About

The Los Angeles Archivists Collective (LAAC) was founded in 2014 and currently includes a membership base of approximately 300+ archivists, librarians, students, information professionals, and others who have a strong interest in the archival field.

Inspired by community-driven organizations like The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART), Archivists of Metro D.C., and the The Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW), LAAC aims to bring the Los Angeles-area archives community together to discuss, collaborate, connect, and support each other.

Our Mission

  • Build a local community that encourages professional development and skill-sharing, with a particular emphasis on supporting students and new professionals in the field.
  • Facilitate a forum for collaboration, education, participation, and professional growth.
  • Provide archival outreach to local communities by offering educational workshops, facilitating connections to local resources, and promoting general archival awareness.

Bylaws

The organization's 2017 bylaws may be read in full here.

Activities

We fulfill our mission through social events, workshops, repository tours, lectures, networking opportunities, and other activities. 

Membership

Membership is free and open to all persons related to or interested in the archival field. To become a member, sign up for our mailing list below. You'll receive updates on social events, workshops, local issues, and publications.

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Steering Committee

Courtney Dean (2014-2017)
Project Archivist, Library Special Collections, UCLA
cdean@library.ucla.edu

Angel Diaz (2014-2017)
Archivist, LA Metro
diazmari@metro.net

Jennifer Kishi (2014-2017)
Archivist, Sterling Ruby Studio 
jennifer@sterlingrubystudio.com

LAAC Subcommittees

LAAC Subcommittees support our mission by means of developing content and programming efforts, as well as engaging, collaborating, and building relationships with other local archivists and professional organizations. Subcommittee membership is on a volunteer basis. Members serve for a minimum of one year.

Archival Education

Sara Bond, Chair (2016-2017)
sbond81@ucla.edu

The Archival Education Subcommittee is charged with sharing information about educational efforts and pursuing collaborations with other professional organizations, including workshops, lectures, skill-shares, and webinars.

Outreach and Advocacy

Kali Lawrie, Chair (2016-2017)
katharine.lawrie@gmail.com

The Community Outreach and Advocacy Subcommittee will reach out to local communities to help serve their archival needs, as well as develop programs/plans for local associations to advocate for archives and archivists in the public foray.

Diversity

Alejandra Espasande (2016-2017), Chair
aespasande@oscars.org

The Diversity Subcommittee will foster engagement with underrepresented communities as well as ensure inclusion of all types of archivists and archival repositories (e.g. lone arrangers, film archivists, citizen archivists, community archives, etc.) in LAAC programming.

Get Involved

LAAC is a largely community-driven organization. We are looking for members to lead skill-sharing workshops, organize social events, host repository tours, create content for our online publication, and more. If you have an idea or a project proposal or would like to join a subcommittee, let us know!

Social Activities

Kelly Kress, Chair (2016-2017)
kelly.kress@gmail.com

The Social Activities Subcommittee will coordinate and promote LAAC social activities, including but not limited to happy hours, meetups, and repository tours.

Press and Publications

Grace Danico, Chair (2016-2017)
hdanico@gmail.com

The Press and Publications Subcommittee will head efforts to develop and solicit content for the LAAC website, online publications, social media sites, as well as professional journals and publications.

Advisory Board

Michelle Caswell

Michelle Caswell is Assistant Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. She is the author of more than twenty articles as well as a monograph, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). She is also the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive, an online repository that documents and provides access to the diverse stories of South Asian Americans.

Rebecca Fenning Marschall

Rebecca Fenning Marschall has been the Curator of Manuscripts at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library since 2008.  Previously, she was an assistant archivist in the Getty’s institutional archives and a processing assistant at Harvard Law Library Special Collections.  She currently serves on the executive committee of LA as Subject, and on various committees for Society of California Archivists and Society of American Archivists.  Rebecca received her MS in Library Science from Simmons College in 2006 and a BA in English from Bowdoin College in 2003.

Nancy Enneking

Nancy Enneking is currently the Head of Institutional Records and Digital Stewardship at the Getty Research Institute in the J. Paul Getty Trust. Prior to her arrival at Getty in 2004, she spent 5 years with the Texas State Archives and previously worked in several university archives. Nancy has a MLIS in Archives and Records Management from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her day job, she is currently serving on the California Historical Records Advisory Board and as a member of the ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council.

Liza Posas

Liza Posas joined the Autry National Center in 2005, where  she currently serves as the Head Librarian / Archivist.  She received her MLIS from UCLA’s Library and Information Studies program in 2002. Later that year she was awarded a Library Fellowship with the UC, Santa Barbara (UCSB)  Libraries that was designed to increase the diversity of professional librarians and to encourage the involvement and participation of underrepresented librarians in academic research libraries. Ms. Posas is also the Coordinator for LA as Subject, a collaborative hosted by the USC Libraries that works to promote and preserve the rich history of Los Angeles and Southern California.

Anne Gilliland

Anne Gilliland is Professor and Director of the Archival Studies specialization in the Department of Information Studies, as we​ll as Director of the Center for Information as Evidence, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a faculty affiliate of UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. She is also the Director of the IMLS-funded Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI), a consortium led by eight U.S. universities dedicated to the advancement of education and research in archival studies, broadly defined, and the development of a global scholarly community in archival studies.

Advisory Board Guidelines

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