LAAS 2020-2022 Executive Committee Nominee Statements

Online voting will be open until Monday, June 8 at 11:59PM. Last chance for members to vote will be at the top of the June 9 General Membership meeting. Please read nominee statements below. Click here to cast your ballot. There are FOUR Executive Committee seats available.

Alejandra Gaeta:
Alejandra Gaeta is the Archivist at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG). Before joining CSPG, she worked at UCLA in the Digital Library Program as Digital Projects Coordinator. Alejandra received her MLIS from UCLA and her BA in English and Latin American Culture & Literature from Whittier College.

She is interested in serving on the executive committee because she wants to take a more active role in supporting an organization as unique and critical as LA as Subject. She feels that the development and the creation of collections in the archive should always keep the community as a priority. LAAS provides a space to support and provide important connections to the diverse collections of Los Angeles and she would like the opportunity to assist in upholding this essential work. 

Suzi Noruschat:
Suzi Noruschat is the Southern California Studies Specialist in Special Collections at the University of Southern California Libraries, where she oversees the Regional History Collection comprising archives and books related to Los Angeles and Southern California.  She previously worked as Architectural Records Archivist in Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University Library and processed design archives at the Getty Research Institute.  She has an MLIS from UCLA and a PhD in Art History, with a specialization in modern architecture, from Emory University.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Suzi has a deep and longstanding interest in LA history and has worked with numerous organizations whose purpose is to preserve, promote, and celebrate the region’s diverse cultural heritage.  Currently she serves on the Boards of the Los Angeles City Historical Society and El Pueblo Park Association.  She is also a member of LA as Subject’s recently founded Archives at Risk Committee, which aims to provide resources in support of small or resource strapped archives, and is part of a team that initiated improvements to LA as Subject’s online directory with grant funding from the California State Library.  As a member of the Executive Board of LA as Subject, Suzi wishes to become more deeply involved in the development of programming and resources that serve and support the diverse membership of the LA as Subject community.

Liane Schirmer:
Liane Schirmer is an historian/archivist, specializing in L.A. History with concentrations in Latino Theater as well as ethnic L.A in general.

She has been passionate about the incredible history of this city as long as she can remember. Given her family’s involvement with both the entertainment and music publishing industries, it’s not too surprising.  A passion for languages (Spanish, Russian, Italian & French) also led to a deep love of Los Angeles’s ethnic enclaves.

A graduate of USC, she has worked in L.A. theater as an actress and writer, in both Spanish and English at the Frida Kahlo Theater, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, and Casa 0101. In addition, she has worked extensively in Voiceover - focusing on commercials and animation.  Her entertainment background and language skills led to the creation of In Other Words, a translation company specializing in film, TV and media. Along the way, she conducted workshops in schools as a Teaching Artist (playwriting and acting), as well as taught Spanish and English for bilingual performance.

Her formal involvement in the history community took shape as the preservation movement began in Los Angeles. She knew that our history was essential, and her avocation became more of a full time endeavor. Her specific knowledge of L.A. as well as her language skills led to archiving family histories, both written and oral. She was involved in the early days of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, then soon joined L.A. as Subject. She began a blog, XCentricLA, devoted to exploring our city.  Today, she is finally compiling her own family archive as well as spearheading an initiative to set up the first Latino Theater Archive.

Liane believes that she has the enthusiasm and dedication to serve as secretary for the Executive Committee. Preserving and promoting our history is a critical task, and she would love to see our efforts spread throughout the educational sector. Our performing arts can also be a fantastic tool to highlight the treasures in our archives and museums, and she believes she can act as an effective liaison to those communities.  She believes that LAAS is a unique and wonderful resource and she would love to play a part in its exciting trajectory.

Yolanda Bustos:
Yolanda Bustos is the Archivist and Library Resources Manager at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she directs all activities related to the archives and research library for the Natural History Museum and The La Brea Tar Pits Museum. Yolanda provides access to the analog and digital institutional archival collections.  She is responsible for bringing a social media presence to the NHMLAC archives and works to actively engage new users with NHMLAC’s long and fantastic history.

Yolanda has over a decade of experience in archives and came to Los Angeles after serving as archivist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California. Yolanda has a strong affinity for the unique challenges found in museums and helps museums to update records management policies and implement digital preservation practices in order to leverage their institutional memory and implement systems that empower staff and researchers to organize, document, integrate, and share information. As a big believer in information equity, Yolanda constantly looks for new collaborations and systems through which to share collections with audiences the world over.

Even before Yolanda moved to Los Angeles, she was an avid follower of LA as Subject and the interesting content published by this unique consortia. Moreover, since moving to Los Angeles, Yolanda made it a goal to participate in LA as Subject, regularly attending meetings and trying to find ways to increase her institutional participation in this effort. Joining LA as a Subject has helped Yolanda make new and valuable connections throughout Los Angeles and introduced her to the tremendous breadth of resources in her own backyard.

Yolanda would like to join the executive committee in an effort to further increase her involvement and give back, if only in a small way, to the organization that has given her so much. Yolanda has significant experience providing outreach, engagement, and communication to the archival community and she hopes to apply these skills meaningfully in a role as an executive member of LA as a Subject. Yolanda comes to the table with strong commitment, attention to detail, and a willingness to help in whatever way necessary in order to strengthen the reach and effectiveness of LA as Subject as a hub for archival information.

Yolanda enjoys a good Netflix binge but also can be found taking walking tours through Los Angeles neighborhoods or exploring nature in greater Los Angeles. You can catch a really fun recent interview she did with Alie Ward for NHMLAC’s First Fridays at https://youtu.be/d-5bpHhs10c.

Lisa Crane:
Lisa Crane has been the Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian in Special Collections of The Claremont Colleges Library since 2010, where she oversees archival processing, teaches primary source literacy, performs collection development for Special Collections Western Americana materials, curates Special Collections exhibitions, serves as the interim head of the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS). She previously served as Digital Projects Coordinator and Digital Production Librarian, where she managed digitization, metadata creation, and the upload of digital objects into the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. Lisa holds a B.S. in Criminology from the University of La Verne and an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Lisa is a member of the Society of California Archivists (SCA), where she served as Secretary for two terms; the Society of American Archivists; the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ALA; the Western History Association; the American Association for State and Local History; and the California Association of Museums.

Lisa is interested in joining the LA as Subject Executive Committee to help give voice to those LAAS members on the eastern edge of LA County and beyond.  The LAAS research alliance is made up of such a diverse group of public and private archives, cultural heritage institutions, libraries, and museums, all with the same goal of making their LA history collections discoverable and accessible to researchers.  The Executive Committee has done an outstanding job in recent years with programming and activities to help bring together their members.  How can one not be interested in being a part of such a dynamic group?  Lisa welcomes the opportunity to apply skills gained as the SCA Secretary to the secretary position on the LAAS Executive Committee.