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~ SANDALL 2016 Winter Institute ~

Friday, February 12, 2016

Digital Archives: Best Practices for Preserving Organizational Memory

Beth Autin is Associate Director – Library Services, San Diego Zoo Global, serving the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and Institute for Conservation Research.  Beth has over fifteen years of experience helping organizations efficiently acquire, access and manage information.  Her career experiences include working as a librarian in biotech companies, law firms, public libraries, and as an independent information consultant to the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics industries.  She is currently a 2016 Board Member and Director of the Special Libraries Association, San Diego Chapter.

Laurel McPhee Dougherty is Supervisory Archivist at the UC San Diego Library Special Collections & Archives, where major collections range from the history of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, to post-WWII alternative poetry, to the papers of Jonas Salk and Theodor Geisel. She oversees all manuscripts and records processing and serves as a frequent collaborator with the Metadata Services and Digital Library Development programs. Previously, she trained graduate students how to catalog rare materials at UCLA Library Special Collections, served as reference librarian and director of an Air Force base library in Europe, and processed the Lynn G. Fayman archive at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Dani Heinemeyer is the Special Projects Liaison at Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a technology nonprofit providing digital strategy and support to over 25 museums and cultural institutions in San Diego and beyond. At BPOC, she manages the Lost in Balboa Park initiative, which aims to catalog and digitally unify Balboa Park’s countless collections. She has performed  fundraising, project management, and content writing for other institutions such as Sundance Institute, Tamara Olson Designs, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Originally from South Dakota, Dani received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. Her articles and stories have appeared in journals nationwide.

Robert O’Leary has a Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona. He worked as a Reference Librarian at the Supreme Court Law Library in New Mexico (it was lovely there), and now he works as a Reference Librarian at California Western School of Law (it’s pretty awesome here too). He is reading (and is very impressed with) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. He tweets @roberteoleary.

Anna Russell is the Electronic Services librarian at the University of San Diego School of Law. Before working at USD, she spent six years working for the federal government in the Department of the Navy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a background in government information access, she monitors the ever-changing world of access to online information in order to provide legal research instruction to USD law students on both advanced legal research topics and in the first year legal writing and research courses. She constantly stays abreast of current information technology tools and trends, co-authoring articles about digital authentication of primary legal documents in 2013 and mobile-tagging technologies in 2012 as well as writing a scholarly piece on the legal implications of intimacy with machines in 2009. She is the past-president of San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL).