Jessi Bennett is the Digital Collections Specialist at the Library of Virginia. She helps maintain and create digital archival collections entrusted to the Library of Virginia by the state government and private donors as well as promote these collections to the public. She is responsible for several digital archival projects including the Virginia Yearbook Digitization Project and Transcribe, LVA’s crowd-sourced transcription platform. She received her BA in English and History from Rutgers University, and her MLIS and MA in History from Simmons University and has worked in both government and academic archives in Boston and Richmond. Her research interests include the Virginia Merci Train gifts, new trends in digital humanities, and adding photographs to FindAGrave.com.
Bradley Daigle, Chair
Bradley Daigle is content and strategic expert for the Academic Preservation Trust and other external partnerships at the University of Virginia Library. He also works on copyright issues related to digital collections. Currently, he is also Chair of the Virginia Heritage Governance Team. Having been in the library profession for over fifteen years, he has published and presented on a wide range of topics including mass digitization, digital curation, and stewardship, sustaining digital scholarship, intellectual property issues, mentoring in libraries, and digital preservation. In addition to his professional field, his research interests also include the history of the book, natural history, and early modern British literature. He received his MA in literature from the University of Montreal and an MLS from Catholic University. His LinkedIn profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradleydaigle
Jay Gaidmore is the Marian and Alan McLeod Director of Special Collections at the William & Mary Libraries. His primary responsibilities are outreach, fundraising and stewardship, collection development, and management of the department that acquires, preserves, and makes accessible the rare books, manuscripts, and university archives held in the Earl Gregg Swem Library. He serves on the Virginia State Historical Records Advisory Board and is active in both MARAC and SAA. During his almost twenty years as an archivist, he has worked at the Library of Virginia, Brown University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his MA in History from Old Dominion University and his MLIS from the University of South Carolina.
Jodi Koste is University Archivist for Virginia Commonwealth University and Head of Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences in the VCU Libraries. She holds a BA and MA degrees in history from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is active member of MARAC, SAA, ALHHS–the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, and the American Association for the History of Medicine where she serves as executive secretary. Her research interests include nursing history, Civil War medicine, and archival education.
Aaron D. Purcell is director of special collections at Virginia Tech. In addition to serving on the Virginia Heritage Governance Team, he is a member of the State Historical Records Advisory Board, the SAA Publications committee, and active member of MARAC. He is the author of six books and twenty articles on archival and historical topics, ranging from working with donors, the early years of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the slave trade in Appalachia. His next book on managing digital programs in libraries and archives due from ALA in the fall. He received his MA in history from the University of Louisville, MLS from the University of Maryland, and PhD in history from the University of Tennessee. He enjoys quiet walks and tasty beers with family and friends.
Laura Gilmour Stoner
Laura Stoner is the Associate Archivist for Business Collections at the Virginia Historical Society. She received her BA from Randolph-Macon College in History, and her MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. She started in the field as an archival technician at the VHS in 1999. Laura processes mainly large 20th/21st-century business collections and has written several finding aids including ones for Best Products, The Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection, A. H. Robins, and the Lane Company. She enjoys linking history and technology to better facilitate discovery, cooking, and traveling with her family.
Courtney Tkacz is the Archivist at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is responsible for managing all of the permanent records at the VMFA, including institutional records from over 25 museum departments, thousands of artist and subject files, hundreds of museum publications, and special collections related to the museum and the history of art in Virginia. She also directs the Virginia Artists Archives, a collecting initiative that aims to create a rich, diverse, and unprecedented collection of Virginia artists’ papers to increase awareness about the contributions of Virginia artists, both past and present. She also supervises the museum’s Records Manager, oversees the oral history program, and directs all archival digitization projects. Courtney has a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Washington & Lee University and an MLIS in Public and Academic Librarianship from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been employed at the VMFA in different roles since 2003.
Bob Vay is the Digital Collections and Exhibitions Archivist at the Special Collections Research Center in the George Mason University Libraries. He has been employed by the Libraries since 1993. His main responsibilities include leading and participating in digitization projects of textual, visual, and sound materials and creating digital as well as physical exhibitions. He oversees the George Mason University Oral History Program and is a member of SAA, MARAC, ARSC, and OHA. Bob has a BA in American Studies and an MA in History, both from George Mason. He has also successfully completed SAA’s Certified Archivist and Digital Archives Specialist programs.