2019 Collections Stewardship Election

Below are the candidates for the 2019 Collections Stewardship Election. Please read each candidate’s statement carefully and vote by Monday, March 22, 2019.

Nominees for CHAIR ELECT

 
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Corie Audette

Assistant Collections Manager/Registrar
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME

Thank you for nominating me for the position of the Collections Stewardship Chair Elect. It is an honor to be considered for a position that offers an opportunity to promote best practices of collections management. I would be excited to represent the Collections Stewardship community and assist the Chair during AAM activities and conferences.

As the Assistant Collections Manager/Registrar for Bates College Museum of Art, it is my responsibility to be a resource for museum regulations, while overseeing the collection and efficiently communicating with donors, lenders, students and staff.
I am currently developing a proposal for CSAAM to support the creation of a digital resource for academic museum collections. This inclusive and interactive website would accommodate the needs of a wide range of museum collections managers/registrars to discuss and share standards within the field.

I would be thrilled to serve as Chair Elect and to increase awareness around the principles and practices of AAM collections management and registration. Thank you very much for your consideration.

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Linda Endersby

Registrar/Collections Manager
Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

The two things that have been constant throughout my museum career have been giving back to the professional community and assisting new professionals in the field. CSAAM fulfills both those things.

I have served state, regional and national organizations. I served as President of the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives, after leading the effort to resurrect the organization after it had gone defunct in the 1990s. During that time, I also worked informally with other state museum associations, which resulted in the formation of a new national professional organization, the Council of State Museum Associations, and I am proud to be serving on the inaugural board. This has given me experience that would be valuable for CSAAM as another national organization.

I also serve on the Board of the Midwest Registrars Committee, which is a regional version of CSAAM that works with the Association of Midwest Museums. My work with and for collections specialists in the Midwest region has encouraged me to step up and try to serve on a national level. In addition, I have served on national program committees for both AAM and AASLH. While serving on these committees, I have pushed strongly for a good “showing” for collections – in both panels and attendance.

I would be honored to be chosen to serve the collections community and give back to a group that has served as such a great resource and support to me during my years of work with collections.

NOMINEES FOR SECRETARY ELECT

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Caitlin Podas

Registrar
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

I am so honored to be included in the nominations for Secretary Elect on the CSAAM leadership panel!  As an active member of the Collection Stewardship Committee since graduate school, I know firsthand the benefits the committee provides to all levels of museum professionals. Resources such as the mentorship program, listserv, and professional development opportunities have helped me build my career and I am eager to give back to the community that has given me so much by serving on the leadership panel.  I am continually impressed with the way that the CSAAM has endeavored to provoke change and improve the standards of the Registration/Collections Management field and I would be honored to take part in the future of the Committee.   

I bring with me over 10 years of Registration experience having worked in different capacities at museums across the country including the Denver Art Museum, the South Carolina State Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, The Huntington Library, and currently at Mingei International Museum.  I am confident that my experience as a Registrar is ideally suited for the position of Secretary Elect since both roles require keeping track of and disseminating pertinent information inside and outside the respective organizations.  Having just completed a major collections move project, I am keenly aware of how important communication is and will strive to communicate effectively as Secretary Elect.  My knack for organization, planning, and problem-solving will enable me to serve the Committee and all of its members well. 

Thank you for this opportunity and for your consideration.

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Amanda Robinson

Associate Registrar of Exhibitions
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

I believe the field of Collections Stewardship to be a recognized, generous and ever-evolving professional community, and one in which I would enthusiastically serve as Secretary Elect.

At The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, I am charged with managing our robust exhibition schedule. My attention to detail, ability to multi-task, as well as my strong organizational skills have allowed me to develop this inaugural role, which is reflected in my leadership of a newly created assistant position to support this growing area of our institution. Furthermore, my responsibilities as Exhibitions Registrar require me to meticulously communicate, help, and collaborate across a wide range of institutional staff. In the role of Secretary Elect, I will use these skills to effectively support the Secretary in their assigned duties, and ensure the timely delivery of committee information to all members.

Moreover, as management of the CSAAM Listserv is a primary responsibility of the Secretary, I see this as an opportunity to learn firsthand the growing interests and professional needs of our community. As Secretary Elect, I can assist in translating this information in constructive ways, either via expansion and development of the CSAAM website, ensuring professional resources are available and accessible to colleagues in a timely manner, and that membership needs are maintained as top priority.

As a museum professional and a member of the Collections Stewardship community, I value the opportunity to champion the needs of colleagues and the growth of our field. The position of Secretary Elect is a chance to give back to an organization that has, and continues to, encourage my professional development.

Thank you for your consideration.