Council Resolution Honoring Michelle Light

August 6, 2016

WHEREAS Michelle Light is a distinguished and dedicated archives professional; and

WHEREAS she is a leader in the archives profession, pioneering access to born-digital records and advocating for reduction of financial barriers for those who publish from archives sources; and

WHEREAS she was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 2014 in recognition of her many contributions to the profession and to SAA; and

WHEREAS she has served SAA in a variety of leadership positions, including as a member of the Technical Subcommittee for Descriptive Standards and the American Archivist Editorial Board; and

WHEREAS she served on the SAA Council from 2012 to 2015, during which time she displayed a keen interest in strategic planning and played a crucial role in the group’s efforts to create SAA’s current strategic plan; and

WHEREAS as a Council member she was a vital contributor to Council discussions and deliberations and an active and engaged liaison to numerous component groups; and

WHEREAS the Intelligentsia coffee bar near the SAA Headquarters has seen a noticeable drop in revenue since Michelle retired from the Council; and

WHEREAS after recently completing a full three-year term on the SAA Council and preparing to pursue other interests and challenges, Michelle agreed to put her name forward for election to the vacant one-year Council seat for the greater good of the organization;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Society of American Archivists recognizes Michelle Light for her many contributions to the archives profession and her ongoing commitment to SAA.