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-Chairs, Natalie Fritz or Lindy Smith.

Co-Chair – Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society
Co-Chair – Lindy Smith, Bowling Green State University
Council liaison – Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System

Members:
George Bain, Ohio University Libraries, retired
Kelly Brown, Cleveland Public Library
Connie Connor, Ohio History Connection
John Crissinger, Warner Center Library
Ron Davidson, Sandusky Public Library
Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society (Co-chair)
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati
Ken Grossi, Oberlin College
Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center & Archives
Caroline Ibbotson, Ohio History Connection
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Elise Kelly, Sisters of the Precious Blood
Justin Risner
Lindy Smith, Bowling Green State University (Co-chair)
Jennie Thomas, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System (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 BennettJones.

Chair – Devhra BennettJones, Lloyd Library
Council Liaison – Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection

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


Educational Programming
The Education and Programming Committee plans the annual SOA spring conference, joint fall meeting with OLHA, 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.

Contact the Committee Cochairs, Stacey Lavender or Stephanie Bricking.

Cochair – Stacey Lavender, Ohio University
Cochair – Stephanie Bricking, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Council Liaison – Janet Carleton, Ohio University

Members:
Karmen Beecroft, Ohio University
Stephanie Bricking, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Cochair)
Janet Carleton, Ohio University (Council Liaison)
Madeleine Fix, Nationwide Insurance/National Underground Railroad Freedom
Betsy Hedler (SOA/OHC Liaison), Ohio History Connection
Stacey Lavender, Ohio University (Cochair)
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation
Ashleigh Minor, The Ohio State University
William Modrow, Miami University
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University


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.

Contact the committee chair Cate Putirskis.

Chair – Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University
Council Liaison – Mark Bloom, University of Akron

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


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 Jillian Ramage.

Chair – Jillian Ramage, Ohio History Connection

Members:
Gillian Hill, retired
Jillian Ramage, Ohio History Connection, (Chair)
Judith Wiener, The Ohio State Library
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.

Chair – Andrew Harris, Wright State University
Council liaison – Sherri Goudy, Kettering Foundation/Children’s Historical Publishing

Members:
George Bain, Ohio University (retired)
Janet Carleton, Ohio University
Sherri Goudy, Kettering Foundation/Children’s Historical Publishing (Council Liaison)
Andrew Harris, Wright State University (Chair)
Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University
Michelle Sweetser, Bowling Green State University