Vote for REPS 2017

Your current REPS leaders are excited to open the ballot for the REPS Steering Committee Election 2017-2018.

At our annual roundtable meeting, which will be held during the upcoming NEA Spring 2017 Meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts, we will officially pass the reins to the new steering committee members. See below for bios of each candidate.

 Candidate for Co-Chair (Early Professional)

Michael Brenes

As someone new to the archival profession, I am running for co-chair of REPS for the opportunity to establish collaborations and partnerships across our discipline. Before coming to Yale, I received my PhD in History at the City University of New York and spent almost a decade as a professor teaching at the college and community college level— much of which revolved around the use of archives and primary documents in and outside of the classroom. I believe my background offers a unique perspective on many issues facing our profession, in particular the challenges confronted by a difficult job market and the need for broader communication between the educational and archival community. As a co-chair of REPS, I would look to collectively address the issues students and new archivists face while creating events and forums that facilitate dialogue and relationships between early and experienced professionals. Thank you for your consideration.

Lauren Vanderberg

I’m Lauren VanDenBerg and I am running for REPS Early Professional Co-chair. I graduated with my MLIS in June 2015 and shortly thereafter moved to Rhode Island. In May of 2016 I was hired by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where I am the archivist for the Congressman Barney Frank Collection. Before moving to New England I worked as a processing archivist at the Colorado State Archives, photo reference library assistant at the History Colorado Center library, and student trainee at National Archives Denver. As a student, I worked internships where I cataloged film at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and processed a women’s history collection for the Auraria Campus Library Special Collections. As a new professional, and relatively new to the New England area, I know only too well the importance of professional networks and ongoing collaboration between students, new professionals, and the greater archives community.

Candidates for Co-Chair (Student)

Molly Brown

After benefitting greatly from the opportunities REPS and NEA have offered me, I want to make sure I can expand and enhance future opportunities for early professionals and students. I believe in encouraging professional development and creating welcoming low stakes environments to encourage individuals to challenge themselves through involvement. In light of our current political climate, it is more important than ever to be a strong network of leadership, progressive support, and clear communication. As a board member of Simmons College’s Progressive Librarians Guild and a member of the Simmons College SLIS Communication Committee I am continually improving my skills of incorporating a progressive outlook into archival praxis and developing effective ways of communicating. As an archivist at Old South Church, reference assistant at Boston College, and research assistant for Simmons College I am connected to a number of institutions with resources that could benefit REPS. As student co-chair of REPS I would hope to serve as a conduit of resources and reserve of support for both the REPS Steering Committee and the members of REPS at large. Not only organizing events but serving as a friendly face and ally to make attending events full of unknowns anxiety free is a priority for me as student co-chair.

Candidates for Secretary

Kyle Boyd

I am running for REPS secretary because I would like to contribute to the roundtable’s goal of providing a space for students and early professionals to network, learn, and contribute to the archival field. I am currently in my first year of the library science/archives program at the Simmons College West campus and I have had experience interning and volunteering at various archival institutions. Joining NEA and REPS has allowed me to learn more about the profession, and the many opportunities for archivists in New England. By serving as the REPS secretary I would like to assist others who are new to this field in navigating the early years of their careers, and their NEA membership. 

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.

 Candidate for Event Coordinator

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.

Candidate for Website and Social Media Coordinator

Lucy Ross

My name is Lucy Ross, and I’m a recent Simmons graduate running for the position of Website and Social Media Coordinator. I’ve been a member of NEA since 2015, and would like to become involved in REPS beyond participating in events and attending meetings. In the past, I’ve held several social media management and website maintenance roles which I greatly enjoyed, as they gave me a chance to connect with, inform, and hopefully entertain a wide swath of people. Professionally, my seven years as registrar for a digital art gallery included extensive web-based duties, such as maintenance of our website (and successful migration across platforms) and posting and engagement on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others. In my current work at Massachusetts General Hospital, I’ve recently become involved in social media outreach for our museum and archives.

Check your email for the ballot.

Secretary: Why should you run?

REPS elections are around the corner. Are you thinking of getting involved? Here is why you should run for Secretary:

As secretary, I served as the official record keeper of REPS. This includes keeping minutes and managing the membership list. Wrangling the large membership list can be a bit of a challenge at times, but it’s important to make sure that all REPS members are receiving our communications. Another aspect of the position is managing the listserv and putting out the weekly newsletter, REPS Roundup. While the Roundup can be an effort at times, it was rewarding to work on. I learned a lot in the process of surveying institutions locally and nationally for news, events, opportunities, and initiatives. In addition to the specific duties of secretary, serving on the steering committee helped me connect more with the community. I had the opportunity to serve as a Tour Fest site coordinator, which involved touring two great sites in Boston. I also got the opportunity to coordinate a Day of Service site, which was great to see real progress being made with organizing the institutional records of a historic church in Dorchester.

Chris Tanguay is a collections associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute Archives & Special Collections and holds an MSLIS from Simmons College.


Become a leader with REPS! Nominate yourself

The deadline to submit your nomination is  February 20!

The Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS) is calling for nominations for REPS leaders!

Please read on for more information on your chance to become a REPS leader!

Why should I run for REPS office?

Taking a leadership role in REPS means planning events and programs that benefit beginning archivists. You’ll make a difference in the careers of your peers and your own as well. You’ll also take an active role in NEA. You’ll have the opportunity to advocate for the roundtable and its members within NEA, and you’ll make valuable connections with experienced archivists throughout New England. This is your chance to grow your own network and help others do the same, all while contributing in a big way to the profession!

What positions are open? 

  • Two Co-Chairs of REPS:
    • One early professional
    • One student with at least one year of coursework remaining
  • Four Steering Committee Members of REPS:
    • Events Coordinator
    • Secretary for REPS
    • Student Liaison for REPS
    • Website and Social Media Coordinator for REPS

What would my responsibilities be?

All REPS leaders will serve one-year terms, beginning at the end of the NEA Spring Conference. To learn about the specific tasks involved with each position, please see the REPS Bylaws, Article Four. Click here for the Bylaws.

How can I run?

To nominate yourself for a REPS leadership position, please email the following information to the REPS email address no later than Monday, February 20:

  • First and last name
  • Student or early professional
    • If you are a student, indicate your expected graduation date
  • Position for which you’re running
  • Preferred email address

After the nomination period closes, you’ll be contacted with more information and a request for your official candidate statement.

Have a great week, and we look forward to hearing from many of you soon!

Click here to fill out the nomination form.

REPS By Laws

The updated By Laws are below:



Co-Chair: Why should you run?

REPS elections are around the corner. Are you thinking of getting involved? Here is why you should run for co-chair:
As student co-chair, you can serve as a leader while advancing your own professional and personal connections. Participation in REPS allows for professional growth and freedom while managing other obligations of student life. The NEA and REPS crews are easygoing and provide the space for advancement in the regional archival community. Additionally, you get to develop personal relationships and network with those in the field.
Kristen Weischedel

Co-Chair: Why should you run?

REPS elections are around the corner. Are you thinking of getting involved? Here is why you should run for early professional co-chair, according to Brittany Austin:

Overall, serving as REPS Co-Chair has been a great opportunity for career development, and the perfect way to meet people in the field. If you enjoy planning events, working with a team with diverse professional backgrounds, volunteering at amazing archives, and building a network of archivists and librarians – then please consider running for Co-Chair of NEA REPS. You’ll contribute to a wonderful group that cares about working with and supporting the local archives community, sharing skills and resources. If you’re out of school and looking for a new way to get involved with an active professional network in New England, take a closer look at the opening for REPS Early Professional Co-Chair.

Brittany Austin is the Head Librarian at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (SF Campus)

2016 Day of Service Wrap-up!

On Saturday, November 5th we hosted our third annual Day of Service. This year, we had three locations: The History Project (Boston, MA), The First Parish Church (Dorchester, MA), and New London Historical Society (New London, CT). Our 24 participants processed over 15 feet of materials during this time – amazing work!

Thanks to everyone who donated their time and expertise to these organizations. We pulled together some of our favorite images and tweets from this year’s event.

History Project – Boston, MA  @lgbtq_history

Back again for another year! This is the second time REPS has volunteered with the History Project. This year, we processed the collection “Gays For Patsy,” records from a gay square dancing group from 1984-2000s. Participants collaborated on creating a box list with brief descriptions.

First Parish Church – Dorchester, MA  @firstparishdot

The REPS crew removed over two dozen items from photo frames and packed and sorted about 7 cubic feet of materials.

New London Historical Society – New London, CT

This year, we were really excited to bring a REPS event to Connecticut. Thanks to former REPS Steering Committee member Rose Olivera for making this happen! Volunteers inventoried nearly six rooms of miscellaneous material for future processing.

REPS Day of Service

NEA/REPS is proud to announce that our annual Day of Service will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016!

The Day of Service is a great opportunity for the REPS community to volunteer their experience and help improve access to collections. It’s a chance to give back to the archival community while meeting fellow students, early professionals, and seasoned pros. This year, volunteers will donate their energy and expertise at three New England repositories in need: The New London Historical Society (CT), The First Parish Church of Dorchester (MA), and The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston (MA).

You can sign up for the Day of Service at the following link

Below are further details about each volunteer site:

The New London Historical Society

11 Blinman St, New London, CT 06320 (

REPS Coordinator: Kimberly Arleth (kimberly.arleth(at)

Shifts: 9am-12pm and 1-5pm, or all day.

Max. volunteers per shift: 6

The New London Historical Society was founded in 1870 and is one of the oldest historical organizations in Connecticut. The historical society preserves the history of the New London area through collecting and preserving artifacts, offering educational programs, and collaborating with other local and regional organizations.

Volunteers will review and create an inventory of a backlog of materials, which may include textiles, trunks, shoes, small wooden artifacts and more.

The First Parish Church of Dorchester

10 Parish St, Dorchester, MA 0212

REPS Coordinator: Chris Tanguay (ctanguay916(at)

Shifts: 9am-12:30pm and 1:30-5:00pm, or all day

Max. volunteers per shift: 6

The First Parish Church of Dorchester is a Unitarian Universalist church that was founded by Puritans shortly after they arrived in 1630. It is the oldest congregation within the present-day boundaries of the city of Boston. The records at the church are primarily from the early 20th century and include documents related to many aspects of the congregational life.

Volunteers will sort, folder, label, list and box records for donation to the Massachusetts Historical Society. View the finding aid for previous accessions of the First Parish Church in Dorchester Records here

The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston

29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA 02116

REPS Coordinator: Kristen Weischedel (weisched(at)

Shifts: 9am-12:30pm and 1-4pm, or all day

Max. volunteers per shift: 5

The History Project is a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives including preserving the documentary record of the LGBTQ community’s social and historical contributions. Established in 1980 by a group of historians, activists and archivists, the History Project is the only group focused exclusively on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBTQ community, and on making that history accessible to future generations.

Volunteers will process two small collections, more information to follow.

Written By: Sarah Bush

“Bridge the gap” between Boston and Amherst this October by taking a bus to #NEAfall16!

Image credit: Nationaal Archief

Early Professionals and students – are you planning to attend New England Archivists’ Fall Meeting in Amherst on Friday, October 14? If you’ve never attended before, NEA’s Fall meeting is a great entry into getting involved in the regional archives community. The theme for this year’s one day symposium, which is being held at the Yiddish Book Center, is “Bridging the Gaps.” It features programming that addresses ways in which the archival profession can bridge divisions between archives and stakeholders through outreach and facilitating access. Learn more about the schedule, other activities, and register here!

Registration is very affordable, which is great for students and new archivists who are just starting out. Also, if you live in the Boston area, NEA is offering a chartered bus this year to get to Amherst! The price of a roundtrip ticket is only $25. Space is limited, and the last day to register for the bus is September 23! If there is low enrollment, the bus may be cancelled, and a full refund will be available. If you have already registered and would like to add a bus ticket to your registration, please contact the registrar at
We hope to see you in Amherst this October!

Annalisa Moretti

Louisiana State Archives offers advice for salvage flooded documents and photos

The Louisiana State Archives is offering advice on recovering flooded documents as well as photographs. I thought I would share this information on the REPS blog just in case it is needed by anyone.

BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana State Archives, under the direction of Secretary of State Tom Schedler, is offering advice for citizens trying to recover flooded documents and photographs across south Louisiana. Specific directions for all kinds of records, including photographs, can be found on the homepage of the secretary of state’s website at

Below are some basic steps to salvage water damaged documents:
•If items have been submerged, leave them submerged until they can be air dried or frozen. Move to clean water if possible.
•Air dry flat in small piles (1/2 inch) or individually if possible. Move into an area where the air is circulating if possible. Use fans if available. Do not direct stream of air onto documents but into the room to keep air moving. Screens can be laid on top to prevent items from blowing around.
•Put wet material on an absorbent layer of blotter material like blank newsprint or paper towels. Change blotting material beneath the materials as it becomes soaked. If small clumps of records are fanned out to dry, they should be turned every few hours to encourage evaporation from both sides.
•If the volume of material is great, freeze those items which cannot be air dried within 48 hours. The material can then be unthawed when you have the time and materials to air dry. This can be accomplished with a common household freezer. If items can be left in the freezer for a few months, they will dry themselves through a process called sublimation.

Additionally, the steps below can be used for photographs that have been water logged:

•In general, wet photographs should be air dried or frozen as quickly as possible.
•Separate photographs from their enclosures, frames and from each other. If they are stuck together or adhered to glass, set them aside for freezing.
•Spread photographs out to dry, face up, laying them flat on an absorbent material such as blotters, unprinted newsprint, paper towels or a clean cloth.
•Keep the air around the drying materials moving at all times. Fans will speed up the drying process and minimize the risk of mold growth.
•Negatives should be dried vertically. They can be hung on a line with plastic clips placed at the edges.
•Photos may curl during drying. They can be flattened later.
•Photos that are stuck together can be frozen by wrapping them in wax paper.
•Later, as stacks of photos are thawed, individual photographs can be carefully peeled from the group and placed face up on a clean, absorbent surface to air dry.

Copied from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Website.