Committees

Advocacy and Outreach

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee is responsible for promoting advocacy in response to legislative issues that may impact archives, diversity, and the role of archives and archivists within society. The Advocacy and Outreach Committee will facilitate access to resources that will aid archivists in advocating for the profession and collections to administrators and institutional stakeholders. The committee also communicates news from the National Coalition for History. Additionally, the Advocacy and Outreach committee is responsible for advocating the importance of archives throughout the state of Ohio through programmatic planning such as Statehood Day, Archives Month, and the “I Found it in the Archives” contest.

Contact the committee Co-chair, George Bain, Ohio University (retired), at bain@ohio.edu

Co-Chair George Bain, Ohio University (retired)
Co-Chair Elise Kelly, Greene County Archives
Council liaison – Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System

Members:
George Bain (Co-chair)
Jennifer Brancato
Kelly Brown
Connie Connor
John Crissinger
Ron Davidson
Kevin Grace
Ken Grossi
Robin Heise
Caroline ibbotson
Jacky Johnson
Elise Kelly (Co-chair)
Justin Risner
Jennie Thomas
Adam Wanter (Council Liaison)


Awards
The Awards Committee solicits and reviews award applications for the Merit Award and Meeting Scholarships. The committee is responsible for publicizing the availability of the awards and the identification and selection of awardees according to the criteria set by SOA Council.

Contact the committee chair, Devhra Bennett Jones, Lloyd Library, at devhra@lloydlibrary.org.

Chair – Devhra Bennett Jones, Lloyd Library
Council liaison – Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection

Members:
William C. Barrow
Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection (Council Liaison)
Helen Conger
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati
Devhra Bennett Jones, Lloyd Library (Chair)
Glenn V. Longacre, National Archives at Chicago
Jessica Maiberger
Lonna McKinley, Museum of the United States Air Force
Stephanie Soule
Pamela Winchell
James S. Zimmerlin
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati


Educational Programming
The Education and Programming Committee plans the annual SOA spring conference and professional development workshops. Activities include choosing a conference theme, solicitation and selection of session presenters, selection of plenary speaker, publication and distribution of conference announcements, collecting conference evaluations, and planning professional development workshops of interest to members.

Cochair – Stacey Lavender, Ohio University
Cochair – Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation
Council Liaison – Janet Carlton, Ohio University

Members:
Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection
Shelley Blundell, Youngstown State University
Janet Carleton, Ohio University (Council Liaison)
Karen Glenn, The Ohio State University
Sherri Goudy, Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Stacey Lavender, Ohio University (Co-chair)
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation (Co-chair)
Jim McKinnon, Dayton History
William Modrow, Miami University
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University
Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System


Membership
The Membership Committee recruits and supports new and renewing members. Committee members identify events and/or organization throughout the state in order to distribute membership literature. The committee is responsible for writing and updating membership literature, including the annual membership drive letter, and the membership brochure.

Chair – Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University
Council liaison – Mark Bloom, Archival Services, University of Akron

Contact the Committee Chair, Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University, at putirskis.1@osu.edu.

Members:
Bill Barrow, Cleveland State University
Mark Bloom, Archival Services, University of Akron (Council Liaison)
Kevin A. Caslow
Steve Charter
Andrew Harris, Wright State University Libraries
Susan (Miller) Hernandez, Cleveland Museum of Art
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University (Chair)
Toni Vanden Bos, Wright State University Libraries
Kristina Richey


Nominating
The Nominating Committee annually prepares and submits a slate of candidates for vacant officer positions and Council seats. The committee is made up of one Council member and two additional SOA members appointed by the president. Committee members must serve at least one year.

Contact the Committee Chair, Judy Wiener, The Ohio State University, at Judith.Wiener@osumc.edu.

Chair and Council Liaison – Judy Wiener, Wright State University

Members:
Gillian Hill, retired
Judy Wiener, The Ohio State University, (Chair)
Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University


Website/Public Information
The Public Information Committee is responsible for public relations and outreach for SOA through the process of generating content and maintaining the tools to communicate SOA information. Duties and responsibilities include updating the SOA website, maintaining social media accounts (Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Pinterest), assisting in moderation of SOA Listserv, responding to SOA email inquiries, and documenting SOA events through photographs.

Contact the Committee Chair, Andrew Harris, Wright State University, at andrew.harris@wright.edu.

Chair – Andrew Harris, Wright State University
Council liaison – Ron Davidson, Sandusky Public Library
Council liaison – Bill Modrow, Miami University

Members:
George Bain, Ohio University (retired)
Amber Bice
Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection
Jennifer Brancato, University of Dayton
Janet Carleton, Ohio University
Ron Davidson, Sandusky Public Library (Council Liaison)
Sasha Griffin, Denison University
Andrew Harris, Wright State University (Chair)
Bill Modrow, Miami University (Council Liaison)
Jennifer Long Morehart, ELCA Region 6 Archives
Greg McCoy, P&G Heritage & Archives Center
Gino Pasi, University of Cincinnati
Lisa Rickey, Wright State University