Get to know the candidates: Greg Wiedeman

The 2016 elections for Electronic Records Section leadership are upon us! Over the next two weeks, we will be presenting additional information provided by the 2016 nominees for ERS leadership positions. For more information about the slate of candidates, you can check out the full 2016 ERS elections site. ERS Members: be sure to vote! Polls are open July 8 through the 22!

Candidate name: Gregory Wiedeman

Running for: Steering Committee

What made you decide you wanted to become an archivist?

As a graduate history student without funding, working in archives was an attractive alternative to poverty. Then I found out how awesome a job it is. I was lucky enough to get great hands-on experience on big projects and I found the work more complex, interesting, and enjoyable than my graduate research. I love all of the problem-solving it takes, and making all of the content we have available for public use.

What is one thing you’d like to see the Electronic Records Section accomplish during your time on the steering committee?

I really see the role of the section to encourage communication about techniques and best practices. Digital records have tremendous potential to make our collections much more accessible, but there are major hurdles – many of which can be helped by sharing the work many of us are doing independently. The ERS has already done a great job with this bloggERS! series which has provided a forum for the sharing and discussion of some of the really innovative projects that are pushing the community forward. Yet, I’ve found that there are many electronic records efforts are smaller, ad hoc, and more continuous than formal or polished. I’d like to find a way to share all the workflows, draft policies, and small scripts so that our peers can reuse and build upon them. In addition to the continuation of the bloggERS! series, I’d like the ERS to look into a mechanism for archivists to self-submit these small, but useful, efforts in a way that promotes permissive reuse and documentation.

What is your favorite GIF?

This time of year it’s always Bartolo:


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