2021 Candidate Statement

Thank you to our Co-Chair candidate for standing in the 2021 Women Archivists Section election. Please take some time to review her candidate statement so you can make an informed choice.

You will be voting for:

One Co-Chair, 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! 

Co-Chair Candidate

Michelle Pollock is the Processing Team Supervisor at the Church History Library (CHL) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she has supervised the processing team for the last three years. She received her BA and MA both in History from Hollins University and the University of Utah, respectively. During her student years, she completed internships with the Special Collections at Hollins University; O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA; the Arlington House in Arlington, VA; and the Utah Historical Society. As a graduate assistant she spent two years working at the University of Utah's American West Center on the Utah American Indian Digital Archive. She has been at the CHL for 9.5 years where she has worked as an intern, archivist, and digitization coordinator.

Her professional service includes SAA Program Committee member (2019), SAA Student Program Sub-Committee Chair and past chair (2018-2019), Archivists for Religious Collections Section secretary (2018-2020), and a member of the Committee on Education (2019-2022). She has also served on the Local Arrangements Committee (2017-2018) and the Education Committee (2017-2019) with the Conference of Intermountain Archivists (CIMA). She became a certified archivist in 2016. In 2018, she received an honorable mention in SAA's short fiction contest (under Michelle Sayers) for her story titled יצחק דזשאַעקק , א חשב (Yitzchak Jaeck, an account).

Candidate statement:

Hello fellow Warriors! I am so excited to be considered for the position of co-chair for this section. I have a deep interest in helping women in our profession be seen and heard, in both small and large ways. As a working mother in archives, I have struggled with balancing family and work, staying on top of my professional development, and remaining competitive in our field. I know women bear the "invisible labor" in the workplace, including office duties, maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and the emotional and mental energy used just to be heard. I want to be a part of helping to change that! I think the Women Archivists Section is the perfect place to start to make that change possible. From salary negotiation, to caregiver resources, to the simple camaraderie of associating with fellow women archivists, I would love to be part of the leadership that brings us together and positively influences our profession for all of us. Thank you for your consideration!