Learn more about your WArS Candidates!

We have a great slate of candidates for the 2017 election! Two candidates are running for co-chair and we have seven candidates for steering committee. Watch for the online election link from SAA to make your final selections.

Co-Chair Candidates

Elizabeth Dinschel

Biography: Elizabeth began her career in museums and archives in Florida after earning BAs in History and Political Science and an MA in History with a graduate minor in Public Administration. She worked for a small historical society first, learning basic collections management and cataloging methods. She then went on to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum as the Education and Oral History Director. She managed the oral history program, the oral history collection, the education program, and the non-accessioned education collection. She then moved to the National Archives and Records Administration at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum as an Education Specialist in 2013. She is the chair and founder of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Women’s Affinity Group (WAG) and is very active in archival outreach and education for all age groups.

Statement of Interest: There is an inexplicable gender wage gap in archives and museums, proven over and over in wage studies. While women dominate the fields of archives and museum, they are underrepresented in management and, sadly, historic interpretation of the collections. Many women across the country lose their jobs in museums and archives when they take time for maternity leave because there is a lack of FMLA protections in small institutions. This is unacceptable and one of the many factors preventing women from attaining higher salaries and management positions.

There are so many things to be disappointed about, but at the same time women have come so far. I believe we are on the cusp of great change for family leave and equal pay, but we need to keep pushing. I would be honored to serve the committee to continue fighting for better representation of women in historic interpretation, promotion of women in archives, equal pay, and fair family leave- even at institutions without FMLA protections. Together we can accomplish more and reach even further.

Danielle Russell

Biography: Danielle Russell is the Archives Assistant at the Southern Maryland Studies Center, an archival repository and research center that seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials that document the history and culture of Southern Maryland. As one of the two professional archivists on staff, she is able to partake in a variety of projects that include ArchivesSpace implementation, reprocessing collections, and grant writing. She is also the Co-Founder of the Women’s March on Washington Archives Project, coordinating the physical materials and digital photography aspects. This project has further inspired her research in archival activism and intersectional feminist theory. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management from Simmons College, and a B.A. in History and Archaeology from Lycoming College.

Statement of Interest: It is my passion to ensure the preservation of marginalized voices, especially regarding the politics, rhetoric, and legislation born of our intensely controversial contemporary political climate. I once read that the archive is a great historical laboratory where all theories and their results are played out, and I want to be a part of shaping that. Thanks to reading the work of Terry Cook in grad school, I possess a firm belief that archivists actively shape documentary heritage to reflect the broad spectrum of human experience, and that marginalized voices and experiences have been overlooked, both intentionally and unintentionally, in the archival record. We must work towards documentation efforts that present a comprehensive image of society that includes public hopes and dreams, frustrations and failures, and activities and movements, all preserved in their original voices.

As archivists, we are not lofty, impartial caretakers, but socially conditioned, subjective humans who must try to be very transparent in our work. I mention this because we, as archivists, leave our finger prints on the collections that we touch. Thus, in the spirit of full disclosure: I am a feminist. I aspire to embody intersectional feminism, and I am devouring books and articles on how to be a better activist and archivist for all of the issues– civil rights, disability rights, ending violence, environmental justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQIA rights, reproductive rights, worker’s rights, etc.– which are, in the end, women’s issues. I believe I can use this passion in a leadership role with the Women Archivists Section to advocate for our voices and our fingerprints in the profession, through expanding on the First Friday Feminism project and exploring the ways the section and its members can better advocate professionally for the missing views and histories in our collections. My experiences with the current co-chairs and steering committee have led me to value the insight of this section and its members both personally and professionally, and I hope that I can build on that foundation if chosen as Co-Chair.

Steering Committee Candidates

Lori Dedeyan

Biography: Lori Dedeyan is a Processing Archivist at The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, where she works to increase access to collections across a variety of subject areas and formats and manages web archiving activities. She is an active member of Society of American Archivists and a current member of the Issues and Advocacy General News Media Research Team. Lori enjoys blending her background in art and writing with her archival work to create physical and online exhibits, written content, and to find other ways to creatively share and promote archival holdings and issues. She earned her MLIS from UCLA in 2014 and has previously worked as an archivist at UCLA Library Special Collections.

Statement of Interest: I am interested in serving on the Women Archivists Section Steering Committee because I would like to continue to learn from and contribute to the professional conversation around the experiences and needs of women archivists, and to support WArS in developing resources that further allow women archivists to advocate for themselves and their colleagues. To that end, I am appreciative of the work WArS has done and is doing to create a body of literature and evidence around these issues. I would also like to participate in the work of revisiting and critically examining some of the assumptions of archival practice. I consider this a great opportunity to meaningfully contribute to SAA and our profession and believe that my experience would help me accomplish that effectively in this position.

Mary Jo Fairchild

Biography: Mary Jo Fairchild is the Manager of Research Services in the Special Collections Department at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. Prior to arriving at the College of Charleston in 2015, Fairchild was the Director of Archives and Research at the South Carolina Historical Society for nearly five years. Fairchild holds master’s degrees in History and Library Science and is a Certified Archivist. She has served as President of the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) and the Charleston Council on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM). A member of the Archives Leadership Institute’s 2014 cohort, Fairchild also contributes to the Society of American Archivist’s Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) and the Southern Association of Women Historians’ (SAWH) Professional Development Committee. A native of West Virginia, Fairchild enjoys weekend adventures outdoors with her two daughters.

Statement of Interest: My devotion to the archival profession extends beyond striving to uphold high standards for essential functions such as reference, access, outreach, arrangement, description, and ethics; I am committed to articulating and enhancing the values placed on the labors of women archivists in order to foster a thriving and inclusive professional landscape. As an archivist, I am dedicated to transparency and broad access to resources, diversifying the historic record, and disrupting institutional systems which privilege and oppress persons based on socio-cultural, racial, and gender identities. I am eager to join the WArS steering committee to serve and collaboratively bring to fruition the essential dialogues the section facilitates through programming, twitter chats, interviews, networking, surveys, and so much more.

Heather Fox

Biography: Heather Fox is the Archivist for Manuscript Collections and the Co-Director for the Oral History Center in the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections. She has worked for several esteemed Kentucky archival institutions including the Kentucky Oral History Commission, The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, The Filson Historical Society and Appalshop, an internationally known a media arts center in Eastern Kentucky. Fox is one of the founding team members of the Louisville Underground Music Archive collection, a project documenting the punk, indie, hardcore scene in Louisville, Kentucky. She has recently become a cat person to the mild consternation of her dog.

Statement of Interest: I am a natural communicator and connector and would welcome this opportunity to use these skills to advance the initiatives of the WARS. I currently serve as chair of the Campus Climate Committee of the Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Louisville, a group appointed by the university president that monitors and advises him (yes, always a him so far) on ways the administration can improve work-life balance, create a safer work environment for all employees, and increase opportunities for women in leadership roles on campus. I would love the chance to bring the knowledge I have gained on COSW to WARS.

Erin Glasco

Biography: Erin Glasco is the Archives Intern at the Roosevelt University Archives in Chicago, IL. Erin will receive her MLIS with a concentration in Archives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2017. Prior to her time at Roosevelt, Erin interned at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) at Columbia College Chicago. While working at the CBMR, Erin became engaged with one of the Center’s most interesting holdings: the FBI files of noted artist and activist, Paul Robeson. Erin curated a small exhibit about the FBI’s surveillance of Robeson at the CBMR, and presented a poster on her research titled, “Paul Robeson and the Black Lives Matter Movement: Anti-Black Violence and Surveillance in the United States, Ca.1940-present” at SAA in July 2016. Erin is a 2016-2018 ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow, and an article she co-authored, “Black Music Literacy: Classic Edition” will be featured in the forthcoming anthology, “Information Literacy in Music: An Instructor’s Companion.”

Statement of Interest: I am attracted to a career in archives because I appreciate the power that archives hold in shaping history, fostering and facilitating community, strengthening personal identity, and, naturally, encouraging scholarship. I’m interested in serving on the steering committee because I would like to continue the work that WArS has done to encourage archives and archivists to be more intersectional in their praxis. Women make up the vast majority of our profession, and I believe we have the power to make lasting, needed changes to our field. I want women, regardless of race, class, sexuality, or ability, to feel welcome and supported in our field. I’m hopeful that my time on the steering committee will be spent working meaningfully towards that goal.

Gayle Schechter

 Biography: Gayle Schechter graduated from Simmons College in Boston this past May with her MS with a concentration in Archives Management. In addition to her current positions as Project Archivist at Fenway High School, Library Assistant at Bay State College, and Digital Projects Intern at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Gayle has been serving as the 2016-2017 intern for WArS, with her term ending in July. In her free time she enjoys reading, museums, seeing live music and comedy, and spending time outside with her dog.

Statement of Interest: As my internship with WArS is coming to a close, I’m excited about the possibility of continuing to work with this section. Since the last Annual Meeting, I’ve worked with the steering committee promoting WArS on social media, in particular through our First Friday Feminism Twitter chat series in which we’ve engaged with members on topics related to intersectional feminism. I’m an enthusiastic feminist, and look forward to continuing our work with our members on this topic, and moving forward in areas of social justice as they pertain to women of color and the trans community.
I also see the upcoming results of the SAA/WArS salary survey as another area in which we can engage with our members and improve upon the status of women within our profession. As a new professional, I’d love to engage others in frank discussions on pay equity as well as providing resources to our members such as helpful guidelines for salary negotiation for women. My experience interning with WArS this year has allowed me to have first-hand experience working with this committee, and I’m eager to continue our work in providing an open forum to discuss the issues facing us today as well as building upon our knowledge to provide comprehensive resources for our members.

 

Florence M. Turcotte

Biography:

Education: B.S., Romance Languages and M.A. Liberal Studies, Georgetown University, M.L.I.S., University of South Florida Modern Archives Institute

Professional Experience: Literary Manuscripts Archivist in Special Collections at the University of Florida, 2005-present; Co-Instructor, Preserving History: An Internship in Historical Archives (HIS 4944) for History majors, 2006-present SAA Participation Reference, Access and Outreach (RAO) Section, 2005-Present, Primary Sources Working Group, 2011-present; presented on an RAO-endorsed panel on engagement and outreach assessment at 2011 SAA conference. Manuscript Repositories Section, 2005-present. Steering Committee, 2012-14. LAGAR (Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable), 2005-present, Co-Chair, 2011-2013, Steering Committee, 2009-present, Chair, LAGAR Taskforce on Bylaws Revision, 2009-10. Women Archivists (Roundtable) Section, 2005 – Present. Other Activities Society of Florida Archivists, Member, 2005-present, Vice-President, 2012-present, Director, 2009-2012, Chair, Nominating Committee, 2007-2008. Conference paper: “Selling Wholesomeness: Images of Women from the Florida Citrus Industry”. As part of a panel entitled “You’ve come a Long Way, Baby: Images of Women in Advertising”. Society of American Archivists, Cleveland, OH, August 21, 2015.

Statement of Interest: I have been interested in Women-identified archives and archivists since my career in archives started in 2005. I curate Women’s collections at the University of Florida,, including the literary manuscripts of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, as well as the records of women’s groups such as the Florida National Organization of Women (Florida NOW), the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, Gainesville Women for Equal Rights (GWER), the League of Women Voters of Florida.

I believe that I can contribute to the mission of this Section in a meaningful way and would appreciate your support. Thank you.

Ashlyn Velte

Biography: My name is Ashlyn Velte I am currently the Archivist at the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives. I received my MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016 where I also received a Certificate in Digital Curation. In my current role at the University of Idaho I am building a born-digital collecting program involving acquisition, digital preservation, and access for born-digital materials received by our special collections and university archives. I also help the department host outreach events, answer reference questions, and teach instruction sessions. I first became interested in archives while I worked in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library during grad school. Working to acquire and promote collections documenting the experiences of historically under-represented groups, such as African Americans, Native Americans, and women, impressed on me the importance and power of archives.

Statement of Interest: I am interested in becoming a steering committee member for WAR because I want to support female professionals in this field. I want to take a more active role in WAR so that I can help further discussions about issues faced by women in archives. As a new professional myself, I want to support other women entering the field by facilitating dialogues about our experience and empower them to seek out leadership roles in the profession. The work WAR does is very important to SAA and to the archival profession. Since this roundtable supports many important initiatives, like the current salary survey, I’d be honored to be part of the leadership that contributes to these important initiatives.

Learn More About Your WAR Candidates!

We have a great slate of candidates for the 2016 election! One candidate is running for co-chair and we have ten candidates for steering committee. Watch for the online election link from SAA to make your final selections.

Co-chair Candidates

Stacie Williams: Stacie Williams is the Learning Lab Manager at the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Research Center, coordinating an undergraduate archives research internship, and she additionally teaches the graduate-level archives and manuscripts management course in UK’s School of Library and Information Science. She has previously worked at Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives, the Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library, and the Lexington (Ky.) Public Library. In 2013, Williams organized a panel at SXSW about ways that information professionals can influence and engage grassroots activism on Twitter, and she has co-published on topics such as community archives, cyberracism and information literacy. She is a 2010 ALA Spectrum Scholar and a member of the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute cohort. She 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. 

 Statement of Interest: I am incredibly interested in serving as co-chair on the Women Archivists Roundtable, as I find that it is nearly impossible to be an archivist without discussing, in- depth, various issues related to women, such as labor, pay, management, and historical documentation of women’s lives and contributions to our larger culture. Further, I am interested in  contributing an intersectional praxis to our work that addresses the ways in which race, class,  physical ability, and sexual identity affect how and for whom we do our jobs. I believe that serving in  a leadership role on the roundtable is the best way to advocate for the issues we face as women  archivists, and to help bring us together for the betterment of the women we document.

Steering Committee Candidates

Alexis Antracoli: I am Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services at Princeton University’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library where I leads technical services operations. Previously I worked as Records Management Archivist at Drexel University and Project Archivist and Archives Assistant at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. I received my MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2011. I am active in regional and national professional organizations, having served on SAA’s Records Management Roundtable and on several MARAC committees, and have published on web archiving and the archiving of born-digital audio visual content. In addition to women’s issues, my professional interests include archival management, preservation and description of electronic records and web archives, acquisitions outreach, and enhancing access to collections. 

 Statement of Interest: I am interested in serving on the Women Archivists Roundtable Steering Committee because I want to contribute to providing professional resources and support for women archivists. I have been impressed with the work of the WAR Roundtable in creating new opportunities to discuss issues affecting women such as pay equity, negotiation, and paid leave as well as raising awareness of women archivists. I would like build on the great work that has been done by working to create additional educational and discussion opportunities, and support women in advocating for their needs within their workplaces and the larger profession. As I have progressed in my career, I have seen that there are a variety of challenges that affect women in various stages of their archival careers. Reflecting on those challenges, I think that there is a need for mentoring opportunities designed specifically for women and open to those in all stages of their careers. Regardless of where we are in our careers, the advice and support of women who successfully navigated professional challenges previously can be a vital element of professional growth. I think WAR would be an ideal forum for the development of such a program. 

Rachel Henson: Hi! My name is Rachel Henson and I am currently an archivist at the Carl Albert Center Congressional Research and Studies Center where I archive the papers of members of Congress. I received my MLIS in Archives Management from Simmons College in 2015. During my time at Simmons I worked in a corporate library and archive at Draper Laboratory and the children’s department of the Cambridge Public Library. I also interned at the Massachusetts Archives and the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library while working on my degree. Before graduate school, I worked in an academic library while obtaining my bachelor’s degree in English Literature. I’m a new professional with a fresh perspective on the archives field and I’ve got a lot of ideas that will encourage increased participation in both SAA and within the roundtable itself. In my personal life I like to play video games, play music, read and spend time with my gigantic orange cat, Mimi.

 Statement of Interest: I believe very strongly in the power of archives and the field’s importance  to human history as we save it and make it in the present day. Identity is a complex issue that I  believe archives and archivists can embody and reflect better than we are doing currently.  Promoting diversity should be a goal for this roundtable within the mission of monitoring the status  of women and promoting the participation of women at SAA and in the profession as a whole.  Social and racial justice must be core values that our community works toward and I’d like to help  begin this work on this roundtable. Women are leaders in our field and we have a chance to prove  that prioritizing diversity and equity works. Between the inclusion of other minorities in how we  address gender in the workplace and how we archive to being the leaders who advocate for our  profession out in the rest of the world, we are responsible for the direction it takes. Let’s use this  power for people of all identities!

Amanda Leinberger: My interest in archives started when I was an undergrad at Mount Holyoke College. I was researching women’s higher education and fell in love with the treasure trove of women’s lives, stories and papers at the MHC archives. From there, I went to the University of British Columbia for my Masters in Archival Studies, and am currently an archivist at the United Nations in New York. I also serve on the MHC Alumnae Association Board of Directors as a data and information management liaison. I’ve always had an interest in women’s history and spaces. In my prior life, I managed the kitchen of a drop-in center for female survival sex workers, and I volunteer with several different woman’s and LGBT organizations, including the Trevor Project. As I move further along in my archival career, I want to add my skills and labor to the advancement of women’s leadership and history. I enjoy working with professional associations, and for several years I was on the Professional Learning Committee of the Association of Canadian Archivists, and was a co-chair to the planning of several conferences during my time at UBC. 

 Statement of Interest: As a women’s college graduate and strong proponent of both women’s leadership and the advancement of spaces to highlight women’s involvement in the world. I see  the WAR as a fantastic place to not only promote women’s leadership, but also to monitor and  ensure that the archival profession is a space where women’s contributions are valued and  encouraged. Especially important is the task to “identify barriers to professional advancement” for  woman and other minorities. WAR has laid a strong framework for the profession and I would love  to continue that work.

Katie Nash: Katie Nash is the College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Williams College where she has been in this role since October 2014. At Williams Katie is responsible for leading the College Archives unit of Special Collections in which she oversees goal setting for the unit, works with a team of colleagues to prioritize projects, spearheads reference and research services, serves as the project manager for the institutional repository project management committee, collaborates with the library’s Head of Research Services to contribute to outreach and marketing including social media initiatives, and actively works with instruction librarians on the teaching and promotion of archival collections and primary sources. Prior to arriving at Williams, Katie was the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Elon University where she worked from 2005-2014. At Elon she was responsible for overall management of the department, providing instruction and reference services, participating in campus wide events and committees, project management for digital initiatives, and overall marketing and outreach. 

 Statement of Interest: I have been involved with a few SAA committee’s and roundtables for  many years. I believe it’s important to contribute back to the archives profession and by providing  service to SAA is one way of of accomplishing this goal. I’ve been involved with larger SAA  roundtables such as the College and University section, but I’d like to explore being a part of a  more intimate roundtable. I believe my background, knowledge, experience, commitment, and energy will be a good fit for this roundtable. I’d like to focus my energies on something I personally  and professionally believe in, and that’s the participation and promotion of women in the workforce  in general, but specifically the archives profession. It’s hard to make changes as an individual, but  exploring and invoking change as a group can be powerful and rewarding.

Alice Sara Prael: My name is Alice Sara Prael and I am the Digital Accessioning Archivist for Beinecke Library at Yale University. This position includes developing and implementing a centralized born digital accessioning workflow for all Yale University Libraries. I recently completed a National Digital Stewardship Residency at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, where I created a digital preservation strategy and organized the first NDSR Digital Preservation UnConference. Before that I graduated from University of Maryland with an MLS, specializing in Digital Curation. During that time I also served as a graduate assistant for Digital Projects and Initiatives at McKeldin Library. When I’m not working on digital archives I play roller derby, hike and paint. 

Statement of Interest: I would like to be a steering committee member for WAR because I’m interested in furthering the charge of women archivists in SAA. I am especially interested in contributing to the WAR blog and twitter chats as they strengthen our community of women archivists. I have been a regular contributor to blogs for both my position at NDSR and in my new  position at Beinecke Library, as well as keeping a personal blog for professional reflection. I would love to conduct interviews for the Three Questions series in the WAR blog. I am also a regular participant in twitter chats and would be thrilled to organize and contribute to this kind of dialogue.

Elizabeth Skene: Elizabeth Skene is Digital Initiatives Librarian and assistant professor at Western Carolina University where she is responsible for the institutional repository, digital preservation, data management, and digital collections. She holds an MSI from the University of Michigan in Archives and Records Management. Prior to working at WCU, Skene was Curator of Collections at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI. She is a member of the 2016 SAA annual conference program committee, a former board member of the Michigan Archival Association (2012-2014), and served on SAA’s Communication Technology Working Group (2012). She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina and enjoys hiking with her dog, cuddling with her cat, and collecting eggs from her chickens. 

Statement of Interest: The WAR roundtable plays a crucial role in facilitating awareness of  women in leadership (and the lack of), the unseen labor women perform, and the persistent gaps  in compensation. This roundtable has been invaluable in bringing these issues to the forefront and  being a leader in creating discussion and debate. I would be honored to play a role in continuing  this advocacy, both within the archival community and with our library and museum colleagues.  Advocacy has always been part of my work and I have a special interest in supporting young  female professionals, facilitating mentoring, and helping women transition into leadership roles.

Krystal Thomas: My name is Krystal Thomas and I am currently the Digital Archivist at Florida State University Libraries under the Special Collections & Archives division. I completed my MSI at the University of Michigan in 2009. Prior to FSU, I was the digital library coordinator at the Theodore Roosevelt Center in Dickinson, North Dakota. My work is a mix of digital project creation and management, supervision of the Digital Library Center here at FSU and acting as a consultant for digital archiving projects on campus. We’re also making the move more and more into born digital processing as well as web archiving. Outside of work, I read like a fiend, walk dogs at the local shelter every weekend and try to keep my sweet monster of cat from completely destroying every inch of carpet in my apartment. 

Statement of Interest: I would like to get more involved with SAA in general and I see the  Women Archivists Roundtable as a great place to start contributing. Long before I started down  the archival path, I was a women’s studies minor in undergrad so the history of women and how  they contribute to their professions and organizations has always been one that is near and dear  to my heart. I enjoy what WAR does with its blog and social media accounts and would relish the opportunity to contribute and help to grow the work the Roundtable does for women in the  profession.

Anna Trammell: I completed by MLIS in May 2015 and began in my current position in September 2015. I am the Archival Operations and Reference Specialist at the University of Illinois Archives Research Center. In this role, I answer reference requests, supervise student employees, design and teach instruction sessions, manage outreach events and social media, and work closely with the records of student organizations. I am the New Professionals Blog Editor for the Student and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and will begin as the SAA Publications Board Intern in August. 

Statement of Interest: The women of WAR are having valuable conversations about what it means to be a woman in the archives profession. As a new member of the profession, I have greatly  benefitted as a follower of WAR’s online presence which has helped me think critically about pay  inequity, workplace discrimination, and the struggle of maintaining a work life balance. In my own  work, I have aimed to highlight women in the University’s history by creating exhibits on women’s organizations, organizing a panel on women’s history, and working with donors from undergraduate  student groups focused on women’s issues. If selected as a member of the Steering Committee, I  hope to play an active role in expanding WAR’s reach by contributing to the blog and social  media. I believe the Twitter Chats are extremely useful to members and I plan to develop new  partnerships for co-sponsored chats and other activities. I also aim to propose new methods for highlighting women archivists of the past and celebrating those of the present through outreach  and by soliciting contributions for the blog. I am very excited about the work WAR is doing and  would be honored to be have the opportunity to join the leadership of this roundtable.

Sandra Varry: Sandra Varry is the Heritage Protocol & University Archivist at Florida State University where she collects, manages, and provides access to FSU’s archive and manages its History Museum. She holds an MFA in Photography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MLIS from the University of South Florida. She became a Certified Archivist in 2013 and Digital Archives Specialist in 2014. She is Immediate Past President of the Society of Florida Archivists and is currently the Society of American Archivists’ Key Contact for Florida. 

Statement of Interest: Since joining WAR I have found the group to be welcoming, supportive, and engaging. As a steering committee member I hope to contribute to activities that increase the  dialogue and understanding surrounding the issues women face in the archives profession. I feel I  can be an asset to the roundtable in continuing to increase outreach and engagement, and in  promoting an environment where women can advance and flourish in the profession.

Jona Whipple: My name is Jona Whipple and I am the Archivist at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library. I received a Master of Library Science with a specialization in Archives from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. In my current position, I oversee and manage the entirety of archival collections, and manage a flourishing digitization program. My subject focus is legal history, including the inspiring history of women in the law profession. I have enjoyed five years of experience in my current position, where I have devoted my attention to creating exhibits, digital collections, and written materials to educate the legal community on the stories of early women lawyers and the difficulties they faced. 

Statement of Interest: I have always been interested in women’s history, in particular, women’s  struggles for equality in the workplace. For these reasons, I am passionate about advancing  women’s voices in the archival field. More than anything, I want to give women archivists the  opportunity to teach and learn from each other. I want to be involved in steering the Women Archivists Roundtable because I would be proud to be able to serve and give back to a  community that has provided me with so much insight in my career. I hope to be instrumental in fulfilling current and future needs of women archivists and further enhance the positive  atmosphere within the organization.