Tuesday, August 6 • 10:30am - 11:30am
906 - Archival Value: Tales of Professional Advocacy

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How do you advocate for yourself, your staff, and your unit? Have you had to justify a change from staff to faculty rank? Have you had to advocate for yourself, student assistants, and colleagues? This session features professionals from academic, business, and government archival settings who took risks and advocated for the value of their expertise and gained administrative buy-in to assemble their work teams, enhance budget allocations, and build a community of support.

Megan Badgley-Malone: Bucking the Trend: The Case of Gaining Faculty Status for MSU Archivists
Elizabeth Beckman: Stuck in the Middle With You: Advocating for Students, Interns, and Wage Employees as a Middle Manager in University Special Collections
Catherine Bell: Creating Trust and Leadership Buy-In to Grow and Develop Archival Teams and Expertise
Jennifer Grant: Addressing Precarity and Inequity in Academic Libraries through Organized Labour
Meredith Rector: Advocating for Your Archives: How to Make the Case for the Resources You Need in a Business Archive Setting

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Lydia Tang

Special Collections Archivist-Librarian, Michigan State University
Dr. Lydia Tang has been the Special Collections Archivist-Librarian at Michigan State University since 2015. She holds multiple leadership positions with ArchivesSpace and SAA in the Privacy and Confidentiality Section, Collection Management Tools Section, the Task Force to Revise... Read More →

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Meredith Rector

Senior Knowledge Management Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Meredith Rector, CA, heads the Archives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She recently completed a project to establish a system-wide digital archives program for the Federal Reserve System. Meredith holds an MLIS from the U. of Alabama.

Megan Badgley-Malone

Archivist, Michigan State University University Archives & Historical Collections
Megan Badgley-Malone is an archivist at Michigan State University Archives.  She has a MLIS and a certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University, and a BA in Secondary Education and History from Saginaw Valley State University.

Elizabeth Beckman

Manuscripts and Archives Librarian, George Mason University
Elizabeth Beckman, MLIS, is the Manuscripts and Archives Librarian at George Mason University. Earlier, she was an intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the American Association of University Women in Washington DC.
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Catherine Bell

Infrastructure Archivist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Catherine Bell is an Archivist for the Infrastructure Division at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She previously worked for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. She obtained a MSIS from UT Austin in 2014.
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Jennifer Grant

Archivist, York University Libraries
Jennifer Grant is an archivist at York University Libraries' Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections. Jennifer holds a MISt (2008) from the University of Toronto and an MA (2001) from York University.

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