Meet the 2013-2015 LAAS Executive Committee

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Meet the 2013-2015 LAAS Executive Committee

Congratulations to Kenn Bicknell, David Boulé, Denise Mc Iver, Joy Novak, and Dale Stieber for being elected as the 2013-2015 LAAS Executive Committee. Their term will start at the LAAS August 20 General Membership meeting.

Kenn Bicknell has served as Digital Resources Librarian at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2008 and as Executive Committee Chair for LA as Subject since 2011. He has nearly 30 years of work experience in technical services in public libraries, a university, a government agency and a museum.  Last month, Kenn was honored by Library Journal as a 2013 "Mover & Shaker," changing the face of libraries and their services.  He is fascinated by social media tools and how they can facilitate sharing library and archival resources.

David Boulé, is third generation Southern California with a lifelong enthusiasm for the history, culture, achievements and uniqueness of this region. After years working in marketing communications, and representing some of best known companies in America, he is thrilled to have transitioned to now working at a museum. For many years, he worked to assemble items relating to the California citrus industry.  His book, The Orange and the Dream of California, will be published later this year by Angel City Press.

He has been a member of L.A. as Subject since 2008, and the co-chair of the Archives Bazaar in 2011 and 2012. With his passion for LA; career in marketing communications; and experience working at a nonprofit cultural institution, David can make a distinct contribution to LAAS as it pursues advocacy for its members and their cultural and historical archives.

Denise L. Mc Iver joined the California African American Museum (CAAM) in 2012, and serves as its Research Librarian.  In addition to providing research at the ‘point-of-need’ for internal staff and other community stakeholders, her responsibilities include website content management, writing and editing Museum Notes, CAAM’s quarterly magazine, and developing and executing actionable marketing initiatives and public relations strategies. Prior to returning to school to obtain her MLS, Denise had a long career in the entertainment and music industries.  She is also a graduate of Fordham University with a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy.  She received her Masters in Library Science (MLS) in 2011 from St. John’s University.

Denise is a published author whose book Droppin’ Science:  Straight Up Talk from Hip Hop’s Greatest Voices was published by a division of Random House and her essay “Black Like Me…?” appears in the collection Family Affair (2010).  More recently, she was the subject of a feature profile in the March 2012 edition of Black Enterprise Magazine.

Joy Novak has been the archivist for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics since 2007. She earned her B.A. in History and English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in Public History at the University of California, Riverside. This March, she completed her Ph.D. in Information Studies at UCLA where she focused her research on activism in archival practice. Prior to CSPG, she worked in diverse archival settings including a state historical society, special collections, community-based archives and public libraries. Within Los Angeles, she has worked or volunteered at the UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and the June Mazer Lesbian Archives.

Since joining CSPG’s staff six years ago, Joy has been an active member of LA as Subject. She also participated in the LAAS Residency planning grant proposal meeting and hopes to serve as a satellite site supervisor. Through her diverse experience and qualifications, Joy can offer significant contributions to the LAAS planning.

Dale Ann Stieber, MLIS, Special Collections Librarian/College Archivist, launched Occidental College’s digital collections as digital archivist for the Japanese American Relocation Online Archive, a project funded by the Haynes Foundation nine years ago. Since then, as Special Collections Librarian, she has worked with faculty, students, and staff to create and maintain seventeen online collections and exhibits, the most recent addition being OxyCorps, a digital video series of student-alumni interviews to document 70 years of student life at the College. She is responsible for the care and use of over 60,000 rare books, manuscripts, artworks, ephemera, and archival material in the Occidental collections.

As College Archivist, she is active in promoting and preserving Occidental College history and Los Angeles history. Active in LA as Subject since 2004, Dale is currently serving a second term on the Executive Committee of the organization.