Are you looking to recharge your professional life?

“It was an amazing, career-changing experience. I feel so much more prepared now to carry out not only special projects but also my ordinary, daily responsibilities. I feel like I now have the tools to try new approaches to solve problems--these aren't ‘problems’ anymore; they're opportunities.” - ALI13 Cohort Member

Friday, September 14, 2018

Apply Now for ALI@Purdue!

The application for the 2019 Archives Leadership Institute at Purdue University is now available.

Apply here!

For more information about the Archives Leadership Institute, please visit the Purdue program's website at

Friday, June 29, 2018

ALI@PURDUE Awarded Grant

A proposal titled Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) @ PURDUE has been awarded $250,000 from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC) to provide professional development for the next generation of archivist leaders by developing and facilitating the Archives Leadership Institute for three years beginning in 2019. The interdisciplinary Purdue project team includes the Project Director, Dr. Mesut Akdere, associate professor in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation and faculty research fellow at the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, Research (CILMAR); Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, CILMAR’s Associate Director of Intercultural Pedagogy & Scholarship; Sammie Morris, professor and Director of Purdue Archives, and Nastasha Johnson, assistant professor of Library Science. The project will utilize virtual reality simulations and other cutting edge technologies with attending archivists from institutions across the country with a vision of creating more interculturally and technologically competent leaders in the archives profession who are prepared to advocate on behalf of their institutions as well as the broader archives field.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Announcing the ALI 18 Cohort!

The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI18 cohort!

We received applications from a diverse group of archival professionals working in institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Each applicant was evaluated by three different Steering Committee members and scored based on their responses to a series of essay questions.  Each of our ALI18 cohort members have shown exceptional leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of diversity within the profession.

Aditi Worcester, Processing Archivist, California State University San Marcos
Alexis Antracoli, Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, Princeton University
Alison Clemens, Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, Yale University Library
Cara McCormick, Head of Archives Services, RAND Corporation
Chaitra Powell, African American Collections and Outreach Archivist, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Courtney Dean, Processing Archivist, Center for Primary Research and Training, University of California, Los Angeles Library
David Benjamin, Head of Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries
Deborah Richards, Special Collections Archivist, Mount Holyoke College
Dinah Handel, Digitization Services Manager, Stanford University
Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art
Eimee Rhea Lagrama, Head Librarian, University Archives, University of the Philippines Diliman
Emily Cottle, Corporate Archivist, Vanguard
Emily Dominick, Head, Technical Services Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries
Genna Duplisea, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Salve Regina University
Heather Fox, Archivist for Manuscript Collections/Co-director, Oral History Center, University of Louisville
Janel Quirante, Head Archivist, `Ulu`ulu Moving Image Archive, University of Hawaii - West Oahu
Karen Trivette, Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections and College Archives, Fashion Institute of Technology - State University of New York
Kelly Revak, Archivist, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Krystal Appiah, Instruction Librarian, University of Virginia
Lauren Algee, Digital Curation Librarian, DC Public Library, Special Collections
Megan McShea, Audiovisual Archivist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Nicole Milano, Head Archivist and Historical Publications Editor, AFS International Programs, Inc.
Noah Huffman, Archivist for Metadata, Systems, and Digital Records, Duke University
Rebecca May, Public Services Archivist, Wake Forest University
Sara Seltzer, Institutional Archivist, Getty Museum

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Call for Applicants - Archives Leadership Institute 2018

The Application Period is Now Ended.

Call for Applicants:
2018 Archives Leadership Institute at Berea College
“Leaders emerge according to their ability to carry out activities 
that move the profession forward.”  (A*CENSUS, p. 408)

  • Are you looking for a way to recharge your professional life?
  • Do you crave a challenge that will empower you to affect change?
  • Would you like to expand your network of peers while building relationships that will impact you for the rest of your career?
The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a dynamic program that provides advanced leadership training and mentorship for 25 innovative archival leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.  
The ideal Archives Leadership Institute participant should have an established career foundation and a strong grasp on archival practice and theory, as well as exhibit exemplary leadership potential. This person should be able to articulate their professional involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, representation and/or support of diversity within the profession, and the ability to influence change within the archival field.

Applications for the 2018 program are now open and will close on November 30, 2017. Details about the application process and what characteristics the ideal ALI participant has can be found at Participants selected as the 2018 Cohort will be notified by the end of January 2018.

The Archives Leadership Institute has been funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) since 2008 and was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison until 2012 and at Luther College from 2013 to 2015.  The Institute will be held at Berea College for a final year in 2018.

The 2018 Institute will be held June 17 - 23, 2018.  The program will begin Sunday evening and finish by noon on the following Saturday.  Participants must attend the entire Institute. The cost of the Institute is $700 and includes registration, lodging and meals except for one dinner. Tuition scholarships of $500 and travel awards are available.

If you have any questions, please contact ALI Director, Rachel Vagts, at <>.

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    Archives Leadership Institute Assessment Report released

    An assessment of the Archives Leadership Institute was conducted in 2016-1017 as a part of the ALI grant awarded to Berea College.

    Conducted by Dr. Rob Smith of Berea College, the assessment survey was distributed to all ALI alumni (2008-2016).

    The full report is available at

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    What's Next for the Archives Leadership Institute?

    The current iteration of the Archives Leadership Institute is funded through 2018. The current ALI staff and steering committee are committed to the on-going success of ALI, but we do not plan to submit a proposal this cycle. 

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has announced the new funding cycle.

    FY 2018 Grant Announcement (Initial):
    • Draft (optional) Deadline:   October 6, 2017
    • Final Deadline:   December 7, 2017

     For the full announcement: at

    To assist potential applicants, we have compiled a set of materials from our previous applications and copies of our reports to the NHPRC.
    In addition, we will hold an open forum at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon on Thursday, July 27th at 12:15 - 1:30 in Room A105 in the Oregon Convention Center. Rachel Vagts, ALI Director and members of the Steering Committee will be on hand to answer questions.
    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact ALI Director, Rachel Vagts at

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI17 cohort!

    We received applications from a diverse group of archival professionals working in institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Each applicant was evaluated by three different Steering Committee members and scored based on their responses to a series of essay questions.  Each of our ALI17 cohort members have shown exceptional leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of diversity within the profession.

    Sofía Becerra-Licha, Associate Director, Archives, Berklee College of Music

    Lori Birrell, Special Collections Librarian for Historical Manuscripts, University of Rochester

    Christina Bleyer, Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist, The University of Texas at Austin, Benson Latin American Collection

    J. Gordon Daines, Supervisor of Reference Services and Department Chair, Brigham Young University

    Rachael Dreyer, Head of Research Services, Special Collections Library, The Pennsylvania State University

    Gabrielle Dudley, Instruction Archivist and QEP Librarian, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University

    Jennifer Gerth, Director, Congregational Archives, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor

    Lauren Goodley, Archivist, Southwestern Writers Collections, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University

    Wendy Hagenmaier, Digital Collections Archivist, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Amanda Leinberger, Archivist, United Nations

    Shanee Murrain, University Archivist and Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia

    Nicholas Pavlik, Curator of Manuscripts/Coordinator of Strategic Digital Partnerships, Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University

    Dennis Riley, Archives & Records Management Specialist, New York State Archives

    Michael Rush, Assistant Head of the Manuscript Unit, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Unit, Yale University

    Jessica Sedgwick, Collections Services Archivist, Harvard Medical School

    Matthew Strandmark, Education Archivist, University of Kentucky

    Kate Stratton, Collection Development Archivist, Gates Archive

    Eira Tansey, Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati

    Jennie Thomas, Director of Archives, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

    Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections, University of Florida

    Anke Voss, Director of Archives & Special Collections, The Urbana Free Library

    Derek Webb, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Mississippi University for Women

    Brian Wilson, Digital Access and Preservation Archivist, The Henry Ford

    Samantha Winn, Collections Archivist, Virginia Tech

    Lizeth Zepeda, Archivist & Librarian, Arizona Historical Society

    Sofía Becerra-Licha is Associate Director of the Berklee Archives (Berklee College of Music; Boston, MA). She holds master’s degrees in music (ethnomusicology) and library science (archives and records management concentration) as well as the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from SAA. At Berklee, she was brought on as part of a 2012 NHPRC grant to establish the College’s archives and records management program. She blogged about her first year on the job for the inaugural "Year in the Life" series on SAA’s SNAP blog: Most recently, Sofía was a member of the Collective Wisdom LAM Conference Exchange cohort, a project of the Coalition to Advance Learning in LAMs:

    Since 2011, Lori Birrell has been the Special Collections Librarian for Historical Manuscripts at the University of Rochester's, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. In that role she curates collections documenting 19th and 20th century American history, including the Kodak Historical Collection #003, Susan B. Anthony Papers, and Frederick Douglass Papers. In 2016, ACRL published a book that Birrell co-edited with her colleague that explores the benefits and challenges of cross-departmental collaborations, titled: Collaborating for Impact: Exploring Special Collections Partnerships. In May 2017, Birrell will graduate with an EdD from the University of Rochester in Higher Education Administration. Her dissertation is titled: "Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders: a decision analysis." Birrell is currently serving on the steering committee for the Manuscripts Section, and as co-chair of the Teaching with Primary Sources committee- a sub-committee of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section of SAA.

    Christina Bleyer serves as Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas-Austin. In her role at The Benson, she manages the collecting, processing, preservation, and accessibility of the Benson Special Collections (both analog and digital) as well as the staff that make this possible. She is currently a member of the steering committee for the Society of American Archivists Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable. Dr. Bleyer previously was the Manuscript Archivist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Special Collections Research Center and joined the Benson in February of 2016.  She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her area of specialization is German Phenomenology and Ethics. She attended the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 2013.  

    J. Gordon Daines III is Supervisor of Reference Services and Department Chair in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. He currently services as director and managing editor of the Journal of Western Archives. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, and a certificate in archives and records management from Western Washington University. His research interests include the development of primary source literacy skills, the history of the archival profession in Utah, managing with digital records, and business process management as applied to archives.

    Rachael Dreyer is currently Head of Research Services for Special Collections at the Pennsylvania State University. She was previously a reference archivist at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center, as well as an adult reference librarian the Chelsea District Library. As Head of Research Services for Special Collections at Penn State, Rachael manages public service points in the Special Collections Library. She earned her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan's School of Information, and completed her undergraduate degree at Grinnell College.

    Gabrielle M. Dudley is the Instruction Archivist and QEP Librarian at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. She earned her M.A. in Public History and MLIS with a concentration in Archival Studies and Preservation Management from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a B.A. in History from the University of Montevallo. Dudley has co-authored two professional articles on instruction and was the co-organizer of the "Teaching with Primary Sources" pre-conference workshop at the 2016 Society of American Archivist Annual Meeting. She holds active membership in the Society of American Archivists, Society of Georgia Archivists, and ACRL's Rare Book and Manuscript Section. In her free time, Gabrielle co-leads a mentoring program for teenage girls in College Park and East Point, Georgia.

    Jennifer Gerth is the archivist for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, a small international congregation of female Catholic religious.  She has past experience with other religious archives, government, and non-profit cultural organizations.  She earned a MA in Public History from Wright State University and is a member of several archives groups including the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable, the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious, the Society of Ohio Archivists, and SAA.

    Lauren Goodley is an archivist at the Southwestern Writers Collections, Wittliff Collections, Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she has been since 2012. She has served the Society of Southwest Archivists as the editor of the quarterly newsletter, and as Chair of the Diversity Committee; and the Society of American Archivists as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Education, and Online Liaison for LACCHA. She holds an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Archives and Museum Studies, and was one of the first to receive a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from SAA.

    Wendy Hagenmaier is the Digital Collections Archivist at Georgia Tech, where she develops policies and workflows for digital preservation and access and manages the retroTECH program. She is President of the Society of Georgia Archivists and a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Committee on Public Policy and received her M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. She is also the resident troublemaking archivist for Lost in the Stacks, the original research library rock ‘n’ roll radio show.

    Amanda Leinberger is an archivist for the United Nations in New York City. In this capacity, she guides researchers through a collection spanning over one hundred years and 40,000 boxes of documents. She also has conducted many training sessions on records management and archival research, ranging from elementary school classes to peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire and Western Sahara. Amanda graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in history and sociology and has a master of archival studies from the University of British Columbia. Other interests include connecting people to information, queer history, printmaking, swimming, and tweeting about archives and activism.

    Shanee’ Yvette Murrain is University Archivist and Assistant Professor at the University of West Georiga. She holds a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School and Master in Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from North Carolina Central University. As former Director of Library Services and Archivist at Payne Theological Seminary, she curated the Payne Theological Seminary and African Methodist Episcopal Church Digital Collection. Her work history includes the preservation of African American religious history, digital exhibit design, and information and archival literacy (including social media) for adult learners. Shanee’ is passionate about equity in archival representation and community outreach.

    Nick Pavlik is the Curator of Manuscripts and Coordinator of Strategic Digital Partnerships at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections.  Prior to joining BGSU, he had served as an archivist at New York’s 92nd Street Y and the Brooklyn Historical Society.  Nick has an MLS from Queen’s College, CUNY, and is currently pursuing an MA in History at BGSU.

    In December 2015, Dennis Riley joined the Government Records Services unit at the New York State Archives as an Archives & Records Management Specialist focused on appraisal, records scheduling, and state agency services.  From January 2014 to December 2015, he was the Assistant Director for Archives and Records Management at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation managing both corporate records and historical collections. Between 2010-2013, he worked at the National Archives at New York City as part of its reference services staff, where among other projects he focused on promoting holdings related to Puerto Rico. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years for the U.S Department of State, most of that time in the research library and archives at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, managing this office for his last three years there. Non-governmental work has included brief stints at the New-York Historical Society, American Jewish Historical Society, New York University Archives, NYU Preservation Department, and the American Field Service Archives.  Professionally he has served on SAA’s Committee on Public Policy and the Government Records Section steering Committee, and previously with the Advocacy Committee of the Archivist Round Table of New York. In addition to various degrees in international relations, history, and Middle East studies, he received a Masters degree in archives management from New York University.

    Mike Rush is an Assistant Head of the Manuscript Unit at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. In that role he manages the accessioning of all manuscript acquisitions. In his previous position as EAD Coordinator at the Beinecke Library, Mike coordinated the development and maintenance of finding aid systems across Yale University. Prior to arriving at Yale in 2005, Mike worked at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he implemented EAD and worked as a processing archivist. He is a graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the University of Connecticut. Mike currently serves as a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards. From 2010 to 2015 he served as co-chair of the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description, in which capacity he lead the development of EAD3.

    Jessica Sedgwick is an archivist with a passion for using technology and innovative methods to provide broad, user-friendly access to primary sources for new and traditional audiences. Jessica is the Collections Services Archivist at the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School's Countway Library, where she leads an innovative program for establishing physical and intellectual control over the Center’s internationally renowned holdings, from accession through final processing and description.  Jessica has a broad range of experience in the archival field, having worked previously in reference and instruction, outreach, digitization and metadata, born-digital collections management, acquisitions and collection development, and fundraising and grant planning. Prior positions include Metadata Project Manager for the Boston Library Consortium, Associate Archivist for Reference and Digital Collections at the Moakley Archive and Institute, Archivist for Women in Medicine at the Center for the History of Medicine, and Manuscripts Processor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Southern Historical Collection. Jessica earned her MLS at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 and is an active member of New England Archivists, most recently serving on the executive board and volunteering with the Mentoring Program. Jessica has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Simmons College School of Library of Information and Library Science since 2011.

    Matt Strandmark is the Education Archivist at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Previously he served as a Research Library Fellow and Outreach Archivist at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. He earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from Hanover College, and his M.A. in History and M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2014. Mr. Strandmark is a member of the Society of American Archivist’s Education Committee.

    Kate Stratton is the Collection Development Archivist at Gates Archive in Seattle, Wa., where she oversees donor relations and acquisitions programs. Prior to joining Gates Archive in 2013, Kate worked at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Kate earned a Master of Science in Library Science from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010.

    Eira Tansey is the Digital Archivist/Records Manager at the University of Cincinnati, and previously worked at Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection from 2008-2013. She received her MLIS from San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science. Tansey’s primary research area is the intersection of archives, the environment, and climate change. She has written about a broad range of topics, including labor equity, privacy, and public records issues. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Society of American Archivists Records Management Section, and is a leader of ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change).

    Jennie Thomas is the Director of Archives for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. She previously served as the Marilyn Crandell Schleg Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. Jennie holds an MLS from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MA in the Humanities from Central Michigan University. She currently serves on the Publications Board of the Society of American Archivists, Council for the Midwest Archives Conference, and the Steering Committee of the Cleveland Archival Roundtable.
    Margarita Vargas-Betancourt has been the Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida since 2011. After obtaining a B.A. in Hispanic Literature and Language from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she received a fellowship from Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to pursue graduate school at Tulane University. There she obtained a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies. At the University of Florida, Margarita is in charge of processing Latin American manuscripts and of serving as liaison and reference to faculty and students. She uses her background on colonialism, ethnohistory, and diversity to identify and highlight the hidden voices in archival collections and to serve and empower Latino students at the University of Florida.

    Anke Voss has served as director of the Champaign County Historical Archives, at the Urbana Free Library, in Urbana, Illinois, since 2005. Her past experiences include: archives assistant, Smith College; project archivist, Lafayette College; archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center; and archivist and special collections librarian, Illinois Wesleyan University. Since 2006 she has served as adjunct faculty in the iSchool, School Information Sciences, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of SAA’s Manuscript Repositories Section, and on MAC Council. With Tanya Zanish-Belcher she edited, Perspectives on Women’s Archives, published by the SAA in 2013. Anke has a BA and MA in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a MSLS from the University at Albany-State University of New York.

    Derek Webb is Assistant Professor/Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, where he has been since 2012. Before that, he was Senior Library Specialist for the Medieval Institute at the Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame. He holds an M.L.S. from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, an M.A. (Early Christian Studies) from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists.

    Brian Wilson is the Digital Access and Preservation Archivist at The Henry Ford’s Benson Ford Research Center, where he manages the processing and preservation of physical, born-digital and hybrid collections, leads efforts to digitize material from the Research Center’s holdings, and facilitates electronic access to archival materials and their description. Brian received his Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2010, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, also from the University of Michigan. In addition to his work at The Henry Ford, Brian currently serves on the Board of the Michigan Archival Association and as a member of the SAA Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group.

    Samantha Winn is the Collections Archivist at Virginia Tech, where she works with the International Archives of Women in Architecture and traditionally marginalized communities throughout the New River Valley. Her research explores issues related to displaced archives, born-digital design records, whiteness in archives, and comparative archival practice. Samantha holds degrees from Drexel University (MLIS) and the University of Texas at Tyler (B.A. History / Political Science).

    Lizeth Zepeda is an Archivist &amp; Librarian at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science with an emphasis in Archival Studies from the University of Arizona’s School of Information. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Her research and archival interests include working with traditionally underdocumented communities, outreach programming, Spanish-language materials and queer archives.