AERI 2014 Participant Biographies

Amelia Acker

I examine the material production and transmission of records created with mobile phones and their archival consequences. I am interested in the emergence and standardization of new information objects. In my dissertation research I ex amined the Short Message Service format and text message communication protocols. I consider how technologists, recordkeepers (including archivists), and information scientists are confronting issues of digital materiality and preservation with records created with mobile information and communication technologies. In the fall of 2014 I will join the faculty of Library and Information Science in the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sumayya Ahmed

Sumayya Ahmed received her B.A. in Sociology and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Her interest in the language, culture and literary productions of North Africa and the Middle East led her to pursue an M.A. from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University. While completing her M.A. she also spent time studying Arabic at the University of Qatar at Doha. In 2007, Sumayya was awarded a US State Department Fulbright grant to carry out research on female religious scholarship in modern Morocco.

Sumayya entered the doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science ( SILS) in Fall 2011 as an ELIME-21 fellow. ELIME-21 is an IMLS sponsored program that works to improve LIS information in North Africa and the Middle East while also advancing the quality of information on that region in US libraries and research institutions. In the summer of 2012 she was awarded a research grant by the American Institute of Maghreb Studies (AIMS) to support research on digitization during an internship in the manuscript department at the National Library of Morocco. Sumayya’s research has focused on the social, cultural and political issues concerning access to and preservation of Islamic and Arabic historic manuscripts in post-colonial North Africa.

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson, PhD, is the Foundation Professor of Archives and Information Science at Mid Sweden University since 2008 and Professor II at Oslo University College. She formerly worked at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia until 2007. She is an Editor-in-Chief for Archival Science, serves on the Advisory Board of the National Archives of Sweden and is a member of the Swedish Institute of Standards TK546 Committee for Records Management Standards. She was President of the International Council on Archives’ Section for Archival Educators and Trainers from 2000-2004, Vice President in 2004-2012 and served on the Committee of the Swedish Archives Association 2011-2014. In 2006 she was made a Fellow of the Australian Society of Archivists.

She is a member of the CEDIF research team the Centre for Digital Information Management at Mid Sweden University and also European Team Director for the InterPARES Project: Trust in Digital Records in an Increasingly Networked Society. Her research interests include implementing recordkeeping systems in the digital environment, the development of professional standards and the role of the archivist and records manager in the changing digital environment. She is particularly interested in advancing standards of professional practice through education and training for the community of records managers and archivists and fostering a scholarly approach to professional education. She has a long- standing interest and extensive experience in developing e-learning courses and teaching online

Heather Barnes

Currently preparing for comprehensive exams, I am a doctoral student interested in research questions around community storytelling and preservation of informal/ephemeral media. I am particularly interested in the work of activist organizations and the use of media to document and foster their work.

I received a BA from Smith College and my MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an MS student, my work focused on the archiving and recordkeeping strategies of documentary filmmakers. Independent media creators often lack the time and infrastructure to preserve their digital files; the same holds true for community arts organizations and other informal associations. Digital preservation in these settings is challenging in that organizations do not have the same access to institutional digital archives expertise and support. I am interested in exploring baseline standards for digital archives that might enable these types of media creators to more effectively manage their digital collections.

My professional experience includes work with information technology firms, non-profit organizations, and most recently with the DigCCurr program at UNC-SILS. I have worked on independent documentary projects through the Salt Institute and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jeannette Bastian

Jeannette A. Bastian is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston where she also directs their archives education program. She was Territorial Librarian of the United States Virgin Islands 1987 to 1998 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. Her archival publications include Owning Memory, How a Caribbean Community Lost Its Archives and Found Its History (2003), Archival Internships 2008), and Community Archives, The Shaping of Memory (2009). Her research interests include the development of archival education, collective memory and postcolonialism.

Belinda Battley

I am studying towards a PhD as an external, part-time student at Monash University, and am also an archivist in the Auckland office of Archives New Zealand, where I have worked since 1990, and am involved in a full range of archival work, from A&D and reference to exhibitions and giving talks. I completed a Masters in information studies, majoring in Archives and Records Management, in 2011, at Victoria University in Wellington, NZ. My Masters project surveyed and analysed factors behind the use of the Australian series system in archival description throughout New Zealand, using a mixed-methods approach, with the Records Continuum model as a tool for analysis. This resulted in two peer-reviewed journal papers, in Archifacts and in Archives and Manuscripts.

My particular interest, and the area of my PhD research, is the fit between Australasian archival description and collective memory construction in communities. I am using a mixed interpretive, critical, auto- ethnographic approach, and I have a particular interest in Records Continuum theory. In my PhD research, I intend to work collaboratively with a community to which I belong to construct a model of their use of records / archives for collective-memory creation and maintenance. To build the model I intend to use a second-generation GT approach. I will then compare this model with a model of the Australian series system developed in consultation with domain experts, and compare both with real-world implementations in Archives.

Snowden Becker

My dissertation in progress explores the archival nature of evidence management in law enforcement, and the people, practices, and processes involved in these agencies’ creation and long-term retention of evidence in a wide variety of audiovisual formats. My research interests more broadly are concerned with how audiovisual materials, especially amateur recordings, are integrated into our cultural heritage. I strongly believe that a 21st century archival education should prepare new members of the field to manage a historical record in which mechanical, electronic, digital and audiovisual components have become ubiquitous. As Program Manager for UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies MA degree, I now engage daily with the challenges of keeping a highly specialized curriculum rigorous, relevant, and rewarding for its students–as well as the need to demonstrate the value of archival studies to a broad range of stakeholders both on and off our campus.

Edward Benoit III

I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Prior to entering the doctoral program, my research covered a wide array of topics including Milwaukee socialism, a case study of photography as primary sources, and representations of progress seen at the 1893 and 1933 World’s Fairs. The doctoral program, however, focused my research agenda. At the broadest level, I explore methods of increasing access and use of information with an emphasis on its discoverability. Within this area, I focus on digital collections with prior research on the impact of the DMCA, social tagging, document evaluation, the history of digital collections, participatory and community archives. My dissertation explores the possible integration of minimal processing and domain expert generated social tagging within digital archives.

As an educator, I strive to integrate emerging technologies within the classroom, and providing opportunities for both online and onsite student engagement with practical applications of learned theory. Professional education requires the mastery of both theoretical and applied techniques; therefore, my teaching philosophy is built upon a constructivist and apprenticeship learning styles. Although no course can completely avoid instructive teaching, the best method provides a theoretical foundation while allowing students to expand their understanding through real world applications. Students gain both experience and the problem solving tools for future issues.

Joel Blanco-Rivera

I’m an Assistant Professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2012. My research interests are archives and transitional justice in Latin America, freedom of information, and social memory. My dissertation is a case study of the work of the National Security Archive in transitional justice mechanisms in Latin America. My current research focuses on the archival implications of the emergence of Freedom of Information laws in Latin America. My current research focuses on the archival implications of memory-making and identity of the Puerto Rican diaspora in the United States.

Sarah Buchanan

Sarah is a doctoral student in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her main research interest in archival studies comprises archival work processes including arrangement and description of special collections, with a focus on archaeological archives and digital classics. She also studies community archives, museums, and archival history. Currently she is a member of the Augmented Processing Table research team investigating arrangements of paper and digital materials. In teaching, she strives to promote a participatory environment that integrates students’ community engagement. Additionally she is active in the Society of American Archivists and helped launch the Bruin Archives Project (BAP) in 2008 as co-president of the SAA Student Chapter at UCLA. She received an M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. with Distinction in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt Burton

I am a doctoral candidate at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. I have an interdisciplinary degree in Bioinformatics from Wesleyan University. After Wesleyan I worked as an information security researcher for the MITRE corporation where I developed open XML standards for the information security community. My past research includes studies of scientific collaboration and the production of long-term data in ecological science. Currently, I study the digital humanities and new modalities of scholarly communication. Specifically, I am examining the infrastructural dynamics of scholarly blogs using quantitative (text mining and qualitative (grounded theory) techniques to construct and analyze an archive of digital humanist blogs.

Jessica Bushey

Jessica is a doctoral candidate in the School of Library, Archives and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include digital image curation and the trustworthiness of digital images stored and accessed in the cloud. Jessica is a graduate research assistant with: InterPARES Trust (, Records in the Cloud Project (, and the Law of Evidence in the Digital Environment Project ( Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Jessica held the position of Digitization Lead at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, in which her team digitally photographed 35,000 ethnographic objects for online discovery and scholarly research. As an Adjunct Professor, Jessica has courses at SLAIS that address non-textual archival materials, open-source software for archival arrangement and description, online archives, and the photographic record.

Ellen-Ray Cachola

Trained in Political Science, Cultural Anthropology and Information Studies, Ellen-Rae Cachola brings an interdisciplinary lens into the Archival field. Her research examines how state-based and community-based archives document different views of security in the Asia-Pacific region. She focuses on the use of oral, kinetic, digital and analogue archival systems in contemporary women’s movements that facilitate cross-cultural communication and develop projects that advocate for non-militarized pathways to peace and security.

Hang Cao

Hang Cao is an associate professor of department of Library, Information and Archives at Shanghai University, China. Research interests are archives information resources management and informatization of archives management, and archives, records and society. Courses taught include Information Economics, Introduction to Archival Science, Modern Foreign Archives Management,  and Compilation Of Archival Documents.

Kathy Carbone

I am a second year doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Performing Arts Librarian and Institute Archivist in the Division of Library and Information Resources at the California Institute of the Arts, (CalArts). I am also a faculty member in the School of Music at CalArts. I hold a BFA in Dance, a MA in Dance and Music, and a MLIS. As a modern dancer and choreographer, I spent over 20 years collaborating with musicians and dancers through improvisation and set material in theater and gallery based live performance events.

My research focuses on artists and archives. More specifically, I investigate the following phenomena: the ways in which visual and performing artists conceptualize, interact with, use, and respond to the archive and archival records; why and how artists use archival records in or as works of art; how archival records as works of art circulate in art and media systems outside of the archive; artist-in-residency programs in archives; and, archivist and artist collaborations.

Janet Ceja

I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona. I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh where I was a part of the first cohort of the American Library Association’s Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship program. Previously, I worked as a moving image archivist in Los Angeles, California.

My approach to archival research and pedagogy is based on interdisciplinary thinking and method. My major fields of interest include the history of film and media, Latin American popular culture, and intangible cultural heritage in Mexico and Latino communities in the U.S. I teach courses on archives that focus on advocacy, moving image preservation, and documentation practices in underrepresented communities. Aligned with the goals of the SIRLS Knowledge River program, my teaching and research is committed to representing and serving the information needs of Latino and Native American populations

Marika Cifor

Marika Cifor is a first-year doctoral student in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is also pursuing a Concentration Certificate in Gender Studies. Her research interests include community archives, particularly in their meeting points with institutional archives, sexuality, affects, queer and feminist theories, and collective memory. She is currently working on a collaborative project between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the Center for the Study of Women and the UCLA Libraries. She holds a MS in Library and Information Science with a Concentration in Archives Management and an MA in History from Simmons College and a BA in History and Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.

Anthony Cocciolo

Anthony Cocciolo is an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Sciecne, where he teaches digital archives, moving image and sound archives, and digital libraries. His research interests are in the uses of emerging information and communications technology to promote human development, particularly building means to promote knowledge construction, civic/democratic engagement and social memory. His work considers how archives and libraries, as well as the interplay between digital and physical spaces, can act as environments or ecologies for promoting these goals.

Anthony completed his doctorate from the Communication, Computing Technology in Education program at Columbia University, and BS in Computer Science from the Unviersity of California, Riverside. Prior to Pratt, he was the Head of Technology for the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he worked extensively on digital projects for the College’s archive and libraries.

Christopher Colwell

I am a Fellow and Life Member of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (a Chartered Secretary). With 25 years experience in the information disciplines, for the last 17 years I have been responsible for implementing records and information management programs in Australian public sector agencies. Currently the Information and Governance Manager at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, I am also a Casual Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Information and Knowledge Management School at the University of Technology, Sydney.

As the inaugural recipient of the RIM Professionals Australasia Research Grant I conducted research into the professional values of the recordkeeping industry in Australasia. This research guided a revision of the RIM Professionals Australasia Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.

The aims of my PhD research are to:

  • explore the nature of the record and the perceptions of its properties in an organizational context;
  • examine other disciplinary perceptions of the record object as information and evidence; and
  • examine the implications of these perceptions for organizations and their performance, as well as for the records management profession with reference to models best practice and other disciplines

Patricia Condon

Patricia Condon is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She received her Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Patti’s teaching and research specializations are archival studies and digital curation. Patti has fifteen years experience researching, teaching, and working in the information disciplines including professional positions in archives, academic libraries, and publication. Her current research focuses on two areas: the curation and stewardship of digital materials in archives and libraries; and the significance of place and sense of place in archives, community collections, and cultural heritage. Patti’s dissertation research focuses on digital curation, with an emphasis on education. Her dissertation explores the character, development, and educational landscape of digital curation knowledge, practices, and skills, and investigates whether digital curation is emerging as an independent discipline. As an archival educator, Patti encourages her students to develop and improve their research and practical skills; attain a more thorough understanding of, and respect for, the theory and history of their field; gain a holistic view of the information disciplines; and creatively explore new ideas. As a lifelong learner, Patti strives to do the same.

Danielle Cooper

Danielle Cooper is a doctoral student at the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University and a founding editor of Feral Feminisms, an independent, inter-media, peer reviewed, open access online journal. She also holds a Masters of Information degree (M.I.) from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Her doctoral research utilizes ethnographic methods to examine LGBT libraries and archives and the queer information-based activities found therein. She is also interested in the activities of activist and autonomous grassroots information organizations more broadly. Her work is featured in Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader and forthcoming in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interactions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies.

Sheila Corrall

I became Professor and Chair of the LIS Program at Pittsburgh in 2012, after eight years as Professor of Librarianship & Information Management at the University of Sheffield, where I was Head of the iSchool 2006-2010. I was previously director of library/information services at three UK universities, and a senior manager at The British Library.

I teach Research Methods and Academic Libraries, and am committed to an inquiry-based pedagogy, which models the process of research in the student learning experience. I aim to develop new professionals as reflective practitioners who have a broad and deep understanding of the context of their work, and can engage critically with current thinking and practice in their field. I never set essays or “term papers”, preferring more meaningful assignments, which require students to relate theory from the literature to real-world practice.

My research areas include the application of business concepts and tools to library and information services; roles, competencies, and education of information professionals; and collection development and information resource management in the digital world. Recent work includes a review of evolving academic library specialties, an international survey of library engagement with bibliometrics and research data, and book chapter on future design of library space from a researcher perspective. I serve on the editorial boards of five journals, and advisory boards of Credo Reference and Facet Publishing. In 2002, I was the first President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and in 2003 received the International Information Industries Lifetime Achievement Award.

Richard Cox

Rixchard J. Cox is Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences where he is responsible for the archives concentration in the Master’s in Library Science degree and the Ph.D. degree. Dr. Cox served as Editor of the American Archivist from 1991 through 1995 and Editor of the Records & Information Management Report from 2001 through 2007. He has written extensively on archival and records management topics and has published eighteen books including: American Archival Analysis: The Recent Development of the Archival Profession in the United States (1990) — winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award given by the Society of American Archivists; Managing Institutional Archives: Foundational Principles and Practices (1992); The First Generation of Electronic Records Archivists in the United States: A Study in Professionalization (1994); Documenting Localities (1996); Closing an Era: Historical Perspectives on Modern Archives and Records Management (2000); Managing Records as Evidence and Information (2001), winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award in 2002; co-editor, Archives & the Public Good: Records and Accountability in Modern Society (2002); Vandals in the Stacks? A Response to Nicholson Baker’s Assault on Libraries (2002); Flowers After the Funeral: Reflections on the Post-9/11 Digital Age (2003); No Innocent Deposits: Forming Archives by Rethinking Appraisal (2004), winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award in 2005; Lester J. Cappon and Historical Scholarship in the Golden Age of Archival Theory (2004); Archives and Archivists in the Information Age (2005); Understanding Archives & Manuscripts (2006) with James M. O’Toole; Ethics, Accountability, and Recordkeeping in a Dangerous World (2006); Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations (2008); The Demise of the Library School: Personal Reflections on Professional Education in the Modern Corporate University (2010); and Archival Anxiety and the Vocational Calling (2011). Recent essays include “Lester J. Cappon and the Creation of Records: The Diary and the Diarist,” Archivaria 75(2013): 115-144; “Lester J. Cappon, Scholarly Publishing, and the Atlas of Early American History, 1957-1976,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43 (2012: 294-321; “War, Memory and Archives: Building a Framework,” Library and Archival Security 25 (2012): 21-57;  and “Lester J. Cappon, an Unwritten Textbook, and Early Archival Education in the United States.”  Information and Culture: A Journal of History, forthcoming. Dr. Cox was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 1989.

Roderic Crooks

My writing currently focuses on Internet participation, mobile computing, data activism, and community archives. In general, I am interested in how narratives around novelty, inevitability, and universality mask the ways that technological systems encode idealized forms of social relations and require performances based on these orderings. I’m trying to work out some ethical issues in the context of mobile computing and cultural heritage, incorporating the multiple perspectives of users, service providers, and society. Before entering the doctoral program, I completed an MLIS at UCLA (2011) and an MFA at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa (2005).

Morgan Currie

Morgan Currie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on the use of statistical data practices in governance and how concepts of openness and transparency drive government policy. She is currently investigating how the City of Los Angeles is implementing its open government data website portal. Currie also works on staff at UCLA’s Kleinrock Center for Internet Studies (KCIS), as a researcher and program coordinator; there she writes on the history of early electronic network gateways and California’s network cultures. Currie will have an MLIS from UCLA in 2014 and has a Masters in New Media from the University of Amsterdam.

Elizabeth Daniels

I am a first year PhD student at Monash University, I also work as a Project Archivist at The University of Melbourne’s e-Scholarship Research Centre.

Morgan Daniels

I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. My research focuses on people’s experiences of information reuse, a theme that I have explored in several contexts. Within traditional archives, I have looked at the impact of college and university archives on student users and worked on the development of tools for user-based assessment of archives (both with the Archival Metrics project). More recently my focus has shifted to look specifically at the reuse of research data. My work in this area includes an interview and observation-based study of scientists’ data management and reuse practices and an analysis of staff approaches to change in data over time at three repositories.

Combining my experience investigating data reuse and a background gained through the completion of a museum studies certificate, I am currently finishing up my dissertation on the topic of research use of museum materials, including artifacts, their representations, and research data collections held by museums. Using a comparative case study approach, I address the various kinds of data held by two museums and the ways in which researchers in several fields use those data to develop new knowledge. It also explores the implications of museum data sources for developing data sharing infrastructure. At AERI, I will present material based on my dissertation work. I look forward to receiving feedback on this work from the AERI community.

Devan Donaldson

Devan Ray Donaldson is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. In the broad research areas of data curation and digital preservation, he investigates preservation management, preservation metadata, digital repositories, users and issues of trust and trustworthiness in a digital preservation context. He holds a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2005, he studied abroad at Oxford University, Hertford College. He has been a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar since 2002, a Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellow since 2008 and an Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member since 2012.

Lorrie Dong

I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information (UT). My dissertation research focuses on the social ecologies of mental health records over time. I am studying how medical records from a state institution in the American South were involved in social relationships within the hospital and across broader communities (e.g., professional, local) from the late 19th century, as active records, to the present, as archival materials. The intent is to better understand how these records were and continue to be part of dynamic power structures and, consequently, to consider the place of medical records within several cultural heritage and archival paradigms.

I hold a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.Phil. in Renaissance literature from the University of Cambridge; and a MSIS with a specialization in preservation administration from UT. I am currently the conservation technician at the Architecture & Planning Library. Past institutions that I have worked for include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Jonathan Dorey

Jonathan Dorey is a Ph.D. candidate at the McGill University School of Information Studies in Montréal, Canada. His doctoral research focuses on the needs and expectations of history undergraduates with regards to access to digital archives. His primary fields of study are language and information, information behaviour, information and archival literacy, archival use and reuse. Jonathan has been an active participant at AERI since 2011 and was part of the Scoping the Published Archival Research Corpus (SPARC) and Charting the Archival Enterprise in Doctoral Education through AERI research projects. He has taught master level classes at the McGill University School of Information Studies and Université de Montréal’s École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information.

Jonathan holds an MLIS from McGill University (2010), a graduate certificate in website and software localization from Université de Montréal (2008) and a bachelor’s degree in translation and East-Asian studies from Université de Montréal (2002). He is a certified translator since 2005. Jonathan has worked at BG Communications and Harris Interactive in Montréal as well as numerous clients as a translator, at Google Montréal as a local bilingual taxonomy specialist and at CEDROM-SNi as a librarian.

Wendy Duff

I obtained my Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Pittsburgh. I am the Director of the Digital Curation Institute, and teach archives and records management with a focus on access to archival materials. I am a founding member of AX-SNet, an evolving international team of researchers interested in facilitating access to primary materials. I have also served as a member of the ICA Adhoc Commission on Descriptive Standards, the Encoded Archival Description Working Group, and The Canadian Council of Archives Standards Committee.

Joanne Evans

I am a Lecturer in the Faculty of IT at Monash University involved in teaching the archives and records units of our Bachelor, Grad Diploma and Masters courses, as well as other units in the information systems and information management areas. My research relates to the design and development of archival information systems, with particular emphasis on recordkeeping metadata, interoperability and sustainability. I am particularly interested in exploring the requirements for archival systems in community environments using inclusive systems and research design approaches. With digital and networking information technologies throwing down many challenges for archival and recordkeeping endeavours, in both my teaching and my research I like to explore how they may help us develop better archival and recordkeeping infrastructures, in turn enriching our understanding of records, archives and archivists in society.

Rebecca Frank

Rebecca D. Frank is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research interests include the sustainability of digital information, risk management and disaster planning, digital preservation, and trustworthy digital repositories. Rebecca also holds a Master’s degree in Information Science with a focus on Preservation of Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Frank F. Furstenberg

Frank F. Furstenberg, is a Professor of Sociology and Research Associate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  His interest in the American family began at Columbia University where he received his Ph. D. in 1967.  His recent books are Behind the Academic Curtain: How to Find Success and Happiness with a PhD (2013) and Destinies of the Disadvantaged: The Politics of Teen Childbearing (2007).  His current research projects focus on the family in the context of disadvantaged urban neighborhoods, adolescent sexual behavior, cross national research on children’s well-being, urban education and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Patricia Galloway

Patricia Galloway joined the University of Texas at Austin School of Information’s archival studies specialization, where she is now Professor, in 2000. She teaches courses in digital archives, archival appraisal, and historical museums. From 1979 to 2000 she worked at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where she was an editor, historian, museum exhibit developer, and manager of archival information systems, and from 1997 to 2000 directed an NHPRC-funded project to create an electronic records program for Mississippi. Her academic qualifications include a BA in French from Millsaps College (1966); MA (1968) and PhD (1973) in Comparative Literature and PhD in Anthropology (2004), all from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patricia Garcia

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. I received a B.A. in English literature from St. Edward’s University in 2005, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Texas, Austin in 2007, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. I am currently completing a dissertation titled “Beyond the Textbook: Primary Sources and Inquiry- based Learning in Science Education.” My research analyzes the relationship between inquiry-based educational practices and the critical thinking skills that are fostered through the instructional use of primary sources.

Anne Gilliland

I am a professor specializing in archival studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. I have worked extensively teaching, supervising, co-supervising and mentoring Master’s and Ph.D. students from UCLA and several other universities and countries. I am also the Director of the Center for Information as Evidence (CIE) at UCLA. My recent work addresses conceptualizations of the record, the archive, and evidence in an increasingly digital, post-colonial and globalized world. Given this context, I am particularly interested in the following aspects:

  1. Archival informatics, e.g., metadata and metadata archaeology, design and evaluation of cultural information systems, and digital recordkeeping;
  2. Professional and research infrastructure-building for Archival Studies, e.g., archival research methods, archival intellectual history, community-based research, professional and research education and pedagogy, internationalization of archival work, pluralization of the field and its theory and practice base, and archival education; and,
  3. Social justice and human rights issues as they relate to archives and records and especially Indigenous, racial and ethnic, LGBT and other under-represented or underempowered communities of record.
  4. The agency and affect of archives and recordkeeping on the daily lives of individuals and communities seeking to recover and establish transparency after ethnic and religious conflicts.

I am committed to supporting the development of archival education programs around the world that produce rigorous, reflexive, critical, culturally-sensitive, technologically competent, and globally-aware archival practitioners, researchers and educators.

Elaine Goh

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. My doctoral dissertation research aims to identify areas where the archival legislation in Commonwealth countries addresses the management of public records and gaps between the legislation and recordkeeping activities. My other research interests include the management and preservation of records in the cloud as well as organizational culture and behaviour. I am also a graduate research assistant for the Records in the Cloud and the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) Trust Projects. Prior to starting to my PhD, I worked at the National Archives of Singapore. I hold a Masters of Archival Studies from UBC and a B.Soc. Sci from the National University of Singapore.

Karen Gracy

Karen F. Gracy joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science of Kent State University as assistant professor in 2007. She possesses an MLIS and PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in critical studies of Film and Television from UCLA. Recent publications have appeared in JASIST, Archival Science, American Archivist, Journal of Library Metadata, and Information and Culture.

Dr. Gracy’s scholarly interests are found within the domain of cultural heritage stewardship, which encompasses a broad range of activities such as preservation and conservation processes and practices, digital curation activities that consider the roles of heritage professionals and users in the lifecycle of objects and records, as well as knowledge representation activities such as definitions of knowledge domains, development of standards for description, and application of new technologies to improve access to cultural heritage objects.

Dr. Gracy teaches in the areas of preservation and archiving, with a focus on moving image archives and digital preservation issues. As an instructor, one of her greatest challenges is to take students’ natural attraction to the physical material in collections and transform it into an enthusiasm for and a mastery of the complex set of functions and tasks which comprise the world of cultural heritage stewardship. To learn to think like an archivist or a preservationist, a student must gain both theoretical and practical knowledge and use those two types of knowledge in tandem to make decisions in real-world environments.

Ann Graf

I have a BA in mass communication with emphasis on broadcast media and an MLIS with a focus on the organization of information. I am a fourth semester PhD student with interests in historical and bibliographic research methods and digital image archives. I am currently beginning to narrow my dissertation topic, which will involve the community archiving and information organization practices of those who photograph ephemeral art (graffiti, street art, temporary art) and who describe and post their collections on the Internet. My research objectives involve analyzing the motivations, methods, and purposes behind these digital collections to inform preservation of the cultural record left behind within what is often considered a contested or overlooked art form.

I have taught information literacy for three semesters at a local career college. My teaching has positively influenced my view of what might be called “naïve” information classification and collecting practices by those not trained in information studies. Just as in taking a photo, both research and teaching involve carefully framing a subject within time and space and giving special attention to information context or lack thereof. My personal involvement in photography for the past 30 years presents a natural lens through which to view both my teaching and research aspirations (pun intended).

Jane Gruning

I am a third year doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. My research interests are in the area of digital archives and the preservation of digital objects. I am interested in how human experiences of digital objects as virtual and/or physical affect how we try (or don’t try) to keep those objects for the long term. I approach these topics from the perspective of discourse, that is, how our talk about digital objects reflects our conceptions of those objects. An additional and related interest of mine is the study of digital virtual consumption. This is the phenomenon of the purchase of virtual objects, often within online games.

Currently I am the Graduate Research Assistant for an NSF-funded study (PI, Dr. Lecia Barker) concerning faculty adoption of new teaching practices in STEM disciplines (primarily Computer Science). I hope that I will be able to apply the knowledge of teaching approaches that I gain during this project to the work of training archival students in technical skills that are becoming increasingly essential for digital archivists.

Robb Hernández

Joining the English Department at the University of California, Riverside in 2012, I teach courses in Latina/o cultural studies and serve on the faculty advisory boards for LGBIT studies and Designated Emphasis in Book, Archive, and Manuscript Studies. My research is grounded in the spirit of recovery and the “archival impulse” in Latino cultural practices where Mexican American altar-building, nicho assembly, yard shrines, and rasquachismo aesthetics preserve memory making-do “within the world of the tattered, shattered and broken.” My current book project entitled, “Archival Body/Archival Space: Queer Remains of the Chicano Avant-Garde,” confronts the lost bodies of record for queer avant-gardists once critical to the Chicano art movement yet little known due to cultural neglect, non-extant visual evidence, and AIDS crisis. Written in the vein of “art memorial” criticism, I propose a queer archive fieldwork methodology that challenges archive empiricism and espouse a set of analytics to explain how queerness remains in alternative archive formations and creative recordkeeping practices rupturing the compulsory heteronormative vision of this art movement. My monographs, The Fire of Life: The Robert Legorreta— Cyclona Collection, 1962-2002, and VIVA Records: Lesbian and Gay Latino Artists of Los Angeles, 1970- 2000 were published in the “Chicano Archive” book series edited by Chon A. Noriega and Lizette Guerra and distributed by the University of Washington Press. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park (2011) where I co-founded the first Latina/o Studies program in the Mid-Atlantic and coordinated the Latino Museum Studies Program for the Smithsonian Institution.

Luciana Heymann

My whole career has been developed at the Center of Research and Documentation of Brazilian Contemporary History (CPDOC), at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. Hired as a researcher in 1986, I worked organizing personal archives of members of the Brazilian political elite. When I began my Social Anthropology master’s degree in the early 1990s, I decided to develop my fieldwork on one of these archives. In my doctoral thesis in Sociology, I have focused the issue of the social construction of historic “legacies”, analyzing the role of personal archives in the projects of construction of exemplary individual trajectories.

I am now a member of the staff of the Graduate Program in History, Politics and Cultural Assets of CPDOC, created in 2003. In recent years, I have been in charge of the Memory and collections discipline, in which I try to call the students attention to a socio-historical approach of archives, to their related representations and the archivists’ role in the production of discourses about the past.

More recently, I have been interested in the memory of the Brazilian military regime (1964-1985). The creation of the Political Struggles in Brazil Reference Center in 2009 and of a Commission of Truth and Reconciliation in 2012, are signs that the memory of this period is finally becoming State policy. What are the outlines of this process and its effects on archival practices and representations are some of the questions that I am interested in.

Xiaoyu Huang

Dr. Xiaoyu Huang is an associate professor of IRM School at Renmin University of China. She got the doctor degree in 2002, majored in Archives Theory and Modernization of Archives Management. She has taught 6 courses for undergraduates and graduates. Her research interests include archival education, archival theory, archives management in foreign countries, social service in archival profession, personnel archives. By now, she has published 6 monographs, 7 teaching books, and more than 130 academic articles. She has taken in charge of 4 research projects , and participated in 6 research projects from national to bureau level. She has got many professional teaching and research prizes, and most important prizes include National New Century Excellent Talents and National First-class Doctoral Dissertation. She had been offered several training and visiting programs in United States and Canada. She had been the visiting professor of SLAIS at UBC. She had been one of the Editorial Members of Comma. She had been one of the interpreters, translators, speakers and attendees of 13th, 16th and 17th ICA Congress. She had been one of the speakers of 1st and 3rd Asia and Pacific Conference on Archival Education. Almost all her speeches at International conferences were related to archival education. Her goal to attend AERI 2014 is to build more communications among archival education and research community.

Dalena Hunter

Dalena Hunter is a fourth year PhD student in the Information Studies Program at UCLA. Her focus in on archives, specifically the relationship between record producing bodies, cultural narratives, and institutions of power.

Lauren Kilgour

In the Fall of 2014, I will enter the PhD program in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. Currently, I am completing my Master of Information degree at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information in the Archives and Records Management concentration. In this program of study, much of my research explores the theoretical, social and cultural dimensions of records and record keeping practices in public and institutional contexts. Within this wider area of focus, my primary research project draws upon my background working in the volunteer and nonprofit sectors to critically examine the information needs and experiences of offenders. As part of this larger research agenda, my work engages with a number of fields: archives and records management, impact studies, social justice, public policy, education, science and technology studies, social and cultural theory, and public and applied scholarship. Previously, I completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree also at the University of Toronto, with a Specialist in English and Minors in History and American Studies.

David Kim

David Kim is a doctoral candidate in the department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the cultural politics of representation in digital archives. He has developed several digital projects that explore emerging methods and multimodal scholarship in the digital humanities, including 3D/simulation archive of LA Chicana/o murals, digital archive of Asian American contemporary art, and network analysis of Native American ethnographic photographs in the early twentieth-century.

James King

James King is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. He holds a BA from Samford University, an MA in English from Boston College, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, he worked as an Admissions Coordinator at North Bennet Street School and completed archives courses at Simmons College. His current research interests lie in the intersection of archives and questions of cultural memory and conflict, particularly those addressing how archives function within communities fractured by war and other historical traumas. My research and teaching are both informed by an interdisciplinary approach that draws from my background in the humanities.

Ann-Sofie Klareld

I commenced as a Ph.D. Candidate in February 2013 within the project Good Information Governance (GOINFO) at the Department of Archives and Computer Science, Mid Sweden University. I have a bachelor’s degree in Archives and Information Science and a Master of Arts in Ethnology. Prior to entering the doctoral program, I worked as an archivist and a registrar for five years, foremost in the governmental and municipal sector in Sweden.

My scholarship philosophy is still developing since I am a new researcher. My dissertation in progress explores the change of power and mandates over archives as a consequence of the current e-government development. I anticipate that attending AERI and interacting with other archival scholars will lead me to further formulate a scholarship philosophy, and develop my skills as a researcher.

Since I began my academic career as a Ph D Candidate, I have completed courses in Computer and Applied Systems Science, Information Management, Scientific Writing and Presentation, Theory of Social and Cultural Sciences and Innovative Applications of Research and Science. Milestones accomplished include writing a research proposal, doing a preliminary data collection at public authorities, participating in GOINFO workshop series planning and the project InterPARES Trust in Digital Records in an Increasingly Networked World.

To attend AERI will be a great opportunity for me to meet and learn from experienced scholars from around the world, discuss and receive comments on my research and writing, something that will significantly help me to publish my first paper in a peer reviewed journal.

Adam Kriesberg

I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. My research interests focus on access to digital archival and cultural materials. I am currently working on my dissertation, which examines public-private partnerships between US state archival institutions and the private sector (companies such as and ProQuest). My research explores how these partnerships emerge, how they are managed during their active periods, and how they affect citizen access to archival materials using a mixed-methods approach. During my time at Michigan, I have worked as a Graduate Student Research Assistant on the Archival Metrics and Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) projects.

My commitment to archival scholarship comes from a belief that our field must continue advocating for public access to digitized archival materials. The affordances of technology should not obscure the need for continued critical inquiry into the role of digital records in the public information landscape. As a scholar, I aspire to be a strong supporter of public access to information of all types, and to emphasize this idea in my research and teaching. Preservation of the cultural record and the provision of access for citizens are continued drivers of my work, and a source of inspiration as I explore access systems and the impact of partnerships with public archival institutions.

Aline Lacerda

I’m a historian who always worked with historical archives. In the last years, I’ve been working at the Department of Archive and Documentation of Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, a center of research and documentation of public health belonged to Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I deal with personal and institutional historical archives related to the Brazilian history of medicine and public health. Recently I coordinate a MBA on preservation and management of Science and Health Cultural Heritage at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz.

In my career, I was responsible for various projects of historical archival management. Besides being responsible for organizing many archival funds, I also took part of the creation of centers of documentation such as Pediatric Memorial, in Rio de Janeiro. My professional experience includes curatorship of exhibitions events, publishing editions and pedagogic activities. I was teacher of the Information Science Department at Fluminense Federal University in the Archival Faculty, where I was responsible for disciplines such as archival fundaments, history of archives and archival institution management.

I have published the photobiography Carlos Chagas, a scientist of Brazil, and Photographs in archives: the production and meaning of visual records (, among other articles.

Alison Langmead

I have made a concerted effort in my professional career to combine my enthusiasm for academic work with an equally strong desire to use this theoretical research in daily practice. While working towards by PhD in art history and my MLIS, for example, I held a variety of positions in a number of library-museum- archives settings, including a full- time post as the archivist/records and information manager in a small business. I currently hold a joint faculty appointment at the University of Pittsburgh that again combines the practical and the theoretical.

In my teaching, I believe that a successful graduate education in the field of archives and records/information management must satisfy two basic requirements. First, as befits any professional education, our students must become acquainted with a set of basic practical skills. Second, our students need to acquire a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical and historical underpinnings that support these practical proficiencies. Without a solid awareness of the reasons why current practice is the way that it is, our students will be hard-pressed to make sense of future changes, and they will also find it more difficult to become the proactive agents of change that we need them to be in order to propel these professions forward in an increasingly information-based economy.

Ronald L. Larsen

Ronald L. Larsen is a professor and dean of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh. He was one of the founding deans of the iSchool consortium circa 2003 and the second to chair the iCaucus (2006-08); he has been elected to serve a second term as chair from 2016-18. During the mid to late 1990’s, Ron was the assistant director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led research programs in digital libraries, information management, and cross-lingual information utilization, with particular emphases on interoperability and the development of performance metrics for large scale distributed information systems. His career includes 17 years at the University of Maryland, where he served as assistant vice president for computing, associate director of libraries for information technology, executive director of a 10-university consortium on workforce development, and affiliate associate professor of computer science. Prior to that he managed research programs in automation and robotics at NASA and developed its research program in computer science. Dr. Larsen holds a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University, an M.S. in Applied Physics from Catholic University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park.

Cal Lee

Christopher (Cal) Lee is Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches courses on archival administration; records management; digital curation; understanding information technology for managing digital collections; and acquiring information from digital storage media. He is a lead organizer and instructor for the DigCCurr Professional Institute, and he teaches professional workshops on the application of digital forensics methods and principles to digital acquisitions.

Cal’s primary area of research is the curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods into professional practice. Cal developed “A Framework for Contextual Information in Digital Collections,” and edited and provided several chapters to I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era published by the Society of American Archivists.

Cal is Principal Investigator of BitCurator, which is developing and disseminating open-source digital forensics tools for use by archivists and librarians. He was also Principal Investigator of the Digital Acquisition Learning Laboratory (DALL) project, which incorporated digital forensics tools and methods into digital curation education. Cal has served as Co-PI on several projects focused on preparing professionals for digital curation: Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr), DigCCurr II: Extending an International Digital Curation Curriculum to Doctoral Students and Practitioners; Educating Stewards of Public Information for the 21st Century (ESOPI- 21), Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure (ESOPI2), and Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG).

Jamie Lee

Jamie A. Lee is a Doctoral Candidate in Information Resources and Library Science with a Gender & Women’s Studies minor at the University or Arizona. Her proposed dissertation project, A Queer/ed Archival Methodology: Theorizing Practice through Radical Interrogations of the Archival Body, emerges from her work with the Institute for LGBT Studies to develop the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA), the statewide LGBTQ archive. The AQA’s cornerstone collection and programmatic focus is the Arizona LGBTQ Storytelling Project, which Jamie founded in 2008 as Arizona’s first LGBTQ archive and queer oral history collection. Following archival literatures that have traced archival theory and practice from the modern to postmodern, Jamie’s dissertation project will argue for and instantiate an archival shift into the posthuman, the call to radically re-define human and non-human as bodies, stories, and practices that are simultaneously becoming and unbecoming within multiply-situated locations, identities, technologies, representations, and timescapes. In order to develop a Queer/ed Archival Methodology, she approaches the archives as embodied and, therefore, will use the body as a framework to imagine and understand the archive as a body of knowledge and, importantly, a body of multiple knowledges that does not and cannot fit into normative and stable categories as dictated by dominant discourse and ideology. She is alum of the Knowledge River Program. She has worked in film/TV since 1991, has produced, and directed award-winning social justice films that have screened worldwide. She values the power of storytelling – the everyday experts and everyday stories that constitute archives.

Noah Lenstra

The central research question I address in my research is “How do people construct the past in the present?” I investigate how people (individuals and groups) interact with information technologies and information institutions (archives, libraries, museums, media and corporations) in processes of building historical consciousness and collective & personal identities. Understanding how new media effect these processes drives much of my research. My methodological commitments lead me to combine in-depth studies of small groups with global & historical contextualizations. Scholarship I find useful in this domain space includes work in community informatics, archival studies, library science, museum studies, public history, cultural studies, memory studies, folklore studies, oral history, tourism studies, family studies, print culture & new media studies, the political economy of information and cultural heritage studies. I have co-developed a Master’s level seminar on Digital Public History, and work in the Community Informatics Research Lab, directed by my adviser Kate Williams. I aspire to powerfully communicate the findings of my research both to the scholarly and practitioner communities.

Amalia Skarlatou Levi

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. My research is interdisciplinary and my dissertation explores three main issues: a) the application of digital humanities methods in historical scholarship on diasporas, b) the intersection and linking of archival collections with content produced today online, and c) the affordances and challenges of ‘big data’ in humanities research. I am particularly interested in Linked Open Data, as well as in emerging content-linking technologies in computer science and their applicability in cultural heritage and history. I am also interested in how archives and museums inform our understanding of our identity and in how memory and identity are articulated and reified in archives, particularly online ones. I have previously worked in museums, developing exhibits, and conducting archival research. I hold a Master’s in Library Sciences, and an M .A. in History, concentration in Jewish History, both from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey; I completed her B.A. in Archaeology and History of Art in Athens, Greece. For the future, I want to pursue an academic career, and would like to split my time between a history department and an iSchool.

Zach Lischer-Katz

Zack Lischer-Katz is a Library and Information Science PhD candidate at Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information. He studies how knowledge is constructed within archival communities. His research interests include moving image archives, preservation standards, and the documentary practices of preservationists. He has taught courses on Digital Libraries for the Masters in Library and Information Science program at Rutgers University, and Video Preservation for the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program at New York University. Before beginning doctoral work at Rutgers, he worked from 2005 to 2012 at New York University as Archive Assistant for the Cinema Studies Department Study Center and Film Archive, curated the weekly Cinema Studies 16mm film series, and assisted with the administration of the MIAP Program.

James Lowry

James Lowry is a doctoral research student in the Department of Information Studies, University College London. His research uses economics theories and models to examine restrictions on access to government records and archives. He is also the Deputy Director of the International Records Management Trust. He has led records and archives management projects in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Russia, and Tunisia, and he was the lead researcher for the Trust’s Aligning Records Management with ICT, e-Government and Freedom of Information in East Africa research project, which examined public sector records management capacity across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi in relation to government priorities for computerisation and access to information. He has published on the development of national capacities for government record-keeping (regulatory frameworks, role of national archives, convergence) and access to information (Commonwealth admin istrative traditions, cultures of secrecy, migrated archives, Freedom of Information and Open Data), most recently editing a special issue of Comma; The Journal of the International Council on Archives on government record-keeping in sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Master of Information Management (Archives and Record-keeping) degree from Curtin University, Australia.

Sue McKemmish

Professor Sue McKemmish, PhD, is Chair of Archival Systems, Monash University, Associate Dean of Research Training in the Faculty of IT, and founding Director of the Monash University Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics. She is engaged in major research and standards initiatives relating to the use of metadata in records and archival systems, information resource discovery and smart information portals, Australian Indigenous archives, community archiving, and the development of more inclusive archival educational programs that meet the needs of diverse communities. Sue McKemmish directs the postgraduate teaching programs in records and archives at Monash, has published extensively on recordkeeping in society, records continuum theory, recordkeeping metadata archival systems, and archival research design and methods. She is a Laureate of the Australian Society of Archivists.

Jennifer Marshall

I am an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. I hold a PhD in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in archival studies, from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary research interests relate to archival appraisal and to the roles that archives and archivists play in facilitating historical accountability and social justice. My teaching responsibilities lie mainly in the areas of archival administration and preservation management. I view teaching as an ongoing learning process and I enjoy the opportunities and challenges involved in striving towards excellence in teaching in both the traditional classroom and online settings. Regardless of course delivery method, I bring a student-centered approach to teaching. I measure my effectiveness in large part by the success that I am able to facilitate for my students during their learning process and into their careers.

Eleanor Mattern

Eleanor “Nora” Mattern is a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Nora’s research interests are in the areas of government records, information policy, and information ethics. Her current work explores issues surrounding the ownership of information and cultural materials. At the University of Pittsburgh, Nora has taught a course in Museum Archives and has co-taught courses in Library and Archival Preservation, Archival Appraisal, and Archival Advocacy, Access, and Ethics. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Cultural Property and Library and Archival Security.

Lindsay Kistler Mattock

Lindsay is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. Prior to her doctoral studies, she also earned a MLIS with a focus in Archives, Preservation and Records Management and a BA in Film Studies from the University. Her professional experience as a video-technician and personal interest in filmmaking and photography have shaped her academic interest in the preservation of visual media, both analog and digital, and the recordkeeping practices of media creators. Her dissertation research seeks to investigate the development of archival practices in non-profit media organizations, including media arts centers and media collectives. Lindsay also teaches the Moving Image Archives course offered through the School of Information Sciences each summer, which provides the students enrolled in the MLIS program with an introduction to the history and development of audiovisual archives as well as the principles and practices related to the preservation of audiovisual media.

Katie Pierce Meyer

I am a doctoral student in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Building collaborative relationships between archives and the architectural community is central to my research agenda. Through my work, I intend to contribute to an active discussion between professionals in libraries, archives and museums and the architectural community to create networks that can result in the sustainability of records that document the built environment. I bring my practice as an archivist and training as an architectural historian to my research focus on the socio-technical environment in which architectural records are created. My primary concern is a disconnection between contemporary practices in architecture, engineering, and construction and the ability of cultural institutions to preserve the industry’s records. I believe that actively working with the community that generates records is crucial to the long-term preserva tion of records.

I received a BA in Philosophy from Southwestern University in 2002 and completed a MS in Information Studies at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2007. After receiving my MA in Architectural History from the UT School of Architecture, I returned to the School of Information as an IMLS Preservation Fellow. Throughout my graduate education, I have held a project archivist position at the Alexander Architectural Archives, where I am currently processing the Charles W. Moore archives.

Jessica Meyerson

I am the Digital Archivist at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information where I study ‘the university as an information preservation organization.’ My doctoral research examines the intersection between local repository digital preservation and access needs, extra-departmental document creation and storage practices, and university-level information technology policy. My bachelors degree is in Political Science and I earned an MSIS in 2012 with a specialization in Digital Archives and Digital Preservation.

Angela Murillo

I am fourth-year doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my MLIS from the University of Iowa in May 2010. During my master’s program I was a Digital Libraries Research Fellow. I also worked for Digital Library Services and Special Collections and University Archives. My bachelor’s degrees are in Geosciences, English, and Spanish. During my English and Spanish degree I focused mainly on urban studies and transnational literatures. During my Geoscience degree my research was focused in geochemistry and paleoclimatology.

My current research focuses on: (1) scientific data management, reuse and sharing of data, and collaboration; specifically earth sciences, (2) scientific data repositories, data, and metadata; specifically earth sciences, (3) information seeking behavior of scientists, and (4) social and cultural aspects of information seeking behavior and use of information specifically for scientists.

Benedicta Obodoruku

I am a doctoral candidate from Long Island University- Post [U.S.A], concentration on refugees. My research is based on refugees from the Horn of Africa. My visit [recently] to Tanzania refugee camp [conducting interviews, focus group discussions and unobtrusive observations of refugee/camp] has given me a broad experience on the issues of refugees, which I hope to share at the conference.

Gillian Oliver

I currently teach and conduct research in records and archives at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. My most recent professional experience prior to this was as part of the foundation team established to initiate digital archiving capability at New Zealand’s national archives. I have extensive experience in online distance education and am particularly interested in the challenges of developing and building innovative and vibrant professional communities in a small country context. My PhD is from Monash University, and this doctoral study was the catalyst for my ongoing research agenda in organizational culture and information culture. I am editor of the New Zealand archivists’ professional journal, Archifacts, and an editor-in-chief of Archival Science.

Alex Poole

A fourth-year doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a DigCCurr II Fellow (2010-2013), Alex Poole hails from Connecticut and was graduated from the Loomis Chaffee School (cum laude), Williams College (Highest Honors, History), Brown University (MA, History), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MSLS, Beta Phi Mu). He received the 2013 Theodore Calvin Pease Award for “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-20th Century American South.” Poole’s research interests pivot around digital curation, digital humanities, pedagogy, and all things archival.

Waraporn Poolsatitiwat

My three-year experience as a history lecturer and three-month experience as an archive officer remind me that the preservation of historical documents and the awareness of their value in Thailand are underdeveloped. Most Thais including well-educated people have never known what archive is. In their perception, archive is just a place like a library or a museum for exhibiting ancient objects. Although Thai government has implemented law and regulation about archive management for 50 years, it needs improvement in particular human resources. With the passionate of history and the desire to see the progress of archive system in Thailand, I, therefore, decided to take a scholarship from Thai government to study about Archive Management in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2010. After one year studying MA in archives and records management at University of Liverpool from 2011 to 2012, I found that I need more knowledge in archival science and would like to conduct a research relating to archival education. I, therefore, decided to study PhD at University of Liverpool in 2013. As I know that I am assigned to take responsible for managing postgraduate course regarding archives and records management at Silpakorn University after completing this doctoral degree program in 2016, I selected to do my PhD thesis relating to my future job. My thesis aims to design archival training course in Thailand to (1) meet international standards and contemporary need, (2) fit with Thai environment and culture, (3) comply with Thai educational system and (4) achieve market need.

Ricardo Punzalan

Ricky Punzalan is an assistant professor of archives and digital curation at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. In addition to an MLIS from the University of the Philippines, he completed two certificates of graduate studies at Michigan, one in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and another in Museum Studies. His dissertation project examined virtual reunification as a strategy to provide integrated access to dispersed ethnographic archival images online. Punzalan has been active internationally in developing community archives. In May and June 2009, he worked in Techiman, Ghana, to establish the archives of the traditional council and studied the impact of placing this archival unit within a proposed community heritage center. From 2005 to 2006, he organized the archives of Culion, a former leprosarium in the Philippines, and curated a museum exhibit for the centennial of the community’s founding as a segregation facility. Prior to his doctoral work at Michigan, he taught on the faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies, where he served as assistant professor of archives and library science and as museum archivist for the Vargas Museum. His articles have been published in Archives and Manuscripts, Archivaria, and Archival Science.

Sarah Ramdeen

Sarah Ramdeen is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the project coordinator for the IMLS sponsored program – Educating Librarian in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century (ELIME-21) and a student fellow in the Earth Science Information Partners Federation (ESIP). Her research interests include the information seeking behavior of geologists when seeking physical sample materials. Physical samples cannot be completely digitized but often have digital materials associated with them. These hybrid collections have unique curation needs which can be better understood by investigating how users access and use these collections.

Ms. Ramdeen holds a BS in Geology and a BA in Humanities from Florida State University (FSU). She also holds an MS in Library and Information Studies with a Certificate in Museum Studies from FSU. In the fall of 2006 she was an intern in London at the Natural History Museum and before entering the PhD program at UNC, she worked for the Florida Geological Survey. Additional information can be found on her website.

Mario H. Ramirez

Mario H. Ramírez is doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where his research interests include the role of states of repression in the creation of documentary evidence, the archiving of human rights violations in Latin America and the construction of memory and national identities in post-conflict societies and their Diasporas. He is author of “Witness to Brutality: Documenting Torture and Truth in Post-Civil War El Salvador” in Archiefkunde, “The Task of the Latino/a Archivist: On Archiving Identity and Community” in Interactions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, and co-author, with Laurence Lepetit and Patrizia Lapiscopia, of “The Role of Social Media and Web 2.0 Technologies in the Protection of Cultural Heritage.” He is a founding member of the U.S. Chapter of Archivists without Borders, co-chair of the Displaced Ar chives Project and is a steering committee member of the Manuscript Repositories Section of the Society of American Archivists. In addition to an M.S. in Library Science and Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Long Island University, C.W. Post, he holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gina Rappaport

I am an incoming doctoral student in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies; my advisor is Dr. Ricardo Punzalan. I received my MA in History, Archives, and Records Management from Western Washington University in 2007. My research interests orient on the intersection of historiography and archival research, and the implications of archival practice on the historical record. I am concerned with the integration of archival theory into practice, especially with respect to the management of photographic collections; I explored some of these concerns in my master’s thesis, Limitations and Improvements in the Archival Management of Photographs. Another area of strong interest is the responsive and respectful care of archival materials relating to indigenous communities, and I wish to explore ways to bridge epistemological conflict in the management of intangible cultural heritage materials. I am active in the profess ional community, currently serving as vice-chair/chair elect for the Native American Archives Roundtable of SAA.

Professionally, I am the Archivist for Photograph Collections and Head Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives, a position I have held since 2009. Before joining the Smithsonian, I was a project archivist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pribilof Project Office where I co-authored The Pribilof Islands, a Guide to Photographs and Illustrations, a publication on historical visual resources relating to Pribilof Islands History. Prior to this I worked as a project archivist for a variety of individuals and institutions, including the University of Washington, The National Park Service, and the Winthrop Group.

Vanessa Reyes

Vanessa Reyes is a Doctoral Student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and a B.A. in English from Florida International University. Having worked in legislative, university, and public libraries, she became interested in exploring the PIM field when she noticed that researchers’ interest were sparked when they used appropriately organized and preserved personal collections for scholarly work. Her current research contributes to the emerging field of personal information management (PIM), quantifying how individual users are organizing, managing, and preserving digital information. Future goals consists of finding ways to make a sustainable difference in how our digital heritage is preserved for future generations by examining trends of how individual users are managing and preserving their information.

Lorraine Richards Bornn

I am an Assistant Professor at the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University, performing research in the areas of digital curation and preservation. I am currently co-PI with Dr. William C. Regli of CCI on a Federal Aviation Administration-funded contract research project, “A Research Study of Curation and Stewardship of Technical Data,” which is helping the FAA to develop requirements and a prototype OAIS-compliant “big data” repository to manage its scientific research data. I am also an instructor in the Digital Curation Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle, hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My dissertation Evidence-as-a-Service: State Recordkeeping in the Cloud, defended in October 2013, investigated information stewards working in public sector organizations that had recently implemented cloud computing. It investigated the extent to which the self-reported roles and responsibilities of archives and records management professionals coincide or differ from those reported by archives and records management journals over the past 42 years, finding empirical support for the Continuum Theorists’ hypotheses about the distributed nature of recordkeeping roles and responsibilities. It also examined how cross-occupational relationships among recordkeeping stewards affect records managers’ ability to perform recordkeeping responsibilities successfully in cloud computing environments. It found that shifting power dynamics created incentives to engage in fewer records management tasks than otherwise would have occurred. Finally, it examined how the stewards rep orted their concerns about cloud computing risks, finding that the power imbalance was reported more clearly and frequently than the risks.

Robert Riter

My name is Robert Riter. I am an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama, where I coordinate its newly developed archival studies concentration. My doctoral work was supervised in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

My research focus is in the area of archival history. I currently work on topics related to the foundations of archival thought and practice and the history of American documentary editing. The overall objective of this work is to identify and evaluate the threads of archival thinking that continue to influence archival theory and practice, offering an archeology of archival thought, and a useful discussion of its influence on contemporary archival practices.

At The University of Alabama, I teach in archival studies, history of the book, and the organization and description of information. In my role as an archival educator, I believe that my most critical function is to assist students of archival studies in becoming critical readers of information objects. An archival object is made up of cultural, intellectual, and material substances, all of which influence how an object will be contained, maintained, and managed by the archivist. Through proper critical readings of archival objects, archivists can develop more effective methods for treating these works in their daily practice, and also obtain a better understanding of the consequences of their own archival interventions.

Greg Rolan

After a 30-year career in IT spanning enterprise systems management, software architecture and development, industry training, and a high-tech start-up, I returned to university to study community informatics and qualified as a librarian. However, having caught the study/research bug, I completed my masters (Honours) degree while also teaching at the university. My master’s thesis took a design-science approach to investigating archival systems interoperability and identified a number of technological and social barriers to equitable and consistent community access to institutional archives. I am now a doctoral candidate, concerned with investigating these barriers. My research will comprise theoretical as well as design-science/action-research investigations of systems interoperability, conceptual modelling in archival informatics, metadata standards-setting, and organisational/social factors in archival systems design and implementation.

Heather Ryan

I will begin my appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Library and Information Science Program in March 2014, where my teaching will center on archives and digital information management. I was a Carolina Digital Curation Doctoral Fellow at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina (SILS-UNC) at Chapel Hill from 2008-2011. I will defend my dissertation, Who’s Afraid of File Format Obsolescence? Evaluating File Format Endangerment Levels and Factors for the Creation of a File Format Endangerment Index, in March 2014, and I will complete a Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from SILS-UNC in May 2014.

I received a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from New Mexico State University. I spent substantial portions of my adult life working in libraries. I worked on special collections and archives projects where I digitized, created EAD finding aids, and metadata for archival collections at the University of Denver. My primary research interests revolve around the challenges associated with the long-term management of digital information, and I hope to help make this process easier and more sustainable for archivists in the future.

Takahiro Sakaguchi

Takahiro Sakaguchi is an Assistant Professor at Kyoto University Archives, Japan. In addition to doing his own research, for the past three years he has been responsible for many professional tasks at one of the largest university archives in Japan. He was a researcher in the Department of Archival Studies in the National Institute of Japanese Literature, and has engaged in archival work at several universities. In 2014, he is expected to receive a Ph.D. in archival science from the Graduate School of Humanities, Gakushuin University. Supervised by Professor Masahito Ando, his dissertation explores the formulation of recordkeeping systems and methodologies in the United States and their introduction and transformation in modern Japan. In 2008, he entered the university’s Graduate Course in Archival Science as one of the first doctoral students. He holds a B.A. in law (2002) and M.A. in Cultural Information Resources (2004). His research interests include the installation and diffusion of Western recordkeeping systems in modern Japan, the interaction between academic archival disciplines and business-like records management procedures, a comparative history of records management in the United States and Japan, the relationship between filing systems and archival finding aids, and, finally, organizational culture and recordkeeping methodologies. As a part-time lecturer, he has taught records management and archives to undergraduate students for six years at Shizuoka University and Surugadai University.

Kay Sanderson

Kay Sanderson has been involved in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector since 2005, initially as a Lecturer at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and more recently as a casually employed teaching assistant and a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington. In the earlier stages of her career, she worked as a practitioner in both archives and libraries. Kay’s philosophy in research and teaching is critical with transformatory aspirations. Her thinking has been deeply influenced by the philosophy of knowledge known as critical realism, Bruno Latour’s writings on actor-network theory, Frank Upward’s continuum theory, and by ideas about digital materiality and technogenisis that are emerging in digital humanities scholarship. All of these bodies of work open the way for seeing knowledge, evidence, systems, records, and purportedly “other” types of heritage objects in terms of space-time and stance contingent connectedness, rather than in terms of narrow definitions, fixed closed categories, and rigidly opposed epistemological stances. The title of Kay’s thesis is Digital materiality, heritage objects, the emergence of evidence, and the design of knowledge enabling systems. It is a philosophy-led and case study informed conceptual analysis and evaluation of the competing discourses that exist within the archives domain and a reflection on the relevance of key archives domain concepts and practices for the design of knowledge enabling systems in the heritage collecting community.

Kirk Savage

Kirk Savage is a professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published widely on public monuments in the U.S. for the past thirty years. He is the author of two prize-winning books, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth Century America (Princeton, 1997) and Monument Wars: Washington D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (University of California, 2009).

Anna Sexton

I have previously worked as an academic researcher at UCL (LEADERS Project) as well as an archive manager in a local authority context and I am now in my final year of a PhD at UCL. My research interests are focused on exploring how archival processes can become more participative; as well as looking at ways in which academics can work collaboratively ‘with’ and ‘not’ on communities. My PhD research is based in the Special Collections Department at the Wellcome Library in London and has involved Participatory Action Research with a marginalized stakeholder group to build a new digital archive collection based around lived experiences of recovery in mental health. In exploring the institutional context in which this research is embedded I am currently analyzing the historical development of the Wellcome’s existing archival holdings in relation to mental health to examine the extent to which (and the reasons why) voices from individuals with lived experience are excluded from the historical record. I am also seeking to understand how current practice, policy and attitudes within the Special Collections team may create barriers both to the adoption of participatory approaches and to addressing exclusions within the collections. The broad aim of my current research (both within my PhD and beyond) is to examine how mainstream institutions work with their stakeholders and communities and to explore the degree to which it is possible for the mainstream to foster genuinely participative external relationships where authority and control is equitably shared.

Kelly Shaffer

Kelly Shaffer is now the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. While the Director of External Relations at Pitt’s iSchool, she helped numerous faculty and students describe complex research problems, processes and outcomes for journal articles, conference posters and presentations, job talks, and meetings with corporate partners. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Shaffer worked in marketing and sales for a broad range of non-profits covering the arts, history and heritage, performing arts, as well as an engineering firm.

Seth Shaw

Seth Shaw’s teaching and research focus is on the impact of electronic records archival principles and practice. Class discussions emphasizes analyzing articulating theory and providing examples of practical implications. His research investigates practical solutions to electronic records workflow and management issues.

Seth received his Bachelors of Science in Information Systems from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2005 and then his Masters of Science in Information, Archives & Records Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Information in 2007. From 2007-2013 he was the Electronic Records Archivist for Duke University Archives where he was responsible for everything born-digital in the University Archives & Special Collections. In addition to his instruction at Clayton State he teaches the Society of American Archivists’ “Managing Electronic Records in Archives & Special Collections” workshop as part of the Digital Archives Specialist curriculum. He has also taught workshops for the Society of North Carolina Archivists and South Carolina Archivists Association. Seth is a past chair of the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists and currently serves on its Steering Committee.

Rebecka Sheffield

Rebecka Sheffield is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Studies in Sexual Diversity Studies. Her research draws from social movement theory and archival studies to explore the trajectories of queer archives as social movement organizations. Rebecka’s dissertation project examines queer archives at a particular moment in time when the socio- political environment has opened up opportunities for these organizations to engage with the mainstream in ways previously unavailable. She has served as guest editor of Archivaria’s Special Section on Queer Archives and has been published in Museum Management & Curatorship and American Archivist. She is a volunteer archivist at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.

Donghee Sinn

Donghee Sinn is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Information Studies, University at Albany (State University of New York). She specializes in Archives and Records Management, and her research interests focus particularly on the archival research in relation with personal archiving and public memory in the digital environment and archival use/user studies of primary sources in digital formats. Her current projects include quantitative approaches to personal digital archiving practices. She has a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she worked at the National Archives of Korea in acquisition and appraisal.

Heather Soyka

Heather Soyka is a current doctoral student in archival studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Sciences. Her research interests include recordkeeping behavior, documentation of war and conflict, knowledge transfer, community recordkeeping, and the relationships between organizational and personal records. Her dissertation centers on using the participation and record creating behaviors of active military officers within a particular community of practice as a lens for exploring what this can reveal about the records continuum as a model. She holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College with a concentration in archives and records management.

As a teaching fellow, teaching assistant, and research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool, Heather has taken advantage of the opportunity to explore issues of access, advocacy, and sustainability in the classroom. Teaching a variety of archives and preservation courses, as well as providing support for LIS courses related to technology, copyright, research methods and management has allowed her to build a personal foundation and philosophy of balanced teaching and research practices.

Tamara Stefanac

I am currently the Director of the Croatian Railway Museum. My professional development began, however, while I was working as a museum archivist at this museum and I started questioning the relationships between information and archival theory and their application in daily practice. I earned a Masters’ Degree in Art History and Comparative Literature and a Masters’ Degree in Archivistics at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). I am currently a postgraduate student at the University of Zadar (Croatia) in the field of Archival Science. In my doctoral research paper entitled ”The Conceptualization of Archival Materials Held in Museums“ I examine different perspectives in the description of archival materials in museums and the relationships between what is considered to be an archival item and what a museum object.

Jenny Stevenson

Jenny Stevenson recently finished her second year of doctoral work at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jenny graduated with a MLIS and concentration in Archival Studies in December 2010. She then went on to receive her Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries. Her research interests are invested in the field of archival studies. Specifically, digital archives, new and social media, and user studies and archival software development. She is interested in information retrieval and the social impacts of information and communication technology amongst different user groups. Professionally,  Jenny has been working in the world of digital archives. Over the past several years she has worked at several institutions as a digital archivist consultant.

Naya Sucha-xaya

I started my academic career path in the field of archives by assisting in historical research on the dissemination of Buddhist sacred texts from Thailand inside and outside of the country in the nineteenth century during the era of imperialism in Southeast Asia. From these beginnings as a user of archives with personal interest in culture and society, I earned a master’s degree in archives and records management and am now conducting PhD research in archival science on sociocultural impacts on archival practice.

My academic interests include studying the different values of archives and their relation to society. My research objectives are to increase the profile of archives in Thai society and to help people see their connection with archives so that they can more readily recognise the value of archives in their lives. My scholarship philosophy in pursuing these objectives includes participating in the advancement of the field of archives, understanding the social side of archives and maintaining relationships with other disciplines.

Tonia Sutherland

Tonia Sutherland holds a BA in theater, history and cultural studies from Hampshire College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Tonia has worked as a Research Library Resident in Special Collections & University Archives and Reference Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in addition to serving as University Archivist at the same institution. More recently, as Records Management Coordinator for Bucknell University, Tonia created and implemented a campus-wide Records Management initiative. Now a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, Tonia’s research interests include information policy, critical heritage studies, intersections between technology and the arts, and examining connections between contemporary archivy and forms of intangible cultural heritage. Tonia’s dissertation examines the ways performance is persistently represented in archives, exploring issues of archival custody and problematizing prevailing notions of information as evidence in archives. In addition to her research, Tonia is a dedicated educator. She teaches courses such as Archives and Performance, Archival Access and Representation and International Perspectives on Archives at Pitt’s iSchool.

Biyong Tan

Biyong Tan is an associate professor in the School of History and Culture, Shandong University. He holds a doctorate in Archival Studies from the School of Information Management, Wuhan University. His research interests include Archival education and professional responsibility, Community archives and Cultural Identity, digital preservation of intangible cultural heritage. He has finished two research projects sponsored by Shandong Postdoctoral Science Foundation and Humanities and Social Science Foundation of Ministry of Education of China. Currently he is the principle investigator (2013-2016) sponsored by National Social Science Foundation of China: The Comparative Study of Public Archives Growth Path between China and Western Countries: Theory, Practice and Solution. With the annual fund from China Scholarship Council, he now takes up a visiting scholar position in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles from August 2013 to August 2014.

Narissa Timbery

I am an Aboriginal woman from the New South Wales South Coast, Australia. With a Bachelor of Education my early career was in education. Whilst working at the University of Wollongong’s Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) as an Aboriginal Studies resource officer and part time teacher I found that I was being drawn to the field of Information Management (specifically archives) rather than teaching. In 2005 I started my new career choice by undertaking a Masters of Information Management and Systems, which I completed in 2009.

I commenced part time work as a Document Officer for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Audiovisual Archive. In this role I digitized paper records, auditioned sound recordings and compiled finding aids. I then worked in the Access unit where I facilitated access to the collections. My last role at AIATSIS was in the Library as Archivists/Manuscripts Officer, where I worked with the manuscript collection.

I found my passion and have not looked back. My work with AIATSIS reflected this passion. It provided me with opportunities to research and understand the collections whilst providing documentation to assist others who want to also access the collections I commenced my PhD ‘Visualising Country: Archiving Virtual 3D Models’ in August 2013 at Monash University. My research will provide me with further opportunities to work with Indigenous communities. My ambition is to produce a body of work that will be of use for Indigenous communities who are trying to preserve material on Country.

Andy Uhrich

I am PhD student in the Film and Media Studies program at Indiana University. I am currently scoping out my dissertation project on a history and ethnography of amateur forms of media archiving focusing on the contentious relationship between archives and private film collectors. This examination of vernacular archiving is an outgrowth of my interest in participatory forms of media making including my work on the board of the Center for Home Movies. My goal is to make audiovisual archiving more of a community-based practice, where the decisions on what is selected for the archive and how, and in fact what constitutes an archive, is an open process between a range of stakeholders.

This focus on the community arises from my work at the Chicago Film Archives, where archival films are directed back to the specific neighborhoods where they were originally filmed, both geographically and demographically speaking.

In 2010, I graduated from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program from New York University. My thesis considered issues of preserving early computer art and the challenges facing an independent archive without the institutional funding for large-scale digital infrastructure. I have been lucky enough to teach a moving image preservation class to graduate students at Indiana University’s library school. I found it an exciting challenge to translate my work and educational experiences into a useful curriculum imparting real-world skills to other students interested in archives and media preservation.

David A. Wallace

Hi. I have been a full-time graduate archival educator since 1997. My research focuses primarily on the intersections between archives, ethics, and social justice. I am editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on “Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction” (2011); co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002), and served as the Series Technical Editor for twelve volumes of the National Security Archive’s The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989-1992). From 2002-2005 I was the key partner in envisioning and establishing the Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) at the South African History Archive (SAHA). Since 2009 I have served as primary collaborator and project archivist to Stories for Hope – Rwanda (SFH), an inter-generational dialogue project that combines psychology with archives. From 2010-2012 I was Co-PI on a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Education and Training grant entitled Preservation and Access Virtual Education Laboratory for Digital Humanities. Currently, I am involved in research collaborations on the Social Justice Impact of Archives and Community, Memory, and Ethical Access to Music from The Ark and the African Field projects.

Kelvin White

Using social justice as a framework, Dr. Kelvin White’s research examines the interconnections between the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which recordkeeping activities exist and the implications they have for marginalized or underrepresented communities; critically interrogates contemporary archival theory and other constructs such as archival education and practice; and develops ways in which education and pedagogy might contribute to cultural relevancy and sensitivity in archival practice and research. His current research includes understanding how tribal culture influences recordkeeping activities in Osage and Comanche nations of Oklahoma.

Dr. White is a co-principal investigator of the Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), which is a collaboration of archival education programs that aims to educate a new generation of academics in archival education who are versed in contemporary. He is also the Vice President of the International Council on Archive’s Section of Archival Education and Training (SAE) and is the Co-Chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Cultural Heritage Working Group (CPWG).

Eliot Wilczek

Eliot Wilczek is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, and currently serves as the Acting Director for Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University. He holds an MS in library and information science with an archives concentration and an MA in history— both from Simmons College. He served as an adjunct instructor at Simmons GSLIS from 2005 through 2010, teaching archives and records management courses.

His research interests center on recordkeeping behavior, records management, and archival appraisal. His dissertation explores the relationship between how organizations understand and document wicked problems through an examination of US advisor province reports written during the Vietnam War.

Heather Willever-Farr

I hold a master’s in history and am pursuing my doctorate in information studies at Drexel University. In addition to my doctoral work, I teach courses on archives and nursing informatics. Previously, I managed the American College of Physicians’ archives and records management program, and served as the State of Indiana Electronic Records Archivist and the head of the State of Indiana’s records management program. I also served as a project archivist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin Archives, and the History Division of the National Library of Medicine.

My doctoral research focuses on the collaborative production of family histories on the websites such as and To build an understanding of the social and technical features of websites for collaborative content building, I study online artifacts produced by website contributors, the systems that support these production activities, and website contributors’ experiences with collaborative work. Family history researchers’ (FHRs) collaborative content production results in rich information and primary materials worthy of long-term preservation, yet much of this activity is occurring outside of the walls of memory institutions on commercial- and community-based websites. Building an understanding of the social norms, the research and content production practices, and the tensions and conflicts that arise within these online communities is necessary if memory institutions hope to have a role in the long- term preservation of this content. Les sons learned from these communities may also help to inform archival participatory practices and the design of participatory spaces on archival websites.

Stacy Wood

Stacy Wood is currently a second year doctoral student in Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature and Gender Studies from Pitzer College and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from University of California Los Angeles. She is currently working with the Center for the Study of Women on an NEH funded project to process, digitize and publicize the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives. Her research interests are archival history, government documents, military intelligence, infrastructure studies, critical bureaucracy studies and the role of archival documents in popular culture.

Laura Wynholds

I am a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. My studies have focused on data practices in the sciences, with an emphasis on questions of data stewardship, curation, and sharing. My dissertation research explores cases where health data and medical information structures produce and reinforce information disparities for marginalized communities. Prior to coming to UCLA I earned an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and worked at the UC Davis Libraries for 8 years.

Elizabeth Yakel

Eizabeth Yakel is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information where she teaches in the Archives, Records management, and Digital preservation areas. Her teaching goal is to create engaging and challenging learning experiences the help students to become change agents in the archival profession. Beth’s research focuses on the use and users of archives, particular digital archives and collections. Her current research project is Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse ( funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This research focuses on data reuse in three disciplinary communities: quantitative social science, archaeology, and zoology. Previously research projects include the Archival Metrics Project and the Economic Impact of Archives Project ( (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission). Beth is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Ayoung Yoon

I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have an MSI from the School of Information at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, specializing in both archives and records management & preservation of information, along with a BA in history from Ewha Womans University, South Korea. My broad research interests include digital preservation, data curation, and personal digital archiving. I am currently working on my dissertation, which explores data reusers’ trust judgment during the process of data reuse and implications for data curation.

Eunha Youn

Eunha (Anna) Youn is a research faculty in Graduate School of Archives and Records Management in Chonbuk National University, Korea. Her research focuses on culture, society and archival technology. She is especially interested in the effects of cultural elements on archival technology. Her current research is to explore how the concept of community archives is applying to non-western local environment in Korea.

Jane Zhang

Jane Zhang is an assistant professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, the Catholic University of America (CUA-LIS). She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies with archival concentration from Simmons College, Boston (2011), and a joint Master of Archival Studies (MAS) and Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of British Columbia, Canada (2001). Before joining the CUA-LIS in 2011, Jane worked at the Harvard University Archives as a records analyst (2003- 2010) and at the University of Calgary Archives as an assistant archivist (2001-2003).

Jane Zhang is a key faculty member in the CUA-LIS Cultural Heritage Information Management (CHIM) course of study. She currently teaches three CHIM courses: Archives Management, Electronic Records and Digital Archives, and Digital Curation, and one LIS foundation course: Organization of Information. Her research areas cover records and recordkeeping, archival theory and practice, electronic records and digital archives, and theory and application of information organization and representation. Research papers she has recently published or submitted include: “Archival Representation in the Digital Age” (Journal of Archival Organization 10, 2012), “Original Order in Digital Archives” (Archivaria 74, 2012), “When Archival Description Meets Digital Object Metadata: A Typological Study of Digital Archival Representation” (American Archivist 76, 2013), “Recordkeeping in Book Form: The Legacy of American Colonial Recordkeeping”, “Electronic Records in the Archival Curriculum”, and “Correspondence as a Documentary Form and Its Persistent Representation in Digital Archives”.