[Archivesspace_small_archives_users_group] 4th Quarter ArchivesSpace Board Report

Nicholas Zmijewski zmijewski at industrialarchives.org
Tue May 25 09:54:13 EDT 2021

Dear ArchivesSpace members,
I am writing to report on the ArchivesSpace Governance Board 4th Quarter meeting, a virtual meeting that was conducted on May 11th.

We reviewed:

  *   an operations report which highlighted the strong interest from the community in the ArchivesSpace Diversity Partnership program
  *   updates on the Nominating Committee's work in identifying candidates for election and appointment to the board and Councils
  *   the continued excellent work of TAC and UAC

The board continues to discuss DEIA efforts among board member institutions and ways governance can work toward a more diverse and inclusive community. The board is pleased to continue to support and advance ideas that came out of the community's discussions last year.

The board approved:

  *   FY21-22 budget focused on supporting the continued growth of the software and community engagement efforts
  *   A three-year pilot program offering leadership training for TAC and UAC participants
  *   Updating the bylaws to shift council terms from two to three-year terms to enable momentum and knowledge flow.  It enables those seeking a second term to step into leadership roles. The updated bylaws are available at https://archivesspace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ASpaceBylawsRevApproved20210405.pdf

We recognized the election of Annie Benefiel, University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian from Grand Valley State University, representing the medium membership level, to serve as the ArchivesSpace Governance Vice Chair effective July 1, 2021. She will then serve as Chair effective July 1, 2022.

We are sad to see John Wilkin's time on the board on behalf of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign come to an end. In his honor the board unanimously approved the following resolution:

Resolution for John Wilkin

 The ArchivesSpace Governance Board of Governors wishes to recognize the outstanding contributions of John Wilkin to ArchivesSpace;

Whereas, John Wilkin has played a leading role in the governance of the ArchivesSpace software and the ArchivesSpace community;

Whereas John Wilkin has represented the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a partner on the ArchivesSpace Governance Board with unstinting dedication and outstanding participation since 2013;

Whereas John Wilkin has been a tireless and wise contributor to ArchivesSpace and its Governance Board, including serving as Governance Board Chair and chairing the Nominating Committee;

Be it Resolved that the ArchivesSpace Governance Board expresses its deepest appreciation to John Wilkin for the exceptional role he has played in sustaining the ArchivesSpace community.

This will be my last message to the community as Board Chair as my one-year term ends June 30, 2021.  I have been privileged to serve in this role. Sean Quimby from the University of Pennsylvania will serve as the next Governance Board Chair effective July 1. Thank you Sean!

As we look ahead to a new membership year, I am excited to see the program continue to grow and foster an even stronger sense of community among a growing group of users. The Board welcomes your communications and comments on anything mentioned here, or anything else related to ArchivesSpace that is of concern or interest to you.

Kind regards,
Nick Zmijewski

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