SILS Alumnae Amanda Ross and Meg Tuomala Selected for 2015 Archives Leadership Institute

May 5, 2015

In a competitive application process, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumnae Amanda Ross (MSLS ’08) and Meg Tuomala (MSLS ’10) have been selected to participate in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College (ALI@Luther). Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, ALI@Luther is providing advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders in the archival profession.

Participants were selected for the program based on their leadership skills and potential, ability to influence policy and change within an organization and the archival field, commitment to the archival profession, organizational involvement, professional motivation and goals, and diversity and specialization within the profession.

Ross is a Data Standards Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration. In this role, she serves as coordinator to the Social Networks and Archival Context cooperative project. Previously, she worked on the Nixon-era White House tapes. She has also led archival and digitization initiatives at the Forest History Society and the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston.

Tuomala is an Assistant Archivist at the Gates Archive in Seattle, Wash., where she leads the arrangement and description process track, managing the processing of the Gates Archive collections. Previously, she was the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she managed efforts to acquire, preserve, and provide access to born-digital special collections and archival materials.

As part of ALI@Luther, participants will complete a week-long Leadership Intensive at Luther College from June 14-20, 2015. The intensive will include daylong workshops focusing on strategies for archival leadership and team building activities. Participants will then return to their institutions to develop practicum projects. The institute will conclude with a practices workshop to be held in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists' annual meeting in August 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. To learn more about ALI@Luther, visit