[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Message from the Chair

Quimby, Sean smquimby at upenn.edu
Fri Dec 10 11:54:32 EST 2021

Dear ArchivesSpace members,

I am writing to report on the ArchivesSpace Governance Board 2nd Quarter meeting, a call that was held November 16, 2021.

The operations report highlighted the progress of the pilot Diversity Partnership Program<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ADC/pages/2049998863/ArchivesSpace+Diversity+Partnership#:~:text=The%20ArchivesSpace%20Diversity%20Partnership%20is,underrepresented%20in%20the%20ArchivesSpace%20community.> designed to engage and provide assistance with ArchivesSpace implementations for a small number of institutions that are or primarily serve communities that are underrepresented in the ArchivesSpace community. We have been excited to work with the program participants as they undergo training, start to deploy the application, and get involved in the wider community.

We reviewed the ongoing work of the Technical Advisory Council and the User Advisory Council. We would like to thank the members of these councils for their incredible contributions. It is good to see these councils continue to mature and develop stronger processes and structures to run more smoothly.

The financial reports show that the program’s financial position continues to be strong.

The board continues to discuss DEIA initiatives<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ADC/pages/1737490437/Anti-racism+and+Inclusion+Initiatives+Progress> in general as well as specific ways to make ArchivesSpace more diverse and inclusive. Austin Scott presented on NYU Libraries’ diversity initiative and the board reviewed ideas from the community and discussed how to accelerate those efforts throughout the community, with a particular focus on ensuring broader participation in governance. The board considered suggestions for improvements to the nominations process beginning with the next cycle.

As the board will not meet in person for its 3rd quarter meeting, it is experimenting with different online meeting configurations to ensure regular updates take place but also provide time for meaningful, strategic discussions.

In closing, I am very pleased that the ArchivesSpace organization continues to be vital and growing, with members making contributions to all facets of the program.
As always, the Board invites your feedback. Feel free to reach out directly to me or to your elected representative<https://archivesspace.org/governance-board-and-councils#GovernanceBoard>.
With thanks and warm wishes for the holidays,

Sean Quimby
Chair, Board of Governance, ArchivesSpace
Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
Director of the Jay I. Kislak Center
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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