About the Symposium Planning Committee

Katie Pierce is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Doctoral Fellow in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and a project archivist at the Alexander Architectural Archive. She has an M.S. in Information Studies and an M.A. in Architectural History, both from the University of Texas, Austin. In her doctoral studies, she is focusing on digital preservation and the integration of born-digital records into existing architectural archives.  

Katie is interested in the continuity of historical documentation and the use of digital technology to design, preserve, and access cultural heritage. Her current research explores technology use within architectural practice and the implications for preserving records created within the community. She intends to contribute to conversations about the sustainability of records that document the built environment.

She is currently the project manager for the Charles W. Moore Archives processing project at the Alexander Architectural Archives and a member of the University of Texas project team for the Austin Historical Web Survey Tool, a joint project between the School of Information and the School of Architecture. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Art Libraries Society of North America.

April Norris is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Doctoral Fellow in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a M.S. in Information Studies and an Endorsement of Specialization in digital preservation from the University of Texas at Austin.

As a researcher and educator, April wants to help improve the practicability of preserving our digital heritage. This goal requires investigating and addressing economic, legal, social, as well as technological matters associated with preserving digital materials. Her current studies focus on the interplay between digital forensic science, archival education and the preservation of digital materials.

In 2010, April received the Texas Exes Teaching Award for her role as a Teaching Assistant. She also recently developed and led the Preserving Digital Archives: Concepts and Competencies workshop, offered as part of the Society of American Archivists' new Digital Archives Specialist Curriculum and Certificate Program. Professionally, April has worked in records management in both Texas state government and higher education. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and ARMA International.

Carol Brock is a Certified Records Manager and the former Director of Information Assets for the US Government Accountability Office. She successfully spearheaded a NARA pilot project for simplified records scheduling and implemented an enterprise-wide electronic recordkeeping system for which she earned the National Archivist's Achievement Award. She has 25 years of Federal RM experience as a contractor, consultant, and Federal employee.

Carol is a consultant for the IQ Business Group and a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin working on a Ph.D. in Digital Preservation and Information Policy. In June, 2010 she provided expert testimony before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Federal Electronic Records Management.