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Thursday, August 4


211. Deconstructing Whiteness in Archives: Opportunities for Self-Reflection
This workshop session aims to facilitate a dialogue among conference attendees about the consequences and legacies of whiteness/white supremacy in archives. The session is geared towards white professionals who want to critically examine how dynamics of whiteness affect their work. Anyone interested in contributing constructively may participate. Organizers hope to provide a collaborative and engaging conversation that complements SAA’s ongoing efforts towards cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. Attendees should be familiar with SAA’s Initiative for Cultural Diversity Competence.

This session is designed to equip participants to critically examine their own experiences around whiteness in archives, engage in meaningful dialogue with colleagues and patrons at their institution, and begin developing strategies to disrupt oppressive and exclusionary practices in their sphere of work. Using the “Story Circle” methodology (https://roadside.org/asset/story-circle-guidelines) developed by Roadside Theater, trained facilitators will lead small groups in a participatory conversation. Following a brief introduction, all attendees will be expected to participate in a Story Circle. It will not be possible to accommodate late arrivals. Participants will be asked to respect strict confidentiality. The session will not be recorded or live-tweeted.

This proposal was inspired in part by dialogue around #ArchivesSoWhite (http://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/archivessowhite-intro-bibliography) and M. Ramirez’s 2015 article “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative” (http://dx.doi.org/10.17723.0360-9081.78.2.339). Reflecting a working definition developed by LIS scholars Bourg, Espinal, Galvan, Hall, Hathcock, and Honma, participants will be asked to engage the concept of “whiteness” as both “the socio-cultural differential of power and privilege that results from categories of race and ethnicity…[and] as a marker for the privilege and power that acts to reinforce itself through hegemonic cultural practice that excludes all who are different.” (Hathcock, 2015

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Samantha Winn

Collections Archivist, International Archives of Women in Architecture, Virginia Tech
As Collections Archivist for Virginia Tech, Sam works with 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.

Thursday August 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 202 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Friday, August 5


401 - The Challenges of Collecting and Providing Access to Social Media Content
Social media is an important and increasingly valuable tool for contemporary scholars in various disciplines, but the medium presents unique technical and legal challenges for archivists. The speakers describe how their institutions have worked through the muddy waters of access, copyright, platform-specific terms of use, public records law, and policy development.

Eubank: The Challenges of Collecting and Providing Access to Social Media Content

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Vakil Smallen

National Education Association Project Archivist, George Washington University
Vakil Smallen is the National Education Association Project Archivist at George Washington University. He graduated from the University of Maryland iSchool. Before coming to GWU, he worked in the Archives of the International Monetary Fund.

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Peter Broadwell

Academic Projects Developer, UCLA Digital Library
Peter coordinates experimental archiving projects with faculty members at UCLA and his colleagues in the Digital Library Program. He manages the preservation of the UCLA NewsScape collection of digitized television news and is presently researching new methods for automatically linking... Read More →
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Brian Dietz

Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections, NCSU Libraries

Kelly Eubank

Manager, Digital Services, State Archives of North Carolina
The State Archives of North Carolina in partnership with the State Library of NC has an active web archiving program. Since 2005, we served as one of the inaugural partners for Archive-It and began archiving social media in 2008 using both Archive-It and ArchiveSocial. The team actively... Read More →
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Rachel Trent

Digital Services Manager, George Washington University
Rachel Trent is Digital Services Manager at George Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. She has worked in the area of social media archiving previously at the State Library of North Carolina and at the State Archives of North Carolina. MSIS, University... Read More →

Friday August 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom East Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Saturday, August 6


602 - Building Effective Relationships with Legal Counsel
Archivists often must work with lawyers, both institutional legal counsel and external legal professionals, yet these relationships can be characterized by conflicting priorities and differing responsibilities within institutions. The panelists discuss the pitfalls of working with legal counsel and explore how archivists can build strong relationships with lawyers. They provide examples from their own professional experiences and invite Q&A participation from the audience.

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Sarah Quigley

Interim Head of Manuscript Processing, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
Sarah Quigley, CA, is a Manuscript Archivist and Interim Head of Manuscript Processing at Emory University's Rose Library, Chair of SAA's Committee on Public Policy, and an instructor for SAA's Arrangement and Description: Fundamentals workshop.


Roger Christman

Governors' Records Archivist, Library of Virginia
Roger Christman is the governors' records archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
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Samantha N. Cross

Archivist, CallisonRTKL, Inc.
Samantha Cross is the Archivist in the Seattle office of CallisonRTKL, a design consultancy firm. Samantha received a BA in History and an MA in History/Archives and Records Management at Western Washington University. She joined CallisonRTKL in 2011 and currently oversees the hardcopy... Read More →

José Javier Garza

Senior Librarian and Archivist, Historical Resources Center, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jose Javier Garza is an archivist for the Historical Resources Center of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Javier received a MS in Information studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Informatics from the University... Read More →
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Kathleen Roe

Director of Operations (Retired), New York State Archives (Retired)
SAA past-president, 2014-2015. Director of Archives and Records Management Operations at the NY State Archives (retired). Holds advanced degrees in History from Michigan State University and in library/archival administration from Wayne State University. Fellow and immediate past-president... Read More →
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Christina Zamon

Head of Archives and Special Collections, Emerson College
Christina Zamon has been the Head of Archives and Special Collections for Emerson College for over 8 years. During her tenure at Emerson College Christina has worked extensively with the Office of General Counsel to develop a records management program, draft legal agreements for... Read More →

Saturday August 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Grand Ballroom West Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


702 - True Confessions: Reappraising and Deaccessioning
We admit it. The archives profession is implementing reappraisal and deaccessioning practices in new ways. In this session, archivists divulge real-world experiences in true-confessions style. Archivists discuss using crowd-sourcing techniques for reappraisal, evaluating an eight-year old project, and how these practices have clarified existing policy and increased usability.


Laura Jackson

Assistant University Archivist, University of California Irvine
Laura Uglean Jackson has held her current position since June 2014. Prior,she was associate archivist at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, where she worked since July 2007 when she was hired to work on a grant-funded deaccessioning project. She has chaired the SAA... Read More →

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Adriana Cuervo

Associate Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University
Archivist specialized in performing arts collections. Currently leading the archival operations at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. I have published on issues pertaining to arrangement, description, appraisal, acquisition, and preservation of music materials in... Read More →
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Matt Francis

Archivist for Collection Management, Penn State University
Matt Francis is the Archivist for Collection Management at Pennsylvania State University Special Collections Library, where he is responsible for overseeing processing, accessioning, and the physical management of collections and serves on the University Libraries Discovery and Access... Read More →
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Marcella Huggard

Manuscripts Coordinator, University of Kansas

Greg Kochen

Greg Kocken is the Head Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has a public history background and completed his graduate training in archives and records administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He played... Read More →
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Katharine Lawrie

Project Archivist with University Archives, UCLA Library Special Collections
Talk to me about university archives, records management, and art!
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Liz Konzak Phillips

Archivist, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Liz Konzak Phillips is the Associate Archivist for Processing at the Hoover Institution Libary & Archives at Stanford University. She supervises the arrangement, description, housing, and circulation of archival materials, and manages the creation of online finding aids for archival... Read More →

Jordan Phoenix

Assistant Director, University of Illinois
Jordan Phoenix holds a MLIS degree from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, and is currently undertaking a Certificate of Advanced Study at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. He is also employed at the U of I as an... Read More →

Lindsay B. Turley

Associate Director of Collections | Manuscripts Archivist, Museum of the City of New York
Lindsay Turley holds a Master's Degree in Information and Library Science with Certificates in Archival Studies and Museum Librarianship from Pratt Institute, and has nearly ten years of experience working with special collections. She has been with the Museum since 2010 as the Manuscripts... Read More →

Linda A. Whitaker

Director, AHS Library & Archives, Arizona Historical Society
She has a longtime interest in processing large, complex collections, appraising backlogs, providing access and reference and advocacy for advancing professional standards. She served on the national task force to develop standards for archival re-appraisal and de-accessioning. She... Read More →

Saturday August 6, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom West Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


706 - Moving, Moving, Moving
Are you planning to move? Did your proposal for a new or renovated facility finally get approved? Are you overwhelmed just thinking about it? All of the speakers have recently experienced moving an archives--and lived to tell the tale! Come hear their words of wisdom--what to do (and not do), tips and tricks for working with architects, mapping a move, packing your collection, and more.

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Jenny Manasco

Instruction Librarian and Archivist, Union University
Dr. Manasco has worked as a librarian at Union University since completing her MLS at Indiana University in 2003. She became an accidental archivist in 2009 and has enjoyed every minute of it. She attended the Georgia Archives Institute in 2010 and became a Certified Archivist in... Read More →


Jamal Booker

Manager, Heritage Communications, The Coca-Cola Company
Jamal is Manager, Heritage Communications at The Coca-Cola Company, where he manages the historical collections of The Coca-Cola Company. He has more than 14 years of archival experience in the private and public sector. Prior to his current position, he worked at the Georgia Archives... Read More →
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Eric Chin

Senior Archivist, NBCUniversal
With over 16 years experience working in the entertainment industry as an archivist, Eric D. Chin currently serves as the Senior Archivist at NBCUniversal and manages the company's institutional history and production archives. He serves as the Past Chair of the Business Archives... Read More →
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Tamara Gaydos

Manuscript Librarian, Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum
BS in Languages from Georgetown University; MLIS from Simmons College; processing assistant at Northeastern University Archives;Manuscript Processor at the Phillips Library; member of the Academy of Certified Archivists since 2012; NHPRC grant manager; member of New England Archivists... Read More →
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Melissa Gonzales

Director, Records Management, Houston Community College
MSLIS, Simmons College; BA, University of Texas at Austin. Certified Archivist; Digital Archives Specialist; 2014 ALI Cohort. Currently, Melissa is Director of Records Management at Houston Community College and has a background managing institutional archives and records at museums... Read More →
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Miranda Mims

Archivist, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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Carole Prietto

Law Center Archivist, Georgetown University Law Center
Carole is the Archivist for the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. She held previous positions at the Daughters of Charity and Washington University in St. Louis. Carole is a Certified Archivist with an MA in History from UCLA and an MLIS from San Jose State. In her... Read More →

Nathan Saunders

Curator of Manuscripts, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina
Nathan has been Curator of Manuscripts at South Caroliniana Library since 2014. He has also worked at South Carolina Political Collections and Moving Images Research Collections at the University of South Carolina. He also teaches courses in southern history in the history department... Read More →
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Samuel Smallidge

Archivist, Converse
Sam Smallidge is currently the Archivist for Converse, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike, Inc. He serves as a key corporate asset, answering historical questions, assisting designers, brand managers, executives and other employees whose work requires historical materials only found... Read More →

Saturday August 6, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Salon B Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303