SAA Visual Materials Annual Meeting Info!
Join the Visual Materials and Metadata and Digital Object Sections for our joint annual meeting on Monday, July 19 at 10:30 CST. In addition to section news and updates, we will have moderated discussions on topics relevant to both sections.
SAA Visual Materials Section Ballot Information, 2021
Compiled by the Elections Working Group: Mary Alice Harper, Immediate Past Chair, and Sandra Varry, Past Chair. Section members will get a ballot link sent to them.
Open position: Chair-Elect
Communications Manager, AFSCME Archivist
Wayne State University
I am the AFSCME Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. AFSCME’s records include a significant collection of photographic and audiovisual documents of public workers in the 20th and 21st centuries, and the places where that history intersects with the social and political movements in US history. I have a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in photography from Grand Valley State University and am at my happiest when using both degrees! Before coming to the Reuther Library, I worked for History Associates, Inc. on processing projects at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park. As a graduate student, I completed an internship at the Yellowstone Research Library. I am a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, secretary of the Michigan Archival Association, and Communications Coordinator for the Visual Materials Section.
After almost of year and a half of our worlds turned up-side down, most of us are ready for some semblance of “normal.” At the same time, we should take this opportunity to reexamine what has been normal in the past to see what is working and what we can improve. As Chair-Elect, I would look forward to this challenge. One of the first things I’d like to do is survey the section membership to see whether we are meeting member needs and interests. As we review our bylaws and begin work on our next 3-year plan, we can take those results into account. I hope that new 3-year plan will include more ways to engage members and foster opportunities to connect us, especially those of us who cannot attend the Annual Meeting in person. We have a great tradition of organizing meet-ups around the Annual Meeting. Now that we know the ins and outs of Zoom, we can and should host virtual meet-ups, formal or informal discussion groups, and more opportunities for more diverse voices to be heard.
Open position: Member-at-Large
I am a 2018 MLIS graduate from UCLA with a focus on media archives. Prior to graduate school, I worked at a public library for three years and volunteered at the Boy Scouts of America National Scouting Museum and the National Archives location at Fort Worth, Texas. During my time at UCLA, I was a student worker at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and completed two internships with NBC Universal and HBO. I also was a committee member for a number of student chapters at UCLA, the Chair of the Information Studies Department Student Governing Association, and the SAA Visual Materials Section intern for the 2017-2018 year.
Since graduating, I have continued to volunteer while seeking employment, contributing to the Dallas Jewish Historical Society for a time. Currently, I am speaking with the No.1 British Flying Training School Museum (WWII museum) in Terrell, Texas, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to volunteer with them on various projects. In addition to volunteering, I am in the process of completing SAA’s Arrangement & Description and Digital Archives Specialist Certificate programs, and I am looking for additional opportunities to grow and strengthen my skills and knowledge. I am very interested in cultural heritage, gardening, and visual arts.
I am applying for the member-at-large position to engage in the archival field and the SAA organization, to meet other like-minded pr