The election results for the OAA’s inaugural executive board are in!
Thanks to everyone who signed up as members and voted and especially thanks to everyone who volunteered to run for this initial slate. We can’t wait to get started. Please share your ideas and your requests with anyone on this board roster as we build out the first year programming and planning. AND don’t forget to join in on the first Oklahoma Archives Bazaar on October 28th!
President: Sarah Milligan
Milligan is the current Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) at the Oklahoma State University Library. She is currently responsible for managing the production, access, and preservation of the 1,000+ interviews in the OOHRP collection. She has worked extensively in oral history outreach, including providing training for new interview production as well as technical assistance to oral history collection holders throughout the state and country. Milligan is also a founding member of the Digital Public Library of America OKHub working group, an anchor trainer for the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation Outreach Education (DPOE) Train-the-Trainer program, a member of the 2011 class of the Developing History Leaders @ the Seminar for Historical Administrators and the 2015 class of Harvard’s Library Leadership in a Digital Age. As the founding President for the Oklahoma Archivists Association, Milligan would focus on building stability and momentum for the organization, while focusing on the needs of archivists in the state as they provide care and access to Oklahoma’s rich heritage.
Vice President/President Elect: Lisa Henry
Henry has been the archivist for the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma since 2011. In this position, Henry spends significant time monitoring social media for political trends. Over the years, she has benefited greatly from hundreds of hours of continuing education in the state and would like to ensure professional development opportunities continue to grow for the archival field in Oklahoma. Henry has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Management and a Master’s degree is in Museum Studies. Recently she has assembled a group of collections professionals from every museum, library, and archive on the Norman campus to establish regular communication and collaboration, which includes sharing educational opportunities, touring each other’s facilities, and sharing service opportunities across these shared fields.
Secretary: JJ Compton
Compton is Associate Professor of Technical Services and University Archivist at Oklahoma Christian University where she has been employed since 2002. She is a newly certified archivist from the Academy of Certified Archivists, as well as a long time member of both the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Christian College Librarians organizations. Additionally she has served as an officer/board member of Beta Phi Mu, OU SLIS Alumni Association, and the Friends of the MLS. In her free time, she enjoys her family, traveling the globe, and sleeping.
Treasurer: David Peters
Peters, is the Head of the Archives Department in the Oklahoma State University Library after a more than 30 year career at the institution working in a variety of positions including General Reference and Map Room Supervisor. Peters is a Certified Archivist with an MLIS with a specialization in Archives from the University of Oklahoma and attended Tabor College and Oklahoma State University before serving in the Peace Corps for two and a half years as an agricultural extension agent in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He co-authored a 1990 segment on the OSU Campus as a part of the OSU Centennial Histories Series and has a running article in STATE magazine highlighting OSU’s archival collections. Peters has a long history of serving in leadership positions in local historical and service organizations and welcomes the opportunity to share his experience in building the OAA.
Information Officer: Bailey Hoffner
Hoffner is Curator & Archivist at the American Organ Institute Archives and Library at the OU School of Music. Previously an active member of COAL, she hopes to continue working to advance the preservation of Oklahoma’s diverse histories as an officer for OAA. Her areas of expertise are project management, outreach, and grant writing/development and she enjoys finding innovative ways to make archival materials more accessible. One example is her work with fellow Archivist Dr. Nathan Gerth to develop a consortium for OU’s archival research collections, including the creation of an online portal for finding aid discovery at arc.ou.edu
Jennifer Day: Day has been working in archives in Oklahoma since 2005. She served as the head of the Manuscripts Division the Oklahoma Historical Society until December of 2012 when she accepted her current position in the OKC City Clerk’s Office, which includes preservation of permanent records in addition to records management duties. I have been involved with the Central Oklahoma Archivists since their inception in 2010, I look forward to working for you as a member of the Board of the new Oklahoma Archivists Association. I hope to bring opportunities for professional development to our state and collaborate with other organizations to advocate for support for archival facilities and staff in Oklahoma.
Nicole Willard: A member of the Muscogee Nation, Willard is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but has lived in Oklahoma since 1989. She has worked at the University of Central Oklahoma since 1992 and has directed the Archives and Special Collections at the Max Chambers Library since 1995.In her current position as Director of Archives/Special Collections and Library Development, she oversees the operations of both areas preserving and promoting the Library’s Special Collections as well as building relationships with donors, and directing fundraising activities.Ms. Willard also serves as an adjunct faculty member in UCO’s History and Geography Department teaching courses that support the Museum Studies Program. Ms. Willard holds a Master’s degree in History with a Minor in Geography from the University of Central Oklahoma and became a Certified Archivist in 2008. She served 3 terms on the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board helping many Oklahoma institutions preserve their valuable historical records. Preserving the past for future generations is her passion.
Deborah Hull: Hull has extensive experience in library work, having worked in nearly every department of the Oklahoma State University Library, as well as a school media specialist and a public librarian. In her non-library life, she has been the Manager/Buyer Crème de la Crème retail and spa Oklahoma City, Director of a modeling agency, Owner of Drums Only percussion, employee at the State of Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, insurance broker, and barrel racer. She have been fortunate enough to do Chuck Norris’s makeup and be cursed by Jack Palance. Hull has degrees in Education and Library Science with an emphasis on Archives in addition to a whole lot of anthropology and geography thrown into the mix. Her mottoes are “What would Klaus do?” (The Originals, anyone?) and “In vino veritas,” (thank you Doc Holliday). She currently exist as the Manager of Archival Processing at the OSU, the Treasurer for The Payne County Historical Society and a member of various other associations. In her spare time she is working on an Art History degree with an emphasis in museum education. For relaxation Hull would prefer to be sitting on a sailboat in the Channel Islands drinking coffee and watching sea lions.
Sarah Coates, CA: Coates earned a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wright State University. She received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma. As of 2011, she works at Oklahoma State University Libraries in the Archives department. She has a strong interest in fostering more archival outreach to the public. It is her hope that OAA will have a focus on outreach to bring more of our members’ rich holdings to the public’s attention and looks forward to working with OAA to continue outreach efforts to make history come alive for the public.