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Dr. Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson is the Digital Initiatives Archivist at Iowa State University. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA, where her dissertation examined how university archivists learn to appraise through social interaction. Prior to her position at Iowa State, Anderson has worked in university archives, special collections, a rare books library, law libraries, and police records. Anderson is past chair of the Appraisal and Acquisitions section of the Society of American Archivists and formerly served on the SAA Committee on Education. In addition to archivists and appraisal, her research interests include archival education and the sociocultural aspects of records and record keeping. She is an adherent of "reflective practice" and finds that intellectual curiosity, insight, and the seeds of both theoretical and applied research emerge from contemplative observation and the "doing" of recordkeeping and archival work.

Dr. Jeannette Bastian

I am a Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College and direct their Archives Management concentration. I also direct their satellite campus in Western Massachusetts. Formerly Territorial Librarian of the United States Virgin Islands from1987 to 1998, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. My research interests include memory studies, post-colonialism and archival education and I am currently working on editing a Caribbean Archives Reader. Other publications include West Indian Literature, A Critical Index, 1930-1975 (1982), Owning Memory, How a Caribbean Community Lost Its Archives and Found Its History (2003), Archival Internships (2008), Community Archives, The Shaping of Memory, ed. with Ben Alexander (2009), and Archives in Libraries; What Librarians and Archivists Need to Know to Work Together, with Megan Sniffin-Marinoff and Donna Webber (2015).

Mrs. Belinda Battley

I am a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of IT at Monash University. My research interests relate to archival description, community participation in archival processes, participatory research methodologies, the Records Continuum and the use of records to maintaincollective memory. My current research looks at how a community with distributed archives can maintain the records of its collective memory, exploring a participatory paradigm for archival description. I have an MIS from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) and a BA in Biological Anthropology from Auckland University. I am also employed as a Senior Archivist at the Auckland Office of Archives New Zealand.

Ms. Snowden Becker

My research interests, broadly speaking, focus on the ways in which audiovisual records are integrated into our larger cultural heritage. Most recently, I have explored how recorded media is created and used as evidence in law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system, and how property and evidence management in law enforcement constitutes a form of archival practice. I am a co-founder of the international Home Movie Day event and the nonprofit Center for Home Movies, and since 2012, I have managed the master's degree program in moving image archiving and preservation at UCLA.

Dr. Edward Benoit III

Edward Benoit, III is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Archival Studies program in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. He has a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014) as well as a MLIS and MA in History (2009). His research focuses on participatory and community archives, archival access, digital collections, and nontraditional archival materials. His dissertation analyzed social tags generated by domain experts and novices in a minimally processed digital archive. Currently, his research continues focusing on social tagging, commenting, and crowdsourcing in the archives. He recently launched a project examining personal archiving habits of the 21st century soldier in an effort to develop new digital capture and preservation technologies to support their needs. As an educator, he integrates emerging technology into online courses blending practical applications and theory.

Dr. Joel Blanco-Rivera

Joel A. Blanco-Rivera is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies at the University of Puerto Rico. He teaches courses for the Certificate in Archives and Records Management, and for the Masters degree in Information Science. He is currently revising the Certificate's curriculum, proposing the incorporation of archival studies as an area of interest in the Masters program. His current research interests include the study of archives and the Puerto Rican diaspora in the United States; archival education in Latin America and the Caribbean; and access to government records in Puerto Rico. His dissertation (University of Pittsburgh, 2012) was a case study of the work of the National Security Archive in Latin America and the use of government records in truth commission investigations and human rights trials.

Associate Professor Erik Borglund

Erik Borglund, PhD in computer and system science, is an Associate professor at the Archival and information management school of Mid Sweden University, and his research interests cover the domains of digital recordkeeping, recordkeeping informatics, information systems in crisis management, information systems design and Computer Supported Cooperative Work. The primary research focus is recordkeeping and information management during time critical work (read large crisis). Erik Borglund was a sworn police officers for 20 years, before turning academic full-time.

Sarah Buchanan

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests in archival studies include arrangement and description of special collections, as well as data management in archaeological archives and digital classics. Her dissertation examines the archaeological curation of objects and documentation, illustrating these practices as part of a professional continuum. In teaching, she strives to promote a participatory environment that integrates students' community engagement. Additionally she is active in the Society of American Archivists as a member of the EAD3 Study Group on Discovery and Data Quality and the Committee on Education. She received an M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. with Distinction in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kathy Carbone

I am a doctoral candidate in Information Studies, with a focus in Archival Studies, at UCLA. My research focuses on points ofintersection between artists, art, social justice, and the archives; affect and the archives; the body and performance as archive and the archive as embodied and performative. My dissertation project is an ethnographic study of an artist-inresidence program and the socially engaged archival/art practices of the program’s inaugural two artists at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) in Portland, Oregon. I am the institute archivist, performing arts librarian, and a faculty member in the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where I teach courses in archives and art making as well as music research and writing. I am also a modern dancer and have been collaborating with musicians and dancers through improvisation and set material in theater and gallery based live performance events for over 25 years.

Michelle Caswell

Michelle Caswell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Archival Studies in the department of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 Waldo Gifford Leland Award for Best Publication from the Society of American Archivists. She is also the author of more than twenty-five research articles. She is the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (, an online repository that documents and provides access to the diverse stories of South Asian Americans.

Marika Cifor

Marika Cifor is a doctoral student in Information Studies at UCLA, where she is also pursuing certificates in Gender Studies and the Digital Humanities. Her research interests include affect, community archives, queer and feminist theories, bodies and embodiment, and memory. She is working on her critical archival studies dissertation, a qualitative examination of nostalgia, representation and the records of HIV/AIDS activism. Together with Anne J. Gilliland she is the guest editor of a special issue of Archival Science on "Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects" and is an editor of InterActions. Her work has been published in Archival Science, Transgender Studies Quarterly, InterActions, and Archivaria.

Mr. Christopher Colwell

Christopher Colwell is a Fellow, Life Member and former director of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia. With over 25 years experience in the information disciplines for the last 20 years he has implemented records and information management programs in Australian State and Commonwealth public sector agencies. Chris holds an Associate Diploma of Arts (Library Practice), a Bachelor of Applied Science (information Studies), a Master of Arts (Information & Knowledge Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is currently a doctoral candidate and Casual Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney. Chris’ doctoral research focusses on the perceptions of records by diverse professional groups in an age of social media. He is particularly interested in the various influences on professionals constructions of records as part of their everyday practices.

Dr. Andrea Copeland

Andrea Copeland is an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics & Computing at Indiana University, Indianapolis. For the past decade, she has researched public libraries and their relationship with communities. Her current r projects focus on connecting the cultural outputs of individuals and community groups to a sustainable preservation infrastructure. In particular, the potential for public libraries to develop the technical and practical framework to create an infrastructure for community-based heritage preservation. She is member of the National Council of Public History’s work group: Building Capacity to Challenge the Exclusive Past. The group seeks to create best practices to guide partnerships between heritage organizations and community groups. Also, she is working on an edited volume with Henriette Roued-Cunliffe, University of Copenhagen, which will present international perspectives on the complexity of issues surrounding the preservation of local cultural heritage.

Dr. Richard Cox

Richard J. Cox is a Professor in Archival Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, recently appointed as Chair of the new Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship. Dr. Cox has served as Editor of the American Archivist and the Records & Information Management Report. He has written extensively on archival and records management topics and has published numerous books and articles in this area, winning the Society of American Archivists’ Waldo Gifford Leland Award for the best book on archives three times. Most recently, he co-edited with Alison Langmead and Eleanor Mattern selected essays from the 2014 AERI conference published by Litwin books. Dr. Cox was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 1989. 

Caroline Crowell

Caroline Crowell is an archivist with the Georgia Archives (State of Georgia), where she is currently helping manage the shift from one library software to another, in addition to reference and processing duties. She received a Master’s in Library Studies and a Master’s in Archival Studies in 2014 from the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies. During library school she worked for the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections, undertook a cataloging project for the Law Society of British Columbia, and volunteered for two years with Society for the Museum of Original Costume (SMOC) helping to organize and catalog their collection. She has a BA in English from Kenyon College.

Diana Daly

Diana Daly studies the rich commemorative practices within negative archival space - that is, in the communities, networks, and subcultures that construct their own histories outside of formal archives. Currently in the final stages of editing toward the PhD at the University of Arizona School Of Information, Diana’s dissertation focuses on an annual community expression in Tucson, Arizona, as a case study in which celebrants use ephemera along with performance to commemorate the passing of people, places, and moments. Trained as a digital archivist, Diana specializes in the study of dynamic information and knowledge and co-constructs insights for archives through qualitative research and analysis. When she is not interviewing participants in giant puppets or teaching courses on online communication and research, Diana might be performing in scenarios with her two children or belting a karaoke number.

Ms. Zihan Ding

Zihan Ding is Ph.D Candidate in Archive studies at Renmin University of China, who is also a full-year visiting graduate research student in Information Studies at UCLA. My current research focuses on the role of records and archives in local governance, especially choosing homeless individuals as an case to explore how the power of records and archives affect homeless individuals' everyday lives during the process of governance. I am also interested in community archives and cultural identity. I joined several projects like "The Analysis and Prediction on Information of Online Public Opinion: Sampling Undergraduate Employment Online Public Opinion”;“The Research of Key Technology on Authenticity of Electronic Records and Long-term Preservation”; Beijing Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science “The Digital Archive Resources Construction and Beijing City Memory Project”.

Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson

Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington. In the broad research areas of digital curation and digital preservation, he investigates preservation management, preservation metadata, digital repositories, users and issues of trust and trustworthiness in a digital repository context. Donaldson’s research has appeared in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), the New Security Paradigms Workshop, Archival Science, and Library Hi Tech. Donaldson has presented his research at the International Conference on the Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES) as well as the Conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST). He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary.

Elsie Doolan

Elizabeth Doolan is an MLIS student at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is also pursuing a Concentration Certificate in Gender Studies. She is currently a Ph.D. applicant to programs beginning September 2016. Her research interests include archival representation, defining archival records, and interrogating archives and records as gendered spaces. Recently, her research has centered on how arpilleras, Chilean tapestries through which women bore witness to and expressed their emotions regarding the Pinochet Regime, are archival records. In February 2016 she introduced her research on the archival nature of arpilleras at the International Forum on Arpilleras.

Jonathan Dorey

Jonathan Dorey is a Ph.D. candidate at the McGill University School of Information Studies in Montréal, Canada. His doctoral research focuses on the needs and expectations of history undergraduates with regards to access to digital archives. Jonathan has been an active participant at AERI since 2011 and was part of the Scoping the Published Archival Research Corpus (SPARC) and Charting the Archival Enterprise in Doctoral Education through AERI research projects. He has taught master level classes at the McGill University School of Information Studies and Université de Montréal’s École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information. Jonathan holds an MLIS from McGill University (2010), a graduate certificate in website and software localization from Université de Montréal (2008) and a bachelor’s degree in translation and East-Asian studies from Université de Montréal (2002). He is a certified translator since 2005.

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Dr. Joanne Evans

I am an ARC Future Fellow in the Faculty of IT at Monash University, my research relates to the design and development of archival information systems, with particular emphasis on recordkeeping metadata, interoperability and sustainability. I am particularly interested in exploring the requirements for archival systems in community environments using inclusive systems and research design approaches. With digital and networking information technologies throwing down many challenges for archival and recordkeeping endeavours, in both my teaching and my research I like to explore how they may help us develop better archival and recordkeeping infrastructures, in turn enriching our understanding of records, archives and archivists in society. My Connecting the Disconnected Future Fellowship research program is investigating the development of a participatory archival design methodology.

Ms. Rebecca D. Frank

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). My research interests include digital preservation and access, standards and certification for trustworthy digital repositories, and risk perception and disaster planning for digital repositories. I have worked as a Graduate Student Research Assistant on the Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) and Qualitative Data Reuse: Records of Practice in Educational Research and Teacher Development (QDR) projects. I have an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in Preservation of Information, and a BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. My work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Australian Academy of Science.

Dr. Donald Force

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS), where I am teaching courses in the archival studies program. In 2013, I earned my PhD from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. My areas of research involve archival science pedagogy, the history of recordkeeping practices, the use and application of recordkeeping standards, and legal issues associated with records management practices in North America. I have published and presented on topics related to legal issues relevant to recordkeeping practices, such as e-discovery, the admissibility of business records, and the best evidence rule.

Professor Patricia Galloway

Patricia Galloway joined the University of Texas at Austin School of Information’s archival program, where she is now Professor, in 2000. She teaches courses in digital archives, archival appraisal, and historical museums. From 1979 to 2000 she worked at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and from 1997 to 2000 directed an NHPRC-funded project to create an electronic records program for Mississippi. Her academic qualifications include a BA in French from Millsaps College (1966); MA (1968) and PhD (1973) in Comparative Literature and PhD in Anthropology (2004), all from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an archaeologist in Europe in the 1970s and supported what was then called humanities computing in the University of London 1977-79. She served on the Society of American Archivists Continuing Education and Professional Development committee 2005-2009, when the groundwork was prepared for SAA’s current Digital Archives Specialist certificate.

Dr. Patricia Garcia

Patricia Garcia is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) at Arizona State University. Her research interests include the instructional use of digital archival platforms in K-12 classrooms and the effects of emerging technologies on the formation of online participatory cultures. In addition to CGEST, she is affiliated with Part.Lab, an NSFfunded research group at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics studying modes of participation on the Internet, and the Nexus Lab, a project of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University aimed at growing the digital humanities through interdisciplinary collaborations.

Noah Geraci

I am a June 2016 graduate of UCLA's MLIS program, with a BA in literature from UC Santa Barbara. My interests are in disability studies, recordkeeping, affect and access, and my current project is qualitative research on experiences of accessing one's own mental health records. I have worked at organizations including UCLA Digital Library Program, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation District Library and Archives, and the Freedom Archives; and have a prior background working in social services.  

Ms. Jamila Ghaddar

I am a second-year doctoral student at the University of Toronto’s iSchool, where I completed a Master of Information specialized in Archives & Records Management. I hold an undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics from McMaster University. My doctoral research explores trauma, history and the politics of memory within Middle Eastern archival settings, with a focus on Lebanon. My research experience includes working at the iSchool on the SSHRC-funded Social Justice & Archive Project (PI: Profs. Wendy Duff & Heather MacNeil); the Memory, Meaning-Making & Collections Project in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (PI: Profs. Cara Krmpotich, Lynne Howarth & Heather Howard); and the Corporate Video Surveillance Project (PI: Prof. Andrew Clement). Before joining the University of Toronto as a doctoral student, I worked for many years in the social service sector, including as a front-line worker and program coordinator.

Dr. Leisa Gibbons

Leisa completed her Ph.D. from Monash University in 2015. Her PhD examined and extends continuum approaches to exploring online cultural heritage. Leisa has a particular interest in how decisions are made in relation to memory and recordkeeping particularly in relation to social media. Leisa's work also involves community recordkeeping and archives and the intersections between social media, personal memory-making and community memory. In August 2015 Leisa moved to Kent State University in Ohio to take up a position in the School of Library and Information Science. Previous to this Leisa worked as an adjunct teacher at Monash University, RMIT University and Charles Sturt University between 2010 – 2015. Leisa has a Masters in Information Management and Systems from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.

Professor Anne Gilliland

Anne J. Gilliland is Professor and Director of the Archival Studies specialization in the Department of Information Studies, Director of the Center for Information as Evidence, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Global Research, RMIT University in Melbourne and Director of AERI. Her interests relate broadly to the history, nature, human impact, and technologies associated with archives, records and memory, particularly in translocal and international contexts. Her recent work addresses recordkeeping and archival systems and practices in support of human rights, recovery and daily life in post-conflict and diasporic settings; the role of community memory in promoting reconciliation in the wake of ethnic conflict; bureaucratic violence and the politics of metadata; archival informatics; and research methods and design in archival studies.

Jana Gowan

Jana Gowan is a graduate student in the Master’s in Library and Information Science program with a specialization in Media Archival Studies at UCLA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Arts in Gender, Literature, and Modernity from the University of Warwick. Her primary research interests include working with rural communities, preserving and sharing cultural heritage on film, and exploring the role of archives in social justice and reconciliation. In the spring of 2016, she presented a poster at the Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting on the role of participatory archiving methods in regional film archives and a paper at UCLA’s Research and Inquiry Conference examining the recent restoration of The Daughter of Dawn, a 1920 silent film with a cast of 300 Native Americans. Currently, her research focuses on the first phase of a long-term project exploring archival records reflecting the memories and stories of the Dust Bowl Diaspora. 

Dr. Karen Gracy

Karen F. Gracy is an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science of Kent State University. She possesses an MLIS and PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in critical studies of Film and Television from UCLA. Recent publications have appeared in JASIST, Archival Science, American Archivist, Journal of Library Metadata, and Information and Culture. Dr. Gracy’s scholarly interests are found within the domain of cultural heritage stewardship, which encompasses a broad range of activities such as preservation and conservation processes and practices, digital curation activities that consider the roles of heritage professionals and users in the lifecycle of objects and records, as well as knowledge representation activities such as definitions of knowledge domains, development of standards for description, and application of new technologies to improve access to cultural heritage objects.

Ms. Ayse Gursoy

Ayse Gursoy is a doctoral student interested in video and computer game preservation, and in the relationship of archival practice to use. She is curious about how the intellectual model of the artifact, such as "game as software object," engages with the preservation strategies employed, e.g., emulation.

Eileen Horansky

Eileen Horansky is a current M.L.I.S student and graduate assistant at Kent State University. She also holds an M.A. in English Literature from Cleveland State University, where she studied eighteenth century women's rhetoric and political satire. Her current research interests involve archival theory, manuscript studies, and cultural memory. This is her first time participating in AERI.

Mr. Harrison Inefuku

Harrison W. Inefuku is the Digital Repository Coordinator for Iowa State University, working to increase the visibility and impact of faculty, staff and student scholarship through institutional repository and library-based publishing services. Harrison's research interests include examining diversity and power in the information sciences and professions and the application of archival theory and practice to institutional repository management. Harrison is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Dual MAS/MLIS program, where he served as a graduate research assistant for the InterPARES 3 Project.

Mr. Asen Ivanov

I hold a Bachelor of Communications from University of Malta and an MA in Heritage Studies from University of Amsterdam. I am currently writing a PhD at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at University of Toronto, and I am a sessional lecturer at the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON), where I teach digital preservation and collections management. My PhD research project examines the impact of digital technologies on institutional practices of appraisal and preservation of moving image archives. Beyond the scope of my current doctoral research, I am interested in studying the technologies and practices through which libraries, archives, and museums organize, preserve, and assign value to cultural works.

Dr. Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer L. Jenkins teaches at the intersections of archive studies, film, and literature at the University of Arizona. Her book, Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest, will be published by University of Arizona Press in 2016.

Miss Xiaoshuang Jia

Xiaoshuang Jia is pursuing PHD degree in archival science in SIRM, Renmin University of China, and also a full-year visiting international research student at SLAIS, University of British Columbia. She is also a researcher in Center for Chinese & Global Affairs--Peking University. She is interested in archival theories in particular the impact of archives on society as well as archives in the digital environment. Thus, she is directing two projects entitled The Value and Development of Family Archives in the Context of Modern Identity and Managing Recordkeeping Risks in a Cloud Environment. She participated in other projects such as InterPARES(ITrust) and several National Social Science Fund Projects. She has so far published seventeen articles in Chinese and been a subeditor of The Development Report on Chinese Youth 2014. AS representative of leading student researcher, she made presentation of “Records” and “Archives” in China: Practice vs. Theory in ASA National Conference 2015. 

Dr. Rhonda Jones

A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel HIll, Dr. Jones has earned a MLS with a concentration in Archives, a doctorate in United States History, and a MA in Public History. A proficient scholar and writer with more than six years of teaching archival theory and fundamentals, she has established a number of experiential learning programs at community archives, academic libraries, private institutions, and cultural heritage organizations. She currently works as a consultant for local community groups and is preparing for the Academy of Certified Archivist exam.

Dr. Adam Kriesberg

Adam Kriesberg is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies. Along with Ricardo Punzalan, he works with the National Agricultural Library on research related to agricultural research data curation. He completed his PhD in 2015 at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Ms. Jessica Lapp

I am a first-year doctoral student in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and hold a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Carleton University as well as an MI from the University of Toronto which focused on archives and records management (ARM) and critical information and policy studies (CIPS). My doctoral research explores the concept of representational violence within the archive with a specific focus on what makes a ‘useful’ or ‘good’ representation within the context of socialmovement archives. I am particularly interested in the connections between activism and archiving and the resulting community driven memory and identity building processes and outcomes.

Ms. Ramona La Roche

Ramona La Roche is a Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellow and doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina’s College of Mass Communications and Information Science, Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a MEd in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, Columbia, SC, and a BFA in photography and creative arts therapy from the School of Visual Arts, New York. La Roche is the published author of Gullah Connections: Crossing Over, Passing The Links between the Worlds , Orisa: Yoruba gods and spiritual identity in Africa and in the diaspora (Africa World Press, 2005) and Black America Series: Georgetown County, South Carolina (Arcadia, 2000). She has served as a K12 arts educator in Georgetown and Charleston County School Districts, South Carolina, and has also worked as a health educator and arts therapist in a variety of settings in New York City and the Carolinas. Her research focuses on cultural heritage of the Gullah community in the South Carolina Low Country and its historical connections to Barbados, West Indies. Other descriptors of her applied research include related cultural retentions, arts and artisans, genealogy, critical archival work (oral and family history), cemetery preservation, African diaspora military history, curriculum development, and the technological divide. She is a reenactor and member of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Company I, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Her character portrayal includes Susie King Taylor, a Civil War nurse from lowcountry Georgia, USA.

Dr. Andrew Lau

Dr. Andrew J Lau is the Program Director for Instructional Content Development at UCLA Extension, and lecturer and Digital Curation Innovation Center research affiliate at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. He is also managing editor for the online open access Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), for which is he also the co-chair of the ADEC Best Practices Committee. Dr. Lau’s research interests include documentation practices in contemporary art; community archives and informatics; racial identity and documentation; and educational informatics. He holds a master’s degree in library and information science with a specialization in archival studies as well as a PhD in information studies, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Professor Greg Leazer

Prof. Leazer is an associate professor and recently served for six years as the chair of the UCLA Department of Information Studies. He conducts research on the organization of information and knowledge, information retrieval, and how people seek and use information. He is also interested in the role of libraries in public education, and addressing the public school library crisis in California. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation and awarded by President Bill Clinton.

Ellen LeClere

Ellen LeClere is a second year PhD student in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include social informatics, information ethics, and legal issues in archives and digital collections, especially barriers to access such as third party privacy and copyright. She has taught courses and workshops on various LIS subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and online courses for continuing education students. She has worked at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research since 2012. In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship with the Dance Heritage Collection to work at the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Performing Arts Archives. LeClere received her BA in sociology and political science at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and her MA in library and information studies with a concentration on archives at UW-Madison.

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Dr. Jamie A. Lee

Jamie A. Lee, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information and Society in the School of Information at the University of Arizona, attends to storytelling, archives, media-making contexts, bodies, and ongoing analyses of the ways humans know and move in the world. Her work is intricately woven through the intersections of archival studies, media studies, digital and visual culture, society, and the body. She is archivist/director/founder of the Arizona Queer Archives where she is developing and applying a queer/ed archival methodology to support archivists through rapidly changing information environments and the implications — socially, culturally, and technological — of these changes.  She is also co-PI on the Climate Alliance Mapping Project (CAMP), which is a collaborative project in the Schools of Information, Geography (Public Political Ecology), and American Indian Studies to build a layered mapping tool to display geo-referenced digital stories from communities throughout the Americas experiencing fossil fuel extraction. Since 1991, Lee has worked in film/video/TV and has owned and operated a multimedia production firm. As an award-winning social justice filmmaker, Lee’s work has screened on PBS, Free Speech TV, and at film festivals and conferences throughout North America and Europe. 

Professor Zhiying Lian

Zhiying Lian is a professor in the School of Library, Information and Archival Studies, Shanghai University of China. She earned her PhD in archival science from Renmin University of China, and she was the visiting scholar at University of California, Los Angeles, from August 2012 to August 2013. Her research interests focus on the development of digital archival resources, organizational culture of archives, right of access to electronic government records, and community archives.

Mr. James Lowry

James Lowry is a lecturer in the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Studies at University College London, looking at the application of economics theories and models to approaches to open government, including Freedom of Information and open data. He led the development of the UK government's commitment on records management in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (2013-15), and he is currently a member of the Home Office Access to Police Records Working Group. James has led records and archives management projects in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Russia Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia as the Deputy Director of the International Records Management Trust. He was the lead researcher for the Aligning Records Management with ICT, e-Government and Freedom of Information in East Africa research project, which examined public sector records management capacity across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

Dr. Jessie Lymn

Dr Jessie Lymn is a lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia, with a teaching focus on collections and organisational & personal records. She completed her PhD titled 'Queering archives: The practices of zines' in 2014 at the University of Technology Sydney. Her current research interests are concerned with archival spaces and the practices of collecting. 
Her professional experience includes positions held as a Web Manager at the Australian Tax Office, Archivist at a small community archive, Data Archivist at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Data Archive and an Information Management Consultant on an AusAID Pacific Governance project in Vanuatu.

Robin Margolis

Robin Margolis is a current MLIS student specializing in Media Archival Studies at the UCLA School of Information Studies. He completed his B.A. in Media Studies at Pomona College. He approaches archives from a foundation as a teaching artist, community organizer, and filmmaker, aiming to serve social movements both emergent and ongoing. His research interests involve communitybased archiving, oral history in the digital age, personal digital archiving, archiving performance, archives as a site for transmission of culture and political memory, and afrofuturism. He has worked in the film industry and as a union researcher. He currently works with Oral History Projects at the Academy Foundation and as a Reference Desk Assistant at the UCLA Music Library.

Dr. Diana Marsh

Diana E. Marsh is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society. As a museum theorist and practitioner, her work focuses on how changing technologies, cultures and values affect the communication of knowledge. Her current research focuses on the impacts of digitizing ethnographic collections among Native communities. In 2014–2015, she was a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in Museum Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed her PhD in Anthropology at UBC, where she conducted ethnographic and historical research on fossil exhibits at the Smithsonian. She completed an MPhil in Social Anthropology with a Museums and Heritage focus at Cambridge in 2010, and a BFA in Visual Arts and Photography at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University in 2009.

Professor Sue McKemmish

I joined the ARK team, Frank Upward and Livia Iacovino, at Monash in 1990 after working for 15 years for the National Archives and Public Record Office of Victoria. It was the beginning of an amazing journey. Along the way we built an ARK graduate education program, theorised about recordkeeping in the continuum, and became part of an international community of archival and recordkeeping researchers, research students, educators and practitioners. In early days my research and writing was concerned with the nature of records as evidence of me and evidence of us in the very broadest sense and always in a process of becoming; understanding and explaining the records continuum; the recordkeeping-accountability nexus; and Australian and International recordkeeping metadata standards. Over time I have come to focus on agency in the archival multiverse, participatory archiving and recordkeeping, rights in records, researching in partnership with communities, and transformative practice.

Ms. Alda Migoni

Alda Allina Migoni is a current graduate student at UCLA, pursuing a dual master's in Library and Information Science and in Latin American studies. She also recently applied to the doctoral program at UCLA for Information Studies, where she hopes to continue her work investigating documentation of human rights abuses in Latin America, with a focus on indigenous organizing, transnational activist organizations, and community archives. As an undergraduate at the University of Redlands, Alda spent a semester abroad in Peru. In Cusco, Alda developed her passion for preservation of oral histories. Her professional interests include cultural heritage preservation, digital humanities, and reference. Alda works as a reference assistant at UCLA's Powell library, where she provides research assistance as well as instruction to patrons. She is also currently a research assistant to Dr. Michelle Caswell. Their work focuses on community archives and archival activism.

Mr. Nathan Moles

Nathan Moles is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Studies at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Information from the same university and is a graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House. His current research interests are in the area of digital curation and preservation. In 2013, he was involved in the DigCurV Project, and is currently a research assistant on the BenchmarkDP Project.

Dr. Heather Moulaison Sandy

Heather Moulaison Sandy is assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Missouri where she researches and teaches in areas related to the organization of information in the digital realm, including metadata, social media, digital libraries, and digital preservation, and has written about these topics and presented on them nationally and internationally. Dr. Moulaison Sandy’s interest in digital preservation led her to discover the SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate, which she earned in 2014, and to teach a 1-credit course called Basics of Archival Principles and Standards. She looks forward to next summer when she will be teaching a 3-hour course on archives and to the opportunity to expand her research agenda to include archival studies topics. Dr. Moulaison Sandy holds an MSLIS and an MA in Interdisciplinary French Studies, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, and a PhD in Information Science from Rutgers University, USA.