Your current REPS leaders are excited to open the ballot for the REPS Steering Committee Election 2016 – 2017.
Please contact Casey Davis with any questions.
Candidate for Co-Chair (Early Professional)
My name is Brittany Austin, and I’m running for Early Professional Co-Chair. This role is important to me because it aligns with my core motivations for entering this field: to build community, to learn, to share. A recent MLIS graduate and fresh New Englander, I know the importance of professional networks. I have benefitted from REPS programming and will continue to expand our reach in the region.
My path into archives has been varied – I spent five years as a reference/instructional librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, managed social media for SJSU iSchool, and worked with dance collections as an archives fellow with the Dance Heritage Coalition. Last March, I relocated to the Berkshires from San Francisco for an archivist position at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
These experiences are nothing without the people I’ve learned from along the way. I look forward to collaborating with you!
Candidates for Co-Chair (Student)
As a transplant to the New England area, I am excited about the potential to serve in a leadership role with REPS and become better acquainted with students and early career professionals working in a field I am passionate about. Prior to joining the Simmons community as a student I served on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit theater company in Minnesota, while receiving a Masters in Nonprofit Management, which leads well into this type of leadership position. I understand the importance of dedicated and thoughtful leadership, to advocate, serve and bringing together a community that is spread among a large geographical region. Professionally I have spent time in nonprofits, archives, and academic libraries and hope to bring those experiences together in this position and work with you to continue to strengthen the work REPS has undertaken in the past two years. Thank you for your consideration.
I am running for REPS Co-Chair because I would like to advance REPS’ presence in New England, encourage networking, volunteerism, and engagement among NEA members. As SCoSAA Co-Chair at Simmons College, I have worked with other officers to successfully provide programming to Boston area residents, online students and interested local parties, such as our Project ARCC collaboration event, which was attended by members throughout these communities. I hope to continue these services for REPS. As an archives student entering my final year, I am actively involved with academic and professional life, having held jobs in the profession for the past two years. I am currently an Ex-Officio member of the REPS Steering Committee, where I have supported REPS leadership and offered insights, hosting events such as our annual Day of Service, and organizing joint REPS and SCoSAA events, which I hope to continue as Co-Chair in the future.
Candidates for Secretary
Elizabeth (Betts) Coup
I am running for REPS Secretary because I would to continue actively serving the archival community and encourage engagement among young archival professionals in New England. As SCoSAA Co-Chair at Simmons College, I have been involved with the development of programming to serve the student and young professional community surrounding the college. I would like to continue developing programs that promote engage and growth among students and young professionals even as I complete my studies in the coming year, and I feel serving as the NEA Reps Secretary would give me this opportunity.
Moreover, I am highly experienced with the duties attached to this role, having collaboratively managed the SCoSAA email and listserv, as well as the organization’s membership database. I consider myself well qualified to serve the New England archival community of young professionals as REPS Secretary, and would do so with enthusiasm, dedication, and open-mindedness.
My name is Chris Tanguay and I’m a 2012 graduate of Simmons College, where I received my MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management. Currently, I work in MIT’s Institute Archives and Special Collections as a collections associate. I’ve been a member of NEA since 2012 and a member of REPS since the beginning. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a number of REPS events and programs and would now like to give back. As secretary, I would strive to accurately document REPS meetings and events. I would love to have the opportunity to get more involved as a member of the steering committee and to help shape the future of the roundtable.
Candidate for Student Liaison
No Candidate – There will be a follow-up election for this position offered to the eligible student(s) who are currently running for another position and are not elected. This ballot will open next Monday, 3/21.
Candidate for Website and Social Media Coordinator
Blake Relle received his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from LSU. He serves as an Archives Specialist A at the Louisiana State Archives where he fulfills request for materials. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a digitization intern at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Relle has been a member of NEA since 2015. His professional development activities include: making presentations at conferences, serving as member of NEA’s Task Force (that is looking into platforms that would allow the organization to offer workshops to member’s online), serving as a member of SAA I&A News Monitoring and Awareness Research Team, writing a review of Dura Cloud for SAA, and volunteering to serve as Vice-Chair of SSA Internet Outreach Committee. He also co-wrote a blog entry for Project Arcc. Relle has experience with HTML as well as CSS style sheets.