Biographies

Election of directors – Candidates biographies / Élection des administrateurs – Biographies des candidats


Maryna Chernyavska
I am Maryna Chernyavska. I hold MA and MLIS degrees and work as an Archivist at the Kule Folklore Centre – a research unit at the University of Alberta. We are a rather small archives but our audiovisual collection is large. We have been using AtoM as our archival database (we maintain this instance ourselves) since 2015. 

In my other capacity, I work as a Database Administrator for the Archives Society of Alberta (since 2015, part-time). I am responsible for Alberta on Record – provincial archival database also based on AtoM. I provide support, training and otherwise help our institutional members contribute their archival descriptions to AtoM. 

I believe my knowledge and skills would benefit the AtoM Foundation Board, as I have very different perspectives, roles, and experiences working with AtoM. At my main job, while I have support from an IT person who looks after upgrades and backups, I am responsible for managing users, accessions, descriptions, doing bulk uploads, using CLI for a variety of tasks, troubleshooting smaller problems thanks to the active AtoM community, etc. In my work with Alberta on Record instance of AtoM, the specifics of the role are working with a large multi-repository database with users with a variety of technical skills.  

I have experience of project management (archival, special collections, and research), as well as experience serving on boards of several non-profits, but I am particularly interested in AtoM and its future, as well as in metadata.


Anna Dysert
Anna Dysert is an associate librarian at the McGill University Library, where she is mainly responsible for managing and creating archival metadata and maintaining the library’s Archival Collections Catalogue. She was previously a librarian and archivist at McGill’s Osler Library of the History of Medicine. She holds an MA from the Centre for Medieval Studies with the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program at the University of Toronto and an MLIS in Archival Studies from McGill’s School of Information Studies. Also a specialist in premodern medical manuscripts, she has a particular interest in the meeting of manuscript studies and innovations in digital access and metadata models. Current projects include the use of Wikidata for archival and manuscript metadata. She has been a recipient of the Newberry Library/Ecole nationale des chartes Exchange Fellowship and the ACRL’s European Studies Section DeGruyter European Librarianship Study Grant.

I have been involved with the implementation of AtoM at the McGill University Library since we originally began our initial exploration for a new archival management system. In 2017, I moved from a liaison librarian/archivist role to a metadata archivist role to take primary responsibility for putting into place the library’s AtoM instance, the McGill Archival Collections Catalogue. Since then, I have overseen or contributed to the migration of over 950 finding aids and a dozen databases. I have also guided our efforts to standardize our local archival authorities as well as make our AtoM instance “linked data ready” to the extent possible. I am passionate about archival metadata management and standards, linked open data, and having a robust, open-source, and industry-standard platform to support these.

AtoM has been the centerpiece of my professional life for the past five years and I would love the opportunity to put my expertise and enthusiasm towards supporting, encouraging, and helping to grow AtoM 3 and the wider AtoM community. In addition to my experience with AtoM, I also have experience with governance issues, having served as Chair of one of McGill’s Senate Committees Arising from University Regulations for the past three years.


Heather Jager
Heather Jager is an Archives and Records Management professional who is currently transitioning between her current employer, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and her new role as an Information Management Officer at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Prior to working at these institutions, she spent five years at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C. There she primarily worked

on digitization projects and processing archival collections, which involved using NARA’s archival database to create descriptions for vault holdings such as 19th Amendment records, Electoral College Certificates of Ascertainment, as well as records from the Court Martial case on the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy.

Her current passion project has been building a digital systems framework for assessing records management requirements of business applications and how to implement those requirements into non-records management systems. In 2020, she completed the University of Maryland’s Certificate Program for Digital Curation for Information Professionals, where she focused on policy and standards of Trustworthy Digital Repositories. Earlier this year, she was
elected to SAA’s Electronic Records Section Steering Committee.

Heather enjoys researching disruptive technologies like DLT and how it could be applied to the archival field, as well as records management requirements in cloud environments. She recognizes the speed at which technology has advanced and how crucial it is for the field of archives and records to be able to keep at pace with these changes. Building an open source application for records management and archives has been a personal goal for her, and she looks forward to contributing to AtoM’s mission in any way she can.


Anna McNally
The University of Westminster began actively using AtoM in January 2019, after a 12-month transitional process of migrating catalogue data from our previous software. We are using AtoM to manage paper records, digitised and born-digital objects (integrating with Archivematica), as well as collections of historic books and garments. We have AtoM set up as a multi-repository environment, with different levels of access for Archive staff, student workers, and University colleagues. A key feature of AtoM for us is its ability to manage bi-lingual catalogue data and non-western character sets, as we have a large collection of Chinese language material, catalogued in parallel in English and Chinese.

Since September 2019 I have also been the coordinator for the UK AtoM User Group. The UK User Group includes a wide range of users, from part-time solo archivists to large national libraries. As well as co-ordinating the group, I have acted as a liaison through my role on the AtoM Foundation’s Roadmap Committee, both keeping the UK User Group informed of progress and gathering feedback. I would hope to continue and extend this work through a role on the AtoM Foundation Board, and thereby contribute to the development of AtoM 3.


Krista Oldham
Krista Oldham is the University Archivist at Texas A&M University, College Station, where her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition, description, and preservation of University records, as well as supporting and promoting their use. Additionally, Krista provides oversight for the Texas A&M records management program. She earned a M.I.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned both a M.A. in History and a B.A. in History from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to starting her position at Texas A&M, Krista worked at Clemson University as the University Archivist, Haverford College as the College Archivist/Records Manager for Quaker and Special Collections and at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Special Collections as the Senior Archivist and the Senior Archives Manager. In addition to her archival work, Krista served as Co-Director of the Arkansas Delta Oral History Project, an initiative led by the endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy. She is a co-author of The Arkansas Delta Oral History Project: Culture, Place, and Authenticity, which was published in 2016 by Syracuse University Press.


Corinne Rogers
Corinne Rogers, PhD is the Project Coordinator for InterPARES Trust AI (UBC, 2021-2026), a multidisciplinary, international partnership researching the uses and applicability of Artificial Intelligence in archival workflows to ensure trust and trustworthiness of records and data. She is an adjunct professor in the Information School at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches diplomatics and digital preservation.  She was previously a Systems Archivist at Artefactual Systems, lead developers and organizational home to open source projects for digital preservation, AccessToMemory (AtoM) and Archivematica.


Mary Catherine Shea
Mary Catherine Shea is a University of Ottawa archivist with extensive experience processing and managing special collections focused on second wave feminism in Canada. She has managed numerous finding aids within Access to Memory and garnered end-user experience conducting a survey of feminist fonds through multiple repository and database searches. She hopes to support archival management and discovery for under-represented communities and organizations.


Amanda Tomé
Amanda Tomé is a Digital Archives Specialist with the United Church of Canada Archives. In this role, she spends most of her time writing procedures, establishing workflows for digital preservation, ensuring digital assets are safe, building accessible websites and managing projects.

Her interest in the Access to Memory (AtoM) software stems from her early days as a student at UBC. Since it was presented in an Archives & Technology course in the early days of the software’s development, she has followed its development, tested out the software’s features and functionality and advocated and aided with its implementation in several archival settings.

Amanda has extensive hands-on experience working with AtoM, including entering and migrating archival descriptions into the system, and using authority records and taxonomies to aid with discovery. She has also collaborated with archivists to produce guidelines and procedures for the use of the software as a multi-repository instance and has provided AtoM training.

As an archivist working in a smaller institution, she has becoming increasingly interested in how smaller archival repositories can collaborate and overcome obstacles such of lack of IT support and budgets, to increase the discoverability of their holdings and preserve their digital assets.


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