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NEA Election 2016

The votes have been counted and election results are in! 

Please join the 2016 Nominating Committee in congratulating the winners:

Vice President/President Elect (2017-2020)
Karen Adler Abramson


Treasurer (2017-2019)
Emily Atkins

Rep-at-Large (2017-2020)
John Campopiano


The membership also approved the proposed Code of Conduct policy. 

Visit our general election page for more information on the election and voting process.



Karen Adler Abramson, candidate for Vice President/President Elect

Karen Adler Abramson

Candidate for Vice President/President Elect

What are NEA’s strengths and weaknesses?
In answering this question, I am inclined to focus on NEA’s strengths, because one of its greatest strengths is the ability to look inward, to reassess its direction and goals, to respond to membership needs, and to change course when necessary. I applaud NEA’s latest strategic plan (2016-2020), which is inspired and ambitious, while also being practical. Underlying the plan is a fundamental commitment to reach a broader community of record keepers and allied professionals; to educate the public about the importance of archival work; to diversify the organization’s ranks (along many lines, including race); to ensure organizational sustainability; and to value and embrace members of all backgrounds, demographics, and areas of expertise.

In addition to being robust and forward-thinking, the strategic plan offers creative ideas and practical methods for achieving institutional goals. I am particularly excited about recent and forthcoming changes including the creation of an Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator and soon a Community Engagement Coordinator; the mentoring initiative; plans for outreach to K-12 students and particularly marginalized youth; restructuring of the Membership Committee and creation of a new development charter; and the many proposed strategies for meeting the training, educational, and professional needs of under served members (and potential members) with regard to employment status and income; accessibility; geographic location; repository type; career stage, and more.

I am excited about the direction in which NEA is moving and would be honored to play an active role in helping to implement the organization’s bold strategic plan and to assess its efficacy in achieving desired outcomes. 


Education:

  • MSLIS, Concentration in Archives Management, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • MA, Social Welfare Policy and Women’s Studies, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • BA, magna cum laude, Sociology with Concentration in Women’s Studies, Brandeis University

State residency/employment:

  • Massachusetts

Employment (relevant employment history):

  • Director of Archives (2010-   ), John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
  • Head, Archives & Special Collections (2005-2010); University Archivist (2003-2005), Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University
  • Archivist (2001-2002), Mary Baker Eddy Library
  • Special Collections Librarian (1999-2001), Special Collections Department, State Library of Massachusetts
  • Archives Assistant (1998-1999), Special Collections and Archives, Northeastern University

Service to New England Archivists:

  • Member, Program Committee, Spring 2013 Meeting
  • Co-Chair, Diversity Task Force, 2011-2013
  • Representative-at-Large, Board of Directors, 2006-2012
  • Member, Membership Recruitment and Retention Task Force, 2006-2008
  • Member, Program Committee, Fall 2007 Meeting
  • Co-Chair, Program Committee, Spring 2005 Meeting

Service to Archives Profession:

  • Member, American Association for State and Local History, 2013-
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Northeast Document Conservation Center, 2009-2015
  • Member, Steering Committee, Acquisitions and Appraisal Section, Society of American
  • Archivists, 2008-2010
  • Volunteer archivist/walking tour guide, Jamaica Plain Historical Society, 2001-
  • Member, Society of American Archivists, 1999-  
  • Member, New England Archivists, 1999-


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Emily Atkins, candidate for Treasurer

Emily Atkins

Candidate for Treasurer

What would you bring to your role as the NEA Treasurer?
The short answer is that I enjoy working with numbers and I think MS Excel is wonderful - I love spreadsheets, graphs, charts and data (and if it’s color coded, even better!) On top of that while earning my MLIS I had the opportunity to work as a staff assistant in an archives which exposed me to budgets, standard financial protocols and policies, as well as crafting long term strategies to achieve financial goals.

The longer answer is based in my service to NEA, where I have served for the last three years in the role of Registrar. During this time I’ve attended board meetings, impromptu work sessions, annual meetings, and social gatherings, and I’ve seen how things get done in our all-volunteer organization. But this has really just been getting my toes wet. The work the Treasurer does underpins everything NEA currently does or dreams of doing. The Treasurer gets to use QuickBooks and make wonderful things happen for the membership – how great is that?

We have made incredible strides enhancing our meeting offerings, bolstering our efforts at inclusion and diversity, deepening our scholarship and award program, supporting roundtables, building mentoring programs, and hosting social activities. And we are in the first year of an ambitious strategic plan, which calls on the board, and our membership, to continue this growth in the specific areas of Advocacy & Outreach, Community, Development, Education, and Inclusion and Diversity.

All of these initiatives require monetary resources which in turn require that our financial house is in good order. As Treasurer, I will build upon the strong foundation that has been laid and continue the work leveraging your money to do the most for you. Decisions we make now, such as taking advantage of bulk and multi-year discounts, will position us for a better financial future and enable our ambitious plans to come to fruition.

My background and experience with our organization make me an ideal candidate to take on these challenges, and I would relish the opportunity to continue serving NEA in a new role.


Education:

  • MSLIS, Concentration in Archives Management, Simmons SLIS, Boston, MA
  • BA, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD

State residency/employment:

  • Massachusetts

Employment (relevant employment history):

  • Survey Archivist, Harvard Libraries, 2015-present
  • Assistant Archivist, Phillips Academy Archives & Special Collections, 2013-2015
  • Archives Staff Assistant, Harvard University Archives, 2009-2013
  • Holdings Management Assistant, Harvard University Archives, 2008-2009

Service to New England Archivists:

  • NEA Registrar, 2013-present
  • Project manager for the website revision taskforce
  • Presenter “Two Takes on Early American History: Documentation and Collaboration Across Repositories,” #NEAsp16 #s206
  • Ad Hoc data mining project on behalf of NEA leadership reviewing past member surveys
  • Local Arrangements Committee, #MARACNEA15
  • Presenter “Codices and Widgets and Plugins, Oh My! Putting WordPress to Work for Archives,” #NEAfall14

Service to Archives Profession:

  • Volunteer mentor for student archivists at Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Volunteer Consulting Archivist/Records Manager for Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA
  • Article, “Collecting Bit by Byte: Challenges of faculty papers at Harvard and MIT in the digital age,” Archival Outlook, January/February 2012


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John Campopiano, Candidate for Rep-at-large

John Campopiano

Candidate for Rep-at-large

What activities or steps do you think would deepen NEA membership engagement?
I think the following two steps could aid in deepening NEA membership engagement and, if appointed to the Representative-at-Large position, I would see to it that these steps are assessed and implemented. First, I would like to help spearhead creative and direct outreach efforts to bring those who may be considered fringe archivists—and have diverse and relevant experiences and insights—into the NEA community. Since these types of non-traditional archivists are not involved in the usual organizations, they often aren’t sure to how engage with NEA. I encountered this firsthand during my time on the NEA Spring 2016 Program Committee. As a Program Committee member I felt passionately that our committee should actively engage those in our field who have not traditionally been involved with the NEA conference scene. Such diversity, I believed, could help further enrich the voices and experiences that make up the NEA body and, in doing so, help grow that NEA body in general. As a Representative-at-Large I would seek to continue this practice and remain cognizant of those people and organizations who possess important connective tissue to the work NEA members are doing but who are not yet actively engaged either in terms of attending and presenting at annual conferences or submitting writing about their work to the NEA Newsletter.

Second, I feel another way of deepening NEA membership engagement is by initiating more meet-up style events for current, new and prospective NEA members centered on a specific topic or theme such as audiovisual archiving or even more career-focused topics like how to get published. These types of semi-formal meet-ups are very valuable and I would like to see more of them in order to maintain a constant flow of conversation, sharing of ideas, and the inclusion of new professionals and organizations into the NEA family. One example of a semi-formal meet-up I would love to spearhead: a local event for archivists working with analog or digital audiovisual media held at Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV). This event would further encourage moving image and AV archivists to meet one another, learn about pertinent projects happening in New England, and would conclude with a speaker giving a short talk. While serving as Program Committee member for the NEA Spring 2016 I was approached by several archivists from the AV world and learned that they had only just recently joined NEA and that the spring conference was their first time at a formal NEA event. I believe strongly that through having more informal meetings centered on specific themes we can continue to bridge gaps in NEA membership, foster even more creative thinking and discussion in between annual conferences, and grow our larger network of archivists right here in New England.


Education:

  • Simmons College, Master of Science in Library Science with Archives Management concentration
  • Wheaton College (MA), Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology

State residency/employment:

  • Massachusetts

Employment (relevant employment history):

  • Digital Records Manager at WGBH-TV/FRONTLINE

Service to New England Archivists:

  • Current member
  • Newsletter contributor
  • Spring 2016 Program Committee member
  • Moving Image & Recorded Sound (MIRS) Roundtable member

Service to Archives Profession:

Since becoming actively engaged with archival work in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant for Boston-based pianist, Ran Blake, I have strived to find new and creative ways to grow the field and conversations happening within it. In 2015, I launched a new project, The New England Media & Memory Coalition (NEMMC)—a regional organization, “dedicated to fostering discussion and promoting a better understanding of how media and digital and analog technologies intersect with and relate to memory, identity, nostalgia, and senses of place. NEMMC supports and is represented by myriad professions including but not limited to archives, A/V and moving-image conservation, cultural informatics, art, and information science.”

In addition to my professional work as Digital Records Manager at WGBH-TV/FRONTLINE and founder of NEMMC, I’ve also been very much involved with the New England Archivists as both presenter and program committee member. Consistently during both roles two of my primary foci have been to explore areas of our profession that have received little attention and to encourage community members within the archives profession—but who have not been involved in NEA—to have their voices heard and share their experiences as archivists and professionals working with materials of historical and cultural significance.

I have also contributed to the archives profession through writing and publication. In 2014 an article I wrote titled, “Memory, Temporality, & Manifestations of Our Tech-nostalgia” was published in volume 43, issue 3 of the De Gruyter journal, Preservation, Digital Technology, & Culture.




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