2012 Speakers

Michele Christian, Associate Professor, is the Collections Archivist and University Records Analyst for the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library. Before working at Iowa State, she was the labor archivist at the State Historical Society of Iowa. She has written articles on various topics including managing artifacts in archives and using oral histories in collection development. She has a M.A. in history and a M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Joshua S. Harris is Media Preservation Coordinator for the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is currently establishing a formalized program to address the preservation needs of media collections throughout both the library and campus at large through the Center for Multimedia Excellence. Josh received B.A. degrees in Anthropology/Archaeology and History from Miami University (Ohio) in 1998 and worked as a field and laboratory archaeologist for the Illinois State Museum and the University of Tennessee. In 2001, Josh joined the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology working on large scale specimen preservation. Josh moved to the National Geographic Society Film and Audiovisual Archives in 2004 and during his time there coordinated a diverse range of activities, managing the staff and collection representing over 100 years of film and recorded sound history. His interests lie in film preservation, preservation of documentary film collections, preventative conservation, digital migration as well as access to and the use of archival moving image collections across diverse platforms. Additionally, he has worked on outreach, guidance and training to preservationists throughout the world including South-east Asia, Greece, Mexico and Central America.

Ellen D. Swain is Associate Professor of Library Administration and Archivist for Student Life and Culture at the University Archives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she administers the Student Life and Culture Archival Program, an endowed program dedicated to documenting student experience nationally and at UIUC.  She received her MA in American History from Indiana University and MS in Information Science from UIUC.  Her research and publications center on oral history as research methodology, documentation strategies, and integration of primary sources in the classroom.

Diana Turk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University, where she is the Director of the Social Studies Education Program. She is the author of Bound by a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women’s Fraternities, 1870-1920 (New York University Press, 2004), as well as co-author of Teaching U.S. History: Dialogues Between Teachers and Historians (Routledge Press, 2010) and co-author of Teaching Recent Global History (Routledge Press, forthcoming). Dr Turk received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is currently planning a second book on the history of sororities, focusing on the years 1930-present.

Angela M. Waarala is the Digital Collections Project Manager in Digital Content Creation at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Among her responsibilities is the design and coordination of local digitization projects and she provides support to departmental units and librarians in the imaging, digitization, and preservation of special collections.  Angela holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from UIUC and is currently a student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC.

Noraleen A. Young serves as the staff archivist for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Noraleen received her B.A. in American History/American Studies in 1983 and a Master in Library Science in 1984 from the University of Michigan, concentrating in special libraries and archives. In 1992, she completed her M.A. in Public History at Indiana University at Indianapolis. From 1984 to 1991, Noraleen was a Reference Librarian at the Indiana State Library, Indiana Division where she provided reference services, worked in manuscripts and developed exhibits and programs. In 1991, she began her own consulting business, Past to Present, and works for several clients including Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Noraleen has a particular interest in the important role of non-profit groups and their contributions to society over the years. She has worked with Girl Scouts U.S.A at the national level, developing and presenting workshops on maintaining local Girl Scout history collections. Noraleen is a Certified Archivist.