Power, Resistance, and Leadership

Plenary I

Leadership in our Profession: The Book

Athena Jackson and Jesse Erickson

8:30 – 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Athena Jackson

Athena Jackson is the Director of Library Special Collections at the University of California, Los Angeles. Athena has broad experience empowering teams and individuals to engage in contemporary access, authentic inclusion, and transformative learning opportunities and has a passion for working with faculty, staff, students, donors, researchers and communities. Athena was previously Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State. Before that, Athena served as Associate Director of Special Collections at the University of Michigan Special Collections Library. Athena managed Reader Services and Collection Services and participated in the planning, policy development, and priority-setting for the special collections library. Athena has previously served as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Miami, Education and Outreach Librarian and Project Manager/Librarian for the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project at Louisiana State University, and North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project Coordinator and Archivist at the North Carolina State Archives. Athena holds a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Houston, and she is proud junior college graduate of Wharton County Junior College.

Jesse Erickson

Jesse Ryan Erickson is a researcher in the study of print culture, the history of the book, and special collections librarianship. His specializations are in ethnobibliography, alternative printing and non-canonical textuality, African American print culture, and transnational Ouidiana. He is currently working as University of Delaware’s Coordinator of Special Collections and Digital Humanities, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center. Dr. Erickson earned his Master of Library and Information Science in 2014 and his doctorate in Information Studies in 2016 from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Having previously served in the position of Programs Chair for the Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association (APHA), he served as the Vice President for Programs on APHA’s national Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2019, most notably organizing the 2019 national conference One Press, Many Hands: Diversity in the History of American Printing. His published scholarship includes “The Gentleman’s Ghost: Patriarchal Eurocentric Legacies in Special Collections Design,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation (Library Juice Press, 2020), “An Aesthetic History of the Ouija Board,” in Printing History, 22 (2017), and “Revolution in Black: Black American Alternative Press and Popular Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century,” which was published in the 2011 issue of Publishing History.  

Plenary II

Leadership in our Profession: The Archives

Terry Baxter and Dorothy Berry

11:00 – 12:30 on Friday, June 26, 2020

Dorothy Berry

Dorothy Berry is Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University. Her work has focused on increasing access to rare and unique institutional holdings  through digitization and descriptive equity. She is committed to increasing awareness with a creative focus on intellectual and technical methodologies that unite stakeholder communities with their often displaced cultural heritage materials.

Terry Baxter

Terry Baxter has worked as an archivist for 34 years, most recently with Multnomah County and the Oregon Country Fair. He has held a variety of appointed and elected positions in professional associations and in 2019 he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archives. He has written and presented extensively, highlighting important topics such as archives and institutional power, the diversity of the American record, the politics of documenting communities, tattoos as personal archives, and power of archives to connect humans in love and justice. He lives in NE Portland with two Jewells.