Advocacy and Outreach

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee is comprised of two subcommittees: Advocacy and Outreach. The Advocacy subcommittee is responsible for promoting advocacy in response to legislative issues that may impact archives, diversity, and the role of archives and archivists within society. The Advocacy subcommittee will facilitate access to resources that will aid archivists in advocating for the profession. The Outreach subcommittee is responsible for advocating the importance of archives throughout the state of Ohio through programmatic planning such as Statehood Day, Archives Month, and the I Found it in the Archives platform for sharing archival discoveries.

Contact the Committee Cochairs, Melissa Dalton and Natalie Fritz.

Cochair – Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society
Cochair – Melissa Dalton, Greene County Records Center and Archives

George Bain, Ohio University Libraries, retired
Jenifer Baker, Warren County Records Center and Archives
Connie Connor, Ohio History Connection
Melissa Dalton, Greene County Records Center and Archives (Cochair)
Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society (Cochair)
Ken Grossi, Oberlin College
Caroline Ibbotson, Ohio History Connection
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Amy Rohmiller, University of Dayton University Archives and Special Collections

The Awards Committee solicits and reviews award applications for the Merit Award and Meeting Scholarships. The committee is responsible for publicizing the availability of the awards and the identification and selection of awardees according to the criteria set by SOA Council.

Contact the committee cochair Devhra BennettJones.

Cochair – Devhra BennettJones, Lloyd Library
Cochair – TBD

William C. Barrow, Cleveland State University
Devhra BennettJones, Lloyd Library (Cochair)
Helen Conger, Case Western Reserve University
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati
Glenn V. Longacre, National Archives at Chicago
Stephanie Soule Shreffler, University of Dayton
Pamela Winchell
James S. Zimmerlin, CareSource

Educational Programming
The Education and Programming Committee plans the annual SOA spring conference, joint fall meeting with Ohio Local History Alliance, and professional development workshops. Activities include choosing a conference theme, solicitation and selection of session presenters, selection of plenary speaker, publication and distribution of conference announcements, collecting conference evaluations, and planning professional development workshops of interest to members.

Contact the Committee Cochair Stephanie Bricking.

Cochair – Stephanie Bricking, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Cochair – TBD

Stephanie Bricking, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Cochair)
Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metro Library
Betsy Hedler (SOA/OHC Liaison), Ohio History Connection
Stacey Lavender, Ohio University
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation
Ashleigh Minor, The Ohio State University
William Modrow, Miami University
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University
Anne Ryckbost, Xavier University

Marketing and Communications
The Marketing and Communications (formerly Public Information) Committee is responsible for public relations and outreach for SOA through the process of generating content and maintaining the tools to communicate SOA information. Duties and responsibilities include managing the SOA website, maintaining social media accounts (Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter), assisting in moderation of SOA Listserv, responding to SOA email inquiries, and documenting SOA events through photographs.

Contact the committee cochair Janet Carleton.

Cochair – Janet Carleton, Ohio University
Cochair – TBD

Janet Carleton, Ohio University (cochair)
Sherri Goudy, Kettering Foundation/Children’s Historical Publishing
Ted Mallison, University of Akron
Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University
Amanda Rindler, Ohio History Connection
Michelle Sweetser, Bowling Green State University
Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University

The Membership Committee recruits and supports new and renewing members. Committee members identify events and/or organization throughout the state in order to distribute membership literature. The committee is responsible for writing and updating membership literature, including the annual membership drive letter, and the membership brochure.

Contact the committee chair Matt Francis.

Cochair – Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University
Cochair – TBD

Bill Barrow, Cleveland State University
Mark Bloom, Archival Services, University of Akron
Kevin A. Caslow
Steve Charter, Bowling Green State University, retired
Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University (Cochair)
Andrew Harris
Susan (Miller) Hernandez, Cleveland Museum of Art
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University
Kristina Richey, Dayton Metro Library
Toni Vanden Bos, Wright State University Libraries

The Nominating Committee annually prepares and submits a slate of candidates for vacant officer positions and Council seats. The committee is made up of one Council member and two additional SOA members appointed by the president. Committee members must serve at least one year.

Contact the committee cochair Robin Heise.

Cochair – Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center & Archives
Cochair – TBD

Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center & Archives, (Cochair)
Jillian Ramage, Ohio History Connection
Judith Wiener, The Ohio State Library
Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University