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Dr. Jinfang Niu

Jinfang Niu is an assistant professor at the School of Information, University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to that, she worked for the Tsinghua University Library in China for three years. Dr. Niu’s current research focuses on information organization, digital curation and archives management.

Ms. Kanokporn Nasomtrug

Kanokporn is a PhD student in Archives and Records Management at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Dr Alex Buchanan. She received her Masters degree in Archives and Records Management (International) in 2012 from the same institution. Prior to coming to Liverpool, Kanokporn received her BA in Library and Information Science from Khon Kaen University, Thailand and an International Masters in Digital Library Learning from the collaborated programme between Oslo University College in Norway, Tallinn University in Estonia and Parma University in Italy - as part of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship sponsored by the EU. Kanokporn’s current research primarily involves heritage documentation at community-based level which includes assessing the applicability of the western concept of community archives in the context of Thai communities. Her Masters thesis at the University of Liverpool was a comparative study of archive volunteering between the UK and Thailand.

Mr. Erik Nordberg

Erik Nordberg is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program in the Social Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University. He has been a professional archivist for more than 20 years, having worked in academic institutions holding regional manuscript collections, noncurrent government records, corporate archives, and organizational records. His dissertation research comprises a comparative history of the founding and early manuscript collecting activity at key American repositories which collect records of business and industry. The research considers emerging archival theory and professionalization during the twentieth century, attempting to understand how institutional contexts, staff education and training, and other collecting networks determined the holdings of these repositories and, ultimately, limit and shape our understanding of industrial history.

Dr. Gillian Oliver

Gillian Oliver is Director of the Master of Information Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has supervised five PhD students to successful completion. Her research interests focus on the information cultures of organizations. She is the co-author (with Fiorella Foscarini) of the book Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem (Facet, 2014) and is currently leading research funded by the International Council on Archives (ICA) to develop an information culture toolkit for archival authorities. As recipient of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship awarded by the European Commission, she was Visiting Scholar at Tallinn University in 2009. She is Honorary Research Fellow at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow and at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

Dr. Ashwinee Pendharkar

I will complete my MIS from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in June 2016 with specialisations in Library and Archives and Records Management. I have come to information studies with a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, I am working for SAADA (the South Asian American Digital Archives) on digitisation, metadata development and resource description. I am based at the University of California, Los Angeles as a mentee of Professor Anne Gilliland and Assistant Professor Michelle Caswell. 

Dr. Alex Poole

Assistant Professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, Alex H. Poole received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation was titled “Forging Our Cultural Commonwealth: the Importance of Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities.” Poole’s research interests center on digital curation, digital humanities, pedagogy, diversity and inclusivity in the LIS profession, and all matters archival. His work has been published in Digital Humanities Quarterly, American Archivist, and Archival Science. He received the Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists for “The Strange Career for “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South.”

Dr. Ricardo Punzalan

Ricardo L. Punzalan is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, where he teaches courses on archives and digital curation. He holds a PhD in information from the University of Michigan School of Information. In addition to an MLIS from the University of the Philippines, he completed two certificates of graduate studies at Michigan, one in science, technology, and society (STS) and another in museum studies. His area of research includes understanding the relationship of archives and collective memory, the politics and dynamics of digitization decision-making in collaborative and inter-institutional settings, and the uses and users of digitized archival images. His current research examines ways to effectively document, evaluate, and articulate the impact and outcomes of digitized ethnographic archives. His articles have been published in the Library Quarterly, Archives and Manuscripts, Archivaria, and Archival Science.

Ms. Sarah Ramdeen

Sarah Ramdeen is doctoral candidate in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a BS in Geology, a BA in Humanities, and a MLIS from Florida State University. Before starting her PhD program, Sarah worked as a geologist at the Florida Geological Survey. Currently working on her dissertation, Sarah is researching information seeking behavior related to physical sample materials and other data. She is currently a RDA/US fellow. For more information please see her website (

Mr. Mario H. Ramirez

Mario H. Ramirez is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where he is also pursuing a Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory. Previously, he worked as a Project Archivist at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science, and Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Long Island University, C.W. Post, an M.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His current research is focused on the documentation of human rights violations in El Salvador.

Dr. Brian Real

Brian Real received his PhD from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland in summer 2015. His dissertation, entitled Out of the Part: Public Policies, Political Pressures, and American Film Preservation, investigates the historic intersection of film preservation and public policy in the United States. While at Maryland, Brian worked as a graduate research associate with the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and for the undergraduate film studies program, which he helped launch. Brian has designed and taught numerous courses for the latter, including a course teaching undergraduates to do archival research for film studies and a course on the life and works of UMD's most beloved graduate, Jim Henson. At present Brian is editing a book on Rural and Small Public Libraries for the Advances in Librarianship book series, and he will teach in the MLIS programs at both the University of Maryland and Wayne State University in fall 2016.

Dr. Robert Riter

My name is Robert Riter. I am an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama, where I coordinate the School's archival studies program. I hold appointments in library and information studies and book arts, and teach courses in archival studies and book history. My research is primarily historical, with particular interests in topics associates with the publication of original sources, materiality, intellectual/conceptual foundations of archival thought and practice, and the documentary/archival properties of book art. In addition to my formal research, I work with a small number of community organizations, serving as an advisor to the Birmingham Black Radio Museum, a community organized museum, and The University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society Archives.

Mr. Gregory Rolan

Following a 30-year career in IT, Greg Rolan is now a PhD candidate in the Faculty of IT at Monash University, investigating archival systems interoperability. His research comprises design-science investigations of systems interoperability; conceptual modelling in information informatics; metadata standards-setting; and organisational/social factors in information systems design and implementation. As an Master of Business information Systems (Honours) student, Greg was a recipient of the Dean’s Achievement Award for postgraduate study, the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones award for the ‘best academic work on archives or recordkeeping produced by a student in any Australian university course’, and the Penny Fisher Memorial Prize for the ‘most outstanding Masters thesis in archives and records’.

Ms. Dalena Sanderson-Hunter

Dalena Sanderson- Hunter is a PhD Candidate in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work explores critical approaches to archives as they relate to marginalized communities.

Dr. Lily Santoro

I am an assistant professor of History at Southeast Missouri State University, where I serve as the archives specialist in the Historic Preservation Bachelor of Science and Public History Masters programs. I earned my Ph.D. and MA in American History, as well as Museum Studies certification, from the University of Delaware. Though initially trained as a museum archivist, I have also had experience as a project archivist. My teaching interests are in the field of experiential learning for students in archives principles and practice. As an instructor of both graduate and undergraduate students in a History department, I bring a unique perspective to discussions of archival education. My background in museums and academic history also inform my approach to teaching archives management. I am looking forward to engaging with other archival educators and researchers and applying what I learn in the classroom.

Ms. Winter Schneider

Winter Rae Schneider is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UCLA, where she also received her M.A. She received her B.A. in Historical Studies and Human Rights at Bard College. Her work focuses on land tenure, law, historicity and historical production Latin America and the Caribbean. Her dissertation research focuses on historicizing rural Haitian space in the years after Haitian independence through looking at diverse sovereign narratives. Her dissertation research is drawn from archival research in Haiti, France and the United States, and it focuses strongly on oral histories and Haitian Vodou as a historical narrative. She has received research grants from UCLA’s Latin American Institute, and the Institute of American Cultures, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award.

M. Phil. Zdenka Semlič Rajh

Graduated in History at the University of Ljubljana. She obtained Master’s degree in the field of Library Science and is just about to complete the Ph.D. from the same field. Since 1990 she works for the Regional Archives Maribor and since 2013 she is also a lecturer at the department for Archives and Records Management Studies at Alma Mater Europaea – European Centre Maribor. In 1990 began her close involvement with the International Institute for Archival Science and the International Council on Archives. As a researcher in the field of archival science and records management, she is taking part in national and international research projects. She is a member of the ICA Expert Group for Archival Buildings and Environment, Chair of the Working Group for Slovenian Archival Terminology and the examiner for the Slovenian Archival State Examination. In 2014 she was a recipient of “Glazerjeva Award”, given by the City of Maribor for her outstanding achievements in the field of culture.

Dr. Rebecka Sheffield

Dr. Sheffield currently serves as the Executive Director and Archives Manager for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), and previously worked with the LGBTQ+ Digital Oral History Collaboratory. Sheffield holds a Masters in Archives and Records Management and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Her most recent research analyzed and compared the emergence and survival of four lesbian and gay archives, specifically, the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) in New York; the CLGA in Toronto; the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles; and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles.

M. Phil Aida Škoro Babić

M. Phil. Aida Škoro Babić graduated in 2000 at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) in the field of history, M. Phil (of national and general history from antiquity till 18th century) in 2005 at the Faculty of Arts, at the University of Ljubljana and University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. She is a Phd candidate at Faculty of Arts at the University of Maribor in the field of contemporary history. Since the 2009 she works at National Archives, Archives of the Republic of Slovenia in Special Archives Sector as Senior Counsellor- archivist. In 2009, she became a court interpreter, appointed by Minister of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenian/Bosnian language. In 2010-2014 she held a position of scientific secretary of the Union of Historical Societies of Slovenia. She is active in the research on history of military courts, human rights and archival science and involved in humanitarian projects of minority associations.

Ms. Amy Sloper

Amy Sloper is the Head Archivist at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and teaches archival studies and advises graduate students at the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her work at the WCFTR involves managing the preservation, cataloging and access to a diverse collection of over 20,000 moving images ranging from Hollywood Studio collections, the works of independent filmmakers, and regional collections of home movies, government, and industrial films, and at UW SLIS she teaches the introductory archives course to incoming graduate students each year. Before returning to her home state of Wisconsin, Amy was the Assistant Film Conservator at the Harvard Film Archive for seven years, and before that she worked as a special collections cataloger at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She is a 2006 graduate of the Moving Image Archive Studies program at UCLA.

Dr. Heather Soyka

Heather Soyka is currently a postdoctoral fellow for DataONE, which is a National Science Foundation- funded project that is concerned with open access and use of environmental and ecological science data. Her work with DataONE is centered around community engagement and outreach related to data reuse, including understanding how cultures and values shape decisions to co-create and participate in community recordkeeping systems. Her research also focuses on reading and extending the records continuum model and theory, particularly related to understanding community co-creation, reuse, and reactivation of records. She holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh iSchool, and has been an active participant in the summer AERI institute since 2010.

Ms. Jenny Stevenson

Jennifer Stevenson is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Jennifer has a MLIS with a concentration in Archives and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is also an Archivist at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Her research interests include archivists’ use of social media, interface design, and the social impacts of information and communication technology amongst different user groups. Professionally, she has been working in the world of digital archives. Over the past several years she has worked at several institutions as a digital archivist consultant.

Mr. Edward Summers

I am a first year PhD student at the University of Maryland. My research focus is on web archives and the archival properties of web architecture. After receiving my MLS in 1996 I've been working as a software developer in startups, universities and government. I'm currently working at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

Dr. Tonia Sutherland

Tonia Sutherland is Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. Global in scope and comparative in nature, Sutherland’s current research and teaching interests include information stewardship, policy and ethics; technology and the arts; theories and cultures of collaboration; community and cultural informatics; digital curation and cultural heritage; and critical information studies.

Dr. Helen Tibbo


Mrs. Narissa Timbery

I am a doctoral candidate with the faculty of Information Technology at Monash University Australia. In 2005 I completed a Master of Information Management and Systems, where I focused on archival science. My passion is archives that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and peoples of Australia. I was privileged to work with the archives at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies part time for just on 5 years. From this experience and my personal experiences I have a strong desire to connect families and archival material in a way that best suits their needs. My current research examines what are the specific cultural, social, functional and technical requirements for an online archive of virtual 3D models of Australian terrain, fauna and flora. In doing so, explore the concept of a sustainable living archive that reflects community protocols and archival principles through the use of innovative information technologies.

Mr. Vladan Vukliš

I am a doctoral candidate in contemporary global history at the University of Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. My doctoral thesis is titled, in translation, “Yugoslavs, the Spanish Civil War and the War Émigrés”. My historical research background is based in social and labor history, with a special focus on “workers’ self-management” in Yugoslav Socialism. Since January 2013 I have been employed as an archivist in the Archives of Republic of Srpska, an institution with combined tasks of historical archives and public records supervision. I work on the acquisition, arrangement and description of records. My archival research focuses on the heritage of Yugoslav state socialism, the interplay between record-keeping, social history and critically engaged humanities, as well as on issues of appraisal and documentation strategies. I have published one historical monograph and several papers in history and archival science.

Xiangnyu Wang

Xiangnyu is a doctoral student in Archival Science at Renmin University of China and a Visiting Scholar of Library and Information Science at University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests in archival studies including the history of archival science, electronic records management and archival user research. She holds a Master’s degree in Archival Science from Nankai University in 2010. As a record manager, she worked in a State-Owned Nuclear Power Engineering Company from 2010-2014.

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Ms. Anastasia Weigle

Anastasia Weigle received her B.A. in Natural Science Illustration with a minor in museum studies from the SUNY Empire State College in Rochester, New York and an M.S.L.I.S. in archives management from Simmons College in Boston. Since 2000, Anastasia has taught Introduction to Archives and Manuscript Collections at the University of Maine (Augusta). This course is taught asynchronously. She is also an artist teaching life drawing during the summer pre-college program at Maine College of Art and a book artist having taught at the University of Southern Maine’s Book Arts Intensive workshop, and for Maine Media + Workshop in Rockport, Maine. She is currently a PhD/LIS candidate at Simmons College with a focus on information experience and the visual arts. Research interests: User experience with physical archival objects, the affective nature of archival collections, front-end human-center/holistic applications in systems design, paper and book conservation, and Artists’ Books. 


Ms. Sarah Welland

Sarah Welland is a lecturer in Information and Library Studies at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, where she works part-time teaching records, archives and information management. She also works as a consultant specialising in government recordkeeping, particularly in relation to information classification and disposal. She has a post-graduate diploma in Information Management (Archives Administration) from the University of New South Wales, as well as extensive experience in the records, archives and information management industries in New Zealand. Sarah’s research interests include recordkeeping education, archival theory and community archives. She was awarded the inaugural Ian McLean Wards Scholarship in 2013 for research into the recording, care, or conservation, of historical research materials. Her associated research paper ‘The role, impact and development of community archives’ was completed in 2015. She is currently working on further articles and papers on this topic.

Eliot Wilczek

Eliot Wilczek is the Corporate Records and Archives Manager at The MITRE Corporation. He has previously worked as a records manager and archivist at Tufts University, Brandeis University, and Bowdoin College. Eliot is a doctoral candidate at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College. He has an MS in library and information science and a MA in history from Simmons College.

Stacy Wood

Stacy Wood is a PhD candidate in Information Studies at UCLA. She holds an M.L.I.S. with a specialization in archives from UCLA and a B.A. in Literature, Gender Studies and Media Studies from Pitzer College. Stacy's research focuses on the historical, legal and theoretical foundations of classified information as well as its material practices and artifactual features. She is also interested in information cultures within intelligence agencies and government bodies, media histories of intelligence, pedagogy and praxis in the information professions and radical archives.

Trudi Wright

Trudi Wright is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information Studies, McGill University, works as a records management professional at the District School Board of Niagara, and teaches course in records management online on OntarioLearn. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact of information culture on records management practices, and the use of records management technology. Her other research interests include ethics and technology advancement, privacy management, records management compliance and audit practices, inter-discipline collaboration, and the ways in which the practical application of theory (records lifecycle and continuum model) are affected by technology. Trudi is also a certified records manager, and her research is largely guided by her work as an information professional. Trudi is married with one daughter, and lives in the beautiful Niagara  Region of Ontario, Canada.

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Dr. Ayoung Yoon

Ayoung Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing (IUPUI), Department of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include data sharing and reuse, data curation, users’ trust in data, and personal digital archiving. She previously worked on a multiple IMLS funded projects as a research assistant at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jeremy York

Jeremy York is a research assistant in the University of Colorado Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science and incoming doctoral student at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Colorado Boulder Jeremy worked for HathiTrust Digital Library, most recently as Assistant Director. He has a Masters degree from the University of Michigan School of Information in Archives and Records Management, and a B.A. in history from Emory University.

Dr. Jane Zhang

Jane Zhang is an assistant professor at the Department of Library and Information Science of the Catholic University of America (CUA). She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies with archival concentration from Simmons College, Boston, and a joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the faculty at CUA, Jane worked at the Harvard University Archives and the University of Calgary Archives.