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Emilie Lumas

Carol Coburn

Tracy Bergstrom

Erik Dix

Jane Zhang

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Moderator and Presenters

Timothy Meagher, Moderator
MEAGHER@cua.edu

Dr. Timothy Meagher, Ph.D. Brown University, 1982, is an Associate Professor of History, and University Archivist, at The Catholic University of America. His foci of teaching and research are: American immigrant history, the Irish in America, and Catholic history.  His publications include books such as From Paddy to Studs: Irish-American Communities in the Turn of the Century Era, 1880 to 1920 (New York: Greenwood Press, 1986); The New York Irish, edited with Ronald H. Bayor (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880 to 1928 (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2001); and A Guide to Irish American History (Columbia University Press, 2005).

Emilie Leumas
lleumas@archdiocese-no.org

Emilie Gagnet Leumas, a certified archivist and certified records manager, is the Director of Archives and Records for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music, a Master’s degree in Education and a Doctorate in French Studies. She has served as president of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists and currently serves as chair of the International Council on Archives’ Section for Archives of Faith Traditions. Her publications include Managing Diocesan Archives and Records: A Guide for Bishops, Chancellors and Archivists (2012) and Roots of Faith: History of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (2009). Lee received national and international recognition for her efforts in disaster recovery after Hurricane Katrina. She has presented conference papers and guest lectured at local, state, national and international meetings on subjects including Louisiana French, Louisiana Catholic Church records, archival research methods, archives management, records management and disaster recovery.

John Treanor
jtreanor@archchicago.org

John J. Treanor is the Vice Chancellor for Archives and Records at the Archdiocese of Chicago.  He received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston in History with a concentration in Archival Methods.  His previous professional positions include Assistant Archivist for the Archdiocese of Boston and Curator of the Massachusetts State Archives.  A Certified Archivist and certified Records Manager, John is an active member in the Society of American Archivists and the Association of Records Managers and Administrators.  In 2005 he was named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivist.  Twenty-six Roman Catholic Dioceses and several Religious Orders have sought his expertise in evaluating the status and future direction for the archives and record keeping programs.  John Treanor has been the primary advocate for the integration of current records management with archival administration.  He is considered the leading Catholic Diocesan authority in the area of electronic records management. 

Carol Coburn
Carol.Coburn@avila.edu

Carol K. Coburn is a professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.  Professor Coburn has published two books, Life at Four Corners: Religion, Gender and Education in a German Lutheran Community, 1868-1945 and Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920 (co-authored with Martha Smith). She has made numerous scholarly presentations at national and international conferences in history, religious studies and women’s studies. Besides publishing numerous articles in professional journals, she has served as a consultant on a variety of book and documentary film projects concerning Catholic sisters in the United States and Ireland.  Currently, she is the Director of the CSJ Center for Heritage at Avila University which includes archival holdings on American Catholic sisters, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the Avila University archives.

Tracy Bergstrom
tbergstr@nd.edu

Tracy Bergstrom is the co-director of the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program within the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.  As such, she oversees digital production, outreach on behalf of digital services, and grants development.  She is also the curator of the Zahm Dante and early Italian imprints collection at Notre Dame and is especially interested in the print history of Dante’s Divine Comedy.  Tracy is a graduate of Smith College and Yale University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian Studies and Art History, a Master of Arts degree in Archaeological Studies, and a Master of Library Science degree.

Erik Dix
Erik.Dix.4@nd.edu

Erik Dix graduated from Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1998 with a Masters in Economic History, Political Science, and Media Science. In the fall of 1998 he started working for the Archives of the University of Notre and initially processed manuscript / paper collections. In 1999 he took over responsibilities for the audio and video collections of the Archives. When he started at the Archives, they had one reel to reel tape player from Goodwill, a turntable, 2 vhs recorders, a U-matic video deck, and an Elmo telecine projector. Now they are able to play back more than 20 different video formats and all the audio formats.  Mr. Dix catalogs, transfers, and digitizes all of the Archives’ audio-visual items and makes them available to faculty, students, researchers, production companies, etc.  The Archives also has done transfers for other Catholic institutions on a limited basis.

Jane Zhang
zhangj@cua.edu

Jane Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She holds a PhD from Simmons College, Boston, and a joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies from University of British Columbia, Canada. Her teaching and research areas include records and recordkeeping, archival theory and practice, electronic records and digital archives. She worked at Harvard University Archives and University of Calgary Archives before joining the faculty at the Catholic University.