Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs (Archival Fundamentals Series III, Volume 1)

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Leadership development requires intentionality and strategy. Leadership skills are best learned by observing and following the examples of leaders—and they are best taught through mentoring. In Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs, the editors share their personal experiences, gleaned from a combined five decades of archival leadership, regarding key functions of leaders and managers: communication, strategies, resources and budgets, leadership in transformative change and crisis, building relationships within and beyond the archives, and leadership development. In the second half of the book, five archival leaders further highlight essential aspects of leadership through their accounts of the challenges of directing programs in various institutional settings and what has proven effective. In addition, the former director of the Archival Leadership Institute describes how that program catapulted leadership development throughout the profession.

Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs goes beyond conventional wisdom to provide plentiful examples of successful leadership practices from the archives field. Students, aspiring and newly appointed managers, those working alone or with few staff, and veteran practitioners will benefit from these fresh perspectives on archival leadership.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Peter Gottlieb

Peter Gottlieb served as president of the Society of American Archivists in 2009-10. For nearly 20 years, he was the Wisconsin state archivist (Wisconsin Historical Society). His other professional activities included serving on the SAA Council and on the Council for the Midwest Archives Conference, chairing the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, the Wisconsin Public Records Board, and the steering committee of the Council of State Archivists. Gottlieb is an emeritus professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was head, Historical Collections and Labor Archives at Penn State University, 1983-1990 and Associate Curator, West Virginia Collection, West Virginia University Library, 1977-1983. Among his publications are Partnerships for Preserving Wisconsin History (with Helmut Knies) (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board, 1996); "Wisconsin's Electronic Records Work, 1979-1993: A Once and Future Program" in Electronic Records Management Program Strategies, Margaret Hedstrom, ed. (Archives and Museum Informatics, 1993); and Making Their Own Way: Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 1987).

David W. Carmicheal

David W. Carmicheal has been Director of the Georgia Division of Archives and History since November 2000. Previously, Mr. Carmicheal directed the archives and records program in Westchester County, New York for 16 years. Since coming to Georgia, Mr. Carmicheal oversaw the design and construction of a new, award-winning State Archives building; created the online Virtual Vault which now provides online access to one million historical records; and developed the state’s Digital Archive to preserve historically-valuable electronic records. In 2007 he assumed responsibility for the Georgia Capitol Museum. In 2009 he was named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. Mr. Carmicheal received his Bachelor’s degree in History and English from Asbury College and his Master’s degree in History and Archives from Western Michigan University. He has taught in the archives programs of New York University and Long Island University and has served as a consultant to state and local governments and to many corporations, including the Banker’s Trust Company, Cartier Jewelers, the Children’s Television Workshop, and Jim Henson Productions. He is the author of Organizing Archival Records: A Practical Method of Arrangement and Description for Small Archives (AltaMira/AASLH) and, more recently, Rescuing Family Records: A Disaster Planning Guide and its companion volume, Rescuing Business Records: A Disaster Planning Guide for Small Business, both published by the Council of State Archivists.