Jessika Drmacich is our new Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. Jessika is Williams College’s Records Manager and Digital Resources Archivist. This is her fourth year serving on the records management steering committee. Based in Williamstown Massachusetts, Jessika leads the records management program and navigates records policies specific for small liberal arts colleges. She also leads digital projects, digital preservation, and web archiving. She greatly enjoys people and this is absolutely her favorite part of her work!
As an information professional, Jessika views archives and records management as an essential way to actively promote bringing many voices to the table. In addition to the administrative and academic units on campus, she works with student groups and activists on campus in order to preserve their records/histories using collaborative archiving techniques and unofficial records retention schedules. Preservation and archiving of student memes at Williams is one of her current projects.
With the College’s digital collections, Jessika is passionate about reformatting the wide array of materials and managing born-digital records in special collections and making them accessible. In her upcoming terms as vice-chair and chair of the records management steering committee, she plans to develop a basic records management toolkit/zine on how to encourage digital disposition and transfer compliance for small institutions.
David Brown is beginning a 3-year term on the steering committee. David is the Archivist and Head of Records Management Services at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He provides leadership on records and information management and ensures that the SEC follows federal laws regarding records creation, maintenance, and disposition David deeply believes that the complete archivist is also a records manager. This is David’s first year as an RMS steering committee member, and he looks forward to contributing to the section and promoting records management as essential for achieving archival goals.
Krista Oldham is also beginning a 3-year term on the steering committee. Krista is the University Archivist at Clemson University, where her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition, description, and preservation of University records, as well as supporting and promoting their use. Additionally, Krista is responsible for assisting in developing and managing a comprehensive, institution-wide records management program. She earned a M.I.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned both a M.A. in History and a B.A. in History from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to starting her position at Clemson, Krista worked at Haverford College as the College Archivist/Records Manager for Quaker and Special Collections and at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Special Collections as the Senior Archivist and the Senior Archives Manager. In addition to her archival work, Krista served as Co-Director of the Arkansas Delta Oral History Project, an initiative led by the endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy. She is a co-author of The Arkansas Delta Oral History Project: Culture, Place, and Authenticity, which was published in 2016 by Syracuse University Press.
These newly elected steering committee members join Elizabeth Carron, Holly Dolan, Hillary Gatlin, and Ivy West, who are continuing their terms. You can find more information about them in last year’s post. We all look forward to serving you in the coming year.