Leaders of the ArchivesSpace Technical and User Advisory Councils are excited to announce a new blog series featuring various members of the council. Through this series, we hope you learn more about both council members and the work of the councils, as well as consider nominating yourself and/or colleagues for the councils.

Learn more about the councils: https://archivesspace.org/governance-board-and-councils 

Interested in nominating yourself and/or a colleague for one of the councils? Use the form below. The deadline to submit is April 23.

To nominate yourself or someone else, visit: https://forms.gle/m2nN49M34CPgnvci9


Meet ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council Member: Dan Michelson

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Dan Michelson
Smith College Special Collections
User Advisory Council Member
Second Year on Council
Sub-teams: Metadata Standards, Development Prioritization

Why did you join the Technical or User Advisory Council?

I was interested in taking a more active part in the development of ArchivesSpace, particularly in relation to archival standards, such as DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF.

What do you like most about being a member of the council?

Being able to work with a group of archivists and allied professionals from a wide range of institutions committed to improving ArchivesSpace for all users.

What is one thing you wish you knew before joining the council?

How much better my understanding of how ArchivesSpace functions would become. I’d have volunteered earlier if I’d known!

Are you a leader for the council or any of the sub-teams? Tell us a little about this work.

I’m vice-chair of the User Advisory Council and co-lead of the Development and Prioritization Subteam (Dev/Pri).

Most of my work as vice-chair is as part of the leadership team that is looking at ways to improve the effectiveness of the councils and the experience of council members.

As co-lead of Dev/Pri, I select bug reports and feature requests for the team to review at our meetings and help lead the discussions.


Meet ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council Member: Matthew Neely

Matthew Neely
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
User Advisory Council Member
First Year on Council
Sub-teams: Development Prioritization

Why did you join the Technical or User Advisory Council?

To contribute to the ArchivesSpace community and gain further knowledge of ArchivesSpace and its use from other institutions.

What do you like most about being a member of the council?

Working with other council members and being able to learn from their respective work and experience.

What is one thing you wish you knew before joining the council?

Greater experience of using JIRA.

Tell us more about your role with ArchivesSpace at your institution.

Senior Archivist with responsibility for digital curation and metadata for post-1800 archives and manuscripts. I oversee the use of ArchivesSpace for cataloguing and develop metadata guidance.


Meet ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council Member: Krista Oldham

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Krista Oldham
Clemson University
User Advisory Council Member
Second Year on Council
Sub-teams: Users Documentation

Why did you join the Technical or User Advisory Council?

I wanted to service in a capacity that was meaningful and I also wanted to deepen my engagement with the ArchivesSpace community. 

What do you like most about being a member of the council?

Working with all the wonderful people from a variety of institutions. 

What is one thing you wish you knew before joining the council?

What sorts of leadership opportunities there was for me to take advantage of. 


Meet ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council Member: Rachel Searcy
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Rachel Searcy
New York University
Technical Advisory Council Member
First Year on Council
Sub-teams: Technical Documentation, Testing

Why did you join the Technical or User Advisory Council?

I wanted to build upon my local ArchivesSpace maintenance efforts at my institution, and broaden these efforts to support the wider archives community.

What do you like most about being a member of the council?

As a member of the Technical Advisory Council, I have a more comprehensive understanding of the system itself, including specific functionality that my local institution does not currently use. As a member of the Testing Sub-team, I feel like I am making a concrete contribution. It is also fascinating to see how the system changes between releases and learn more about testing and development processes.

What is one thing you wish you knew before joining the council?

I am not the most technical archivist, and I wish I had felt more confident in asking questions about how to interact with JIRA tickets and Github issues. These were somewhat intimidating environments for me, but I have since learned how they operate and wish I would have done that sooner.

Tell us more about your role with ArchivesSpace at your institution.

I am the primary ArchivesSpace administrator at my institution and lead a small group of other admins. We communicate with our local users (e.g., general troubleshooting, information about outages/maintenance windows, information about new functionality), manage overall user management (e.g., on-boarding, off-boarding, permissions, training), manage overall system maintenance and upgrades (including testing of local plugins), maintain local documentation, and pursue occasional local development (pending priorities and resources). We also maintain a public guide for all of this work that serves as a landing page for the most regular user needs and (hopefully) provides an easier way to navigate our documentation: https://guides.nyu.edu/archivesspace/ 

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