2018 ART Board Elections:
Candidate Statements and Voting Form
From June 12-24, 2018, ART will hold online elections for 6 different Board positions:
Director of Outreach
Director of Membership
Director of Communications
Director of Publications (new and vacant)
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. The only exception is Vice President/President-Elect; there is a third year of service as Past-President and as a non-voting member of the Board.
Vice President/President-Elect/Past President
Term: 1 year per position
Deidre Dinnigan is a member of the Archivist Round Table (ART), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She holds a Masters of Arts from New York University and a Masters in Libraries and Information Science (with a specialization in Archives and Special Collections) from The Pratt Institute.
Deidre is the Owner/CEO of ForKeeps Inc. which provides a range of heritage services to institutions and private clients. As an Archivist, she has worked primarily with non-traditional entities such as hotels, hospitals, theaters, churches, restaurants, etc. to help them harness, safeguard, and share their histories. Since founding her company in 2016, Deidre has worked with notable institutions such as The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
I am excited to submit my candidacy for the Vice President’s position in this term’s ART elections. As a longstanding member, I value the support that ART provides our archive community, and I would like to contribute my knowledge and experience in support of this valuable resource. If permitted to serve as your new VP, I would be committed to the role and honored to work alongside a team of professionals to help advance its mission.
Term: 2 years
Sydney Gobin is currently a freelance Archivist and Collection Manager aiding artists and art historians in the Greater New York area to evaluate, organize, and maintain their personal papers and artworks. She also holds a full-time position as the Data Coordinator for Cambridge in America, Cambridge University's American office. In the past she has worked as an Archive and Library Assistant at The Cloisters where she was responsible for the digitization and data entry for many projects, most notably The Brummer Gallery Project. Additionally she was a NYARC-Pratt Fellow during the 2015-16 academic year where she served as a Web-Archiving Technician at The Frick Art and Reference Library. In 2016 she aided in the founding of The Current Museum, an institution devoted to showcasing and preserving digital art, performing the duties of the Archivist, Librarian, and Coordinator. Sydney received her Bachelor of Science in the History of Art from Purdue University, where her minors were Fine Arts and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Subsequently she earned her master's degrees from The Pratt Institute in 2017, where she studied the History of Art, with a strong focus in Medieval, and Library and Information Science, with an advanced certificate in Archives.
I am passionate about archival practices, preventive conservation and preservation, and collection management, and would relish the opportunity to stay engaged with the field as the Secretary for ART. I believe this position would be mutually beneficial, as I have ample experience working as an office assistant and coordinator and therefore could easily manage meeting minutes and communications while enabling myself to deepen my knowledge of archives. Additionally, I am confident that I could maintain the website and easily adapt to the work-flows that Ms. Martinez has already set in place. I also think the organization may benefit from an instagram which would highlight our events, projects, and relevant archival news, enabling members and other interested parties to engage with ART in a more casual manner. As an avid instagrammer (@artventurous) I would love to introduce this platform to our community. I look forward the opportunity to work and engage with you all!
Maya Naunton is a graduate of the Palmer School Library and Information Science at Long Island University. While getting her library degree she has worked and volunteered at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU, Avery Art and Architecture Archive at the Columbia University, and at the American Museum of Natural History Library and Archive. Previously, Maya worked as an Art Conservator for a number of museums and private clients in New York City, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I would be honored to serve as a secretary for the Archivist Round Table. I have attended events organized by the ART and have been impressed with their relevance and usefulness. I strongly believe in the organization's mission of providing a platform for the archive professionals to communicate and to further their professional development. I also think that it is essential to make archives and the professionals who work there better known to the public, as an important component in the strategy of achieving greater support and funding. If elected, I hope to contribute to the further Archivist Round Table success.
Jennifer Neal, Assistant Archivist for Archival Collections Management at NYU, is a member of the Collections Control Project team working collaboratively across departments to facilitate discovery of and access to archival and special collections at Bobst Library. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Jennifer holds a BA in American History from Brevard College, an MA in American History from the College of Charleston, and an MSLIS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at LIU. Previous positions include Senior Archivist at Brooklyn Museum, where she implemented current standards and best practices in the Museum’s Archives; Library Assistant at the Frick Art Reference Library and Barnard College, where she worked on two barcoding projects; and volunteered at NYPL’s Mulberry Street Branch. Before moving to New York, Jennifer was the Assistant Archivist at the Catholic Diocese of Charleston.
I joined ART after moving to New York to pursue my MSLIS degree and have been a member of the Programming Committee since 2016. ART has provided me with an opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over the Metropolitan area and take advantage of various professional development activities. I would be honored to serve ART and its member base in a different capacity as the Secretary.
Term: 2 years
I am a native New Yorker and have been an archivist since switching careers in 1997; prior to that I worked in special education as a speech & language therapist, classroom teacher assistant and residential counselor. My interest in archives was sparked by a lifelong love for deep research and a growing appreciation for the work done by professionals at the repositories I'd visited. In the last two decades I have worked in a number of settings, from private home collections to corporations to governmental agencies. I have also managed collections in a variety of mediums, including papers, photographs, video, artifacts and ephemera. My experience has been very evenly split between physical holdings and electronic files, both scanned and born digital. Currently, I am the archivist at Touro College and serve as Chairman of my local NYC community board.
The greatest joy in my work comes from knowing the collections I have been entrusted with are being preserved as best possible, and are being made available in an appropriate matter, balancing access with intellectual property rights, with sound ethics always in mind. To paraphrase many famous artists speaking about their creations, my favorite archival project is the next one I am fortunate enough to work on!
I am running for Director of Communications because I have truly enjoyed the duties associated with this post in my career. Even before becoming an archivist, I have gravitated towards outreach, promotion and recruitment. This was both self-generated as well as requested by supervisors and administrations who recognized my proclivity for these tasks. I have in the past and currently hold leadership positions in related committees, manage a number of social media platforms, and maintain accurate, updated contact lists. One of my best professional strengths is the ability to establish and foster connections, build relationships, plan events and support projects that contribute to the mission of organizations I am involved with. I would consider it a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to serve my fellow archivists as Director of Communications at ART.
Term: 2 years
Sarah Bellet is the Digital Asset Manager for Elland Road Partners, a content consulting company in Manhattan. She has worked with various non-profits, museums, and universities throughout her early education in graduate school. She found her niche in private archives and independently consults on projects for corporate clients. She holds a Master’s Degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was previously the Outreach Chair for NYU’s Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Student Chapter, where she learned how to assist in planning community archiving events. Additionally, she has years of experience in digital outreach and social media management.
As a student who struggled to find their first job out of college, connecting with those in the field and finding the right opportunities for my skill-set were paramount. I joined Archivists Round Table after being introduced to it in graduate school in 2015, and attended the various programming and networking events it hosted in the city. These types of connections throughout the community are integral to job seeker’s success in the field, but so too is pairing them with mentors and companies that need their expertise. Those relationships - from employer, to job seeker, to mentor - can have an amazing impact on all. These can further be facilitated through one-on-one meetings or even hosting large events for those who might not otherwise cross paths. As a person who loves connecting with people and helping them form relationships in their professional lives, I would be honored to serve as the Director of Outreach.
Term: 2 years
Amanda Leinberger is an archivist and records manager for the United Nations. In this capacity, she guides researchers through a collection spanning over one hundred years and 40,000 boxes of documents. She has also conducted assessments and training sessions on records management at various UN Peacekeeping Missions. Prior to her current position, she archived with the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Smithsonian, and Mount Holyoke College. Leinberger graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College in 2007 with a BA in history and sociology. She has a master of archival studies from the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia.
She has been on various committees for both the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, and is finishing up a 3-year term as Director-at-Large for Information Management with the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association Board of Directors. Last summer, she was part of the 2017 Archives Leadership Institute cohort.
One of my favorite aspects of working in the archival field is connecting with the variety of roles that archivists take on, and the wide array of collections that we work with. It’s my firm belief that professional organizations need to have a broad scope when it comes to who they serve, and I would love to continue ART’s work in being a responsive and professional resource for the range of archivists in the New York area. I’m especially interested in the membership committee because I have been on the other side of the table – new to an area, field, or professional group and unsure of how to best participate. With that in mind, I would love to work with the Membership Committee to continue to grow the ways in which new members are welcomed and connected to the existing ART membership. Thank you for considering my candidacy!
Molly (Jacqueline) Seegers
J.E. Molly Seegers is the Associate Archivist at the Brooklyn Museum. She has worked in archives for ten years and been an active member of the professional community. She graduated from Pratt Institute with degrees in Library and Information Science and the History of Art and Design. She previously worked at the MoMA Library, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Special Collections, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. When she’s not visiting museums you can find her biking down the oldest designated bike lane in America, Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.
Having been an ART member since 2012, I have greatly benefited from the community that comes together through ART events, symposia, Archives Week and advocacy initiatives. I would like to be the Director of Membership in order to continue the excellent work that Membership has done previously in enabling members to engage with our enriching professional organization. I enjoy expounding the benefits of being involved with ART and would love to do so in an official capacity!
Term: 2 years
Ostap Kin is currently an Archivist at the Shevchenko Scientific Society, an American-Ukrainian research institution out of New York City. He holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in rare books. Additionally, Kin earned an Advance Certificate in Archives and Records Management from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. He has also interned at the Bakhmeteff Archive, part of the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Recently, Kin edited a poetry anthology entitled New York Elegies: Ukrainian Poetry on the City (forthcoming; Academic Studies Press), and has co-translated two collections of poems from Ukrainian into English.
I am running for the position of Director of Publications for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. I have been working in the field of archives for the past six years. Alongside my archival duties, I have enjoyed working on the editorial board of the Shevchenko Scientific Society Bulletin. For this semi-annual publication, I am responsible for a column about recent Society news pertaining to archives, as well as overseeing publication materials from researchers working with the Society’s archival collections and holdings. If elected, I would be privileged to have an opportunity to work with the Metropolitan Archivist, and to help facilitate the smooth operation of the Division of Publications in general.