2016 Speakers

Bethany Anderson is an Archival Operations and Reference Specialist in the University Archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she works with born-digital records and the archives of the College of Engineering. Prior to Illinois, she worked at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin and the Williams L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. She holds a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is the Reviews Editor for The American Archivist.

Miriam Centeno is the Collections Care Coordinator for Preservation Services at the University of Illinois and the Chair of the University of Illinois Library Exhibitions Committee. She has previously worked as a Conservation Services Coordinator at John Hopkins University and as a Conservation/Collections Care Technician at the Library of Congress. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America and a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Anna Chen is a Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library and a member of the University of Illinois Library Exhibitions Committee. Previously, she was the Assistant Curator of Manuscripts at Princeton University. She holds a Masters in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD from Yale.

Meaghan Downs, a former ink-stained newspaper editor, is a social media strategist for the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From creating GIFs to Periscoping research labs, Meaghan focuses on applying creative digital storytelling techniques to reinvigorate traditional content. She also advises internal and external stakeholders on how to tackle crisis communication, campaign strategies and social media measurement. When she’s not attempting to conquer beginner Python in her spare time as a library and information science graduate student, she tweets about content strategy and her ongoing quest to one day meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg at @writemegwrite.

Lyn Harris is the Archivist at Chi Omega Executive Headquarters. She has previously worked as the Executive Director for the Arthritis Foundation and Director of Chapter Services for Chi Omega. She holds a Masters in History from Georgia College.

Lisa McLaughlin is the Archivist for Kappa Alpha Theta and a partner as Muhm & Reilly, LLC. She holds as Bachelors in History from Duke University and a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. She has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Association and listed as a Missouri and Kansas Top 100 Lawyers, Missouri and Kansas Top 50 Women Lawyers, and St. Louis Top 50 Lawyers.

Chris Prom is the Assistant University Archivist and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Ph.D. in British History from the University of Illinois.  He and has a great deal of experience managing projects to digitize and provide online access to archival resources.  He has published a co-edited book and numerous articles in archival journals relating to these topics.  During the 2009-10 academic year, he was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar award.  He used the award to complete research at the Center for Archive and Information at the University of Dundee, Scotland, concerning the topic “Practical Approaches to Identifying, Preserving, and Providing Access to Electronic Records.”


Cher Schneider is the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Senior Conservator at the University of Illinois. She was previously an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago and has worked as a private conservator and as a Paper Conservation Intern at the National Gallery of Canada. She holds a BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking from The University of the Arts and a MAC (Master of Conservation) in Paper Conservation from Queen’s University.

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.

Tanya Zanish-Belcher is the Director of Special Collections and University Archivist at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Vice President/President Elect of the Society of American Archivists. She received her B.A. (1983) in History from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. (1990) in Historical and Archival Administration from Wright State University. She worked as a Special Collections Archivist at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama, from 1989-1994. In 1995, she became the Curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering, located at the Iowa State University Library, and in 1998 was promoted to Head of the Special Collections Department and Head of the University Archives at Iowa State. Her most recent publication is Perspectives on Women’s Archives (edited, with Anke Voss) for the Society of American Archivists (2013) and she is also the author of “’A Culture of Concealment’: Revealing the Records of Human Reproduction,” which appears in Perspectives. Some of her past publications include “Raising the Archival Consciousness: How Women’s Archives Challenge Traditional Approaches to Collecting, Or, What’s In a Name?” Library Trends (Summer 2007), co-authored with Karen Mason and “Pitfalls, Progress and Partnership: Collaboration between Special Collections and Preservation in Academic Libraries,” Collections Management (2006), co-authored with Hilary Seo (Iowa State University). Zanish-Belcher has given numerous presentations to local and regional groups, as well as professional organizations such as the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She is a Past President of MAC and is currentlyVice President/President Elect of SAA. She was named an SAA Fellow in 2011, the highest accolade given by the Society.




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