projects, some smaller and some larger-scale, and I also enjoy helping others start web archiving initiatives at their institutions.

In addition, my writings and research interests in web archiving focus on labor and maintenance; collective memory and responsibility; and emotion and trauma in web archives, so I’m very interested in hearing how other people who are involved in web archiving are discussing these ideas. For these next two years, my goal is to continue to support collaboration between other SAA sections and help promote innovative web archiving projects, methods, and resources to the community. As the Education Coordinator, I’m looking forward to facilitating engaging meetings and talks for our section members. Two web archives I highly recommend are Arquivo.pt, the Portuguese web-archive, and Oldweb.today, a site that lets users browse the past web using past browsers!

Mara Friedman (student member)

Mara is a current MLIS student at Rutgers University where I am splitting my studies between the Data Science and the Archives and Preservation concentrations. Professionally, I am the Gift Processing Associate in Fundraising at Doctors Without Borders USA. I first became fascinated with information science while working in fundraising operations on a database migration project where I assisted in untangling and rebuilding the underlying metadata records and data ingestion procedures. After a year’s worth of coursework I have become particularly interested in the preservation of digital-born resources — web archiving sits at the very crux of this. I’m excited for the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the Web Archives section.