Tim Achee is the University Archivist and Assistant Dean for Archives and Records Management at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Tim holds a BA in History, and received a BA in Art History, an MA in History, and an MLIS from Louisiana State University. He also has an MS in Applied Analytics from Saint Louis University. He is a Certified Archivist since 2010, and as time permits is studying for both the Certified Records Manager certification from Institute of Certified Records Managers and the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist certificate. In his spare time, Tim writes Python code and is a board game enthusiast.
Lauren Boegen is the Digital Collection Manager in the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to her time at the Adler, Lauren worked in exhibition research and interpretation, collections management, and project management with the National Park Service, Naval History and Heritage Command, Anacostia Museum (Smithsonian), Chicago Design Museum, and Studio Blue. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University and BAs in History and American Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Janet Carleton is the Digital Initiatives Coordinator for Ohio University Libraries. For nearly 20 years, she has worked to get unique collections online, both in her current position at Ohio University Libraries and in previous positions in Archives & Special Collections at Ohio University, and the State Archives of Ohio at Ohio Historical Society. Janet earned her MLIS, with an emphasis on archives, from the University of Texas at Austin, and bachelors in history and art history from Ohio University.
As Curator of Digital Collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Michelle DiMeo oversees the development and launch of CHF’s forthcoming digital collection. Built on the Hydra technology stack, this repository will serve as a place to manage, preserve, and provide access to CHF’s diverse digital assets drawn from its Library, Museum, Archives, and Center for Oral Histories. Prior to working at CHF, Michelle was the Director of Digital Library Initiatives at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where she was principal investigator on a major NEH grant for the Medical Heritage Library (an open access digital library consortium). Michelle is also a historian of early modern science and medicine and has taught at Lehigh University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Warwick, where she received her PhD.
Lisa Elliott is currently Library Electronic Resources Coordinator for S-E-A, Ltd., an internationally recognized engineering firm specializing in forensic analysis, research, and testing. Lisa attained her MLIS from Indiana University and has over 20 years of experience in the library and information science field. Her specializations include metadata and the organization and preservation of digital materials. Since coming to S-E-A, Lisa has developed a web-based research portal containing a growing repository of more than 17,000 items on scientific and engineering research across 11 office locations. Before coming to S-E-A, Lisa worked at OCLC for 16 years in various roles that involved metadata creation and quality control. Lisa’s research interests include utilizing metadata to improve ingest, preservation, and discovery of digital materials.
Sara Harrington is the Head of Arts and Archives at Ohio University Libraries, where she leads the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, the Harris Fine Arts Library, and the Music and Dance Library. She holds a MLS and a PhD in Art History, both from Rutgers University, and a MEd in Higher Education from Ohio University. She previously served as Art Librarian at Rutgers University. Sara was delighted to be accepted into the CMDA program, and looks forward to learning about and instituting sustainable digital curation best practices in her work.
Andrea Medina-Smith is the Metadata Librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Research Library in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her expertise is in massaging metadata into useful and diverse schema. In addition, she works with researchers to make their research data discoverable and accessible. Before being called a librarian she was the Digital Archivist for the Jewish Women’s Archive, where she worked with older records and oral histories. She has an MS in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in European History. Her research interests run toward all things data management.
Miriam Nelson is Head of Preservation for Ohio University Libraries, where she oversees the conservation of the general and special collections and the administration of the Libraries’ preservation program. In addition, she manages the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository, a high-density storage facility for the long-term storage of library collections. Miriam holds and MLS from Indiana University, an MA in Cultural Memory from the University of London, School of Advanced Study, and a BA in Art History from the University of New Mexico.
Megan Sheils works as a Reference Team Leader at the Ralph J. Bunche Library, which is the main library at the US Department of State. Her work there includes a bit of everything, from in-depth research to marketing, training, social media, and more. Beyond the library, she is interested and active in the department’s Knowledge Management community. A past-President of the DC Library Association, Megan is very involved in the professional community, as well. In her “spare time,” she co-leads the non-profit Girls Rock! DC, which teaches girls empowerment by through music.
Holly Surbaugh is a data, information, and knowledge management consultant with Abt Associates. Her work involves supporting government agencies and non-profit organizations as they confront complex information challenges. Her clients include EPA, NOAA, USAID, Water Research Foundation, American Water Works Association, Asian Development Bank, Kresge Foundation, and others. Her primary interests are working with scientists to manage their research data and exploring how to overcome the barriers that government agencies face when they try to implement data management processes and systems. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland’s iSchool and a bachelor degree from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Anna Yallouris is an Archives Specialist for the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the National Archives, she worked as a program analyst for the Department of State, specializing in records management. Anna is an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), where she served on the program and local arrangements committee. She holds a BA in History and Government & Politics, and an MLS from the University of Maryland’s iSchool.