Dec 16 2021

Welcome to our first three cohorts!

Selection for the inaugural phase of the POWRR Peer Assessment Program has concluded, and we are extremely excited to announce the participants in our first three cohorts! Participants are drawn from  a mix of institutional types from across the United States.

Choosing participants was extremely difficult, as we received a large number of impressive applications for these 18 spots. We want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to apply for this opportunity.

We also want to thank the representatives from our phase 1 partner organizations (Association of Hawai’i Archivists, Northwest Archivists, Inc, and Amigos Library Services) who helped us with the publicity, application, and selection process. We appreciate your help immensely.

Congratulations and welcome to…..

Cohort 1

  • Brieanah Gouveia, Collections and Program Specialist, Hawaiʻi State Judiciary (King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center)
  • Gailyn Bopp, University Archivist, Brigham Young University – Hawai’i
  • Sharnelle Renti Cruz, Archives Specialist, Hula Preservation Society
  • Tom Bliss, Director of Operations, Outwords Archive
  • Felecia Moore, Archives Specialist, LaGrange College
  • Jane Fiegel, Digital and Technology Associate, Xavier University of Louisiana

Cohort 2

  • Kristen Parr, Archival Specialist, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)
  • Megan Garbett-Styger, Archivist, Point No Point Treaty Council
  • Emily Johns, Cultural Resources Assistant, Pacific University
  • Amanda Demeter, Archivist, Tacoma Community College
  • Andrea Floersheimer, Archivist, Chugachmiut Tribal Archives
  • Joan Hua, Media Asset Manager, Friends of KEXP

Cohort 3

  • Sylvia Sanchez, Digital Archivist, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Amy Moorman, Archivist, Avila University
  • Kristin Clark, Digital Curator, Texas Woman’s University
  • Tara Zachary Laver, Senior Archivist, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Rebecca Benson, Adjunct Instruction Librarian, St. Louis Community College
  • Casey Westerman, College Archivist and Librarian, Agnes Scott College

Phase 1 training will kick off in late January with an official orientation event, to be held on Zoom.  After that, the cohorts will begin meeting regularly with their cohort mentors, and will begin to get up to speed on basic digital preservation concepts before embarking on their self and peer assessment work. Stay tuned for future updates from the team as the program rolls out in 2022!

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