School of Information Sciences

SIS alum receives 2016 SAA Emerging Leader Award


Matt Gorzalski is the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Emerging Leader Award. Gorzalski graduated from SIS’ MLIS program in 2008 and worked as an archives assistant at the University of Pittsburgh Archives Services Center from 2007 to 2008.

Since graduating from SIS, Gorzalski has worked as an archivist for the Kansas State Historical Society and the History Center in Diboll, Texas. Most recently, Gorzalski has spent the past nearly four years as a university archivist at Southern Illinois University. His time there has been dedicated to raising awareness for archives and the use of historic records in classroom instruction, which includes teaching critical skills using hands-on digitization exercises.

Gorzalski is an active member of the SAA. He is the current chair of both the Collection Management Tools Roundtable (CMTRT) and Career Development Subcommittee. He is also a member of the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council and its Migration Working Group, which provides testing, support, documentation, and enhancement prioritization for developers and users.

This award also recognizes Gorzalski’s research, which has been published in The American ArchivistArchival Issues, and Journal of Archival Organization. In 2014, Gorzalski received the David B. Gracy II Award for the best article in Provenance for his paper titled, “Reimaging Record Groups: A Case Study and Considerations for Record Group Revision.”

Established in 2011, the SAA’s Emerging Leader Award celebrates and encourages early career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, performed commendable service to the archives profession, or have accomplished a combination of these requirements.

Please join us in congratulating Gorzalski on his achievements!

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