Bethany Anderson

Bethany Anderson is the Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist and Assistant Professor in the University Archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves as co-editor for the Archival Futures Series, which is co-published by the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association, and as Reviews Editor for American Archivist. Her research interests include documenting current science; appraisal strategies for documenting scientific collaboration; feminist theory and oral history for documenting women in science; and the application of computational approaches to archival materials to facilitate access.

Joel A. Blanco-Rivera

Joel A. Blanco-Rivera is a professor at the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía (ENCRyM) in Mexico City, where he teaches in the Master in Conservation of Archival Materials. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences in 2012. His research interests focus on archival education in Latin America and the Caribbean,  the relationship between archives and transitional justice mechanisms in Latin America, web archiving, and social media archives. His dissertation is a case study of the work of the National Security Archive in Latin America, with a focus on the use of government records in truth commission investigations and human rights trials.

Gracen Brilmyer

Gracen Brilmyer is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies at McGill University. Their research lies at the intersection of archival studies, disability studies, and the history of science, where they address coloniality, affect, and disability primarily within natural history archives. Their work has been published in Archival Science, Archivaria, and various other journals. They have a background working with biological collections and hold a PhD from UCLA and a Master of Information Management and Systems from University of California Berkeley.

Jenny Bunn

Jenny Bunn is a Lecturer on the MA in Archives and Records Management programme at University College London. She worked as an archivist in a variety of institutions including the Royal Bank of Scotland and The National Archives before undertaking a PhD in Archive Studies in 2007-2011. Her research and teaching is concerned with shaping the profession’s response to and engagement with technology and she has written extensively on the history of archives and technology, e.g. the recent publication ‘Archival automation in the United Kingdom and the relationship between standardization and computerization’ in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, doi: 10.7560/IC54202. She is a past Editor of Archives and Records and the current Chair of the (UK) Archives and Records Association’s Section for Archives and Technology.

Itza A. Carbajal (Moderator)

Itza A. Carbajal is a Ph.D student at the University of Washington School of Information focusing her research on children and their records. Previously, she worked as the Latin American Metadata Librarian at LLILAS Benson after having received a Master of Science in Information Studies with a focus on archival management and digital records at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Before that, she obtained a dual-degree Bachelor of Arts in History and English with a concentration on creative writing and legal studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her curiosities as a researcher include facilitating self-determination through metadata and digital storytelling, the role of community archives in shaping collective memories, the use of archives as centers of power, archives and memory retrieval, and the use of digital archives as a response to the historic erasure of marginalized peoples.

Max Eckard

Max Eckard is the Lead Archivist for Digital Initiatives at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. He shares leadership responsibilities for the Bentley’s Curation team, co-leading the Bentley’s holistic approach to curating archives of all genres and formats. He oversees the digitization program, digital curation activities, web archives, and associated infrastructure at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library.  

Patrick Egan

Dr Patrick Egan is an early career researcher and tutor in interactive media and web development, and works on the development of digital models that assist ethnographic research on archival collections. He studied for his PhD at University College Cork in digital humanities and ethnomusicology, and most recently worked as a Kluge Fellow in Digital Studies and Fulbright Tech Impact scholar at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

Donald Force

Donald Force is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Information Studies, where he teaches courses on archives and records and information management. His areas of research involve archives and records management pedagogy, the use of digital archival collections, and legal issues associated with records management practices in North America. He is currently the chair of the ARMA International Educational Foundation. He earned his PhD from the University of British Columbia and his Masters of Library Science and Masters of Information Science degrees from Indiana University Bloomington. He also holds an MA in History from Southern Illinois Carbondale.

Katharina Hering

Katharina Hering is a Digital Project Librarian at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and an adjunct instructor in history at George Mason University, where she currently teaches an undergraduate course on digital history. She holds a PhD in history from George Mason University and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Her 2009 dissertation: ’We Are All Makers of History’: People and Publics in the Practice of Pennsylvania German Family History 1891–1966,” analyzes how Pennsylvania German genealogy became a popular historical practice in the U.S. in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Relevant publications include: “Palatines or Pennsylvania German Pioneers? The Development of Transatlantic Pennsylvania German Family and Migration History, 1890s-1966,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Special Issue on Immigration and Ethnicity in Pennsylvania History, vol. 140, no. 3 (October 2016): 305-334. She is currently working on a book-length project expanding on her dissertation research.

Jacob Kowall

Jacob Kowall is an MLIS student at the Simmons University School of Library & Information Science, where he is pursuing a concentration in archives management. At Simmons, he conducts research on the management and preservation of government information with Adam Kriesberg.

Adam Kriesberg

Adam Kriesberg is an Assistant Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science. His research focuses on digital preservation, digital curation, data management, and public sector information, and he teaches courses in the areas of archives and digital curation. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Jessica Lapp

Jessica Lapp is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her research considers records creation in archives of feminist materials, provenance theory, digital surrogate records, and feminist process as archival practice. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information.

James Lowry

James Lowry is the founder and director of the Archival Technologies Lab (ATL) at Queens College, City University of New York, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. He is an Honorary Research Fellow and former co-director of the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, where he taught following a ten year career in archives and records management. As a practitioner, James worked in Australia, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, including projects for international organisations such as the African Union and the International Criminal Court. His research is concerned with information and governance, particularly in colonial, post-colonial and diasporic contexts. His current projects include Displacements and Diasporas, exploring the technical and theoretical problems connected with disputes and claims over displaced archives. His recent publications include Displaced Archives, an edited collection published by Routledge in 2017. James is convenor of the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies research network, and he is currently working on a critical history of records management.

Yi Lu

Yi Lu is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Harvard University. He is a historian of modern China, with particular interests in the study of archives and the history of the book. Tentatively entitled “The Dust- bin of History: Archival Politics in Modern China,” his dissertation examines record-keeping and political communication in twentieth-century China. From sold-off records of the Qing Empire to last paper remnants of the Mao era, it traces the history of archives as they were transformed from tools of state secrecy to waste paper and scholarly resources. His research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and Harvard University.

Tomla Ernestine Tatah Lukong

Tomla Ernestine Tatah Lukong is a Senior Inspector of Documentation serving with the Cameroon Ministry of Arts and Culture since 1999. She has a postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication with specialization in Information and Library Science obtained from the Advanced School of Mass Communication, University of Yaounde II. She is also a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A) in English from the University of Yaounde. Currently, she holds the position of Deputy Director of the National Archives. Ernestine is the author of a book entitled “Handbook on Cultural Heritage in Cameroon” published in 2018. When she is not writing or reading, she spends valuable time with family, cultural and Church associations.

Diana E. Marsh

Diana E. Marsh is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and an incoming Assistant Professor of archives and digital curation at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. Her work explores how heritage institutions produce and share knowledge, both with source communities and the broad public. Her current research focuses on discovery, use, and access in ethnographic collections, especially for Native American and Indigenous communities. At the National Anthropological Archives (2017¬–2020) she researched barriers to access among users of anthropological collections. From 2015–2017, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society where she conducted research and curated exhibitions drawing upon archival collections (Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia, April–December 2017 and Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America, April–December 2016). She completed her PhD in Anthropology (Museum Anthropology) at the University of British Columbia, an MPhil in Social Anthropology with a Museums and Heritage focus at the University of Cambridge in 2010, and a BFA in Visual Arts and Photography at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University in 2009. Her recent work has appeared in The American Archivist, Archival Science, Archivaria, and Archival Outlook, and her book, From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time: Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls was published in 2019 with Berghahn Books.

Luz María Narbona

My name is Luz María Narbona, graduated of History from the University of Chile, diploma on archivistics (University of Chile – National Archive) and Master in “History of science: Science, history and society” from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Barcelona. Throughout my academic career, I have worked as an assistant in various research projects and have collaborated in the formation of various historical archives of Chile. I am currently part of Archiveras sin Fronteras-Chile and the Laboratory of History of Sciences, Technology and Society in my country.

Nick Pavlik

Nick Pavlik is the Curator of Manuscripts and Coordinator of Strategic Digital Partnerships at the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University Libraries, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to joining BGSU, Nick worked as an archivist at the 92nd Street Y from 2012-2015 and the Brooklyn Historical Society from 2010-2011, both in New York City. He obtained his Master of Library Science degree from Queens College of the City University of New York in 2010, and is currently working toward a master’s degree in history at BGSU.

Dallas Pillen

Dallas Pillen is the Technical Services Archivist at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. He implements policies and oversees the use of systems that support collections management, digital preservation, discovery, and access for the Reuther’s archival collections. He earned his MLIS from Wayne State University and previously worked as the Archivist for Metadata and Digital Curation at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library.

Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan has been Archivist of both St. John’s College and The Queen’s College in the University of Oxford since 2002; previously he worked at Lambeth Palace Library. His research focuses on the history of record keeping theories and practices, and the use of archives in England from c.1550 to c.1850. His work on the history of the State Paper Office won CILIP’s Library History Essay Award for 2014 and he was a tutor on the ‘New History of Archives’ summer school at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Evanthia Samaras

Evanthia Samaras is an archivist and researcher with experience in government and audiovisual archiving as well as media and theatre production. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney with the Faculty of Engineering and IT and the Animal Logic Academy. Evanthia has worked in the Australian archive sector since 2013 and presently co-administers the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy program at Public Record Office Victoria. She is also the Australian Content Editor for Archivoz—an open, international online magazine about archiving and records management.

Eric Stoykovich (Moderator)

Eric Stoykovich is the College Archivist and Manuscript Librarian at the Watkinson Library at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut). He has a range of archival and library experience, including work in special collections at the University of Maryland and the Library of Congress, as well as with the digitization partners of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 

Interested in archival history and the history of women’s role in 19th-century manuscript collecting and family archives in the United States, he has authored and reviewed several works in the field, notably publishing an article entitled “Public Records in War: Towards an Archival History of the American Civil War” (The American Archivist, 2017). He currently volunteers as a co-editor of Archival History News, the online newsletter of the Society of American Archivists’ Archival History Section. In 2020-2021, he serves on the steering committees of the Manuscript Repositories Section and the Archival History Section, where he helps promote such initiatives as the creation of a select bibliography of the world’s archives.

Eric graduated with a B.A. in History from Brown University in 2002, a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia, and a M.L.S. from the University of Maryland’s iSchool. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, with whom he re-certified in 2019.

Ed Summers

Ed Summers is a member of the research faculty at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. He is also a PhD candidate in the College for Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Ed’s research interests currently center on issues related to archives and memory as they intersect with Science and Technology Studies (STS). Previously, Ed worked for eight years as a software developer in the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress, where he helped develop the National Digital Newspaper Program and the Linked Data Service for publishing name and subject authority data on the Web. Prior to that, he worked at Old Dominion University, the University of Illinois, and Columbia University, where he focused on the use of metadata in information services.

Ayantu Tibeso

Ayantu Tibeso is a Doctoral Student at UCLA whose research focuses on the ways Indigenous communities in Ethiopia negotiate, archive and transmit their collective history and knowledge to the next generation.

Ciaran Trace

Ciaran Trace studies what constitutes a literate society and the role that people play in creating and sustaining literate environments. Using a variety of methods (historical, qualitative, quantitative, and experimental) she studies the nature of information objects, the history of information institutions and information work, the use and deployment of information in everyday and in professional settings, and the impact of information on the daily lives of individuals and of members of social groups. Spanning the period from the Progressive Era to modern times, her research has illuminated the information worlds of disparate communities, including Southern state archival agencies, 4-H clubs, self-trackers, and humanities scholars. As part of this study of information, her research investigates several key research questions: What are the theoretical and conceptual foundations of information and information work? What is the nature, meaning, and function of information in everyday life? How does materiality and the notion of maintenance mediate the relationship between people and information objects? What is the history and role of information institutions and information work in society (past and present)?

Hannah Turner

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of British Columbia, where I research and teach about the connection between material culture and documentation technologies. I have examined systems of classification and categorization in museum ethnographic collections, and I look at the development of bureaucratic record-keeping in museums where I trace how objects become both specimens and data in the history of anthropology. I also look at how new digital technologies are used to represent tangible and intangible cultural heritage. With the 3D digitization of museum objects for example, I question how objects and belongings are actively shaped by those who create and manipulate their digital representations, and how the practice of digitization is a negotiation between community, museum, and technological infrastructure. I taught at the University of Leicester in the School of Museum Studies from 2018-2019; and received my PhD in Information Studies from the University of Toronto.

Ayoung Yoon (Moderator)

Ayoung Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing (IUPUI), Department of Library and Information Science. She was an RDA/US data share fellow for 2016-2017. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.S.I. from the University of Michigan. She was also the founding director of Data to Action Lab in SoIC, IUPUI ( Her research has been focusing on exploring how data curation can support equitable data reuse and how community’s data reuse capacity can be enhanced through proper data curation support. Her research has been funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Alfredo Sloan Foundation, Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, and IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Jane Zhang

Jane Zhang is an associate professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies with Archives Concentration from Simmons College, Boston, and a joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining the faculty at the Catholic University, she worked at the Harvard University Archives and the University of Calgary Archives. At CUA, she teaches courses in archives, metadata, and digital curation. Her research publications cover the topics of records and recordkeeping, digital archival representation, and archival education and scholarship.