This summer, ART will hold elections for 5 different board positions. 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. Read below to learn about the experience of transitioning directors:
Karen Jamison Trivette, Past President
Holding the office of Past-President is the third of three years of service to ART in an executive capacity, the first of which is Vice-President/President-Elect and the second being President. While the demands are few for the Past-President, they are crucial to the on-going celebration that is ART. As Past-President, I attended monthly Board meetings as often as possible to contribute to ART's business continuity. Also, I served as Chair of the Awards Committee; that entailed forming the committee, submitting the call for nominations, deliberation and selection of awardees, and arranging for the highlight event of New York Archives Week, the Awards Ceremony, which happens every October. It is a very satisfying role to hold and provides for organizational memory that might be lost otherwise.
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Cristina Vignone, President
It has been an honor to serve ART as its President this past year. Much of this position’s responsibilities concern supporting the tireless work of the board in accomplishing their goals. My term as President was successful because of the exciting programming—including a variety of free and paid lectures, discussions, tours, and workshops featuring experts in our field—we offered, as well as another impressive New York Archives Week (NYAW). I supported the efforts of the board to encourage more collaboration, including partnering with New England Archivists (NEA) on its Joint Spring Meeting and partnering with the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NY) to raise nearly $5,000 in support of Puerto Rican archives and libraries affected by Hurricane Maria. This past year’s board also accomplished a number of firsts: we hired our first intern, grew two board positions (Past President and Publications Director), and launched the Metropolitan Archivist blog. Anyone with interest in developing their leadership skills while serving this incredible professional community should seriously consider running for the three-year term of Vice-President/President-Elect/Past-President!
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Ashley Levine, Director of Advocacy
The ART Advocacy Director role provides a meaningful way to engage with the archival profession by identifying and addressing local, state, and national issues affecting archivists, librarians, information professionals, and society at large. Serving the Advocacy Committee provided me a forum to help organize local labor events (Investing In Archivists: Advocating as a Lone Arranger; Labor in the Archives: A Community Roundtable), advocate for government archives ethics and transparency, (ART Statement on ICE Retention Schedules; ART and CAA Joint Letter to Congress Opposing DHS Visa Lifecycle Vetting; ART Statement on the New York City Charter Revision; ART Statement on DOI Request for Records Disposition Authority), and stay connected to the Metropolitan archival community. The Advocacy Directorship is ideal for an activist-minded archivist, providing unlimited potential to stand-up for the profession.
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Marcos Sueiro Bal, Director of Education
In your quest for Archival World Domination, consider the position of Education Committee Chair an essential step. Where else do you:
help put together a yearly symposium that is one of the highlights of the year for any NY archivist?
Not only do you get all this for free, but you do it under the guise of "helping your fellow archivists"! Ha!
Let me get this straight: You get to hang out with some of the best minds in the business, evaluate and shape current and future archival trends, and at the end of the day you feel better inside and sleep better at night? I rest my case: clearly, you can only go up from here.
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Amye McCarther, Director of the Programming Committee
It has been wonderful to serve as Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table these past two years. I’ve been able to work with archivists at wonderful collections throughout the city, collaborate with allied professional groups in New York and abroad, test new ideas and formats, and create programming that directly addresses issues impacting the field today. I’ve been able to do this due to the tireless dedication and keen talents of A.R.T.’s Programming Committee, as well as support and feedback from A.R.T.’s other Board Members. It has grown my practice and professional sphere in ways I could not have imagined. I highly recommend this position to anyone who loves to share ideas, support the work of their peers, and socialize!
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Margot Note, Treasurer
It's been an honor to serve as ART's Treasurer. Growing up, I never considered myself as a numbers person, but when I started my consulting business a few years ago, I realized how truly valuable understanding financials can be. In order to build my skills and confidence, I volunteered to serve as treasurer. During my tenure, I had a behind-the-scenes view of how a professional organization should be run to make each dollar count. ART provides so many important networking, educational, and enriching experiences to our members, all thanks to the funds we've raised through membership, donations, and sponsorship. What I truly valued about this experience is that it allowed me the flexibility to take care of my duties while juggling a busy professional life. This position would be a great opportunity for someone looking to contribute our local community that either are already good at financial issues or looking to improve their skills in a friendly environment. I've found this position as a rewarding form of professional development, as I'm sure my fellow board members have found theirs. I highly recommend running for a seat on the board.
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