Women's Collections Roundtable 2014 Ballot


Rachel Appel


I am the Digital Collections Librarian at Bryn Mawr College in the Special Collections department within the libraries. Prior to this position, I worked for two years as the Digital Asset Manager at UT Austin where I also received my master's in information studies with a specialization in digital archives and preservation. I received my BA from Smith College in film studies with a minor in history. I have been an SAA member since 2010.

As the Digital Collections Librarian at Bryn Mawr, I oversee the digitization and accessibility for our college archives and special collections, which mainly focus on distinguished alumnae and other notable women. I also work on digital projects for the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education (http://greenfield.brynmawr.edu/). My work with women's collections is very varied and I find many historically unsung narratives of women in, for example: the suffragette movement, early women STEM scholars, and beyond.

Statement of Interest

I am interested in providing programming and professional development for archivists who work with women's collections as well as collaborating on projects. For example, promoting women's collections generally or specific women's papers during Archives Month. Each week can feature an institution's collection. Additionally, I would like to encourage more frequent updates of new acquisitions, success stories, and new preservation practices, specifically in the digital world into a twice yearly blog or newsletter. These initiatives can help keep the roundtable more connected and aware of what we are all doing as well as address issues in the field.


Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh


I have been actively engaged in women’s history since I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware.  I was involved in a number of oral history projects with underrepresented groups, including Amish quilt makers in York and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  After my graduation from Delaware in 2005 with an Honors B.A. in Art History and minors in Women’s Studies, English, and Material Culture Studies, I moved to Pittsburgh and took a full-time paraprofessional position at Chatham University’s Jennie King Mellon Library.  From 2006-2008 I attended the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science and graduated with an M.L.I.S. specializing in Archival Studies.  Soon after, I was appointed to the Archivist position at Chatham, serving as the institution’s first full-time, professional archivist.

Over the course of my career thus far, I have been involved in both SAA and regional archival and preservation organizations.  I am currently the District 2 Representative in SAA’s Key Contact Program and was previously the Key Contact for Pennsylvania.  From 2011-2013 I was a member of the Lone Arrangers Roundtable Steering Committee, and I have regularly contributed to the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section’s Teaching with Primary Sources Committee, most directly in the creation of a bibliography compiling resources focused on the use of primary sources in elementary, secondary, and collegiate classrooms.  I recently developed and co-taught a workshop on teaching with primary sources for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, and I have served as MARAC’s Membership Development Chair since 2013.

At both SAA and MARAC, I have presented on lone arranger issues and outreach topics, and this past fall I presented in a Pennsylvania Library Association session on teaching with primary sources.  I have published articles on outreach and ethics and have served as an American Archivist peer reviewer.  I am also a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and ACRL, and I recently received a scholarship to attend the June 2014 Rare Books and Manuscripts Pre-Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Statement of Interest

As Archivist and Public Services Librarian at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I am responsible for all aspects of Archives and Special Collections, including acquisitions, processing, reference, and outreach.  Chatham was founded in 1869 as Pennsylvania Female College and remains one of the few surviving women’s colleges in the United States.  Co-education was recently passed by the Chatham Board of Trustees and will be enacted in 2015.  Serving as Chatham’s Archivist during this time of transition has furthered my professional and personal interest in documenting women’s education and the role of women in the wider community—motivations that fall directly in line with the mission of the Women’s Collections Roundtable.  I was inspired by the Roundtable’s Women’s Collections Symposium in New Orleans and would be honored to contribute to the Roundtable as your Vice Co-Chair/Co-Chair-Elect.  I would work closely with my fellow Co-Chairs to engage the larger organization in the power and purpose of women’s collections and foster continued discussion of our shared concerns through the listserv, social media, and the annual meeting.


Alison Stankrauff


I have served as the Campus Archivist at the Indiana University South Bend campus since 2004. I am a lone arranger, and inherited an archive on my regional campus that had not had an archivist for ten years.

Previous to my current position, I served as a Reference Archivist at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati from 2002 to 2004. From 2000 to 2002 I served as a technician at the Reuther Labor Archives at Wayne State University working to digitize the Detroit News photograph collection as well as with the National Association of Letter Carriers Collection. I interned at the Rabbi Franklin Archives at Temple Beth El in metropolitan Detroit. I graduated with my Masters in Library Science with Archival Administration concentration in 2002 from Wayne State University, and I have a Bachelor’s degree in history from Antioch College.

Statement of Interest

I’m Alison Stankrauff, Archivist and Associate Librarian at Indiana University South Bend. I’m adamant about the importance of the archival record that we collect, protect, make accessible. I feel deeply committed to connecting people with the archival record. And I feel the importance of making the historical record representative of all of our society – including the stories, histories of women. I actively collect and maintain materials that give voice to women through time. I am active in my community, serving on the Collections Committee for the Michiana Jewish Historical Society, on the Collections Committee for the Center of History, a coordinator of a Bicycle Repair Workshop for Women this Summer. I’m also active in the Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, Society of Indiana Archivists, and the Indiana Library Federation.