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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ALI2016@Berea Applications Received

We are so excited for all of the applications we received for the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute, with 40% more applicants this year over last year! Not only is the quantity of applications greater, but the quality of applicants is also very impressive. The committee will have a hard time getting their list of candidates down to 25. There was a large variety of applicants from all over the US, in a wide range of sectors and demographics, many with fascinating rolls in the archival world. We will be announcing this year’s cohort by February. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to apply or to nominate someone. 

Applications for the 2017 Cohort will be made available in the fall.

Friday, November 13, 2015

12 Ways to Engage Both Sensing and Intuitive Employees

"Leaders who get the balance right will respect the preferences of both sensing and intuitive employees and:
  • Use their imagination and aspirations to develop a clear vision, and convert to understandable outcomes.
  • Make connections; develop big picture and systems thinking to have an overview of how things will be.
  • Harness the power of strategic plans as well as action plans.
  • Assess the current situation or reality and understand where they are right now.
  • Bridge the gap between current and future reality with communication, plans and milestones.
  • Connect the past, present and future through storytelling and timelines.
  • Work towards outcomes through believable milestones, so both realistic, and idealistic, can buy–in.
  • Be tuned into and help solve day to day problems.
  • Support and give credit and reward for “here and now” achievements.
  • Listen to and understand both intuitive and sensory input.
  • Harness appropriate change strategies.
  • Realize they have to understand the “here and now” to be able to turn idealistic dreams into reality." 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ALI@Berea Coordinator

Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Coordinator of ALI@Berea. I’m Thom Price, and I’ve been a member of the Berea College community for several decades, first as a student, and now an employee. 
I’m known as the Gondola Guy, because I used to build them in Venice, Italy. I received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, in 1996, for my project to spend a year in Venice, studying gondola building. I ended up spending 11 years there, running a boatyard for five of those.

I moved back to Berea, in 2007, with my husband, Paolo, who works at Eastern Kentucky University, and I’ve been helping with the logistics for the Brushy Fork Annual Institute, which takes place on our campus every fall, so I was excited to have the opportunity to do the same for the Archives Leadership Institute.
I look forward to meeting the 2016 cohort of Archive Leaders, and making sure that their time at Berea is full of engaging and enjoyable experiences. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you may have about the Institute.

Monday, November 9, 2015

ALI Leadership Retreat – Planning for ALI 2016

This year the ALI Steering Committee met in Berea, Kentucky, to familiarize themselves with the new facilities and plan ALI 2016. Dan drove in from Ohio, Tanya, from North Carolina, while Beth, Brenda, Geof and Terry flew in from Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and Oregon. With Rachel being the Berea College Archivist, she was happy to introduce the college as the new host for ALI over the next three summers. She also introduced Thom Price, the new coordinator, and Mark Nigro, who will be the lead facilitator, and who facilitated the retreat.

They planned each day’s events, including who will be leading each day’s class, and possible activities outside of class. Mark is a very talented facilitator, with a large bag of tricks, and he described the wide range of leadership topics and activities he uses, and will put together a fun filled day for everyone and give share valuable tools that help leaders be more effective at a personal level, and at a team level. ALI is very happy to have Mark be a part of our program at Berea.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A look behind the scenes at Berea College

Curious about what's in store for ALI 2016-2018?  Learn more about Berea College, the host for the next three Archives Leadership Institutes.

The historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

ALI participants will be residing and learning in Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. "An historic Berea hotel, Boone Tavern was built in 1909 at the suggestion of Nellie Frost, the wife of the College president, William G. Frost. As the reputation of Berea College grew, so did the number of guests that Mrs. Frost received, reaching a total of 300 guests in one summer. Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant– named for Appalachian hero Daniel Boone – has been hosting visitors of Berea, Kentucky, ever since, including the Dalai Lama, Henry Ford, President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost." {Read more}

Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea charges no tuition and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources.  Berea’s cost of educating a student exceeds $23,000 per year. Berea offers rigorous undergraduate academic programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 28 fields.  {Read more}

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Berea College Archives Receives $243,954 Grant to Host Archives Leadership Institute

The Berea College Archives has been selected to develop and host the Archives Leadership Institute for three years, 2016 – 2018. In support of the project, Berea College Archives has been awarded $243,954 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) will provide advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. Beginning with a weeklong residential Leadership Intensive held on Berea College’s campus each June; participants will also complete a focused practicum project that will connect leadership skills with action.
“The Archives Leadership Institute brings archivists together from across the country to think together, to learn together, and to tackle big ideas,” Rachel Vagts, Head of Special Collections & Archives at Berea College, says. “Participants leave the institute transformed, empowered, and ready to create change and progress in the world of archives. I’m very excited at the opportunity for the Institute to be presented at my new home institution.”
The weeklong Leadership Intensive includes practical and theoretical workshops taught by David Gracy, Christopher Barth, Sharon Leon, and other national experts. The core approach will intertwine strategic and advanced leadership thinking with a clear and purposeful archival curriculum that includes project management, strategic visioning and human resource development, team-building, and advocacy and outreach. The Institute continues to be led by Rachel Vagts as Director and a steering committee made up of archival leaders including Geof Huth, Brenda Gunn, Terry Baxter, Beth Myers, Daniel Noonan and Tanya Zanish-Belcher. The Institute will be facilitated by staff from the Brushy Fork Institute, an outreach program of Berea College providing community and leadership development.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration, supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage and the continuing development of professional skills for archivists, records managers and historical editors. First funded in 2008, the Archives Leadership Institute seeks to bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives.  In 2015, ALI was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Society of American Archivists for service to the profession.
Serving as an archival leader in the Appalachian region, Berea College Special Collections and Archives document the rich and unique history of Berea College, including its pioneering history of interracial education and social justice, and the people and history of the Southern Appalachian region.  This grant marks a continued partnership between Berea College and the NHPRC, with a previous grant funding the processing of the Council of the Southern Mountains records.
For further information about the Archives Leadership Institute, contact Rachel Vagts at: or visit the Institute’s website at:  Applications will be available online early this fall.
Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea admits academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. No student is charged tuition. All students must work at least 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, living out the College's scriptural motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”
Previous ALI participants collaborate on a group project.
Previous ALI participants collaborate on a group project

Friday, February 6, 2015

The ALI15 Cohort

The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI15 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 ALI15 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.

The Program Staff, Steering Committee, and Faculty are all very much looking forward to the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute.

Jefferson Bailey
Program Manager
Internet Archive
Jefferson Bailey is Program Manager, Web Archiving Programs & Services at Internet Archive. Prior to joining IA, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital preservation, archives, and digital collections at institutions such as the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records. He has an MLIS in Archival Studies from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Oberlin College. He is active in SAA, IIPC, and NDSA and has taught Digital Preservation in a graduate archives program.

John Bence
University Archivist
Emory University
John Bence is the University Archivist at Emory University where he works in the Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library (MARBL). Previously, he was a Research Library Fellow in MARBL and a Project Archivist in the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. He serves on the Society of American Archivists’ Standards Committee and Web Archiving Roundtable Steering Committee and is a member of the Society of Georgia Archivists. John holds an MA in Archives & Public History from New York University.

Steven Booth
National Archives and Records Administration
Steven D. Booth is an Archivist for the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. An active member of the American Library Association and Society of American Archivists, he is involved with several diversity and recruitment programs including the Spectrum Scholarship and Knowledge Alliance, and currently serves as co-chair of the SAA Awards Committee. He holds a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College.

Jennifer Brannock
Curator, Rare Books & Mississippiana
University of Southern Mississippi
Jennifer Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a BA in Art History and a MSLS from the University of Kentucky. Her professional interests include popular culture, gender and sexuality in midcentury sleaze publications, and special collections outreach and reference service.

Rachel Chatalbash
Senior Archivist
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
Rachel Chatalbash is Senior Archivist at the Yale Center for British Art, previously having held positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Northeastern University, and the MIT Museum. She received her M.S. in archives management from Simmons College and Ph.D. in art history from the CUNY Graduate Center. Rachel currently serves as Co-Chair of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium and Recording Secretary for the Museum Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists, and is a former president of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

Su Kim Chung
Head, Special Collections Public Services
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Su Kim Chung is Head of Public Services in Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is in charge of reference, instruction, and outreach. In addition to her public service role, she also serves as curator for entertainment, women, and LGBT collections. Prior to stepping into this role, she spent fourteen years as Manuscripts Librarian in UNLV Special Collections. She has also worked as an archivist for the Toyota Corporate Archives in Torrance, California, and as a regional archives assistant in Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine. She has served on numerous SAA committees, including the editorial board of the American Archivist.  Her MLIS is from UCLA, and she holds BA and MA degrees in history from California State University, Fresno.  She will receive her PhD in Information Studies from UCLA in Winter 2015.

Jessica Farrell
Assistant Archivist
McDonald's Corporation
As Assistant Archivist at McDonald’s Corporation’s Golden Archives, Jessica has led digital content management and preservation for the company’s global collections since 2012. She proudly serves on the regional Chicago Area Archivists’ Steering Committee and national Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) and has put many volunteer hours into the Chicago Read/Write Library and Father Pfleger Archives. She holds a BA in French from the College of Charleston, MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and has been a Certified Archivist since 2013.

Rebecca Goldman
Head, Archives and Digital Initiatives
La Salle University
Rebecca Goldman is the Head of Archives and Digital Initiatives at La Salle University's Connelly Library. She holds a MSLIS from Drexel University and is completing a MA in Public History at La Salle. Rebecca is the founder of the Society of American Archivists' (SAA) Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and currently holds leadership positions in SAA and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

Adrien Hilton
Processing Archivist
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Adrien Hilton is the Interim Head of Archives Processing at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she worked as an archivist at NYU and the Redstockings Archives for Action. Adrien holds an MLS from Queens College and a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Rachel Howard
Digital Initiatives Librarian
University of Louisville
Rachel Howard is Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington and a BA in history from the University of Notre Dame, and has worked on metadata and digitization of archival collections for the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Global Sound, Cornell University’s Global Performing Art Consortium, and University of Washington and Museum of History and Industry (Seattle)’s King County Snapshots.

Anne Jenner
Pacific Northwest Curator
University of Washington Libraries
Anne Jenner is Pacific Northwest Curator in Special Collections at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle.  She holds an M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the UW and an M.L.I.S from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Anne was director of Archives and Special Collections at North Park University in Chicago from 2007 to 2012 and joined the UW Special Collections in summer of 2012.

Sarah Keen
Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
Colgate University
Sarah Keen is the Head of Special Collections & University Archivist and Associate Professor in the Libraries at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Previously she worked at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University and at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. Sarah is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and the Society of American Archivists. She earned her B.A. from Alma College (Alma, MI) and her M.S.I. with a specialization in archives and records management from the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts
Special Collections Instruction Librarian
DePaul University
Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts joined the Special Collections and Archives Department at DePaul University in 2001 as the archivist for the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives, the Records of the Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission. Over the past fourteen years, her responsibilities have evolved as the department expanded its programs and services. She currently serves as a Special Collections Instruction Librarian. From 2011 to 2013 she was the Chair of the Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) Steering Committee and is currently the Chair of the 2015 CAA Archives Crawl Working Group.

April Miller
Program Lead
World Bank Group Archives
April Miller is currently the Program Lead for the Archives of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Archival Studies (MAS) from the University of British Columbia.  She was a Government Records Archivist at the (then) National Archives of Canada, where she was responsible for a portfolio of fifteen federal government departments and agencies.  She is an active member of the Association of Canadian Archivists, as well as the International Council on Archives’ Special Interest Section on International Organizations.

Virginia Millington
Director, Recording & Archive
Virginia Millington is the Director of Recording & Archive at StoryCorps. In addition to working closely and collaboratively with the Library of Congress and other major institutions, Millington currently oversees the StoryCorps @ your library program, a national effort, created in partnership with the American Library Association, to provide public libraries with the tools and resources to record the stories of their communities. She has previously held positions at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Walker Art Center, and she received her MLS from the Pratt Institute.  

Christie Peterson
Records Management & Digital Archivist
The Johns Hopkins University
Christie Peterson has been Records Management Archivist for Johns Hopkins University’s Ferdinand Hamburger Archives since September 2012. In that role, she is responsible for records management, collection development and accessioning for the university archives, as well as the acquisition, processing, preservation and delivery of born-digital materials in the university archives and manuscripts. She previously worked as an archivist in the Princeton University Archives, as a project archivist with a congressional papers collection at Bates College, and as a graduate student assistant at the Bentley Historical Library. She received her MIS from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, she honed her interviewing and records review skills as an investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Caryn Radick
Digital Archivist
Rutgers University
Caryn Radick is digital archivist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University and an MA in Victorian Literature from the University of Nottingham. She is an active member of MARAC and SAA and has published articles in The American Archivist and Provenance.

Amanda Ross
Archives Specialist (Data Standards)
National Archives and Records Administration
Amanda Ross is a Data Standards Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration.  In this role, she serves as Coordinator to the Social Networks and Archival Context cooperative project.  Previously, Amanda worked on the Nixon-era White House Tapes.  She has also led archival and digitization initiatives at the Forest History Society and the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston.  Amanda holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bonnie Marie Sauer
National Archives and Records Administration
Bonnie Marie Sauer is a Senior Archivist with the National Archives at New York City. Prior to joining the National Archives, she was an Archivist with The Winthrop Group where she processed the papers of Congressman Peter W. Rodino and advised clients how to manage their archival holdings. She completed her internship at the New York Public Library's Billy Rose Theater Collection. Before earning her MLIS and certificate in Archives and Records Management from Long Island University in 2006, Bonnie worked as a Museum Technician for the Nassau County Museum System; Collection Manager and Development Associate for The Smithtown Historical Society; and Public Relations Director for The Smithtown Library.  In her current position, Bonnie serves as Processing Team Lead, Intern Coordinator, and advises on system integration in offices around the country for NARA’s enterprise systems.

Nathan Troup
Assistant Director for Records Management
Missouri Office of the Secretary of State
Nathan Troup, CA, CRM, is the Assistant Director for Records Management at the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State having previously served as the Senior Records Analyst and an Electronic Records Archivist. Troup received his MLIS from Kent State University in 2005, Masters in History with a specialization in Public History from Wright State University in 2008, and a Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona in 2011. Reporting to the State Archivist he oversees the development of records retention schedules for state executive agencies, the State Records Center and Imaging Section.

Meg Tuomala
Assistant Archivist
Gates Archive, Seattle, WA
Meg Tuomala is an Assistant Archivist at the Gates Archive in Seattle, WA where she leads the arrangement and description process track, managing the processing of Gates Archive collections. The Gates Archive is the trusted custodian of the personal and philanthropic archival collections of the Gates family.  Previously, Meg was the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she managed efforts to acquire, preserve, and provide access to born-digital special collections and archival materials. She holds an MSLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a certified archivist. Meg is currently serving on the Society of American Archivists’ Standards Committee (2013-2016, co-chair 2014-2016) and the Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable Steering Committee (2014-2016).

Sandra Varry
Heritage Protocol and University Archivist
Florida State University
Sandra is the Heritage Protocol & University Archivist at Florida State University and was Senior Archivist at the University of Central Florida’s Special Collections & University Archives from 2009-2013. She received a BA in Studio Art and MLIS from the University of South Florida, an MFA in Photography  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and became a Certified Archivist in 2013. Sandra taught traditional and digital photography for 13 years and is especially interested in historic photographic collections. She is currently the President of the Society of Florida Archivists and the Society of American Archivists’ Key Contact for Florida. She is also a mentor as part of SAA's Mentoring Subcommittee. 

Casey Westerman
University Archivist
Wayne State University Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
Casey Westerman has been the University Archivist of Wayne State University since 2011. He previously served as the Technical Processes Archivist of Cornell University's Kheel Center. He is a Certified Archivist, a steering committee member of SAA's Regional Archival Associations Consortium, a board member of the Michigan Archival Association, and the president of the Metro Detroit Archivists League. He holds an MLS from the University of Illinois and an MA in English Literature from the University of Georgia.

Stacie Williams
Learning Lab Manager
University of Kentucky
Stacie Williams is the Learning Lab Manager at the University of Kentucky's Special Collections Research Center, coordinating archives internships, and additionally teaches in UK’s School of Library and Information Science. She previously worked at Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives, and Harvard Medical Library's Center for the History of Medicine. In 2013, Williams, with scholars from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented at SXSW about ways that information professionals can influence grassroots activism on Twitter, and she has published on cyberracism and information literacy. She is a 2010 ALA Spectrum Scholar who holds an M.S. in library science with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Christina Zamon
Head of Archives and Special Collections
Emerson College
Christina Zamon is the Head of Archives and Special Collections for Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.  She previously served as the archivist for the National Press Club and previously worked at the Frick Art Reference Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  She received her MA/MLS from the University of Maryland and is an active member of SAA and the New England Archivists.  Her book, The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository was published by SAA in February 2012.

Members of the ALI15 cohort, taken June 2015