Election of directors – Candidates biographies / Élection des administrateurs – Biographies des candidats
I have worked in the field of archives and records management since 1991 and for the City of Vancouver since my appointment as Archives Manager in 2005. In July 2013, I was appointed City Archivist and currently oversee a staff of 15 regular, temporary and auxiliary staff, an annual budget of close to $1.0M and 8.8 km of holdings valued at over $25M. I am responsible for all aspects of the City of Vancouver Archives’ operation, including its digital preservation program, and have extensive experience in strategic planning, budget and financial management, and project management.
I was one of the volunteers assisting in the set-up and incorporation of the Access to Memory Foundation and have served on the Inaugural Board of Directors since the Foundation’s establishment in 2018.
Under my direction, the City of Vancouver Archives began working with AtoM in 2008 when CVA staff and Artefactual Systems started developing the proof of concept, and later the prototype, that became Archivematica. We deployed a public instance of AtoM in 2012 and became Artefactual Systems’ first institutional client with a public instance of AtoM in production. Since 2011 I have overseen a number of development and maintenance contracts that either improve AtoM or adapt it for our needs, the latter with an eye to moving our instance closer to the main code branch and, where possible, developing features of use to other institutions.
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.
I have been the Digital and Private Records Archivist at Queen’s University Archives (Kingston, Canada) since 2001. I obtained my Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and a B.A. (Honours) in History and Visual Arts from Brock University. Prior to working at Queen’s, I worked as an archivist with the Chung Collection in Vancouver, and in the Private Records Section of the Provincial Archives of Alberta. I am the former president of the Archives Association of Ontario, former Managing Editor of Archivaria, and have served on numerous committees locally, provincially and nationally over the years. I am one of the inaugural directors of the Access to Memory Foundation, having served since prior to the Foundation’s inception in 2018. I currently also serve as Co-Chair of the National Archival Appraisal Board Ad Hoc Committee for the Monetary Appraisal of Electronic Records, and will be incoming Director without Portfolio for the Association of Canadian Archivists.
My experience with and interest in AtoM has been extensive. At our institution, we started our migration into (then) ICA-AtoM in 2011, and have since supported further feature development and increased cooperation among other University archives in Ontario who use AtoM. I am most keen on participating in the development of a robust and vital community of users and contributors of the AtoM software, especially moving into the next generation, to ensure it remains geared to our (and all archives’) needs.
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, and Head of University Archives & 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. Through that experience as well as community volunteer roles, I’ve developed a particular interest in board governance and financial management. I’ve been involved in the AtoM community for almost ten years, starting with the (in retrospect) foolhardy project to migrate the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN) into ICA-AtoM before any bulk import tools had been developed. 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.
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.
Lara J. Wilson
Lara Wilson is the Director, Special Collections, & University Archivist, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She has held various appointments in the University of Victoria Libraries since 2001. Lara holds a Master of Arts (Art History and Visual Studies) from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia.
She has twice served as president of the Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC); is past chairperson of the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA), the coordinating body for the Canadian archival system, whose membership includes over 800 archival intuitions; and is presently serving on the boards of the Access to Memory Foundation (Vice Chair) and the National Archival Appraisal Board (Director, BC and Northern Canada Region).
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.