2019 Board of Directors Election Candidate Biographies and Statements
Candidates for Vice President/President-Elect
Amye McCarther: I’m an arts archivist and media conservator currently based at the New Museum in New York. My previous work has included the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Judd Foundation, the Whitney Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL Project, and others. I’m the outgoing Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, the Co-coordinator of the Solo Art Information Professionals special interest group for the Art Libraries Society of North America, a member of the Digital Libraries Federation’s Museums Cohort and Labor Working Group, and a member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic Works’ Electronic Media Group. My research interests include analog media and hardware preservation, performance documentation, scaling conservation in response to climate change, critical approaches to library and archival practice, and designing digital collections for engagement and access.
I joined the Archivists Round Table when I moved from Texas to New York during graduate school and the community I found within the organization was an invaluable support in charting my early career. Working as the Director of the Programming Committee these past two years has, in many ways, been the realization of my best hopes for what I might do as an archivist, whether it has been crafting programs around unique collections, tackling challenges impacting our members and sister organizations, or simply celebrating the success of my colleagues. I hope to continue growing my professional service in the capacity of Vice President.
Archives continue to be a rising presence in our cultural life and imagination, and our work increasingly intersects with issues that intimately shape contemporary experience, including information literacy, social and historical narrative, privacy, surveillance, and transparency, to name a few. Our professional ethics and insights have incredible value to bring to these spaces and I’m excited at the prospect of leading a professional organization representing such a sophisticated talent pool. But I also recognize that we still have work to do in order to truly foster diverse representation within our membership, adapt to an ever-evolving technological landscape, and address the rising precarity experienced by emerging archives professionals.
I have been immensely proud of the advocacy work that the ART Board has undertaken to elevate the field and the leadership I’ve seen demonstrated. If elected, I hope to carry that vision forward while upholding our core values. The Archivists Round Table has an amazing foundation in its many committee members and devoted supporters, and this foundation has enabled us to address the needs of our community and to raise our collective voice regarding critical issues impacting the field.
As Vice President, I would be committed to providing lateral support and resources to our committee leaders and their members, and to recognizing those whose service has made us the organization that we are today. It is my belief that we should continually seek out avenues for engaging with policy in the public sphere, and I would work with our Advocacy Committee to ensure that we take advantage of every opportunity to have a seat at the table. Finally, I would continue to bring forward voices that bring diversity to our conversations and strengthen our shared practice. I’m excited by the proposals that our President Cristina Vignone and President-Elect Deidre Dinnigan have brought forward in response to the feedback we’ve received from members over the past year, and I look forward to celebrating our fortieth anniversary season together!
Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, is a New York City ophthalmologist, an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, TV consultant and archivist. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry and Professor of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Medical Center. His collection of over one million historic photographs is recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early historic photography. In 1977, he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries. He has authored 49 books, over 1100 articles, curated over one hundred exhibitions, and consulted on dozens of documentaries and feature films. He is the Medical, Historical & Technical Advisor to HBO/Cinemax’s THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET.
The Burns Archive houses the world’s largest private collection of early medical and historic photographs from the birth of photography to the atomic age. With over one million historic photographs, it is well known for providing photographic evidence of forgotten, unseen and disquieting aspects of history. The cornerstone of The Burns Archive is its unparalleled collection of medical photography, but it is also renowned for its iconic images depicting the darker side of life: death, disease, crime, racism, revolution, and war. The Archive has produced dozens of books, and curated and contributed to thousands of international museum and gallery exhibitions. Over the past forty years, thousands of publishers, curators, authors, researchers, artists and filmmakers have utilized this unique source of visual documentation. The Burns Archive actively acquires, donates, researches, lectures, exhibits, consults, and shares its rare and unusual photographs and expertise worldwide.
I wish to serve as Vice-President of ART because I would like to share of my knowledge as an archivist and my experience and expertise as an executive at multiple organizations. As a leader and innovator, I served as president of the Medical Archivists of NY State from 1979-1981 and CEO of the International Society of Physician Historians in the 1980s. I was chair of the photography committee at the National Arts Club for over a decade. My 45 years as an archivist and professional in multiple library, archival and historical organizations, includes managing the Burns Archive, a collection of over one million historic photographs.
Candidates for Director of Programming
Lisa Barrier is the Asset Cataloger for the Carnegie Hall Archives. Her role consists mainly of creating, organizing, and standardizing metadata for the Archives’ physical and digital collections and for Carnegie Hall’s education, marketing, and development assets. Outside of metadata management, she enjoys working with different departments to promote the use of archival materials and Carnegie Hall history. Lisa graduated from Pratt Institute's Master of Library and Information Science program in Spring of 2015, with a focus on Archives and Digital Archives. She currently lives in New York, NY.
As a relatively new Archivist, I am always looking for ways to learn from other information professionals and expand my network. The A.R.T. Director of Programming position provides a platform for me to do so and allows me to demonstrate my ability to work efficiently and resourcefully to produce beneficial monthly meetings. I believe I am qualified for the role as I am friendly, organized, enjoy working both individually and in groups, complete projects and tasks quickly and accurately, and am not afraid to creatively solve problems. I have experience in fundraising and event planning for cultural institutions and non-profits and am flexible with my time and availability. As Director of Programming, I plan to become fully acquainted with the needs and wishes of current A.R.T. volunteers and members and to work closely with everyone to coordinate fresh, successful events.
Megan Williams is the Outreach and Reference Librarian in the Photographs and Prints Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her interests include preserving and providing access to the photographic record of black culture, teaching radical histories through images, contemporary art, and motorcycles.
I have been a member of ART or other professional organizations, such as ARLIS, for several years. These organizations have been invaluable to me as I pursued my career as a librarian and archivist, and I am eager to give back by serving as Director of the Programming Committee. ART events are a great opportunity for our community to learn more about the many local institutions, exhibitions, individuals, and issues relevant to our work. They are also a chance for us to get to know one another. I am interested in expanding upon the great work that's already been done by focusing the committee's energy on events that center the archives and voices of marginalized groups. I look forward to reaching out to and collaborating with my friends and colleagues around the city to put together fun and interesting programs for you all. I am also excited to hear from our members about the kinds of programming that would be most meaningful or helpful to them and their work.
Candidate for Director of Education
Maya Naunton is a graduate of the Palmer School Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Maya’s experience includes working
in university and museum libraries. She is interested in improving digital tools and copyright issues as they apply to libraries and archives. From her previous career as an Art Conservator, Maya brings expertise and interest in preservation issues.
I strongly believe in the Archivists Round Table mission of providing a platform for the members to communicate and to further their professional development. In the coming year, I propose continuing cooperation between the Archivists Round Table, Metro, and SAA and to use this cooperation to further improve our educational programming.
As the field continues to change and evolve, the Education Committee has the responsibility for assisting archives professionals to further develop their professional skills and stay up to date with new tools. In order to fulfil this obligation, I propose offering workshops that educate the members in the issues of copyright as it applies to their work as well as covering technological developments that are of interest. As one of the ways for the members to expand their awareness of digital issues, I feel that A.R.T. would benefit from cooperating with NYC Digital Humanities group.
I am looking forward to helping A.R.T. members learn new skills in the collaborative environment and to making the next Symposium a great success.
Candidate for Director of Advocacy
Patricia Glowinski is currently an archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute (2008) and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (2014). Since graduating in 2008, she has worked primarily as an archivist but has also had gigs as a librarian and has worked at a variety of institutions and repositories such as the Center for Jewish History; Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives; University of California, Irvine Special Collections and Archives; Brooklyn Historical Society; the Harvard Library in New York; and Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, Architects. She is a member of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York; Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference; Society of American Archivists; National Council on Public History; and the American Printing History Association.
I am excited by the opportunity to run for director of the Advocacy Committee, one of the committees of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) that does important work for the archivist community and archival repositories in New York City and beyond. I have been a member of ART since 2010 and a member of the Advocacy Committee since 2015. Although I have been a member of professional organizations that have ranged from local to international in scope, I feel most connected and effective working at the local level. That said, the New York City metropolitan area is vast and it includes a wealth of talented archives professionals who come from a multitude of backgrounds with many viewpoints, needs, and concerns. While serving on the Advocacy Committee I have had the pleasure of working with inspiring fellow committee members and I have learned that the most effective way to serve the community is to not only educate myself on issues facing the archival community but to listen to and learn from the community. Each year brings new concerns and issues alongside long term issues that affect the archival community. Advocating for diversity and inclusivity in the archival profession, addressing inequitable workplace practices, advocating for sustainable funding, and ensuring equitable access to archives, just a short list of pressing issues, will require a lot of work from all of us. Regardless of the outcome of the election, I look forward to continuing serving on the Advocacy Committee to create opportunities for the archival community to come together and address these and other critical issues.
Candidate for Treasurer
Sonali Sugrim. MLS 2017, CUNY Queens College and Certificate for Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials, MA Public History, St. John's University, E-Resources and Content Management Librarian, Acquisitions Librarian, Freelance Archivist, Queens Memory Project Volunteer
As a Treasurer, I will be thrilled to be a part of such a diverse group of Archivists. I would make it a priority to engage and collaborate with colleagues as well as to assist in the continuation of the programs supported by the organization including the many advocacy initiatives. I would bring years of experience of handling budgetary needs of various positions and a desire to learn and work together. I would advocate for transparency and accountability and make an effort to ensure that the organization meets the needs of its members.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce academic librarian, author, and activist Fobazi Ettarh as the keynote speaker for this year's Annual Business Meeting. An ALA Emerging Leader, Ettarh's essays on dismantling "Vocational Awe" have gained widespread recognition for their insight into issues of professional identity, work-life balance, and diversity. Ettarh's lecture will expand on these concepts to address the similar but distinct issues impacting the archival field today.
Details & Registration:
Annual Business Meeting & Board Elections with Keynote Speaker Fobazi Ettarh
This summer, ART will hold elections for 5 different board positions. The term of each position is two years, a length of time which allows each member to contribute their unique expertise to the archival community within these collaborative roles. Read below to learn about the experience of transitioning directors:
Karen Jamison Trivette, Past President
Holding the office of Past-President is the third of three years of service to ART in an executive capacity, the first of which is Vice-President/President-Elect and the second being President. While the demands are few for the Past-President, they are crucial to the on-going celebration that is ART. As Past-President, I attended monthly Board meetings as often as possible to contribute to ART's business continuity. Also, I served as Chair of the Awards Committee; that entailed forming the committee, submitting the call for nominations, deliberation and selection of awardees, and arranging for the highlight event of New York Archives Week, the Awards Ceremony, which happens every October. It is a very satisfying role to hold and provides for organizational memory that might be lost otherwise.
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Cristina Vignone, President
It has been an honor to serve ART as its President this past year. Much of this position’s responsibilities concern supporting the tireless work of the board in accomplishing their goals. My term as President was successful because of the exciting programming—including a variety of free and paid lectures, discussions, tours, and workshops featuring experts in our field—we offered, as well as another impressive New York Archives Week (NYAW). I supported the efforts of the board to encourage more collaboration, including partnering with New England Archivists (NEA) on its Joint Spring Meeting and partnering with the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NY) to raise nearly $5,000 in support of Puerto Rican archives and libraries affected by Hurricane Maria. This past year’s board also accomplished a number of firsts: we hired our first intern, grew two board positions (Past President and Publications Director), and launched the Metropolitan Archivist blog. Anyone with interest in developing their leadership skills while serving this incredible professional community should seriously consider running for the three-year term of Vice-President/President-Elect/Past-President!
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Ashley Levine, Director of Advocacy
The ART Advocacy Director role provides a meaningful way to engage with the archival profession by identifying and addressing local, state, and national issues affecting archivists, librarians, information professionals, and society at large. Serving the Advocacy Committee provided me a forum to help organize local labor events (Investing In Archivists: Advocating as a Lone Arranger; Labor in the Archives: A Community Roundtable), advocate for government archives ethics and transparency, (ART Statement on ICE Retention Schedules; ART and CAA Joint Letter to Congress Opposing DHS Visa Lifecycle Vetting; ART Statement on the New York City Charter Revision; ART Statement on DOI Request for Records Disposition Authority), and stay connected to the Metropolitan archival community. The Advocacy Directorship is ideal for an activist-minded archivist, providing unlimited potential to stand-up for the profession.
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Marcos Sueiro Bal, Director of Education
In your quest for Archival World Domination, consider the position of Education Committee Chair an essential step. Where else do you:
help put together a yearly symposium that is one of the highlights of the year for any NY archivist?
Not only do you get all this for free, but you do it under the guise of "helping your fellow archivists"! Ha!
Let me get this straight: You get to hang out with some of the best minds in the business, evaluate and shape current and future archival trends, and at the end of the day you feel better inside and sleep better at night? I rest my case: clearly, you can only go up from here.
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Amye McCarther, Director of the Programming Committee
It has been wonderful to serve as Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table these past two years. I’ve been able to work with archivists at wonderful collections throughout the city, collaborate with allied professional groups in New York and abroad, test new ideas and formats, and create programming that directly addresses issues impacting the field today. I’ve been able to do this due to the tireless dedication and keen talents of A.R.T.’s Programming Committee, as well as support and feedback from A.R.T.’s other Board Members. It has grown my practice and professional sphere in ways I could not have imagined. I highly recommend this position to anyone who loves to share ideas, support the work of their peers, and socialize!
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Margot Note, Treasurer
It's been an honor to serve as ART's Treasurer. Growing up, I never considered myself as a numbers person, but when I started my consulting business a few years ago, I realized how truly valuable understanding financials can be. In order to build my skills and confidence, I volunteered to serve as treasurer. During my tenure, I had a behind-the-scenes view of how a professional organization should be run to make each dollar count. ART provides so many important networking, educational, and enriching experiences to our members, all thanks to the funds we've raised through membership, donations, and sponsorship. What I truly valued about this experience is that it allowed me the flexibility to take care of my duties while juggling a busy professional life. This position would be a great opportunity for someone looking to contribute our local community that either are already good at financial issues or looking to improve their skills in a friendly environment. I've found this position as a rewarding form of professional development, as I'm sure my fellow board members have found theirs. I highly recommend running for a seat on the board.
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The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) is formally accepting nominations for the A.R.T. Board for the 2019 election year. Terms shall commence at the conclusion of the A.R.T. Annual Meeting, to be held on 27 June 2019, with the announcement of the election results. The meeting will take place at Metropolitan New York Library Council, 599 11th Avenue, 8th floor New York, NY 10036.
Deadline for nomination submissions is 13 June 2019, midnight EDT. Please submit your information via this form.
All current A.R.T. members are eligible for nomination. Nominations from colleagues and self-nominations are both welcomed.
Serving on the A.R.T. Board is a unique volunteer opportunity. As an A.R.T. Board member, you will gain skills and expertise beyond the scope of your past and present work commitments. Local leadership, project management, and networking are a few of the key benefits. Most importantly, you are serving as a representative for your colleagues and all A.R.T. membership.
Positions are two-year terms, with the following exception: the Vice President, which is a one-year term, from which the Vice President becomes President without an election, then s/he serves as Past-President for an additional year.
After the nomination period closes, each candidate confirming acceptance of the nomination will be required to provide a short biography (100 words or less), a candidate's statement, and a heads hot for the ballot, all due by 18 June 2019, midnight EDT.
Each year the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) presents five awards during New York Archives Week. This year's event will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
We invite members to submit nominations via this online form for worthy colleagues, archival organizations, and innovative projects. The awards celebrate distinguished work and lasting achievements in our profession. Remember that the Awards Ceremony is only enriched and further elevated with all your nominee suggestions!
Nominees must be either an A.R.T. member or operate within the New York metropolitan area.
A.R.T. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR recognizes an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to the Archivists Round Table.
Past recipients include:
2018 Bonnie Marie Sauer
2017 Laura DeMuro
OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF ARCHIVES recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archives programs through political, financial or moral support.
2018 The Robert A. & Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation
2017 XFR Collective
INNOVATIVE USE OF ARCHIVES recognizes an individual or organization for use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subject.
2017 Helen Selsdon/ American Foundation for the Blind
2016 The Refugee Project
ARCHIVAL ACHIEVEMENT recognizes an individual or archival program that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession, or a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons or constituents. The recipient must be a member of A.R.T. or an archival program operating within the New York metropolitan region.
2018 Kenneth Cobb
2017 CUNY Digital History Archive
2016 Mary Hedge
AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL USE OF ARCHIVES Recognizes and celebrates an individual or organization who utilizes primary source materials to create engaging and informative learning experiences for diverse audiences.
2018 Greater Astoria Historical Society
2017 Staten Island Museum
2016 Brooklyn Connections at the Brooklyn Public Library
Fill out the nomination form here.
Nominations must be received by Monday, September 2, 2019 for consideration.
Please send any questions to the A.R.T. Awards Committee at Awards@nycarchivists.org.
Your help is needed to plan and support the annual New York Archives Week programs and events.
2019 marks the 31st year A.R.T. has organized a robust Archives Week agenda of special events designed to celebrate the importance of historical records and to familiarize the public with archival materials illuminating centuries of New York City history and culture.
NOT incidentally, it’s also our 40th year as NYC’s premier resource for archivists, librarians, and records managers.
This is Why …
WE NEED YOU!!!
to help make the 2019 Archives Week celebration better than ever!!
Sign up for one of the following Archives Week planning committees:
Archives Education Institute [AEI]
Archives Week Calendar Programs/Events
Please contact Deidre Dinnigan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join your fellow Archivists for a night of Speed Mentoring & Mingling! After the success of January's event, we decided to do this event during Graduation Season.
With the nuances of Archives work, at one time or another, we've all needed advice. This event is an opportunity to dialogue with newcomers and seasoned professionals.
Event details and registration here.
The Archivists Round Table (ART) is pleased to announce “Archiving the Gesture” an expanded lecture demonstration exploring evolving practices around the archiving and transmission of the artistic works of acclaimed choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown, co-presented with the Trisha Brown Archive, in collaboration with former Archive Director and company member Cori Olinghouse, and former company member Shelley Senter.
One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, and an artist whose work has earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Trisha Brown (1936-2017) has forever changed the landscape of visual art. Her movement vocabulary, and the new methods that she and her dancers adopted to train their bodies, remain one of her most pervasive legacies within international dance.
Details and registration: Archiving the Gesture: An Evening with the Trisha Brown Archive
The Archivists Round Table (ART) is delighted to announce the receipt of a generous gift of $1,000 to our campaign from ArtQuake, a local collective supporting artists of the Caribbean diaspora. This gift, and the individual gifts of over one hundred ART, ARLIS/NY members and allied fields throughout New York City, brings the total donations towards supporting Puerto Rican archivists consortium La Red de Archivos de Puerto Rico to $4,640 -- 93% of our initial goal of $5,000.
In honor of this spirit of generosity, ART is temporarily extending our fundraising through the end of January, so that we can reach our goal and fully finance making Spanish-language instruction on disaster recovery and collections care freely accessible to cultural stewards across Puerto Rico. If you considered giving before and did not have the opportunity, please make your contribution by January 31st!
What is the value of archival labor, and what are its implications for diversity, inclusion, equity, and sustainability? How does invisible labor work against these central tenets of the field? How do we take meaningful action?
Details & registration: Labor in the Archives: A Community Roundtable