IASA Executive Board 2017: election candidates

The following are the candidates for IASA Executive Board for 2017-2020.

For President (acclaimed):
Toby Seay

For Vice-President (in alphabetical order; three to be elected)
Judith Gray
Zane Grosa
Xavier Loyant
Pio Pellizzari
Filip Šír

For Secretary-General (acclaimed):
Lynn Johnson

For Editor (acclaimed):
Bertram Lyons

For Web Manager (acclaimed):
Richard Ranft

For Treasurer (acclaimed):
Tommy Sjöberg

Current IASA President, Ilse Assmann, becomes Past President.

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The candidates' election statements and biographies are provided below.


For President:
Toby Seay

Toby Seay is the Director of the Drexel University Audio Archives, which houses the Sigma Sound Studios Collection, and an Associate Professor of Sound Recording and Music Production at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. As a recording engineer, he has recorded artists such as Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Delbert McClinton, Kirk Whalum, and many others. He has engineered in various capacities multiple Gold and Platinum Certified records as well as eight Grammy winning recordings. Toby’s research interests include audio preservation practices, specifically magnetic tape-based media, specializing in multi-track recordings. Additionally, Toby studies production practices as they relate to sonic signatures in recorded music.

"I started attending IASA in 2010 when it was in my city of Philadelphia. IASA quickly felt like home as I was surrounded by institutions and individuals with the common goal of preserving the time-based media resources that tell the human story. With an open and inclusive approach, it is my desire to further enable IASA’s efforts to connect researchers with sound and audiovisual materials through preservation and active outreach."

 

For Vice-President:

Judith Gray

Judith Gray is coordinator of reference services for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Her principal areas of specialization are Native American cultural traditions, audiovisual archiving, intellectual property rights’ issues, and public-sector ethnomusicology. Helping indigenous people locate relevant cultural heritage materials as well as create and preserve their own documentation is an important part of her work, for which she received a 2016 “Guardian of Culture and Lifeways” award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. She was the local-arrangements co-chair for the 2016 IASA conference, a contributor to the IASA Statement of Ethnical Principles, and is a member of the Research Archives section.

"IASA plays an important role in helping individuals and institutions preserve cultural heritage, more and more of which consists of audiovisual documentation. As the organization approaches its 50th anniversary (2019), we need to celebrate what has been achieved, but even more to find and support the next generations of AV archivists with training and resources applicable to their work wherever they are located. It is my hope that we will become more diverse and expand our membership, particularly in Africa, in Central and South America, and in Asia. To do that at a time when institutional support is often less available for memberships and for professional travel means that we will need to think creatively about mechanisms for reaching people and providing assistance, and we will definitely work at that. Involved are tasks, however, that may exceed the reach of a purely volunteer board, so IASA may be at a stage where our own institutional structure needs to grow."

Zane Grosa

Zane Grosa studied music in Latvia and the USA, and completed her Information Management degree in Australia. Since 2008 she has worked at the National Library of Latvia: first cataloguing sound recordings, and from 2012 managing the library’s audiovisual collection which includes sound and video recordings, multimedia materials, books and journals. Since 2009 Zane has been a board member of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council (BAAC), serving as its president from 2011-2015 and has been involved in organising its annual conferences, including the joint IASA-BAAC conference in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2013. She has been an active member of IASA for many years and is currently secretary of IASA’s Organising Knowledge Committee and on IASA’s Editorial Board. She is also co-organizing the 2017 IAML congress.

"IASA has been invaluable in my professional growth, giving access to trusted information about audiovisual archiving and standards through its website and printed publications. Meeting other colleagues at the annual conferences has been really valuable and has led to new opportunities in my work. I am passionate about IASA being the voice for audiovisual archivists everywhere. I want to give back to IASA, and believe that my experience as president and board member of BAAC will enable me to serve effectively as IASA Vice-president. If elected, I will contribute to the efficient running of IASA, making sure it works to the full benefit of all its members, as well as making IASA’s rich resources and knowledge better known worldwide."

Xavier Loyant

Xavier Loyant is an archivist-paleographer and, since 2010, a library curator. He graduated from the Ecole nationale des chartes, Paris, specializing in the history of cinema, performing arts heritage, and library sciences. Since 2010, he has been responsible for the Preservation division at the French National Library’s Audiovisual Department and is in charge of the Charles Cros collectionof 1400 playback machines. He has been a member of IASA's Technical Committee since 2012.

"I have been a part of IASA since the first conference I attended, in Frankfurt in 2011. Since then I’ve always been both impressed by the great job the association is doing to promote audiovisual heritage and raise consciousness of its fragility, and thankful to IASA for being such a welcoming and friendly association. This is why now, 6 years later, I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve IASA as Vice President."

Pio Pellizzari

Pio Pellizzari studied musicology, Roman philology and French literature in Fribourg and Lyon. He was an academic assistant for musicology at the University libraries of Lausanne and Fribourg, elaborating musical inheritance and producing critical catalogues of musical works. He taught music at the state secondary school of Fribourg, and was an assistant and then research associate in musicology at the University of Fribourg. Since 1998, Pio has been the director of the Swiss National Sound Archives. He is a board member of the National Museum of Switzerland, and Vice-President of IASA and chair of IASA's Training & Education Committee, which he founded.

"IASA is one of the most important international associations for the safeguarding of audiovisual objects. Its publications and training programs are used worldwide. One of the most challenging tasks is to transmit existing knowledge internally to younger members in the association, so that the knowledge of previous generations can be applied to the changing requirements and challenges faced by new generations. This knowledge needs to be further developed and continuously updated. As vice-president for T&E I will strongly support these important activities."

Filip Šír

Filip Šír joined the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic in 2015, following his work for The Moravian Library in Brno, where he established a sound digitization lab specializing in shellac and vinyl discs. Currently he is building new sound labs for the National Museum, and is preparing a comprehensive digitization strategy for sound documents in the Czech Republic. Together with the private collector Gabriel Gössel, Filip published a discography about the first Czech record company, ESTA, in 2014. Two other publications are forthcoming. Filip has collaborated with colleagues on a set of recommendations for digitizing gramophone records for Czech memory institutions, and an effort to document old sound recording collections in the Czech Republic and Slovakia so that they can be incorporated into the Virtual National Phonotheque portal. Filip is a driving force for the preservation of sound documents in his country.

"I think of myself as a pathfinder in the field of audio document preservation in the Czech Republic. I am one of the founders of a portal that seeks to provide information about all of the audio documents in the Czech Republic, and I have initiated national surveys for different types of institutions that focus on audio collections. I strive to bring together institutions and individuals to focus on solving related issues at the national level. I am Chair of the IASA Discography Committee and I coordinate international projects relating to discographies. For this work my mandate has been to collect, connect, and collaborate, but that goal is also very important for interactions among a global network of peers. My main objective is to spread IASA’s ideas and vision to new countries and institutions, and I would like to offer my enthusiasm and experience for the public good."

 

For Secretary-General
Lynn Johnson

I am currently the Archive Systems / Media manager for e.tv Libraries and Archives department, in Cape Town, South Africa. I have been employed at e.tv (South Africa’s first independent, free-to-air, terrestrial television channel and home to South Africa’s first independent, 24-hour news channel) for the past 12 years where I have grown from the position of AV archivist to managing digital archive systems and their users within the library. I hold an Honours degree in Library Information Science from University of Cape Town (UCT) and am currently pursuing the Mphil: Digital Curation Masters programme at UCT.

"I have had the pleasure of serving on the IASA Executive Board for the past six years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. It has provided me the opportunity to collaborate and engage with AV archive experts and peers on a global scale. As a member I have gained immeasurably on a professional and personal level. No-where else have I experienced the same unfettered access to the information that matters, which has led to many best practices being adopted in my archive department. For the next three years, if I am elected as Secretary-General, I hope to serve the IASA community with professionalism and integrity by ensuring that the values and standards within the association as reflected in the IASA Constitution are upheld and supported consistently. As a Board member I will strive to ensure that the association supports all its members through its various programmes and stays relevant to the ever-evolving needs of sound and AV archives. I am proud to be associated with IASA and if I am re-elected, it would be a privilege to reprise the role of Secretary-General and be a part of the next exciting phase of this association."

For Editor
Bertram Lyons

Bertram Lyons, a senior consultant with AVPreserve, specializes in the acquisition, management, and preservation of documentary, research, and cultural heritage collections. For fifteen years Bert has worked as an archivist for extensive archives, first at the Alan Lomax Archive and most recently at the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress. Bert is active nationally and internationally with professional archival organizations including IASA (Executive Board Member and Editor of IASA publications) the Society of American Archivists (Council Member), the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). He has received certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists and is a graduate of the Archives Leadership Institute. He holds a MA in museum studies with a focus in American studies and archival theory from the University of Kansas.

"Since 2013, I have had the opportunity to serve as IASA Editor. During this time I have worked hard to decrease the costs of the journal to our membership, while simultaneously increasing its quality and visibility. In 2015 I implemented a IASA Journal Editorial board, and in 2016 I implemented IASA's first attempt at full and formal peer review for journal submissions. These efforts, thanks for the kindness of our professional colleagues who volunteer to review articles and to serve on the editorial board, have already begun to improve the quality of the journal and to encourage its continued improvement and modernization. I look forward to continued work over the next three years to automate and modernize the journal and to increase the diversity of viewpoints contained within its pages."

For Web Manager
Richard Ranft

Richard Ranft is Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library, with responsibility for 6.5m sound and 0.5m video recordings, and 750m newspaper pages, and for bringing them together in digital form to create new services for the Library’s users. He was coordinator for the 2014-17 Europeana Sounds project. He has long experience in actively supporting the development of IASA, serving on IASA’s Executive Board since 2010 and also currently as chair of IASA’s National Archives Section and the Europeana Sounds Task Force.

"As IASA’s web manager over the past 7 years, I completely rebuilt IASA’s web presence using proven open source software. I continue to develop and maintain it, as a ‘virtual IASA’, at no cost apart from hosting fees. I built a shopping cart system with a turnover to date of €0.27m, and each year I create a fresh install of IASA’s conference site with abstract submission and registration booking systems, all helping in the efficient running of the organisation. I have striven to improve the members’ area of the main site so that members get good value for participating in IASA. I fervently believe that IASA’s websites are a key focus and place of engagement for its global membership and an essential source of expertise for all, ensuring IASA has a pivotal and expanding role in the professional AV community."

For Treasurer
Tommy Sjöberg

I have a background in folk dancing and folk singing, which led me to archives in search of music and recordings. After this discovery, I gradually left my previous work in engineering and started taking music history and ethnomusicology at university. After several years as a project employee digitizing tape, I gained a position at my present workplace, a folk music archive in the folklore-rich region of Dalarna in Sweden. On the way here I also found out what IASA does, and wanted to become involved – first as a member of the Technical Committee, and presently on the Board as Treasurer. I regard IASA’s work as very important in the quest to save the world’s audio and audiovisual heritage for the future.

"As Treasurer I am trying to simplify the handling of money and the bookkeeping, to give the Board a better grasp of IASA’s economy. This also includes handling of the membership register and supporting other members of the Board in their duties."