Election of directors – Candidates biographies / Élection des administrateurs – Biographies des candidats
David Alexander is the Head of Partnerships, IT and Digital and acting Head of Archives at the Royal BC Museum. David oversees an integrated department that includes the BC Archives, physical and digital access to collections, and preservation, digital and IT services and initiatives. David is responsible for the care of the archives’ collection, growth and maintenance of the archives’ and museum’s collections management databases, the development of strategic partnerships and an array of related services. David has a master’s of applied communication from Royal Roads University, a BA from the University of Victoria and broad experience in the cultural, non-profit and business sectors.
I am currently serving as the Acting University Archivist and Coordinator of Information and Privacy at Simon Fraser University where I provide leadership for the overall organization, operation and administration of the Archives and Records Management Department, including the coordination and integration of the Department’s four core areas of functional responsibility: records and information management, freedom of information and protection of privacy administration; archives administration; and digital preservation. I have broad experience in:
- Actively promoting the role and importance of records and information as university assets with a particular emphasis on the administrative, legal, ethical and research dimensions of said assets;
- Directing departmental strategic planning, policy-making, goal-setting, and human resource and financial management; and
- Aligning the Department’s activities with the University’s mission by supporting the teaching, learning, and research needs of faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as members of the broader academic research community and the general public.
I have served on the Inaugural Board of Directors since the Foundation’s establishment in 2018 and before that as a volunteer assisting in the set-up and incorporation of the Foundation.
I have been an active user of AtoM since 2011 when SFU Archives adopted it as our primary descriptive holdings database. As a then staff member of SFU Archives, I assisted in deploying AtoM as well as identifying and QAing many feature development improvements. Since becoming Acting University Archivist in 2015, I have sponsored and overseen multiple development contracts to improve the overall functionality of AtoM.
After undergraduate and graduate degrees in math, I received my masters’ in archival studies from the University of Michigan. I’ve been an archivist at the University of Saskatchewan since 1997, was appointed University Archivist in 2004, and have been Head of University Archives and Special Collections since 2013. Throughout my career I have had extensive involvement in digital projects, descriptive standards, access systems, and digital preservation. I have also been actively involved with archival professional associations at the provincial and national levels, especially the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists.
I’ve been involved in the AtoM community for the last decade, starting with the migration of the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN) to ICA-AtoM. Since then I’ve been involved with a number of AtoM development projects, both through in-house development at USask and contracted development with Artefactual, most recently overseeing the consolidation of the two SAIN databases, relaunched this fall as MemorySask.
Regina Landwehr is Director of Archival Operations for Archives and Special Collections at the University of Calgary, Canada, where she oversees the acquisition, preservation and access to private and institutional archives relating to Canadian literature, music and performing arts, architecture, military and university history, and the regional history of southern Alberta. She holds a Master’s degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her institution has been using AtoM as both an archival management and public access system for about five years. Regina joined the Board of the Foundation this spring to help in the ongoing improvement of AtoM for the benefit of the user community and she is looking forward to continue to do so for the next term.
I am the University Archivist and Digital Curator at the University of Winnipeg Archives and the Director of the University’s Oral History Centre. I was previously the Digital Archivist at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. I have been a user and advocate of the AtoM software since its initial development and I continue to do so in my current roles. In addition to my involvement using AtoM to provide public access to archival content in academic institutions, I played a large role in the initial migration of the Manitoba Archival Information Network (MAIN) to AtoM while serving with the Association for Manitoba Archives through the development of functional requirements, writing grant applications, corresponding with Artefactual Systems throughout the development process, and then serving as MAIN coordinator for a number of years. My continued involvement with AtoM recently included Chairing a Working Group of the AMA to import culturally appropriate Indigenous subject headings into MAIN. This recently completed project has served as the model for several organizations working on similar projects. I am excited to join the AtoM Foundation to learn more about the operations of foundations and to lend my expertise in the efforts to hopefully see the software continue to develop so that it can serve the needs of archivists and researchers for many years to come.
My name is Dean Seeman and I am currently the Head of Metadata at UVic Libraries where I oversee cataloguing and digital collections metadata along with other assorted metadata responsibilities. This has included directing metadata entry within UVic’s instance of AtoM with a current focus on deploying standardized vocabularies in authority records and access points. I have worked with EAD, EAC-CPF, RAD, ISAAR-CPF, Dublin Core, METS and RDF throughout my career. As for other open source software experience, UVic Libraries currently use DSpace for its institutional repository and Samvera/Hyku for its digital asset management system. I have been actively involved with our programmers in the development of various features in Samvera to support migration and metadata work and was part of an IMLS grant with the University of Houston documenting migration pathways to Hyku. Samvera has given me the opportunity to create linked data in a production environment since it is a native linked data system. I have also been involved in other various linked data initiatives over the past 10 years – publishing and presenting widely on linked data and its use in libraries, archives, and digital collections. My recent professional and scholarly interests have centred on Wikidata and Wikibase as UVic looks to contribute knowledge about its holdings and the entities in its archives and special collections to this global public knowledge linked data graph (when it is appropriate to do so). I am truly excited that AtoM 3 has plans to integrate linked data and would be happy to contribute to its development in any way I can as a Director.
Karen Jamieson Trivette is currently Head of Special Collections and FIT Archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of State University of New York; she has held this position since 2008 and is its first incumbent. She holds a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from University at Albany (N.Y.) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has worked primarily in art libraries and art archives except for an over three-year post at the New York State Archives where she primarily advised practitioners on archives and records management matters. She was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship is 2013. She’s the co-founder and co-host of An Archivist’s Tale, a weekly podcast featuring archivists from around the world.
Qing (Jason) Zou
I have been working as a systems librarian (2005-2016) and digital initiatives librarian (2016-2019) at Lakehead University since 2005. At Lakehead University, we have started to use AtoM since 2016. I was responsible to set up the server, install AtoM, and maintain the server and software. I also customized one of the themes in order to meet the visual identity requirement of Lakehead University. My experiences with AtoM are mostly positive. However, the code base (built on symfony and elasticsearch) is getting too old and not keeping up-to-date. This requires extra efforts to maintain a system with older packages.
I am passionate about open source projects. I have experience with many open source projects. Here is a list of few projects: Evergreen Integrated Library System, DSpace, AtoM, Omeka, and Open Journals System. Here are my two articles related to open source software:
Zou, Q. (2015). A Novel Open Source Approach to Monitor EZproxy Users’ Activities. Code4lib Journal, 29.
Zou, Q., & Liu G.Y. (2009). Chinese localisation of Evergreen: an open source integrated library system, Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 43(1), 49-61.
I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science. I often write some codes using php, python, c#, java. I received a Master of Library Information Studies degree from McGill in 2005. I will get my doctoral degree from McGill as well at the end of this month. My dissertation is about archival descriptions and semantic web. I am interested in applying ontology and linked data to archival descriptions.
I also have experience with archival description and metadata standards, and managing budget.