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Reference, Access, and Outreach Section Meeting
Friday, August 29, 2008, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Reference, Access, and Outreach Section is for archivists who work with the users of archives, particularly those with reference responsibilities and those who integrate archival and manuscript materials into exhibits and other public programs.
 Business Meeting
1. Welcome and Introduction of RAO Officers
2. Old Business
- SAA/ALA Joint Statement on Access – revised report
- National History Day Task Force Report. Presented by Danna Bell-Russell. Report, Survey, and Resources available at the RAO homepage.
- MPLP (More Product, Less Process) Task Force Report presented by Joanne Archer, Shannon Bowen, and Jackie Dean. Report available at the RAO homepage.
3. SAA Announcements (Council Liaison, Program committee, etc.) [this will be interjected within Old Business, depending upon the arrival of our Council Liaison]
4. New Business
- Workshop Ideas
- Program Idea
5. Election of Officers
7. Announcement of Elected Officers
For those RAO members unable to attend the section meeting on August 29, 2008, in San Francisco, you may vote for new section officers by online ballot. The open offices are vice chair as well as two positions on the Steering Committee. The ballot is available online. Access to the ballot requires a log in with your SAA username and password. (Special thanks to Brian Doyle at SAA for setting this up.)
Brief candidate biographies are linked from the ballot, but they are also available here and at the RAO webpage.
The last day to vote using the online ballot is August 21, 2008. For those members attending the section meeting, you will receive a paper ballot at the meeting. Winners will be announced at the close of business. Contact Todd Kosmerick with questions ((919) 513-3673 or email@example.com).
 Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Amy Schindler: Amy is the University Archivist at the College of William and Mary, a position she has held since 2007. She was previously Curator of Manuscripts at the University at Albany, SUNY (2002-2007), and has also held positions in corporate and local government archives. She has been a member of the RAO steering committee since 2006 after joining the Society of American Archivists in 2000. She is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, having served on the Development (2007-present), Meetings Coordinating (2005-present), Outreach (2002-2006), and Local Arrangements (2005, 2008) Committees and previously served on the board of the Capital Area Archivists of New York (2002-2007). She earned an MLIS and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2001 and her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 Steering Committee
Two positions are open.
- Danna Bell-Russel: Danna is currently at the Library of Congress serving as an Educational Outreach Specialist. In the Society of American Archivists she has served in the following positions: Committee on Education and Professional Development: Intern, 1995-1996; Member, 1996-1999; Co-Chair, 1999-2001. Nominations and Elections Committee, 1997-1998 and 2003-2004. Steering Committee, Manuscripts Repositories Section, 1997-1999. Washington, DC Conference Program Committee, 2000-2001. Society of American Archivist Council 2001-2004. Co-Instructor and Co-Creator, Real World Reference Workshop, 2003-present. Joint SAA/NAGARA/COSA Conference Program Committee, 2005-2006 and Co-Chair, Chicago Conference Program Committee, 2005-2007. Currently serving as Chair of the Appointments Committee. She is also active in Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and has served in the following positions: Richmond, Virginia Conference Program Committee, 1994. Education Committee, 1995-1999; served as Chair 1997-1999. Member at Large, Steering Committee, 1997-1999. Washington, D.C. Conference Local Arrangements Committee, 1997-1998. Editor, State and Local News Column, Mid-Atlantic Archivist, 1998-2000. Custer Award Committee, 2000-2003; served as Co-Chair 2001-2003. Co-Chair, Towson, Maryland Program Committee, 2000-2002. Virginia Local Arrangements Committee, 2003-2004, Chair, Ad-hoc Committee for Developing Continuing Education Opportunities, 2005-2006 and most recently Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee.
- Kathy Marquis: Kathy has been a reference archivist (now a reference librarian) for over thirty years, having worked at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, the MIT Institute Archives, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Bentley Historical Library. She is currently at the Albany County Public Library in Wyoming. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MSLIS from Simmons College. She has taught workshops on archival reference for regional archival associations, and for SAA, and is a long-time member of the RAO section. She has served on the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Council, on nomination committees for SAA and MAC, and as program co-chair for SAA and MAC annual meetings. She has a particular interest in education and orientation of researchers, and in the image of archives in society.
- Nancy Melley: Nancy is an Archivist in the Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division at the National Archives and Records Administration, where she has been employed since July 2000. From 1998 to 2000, she volunteered at the California Historical Society processing photo collections. She joined the Society of American Archivists in 2001. She was Vice Chair of the Government Records Section from 2003 to 2004 and Chair from 2004 to 2005. She also served on SAA's 2006 Host Committee and 2007 Program Committee. She has been a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists since 2003 and is currently serving on the Examination Development Committee. She is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), where she served on the Program Committee for the Spring 2003 and Spring 2008 meetings and on the Local Arrangements Committee for the Spring 2004 meeting. She served as the Chair of the MARAC Nominations and Elections Committee from 2005 to 2006. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from Tufts University and a Masters of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in history from the University of Chicago.
- Tiffany Schureman: Tiffany is the Project Archivist at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising College (LIM) in New York City. She has been with the college since 2006. Prior to her arrival, the college did not have an archive. She is a lone arranger and is establishing policy and procedure for the archives. Previously, she was an intern at the New-York Historical Society and at the Brooklyn College Archives. She received her MILS from Pratt Institute and is currently pursing her MA in History at Rutgers University. During her career at Pratt she was actively involved in SLA as the student liaison for the Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council.
- Florence Turcotte: Florence has been the Research Services Archivist in the Dept. of Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida since March 2005. She also serves as the curator of literary manuscripts in Special Collections. With her colleague John Nemmers, she authored ARL SPEC Kit 296: Public Services in Special Collections, published in November 2006. She recently completed a chapter entitled "Outreach in Special Collections Librarianship" to be published in Academic Library Outreach: Beyond the Campus Walls. Edited by Nancy Courtney. (Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, forthcoming, January 2009). She also presented a paper entitled "Archives, Outreach and Advocacy: Promoting and Developing your Collections," at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists.
- Arian Ravanbaksh, NARA, provided an overview of Web 2.0 applications based on the workshop he and Kate Thiemer of ArchivesNext first presented at MARAC Spring 2008 "Web 2.0 for Archivists"
- Mary Samouelian, "Embracing Web 2.0 Technologies" handout available
- Kathryn Otto, MHS