Chris Burns is curator of manuscripts and university archivist at the University of Vermont. He holds an MLIS from Simmons College and an MA in history from the University of Vermont. He is a member, and former Chair, of the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA).

Desired Superpower: The ability to dance like Prince.

Nicole Milano

Nicole Milano is the head of the Medical Center Archives at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute and New York University. She has served as a member of SAA’s Publications Board since 2012. Nicole received her BA and MA from the University of Florida and an Advanced Certificate in Archives from New York University.

Desired Superpower: Omnilingualism.


Anna Trammell is the Northwest Room local history librarian at Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois, and a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. She serves as a member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness and the Archives Management Section Steering Committee.

Desired Superpower: Time manipulation—the ability to speed up / slow down / stop time as needed throughout the day. I’d get everything crossed off my to-do list!

JoyEllen Freeman

JoyEllen Williams is the special collections and rare books curator at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in archival studies from Clayton State University, and a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. JoyEllen serves as a member of the SAA Foundation Board and a member of the Atlanta Black Archives Alliance.

Desired Superpower: The ability to remember (and properly use) every new word I read. When I was a child, Anne from Anne of Green Gables was my vocabulary hero!

Podcast Producers


Bethany Anderson is the natural and applied sciences archivist and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also serves as the reviews editor for American Archivist and has a master’s degree in Information Studies with a specialization in Archival Studies and Records Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology from the University of Chicago.

Desired Superpower: The ability to move archival boxes with my mind.

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Mary A. Caldera is an archivist, reader, avid podcast listener, and associate director for technical services in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, with a BA and MLS. from Texas Woman’s University.

Desired Superpower: All of them.

Lolita Rowe

Lolita Rowe is the project coordinator for Archives in Context and the community outreach archivist at the Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina Columbia.

Desired Superpower: Teleportation

Past Contributors

McFarland-croppedColleen McFarland Rademaker (former producer) is the associate librarian, special collections at The Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass. She serves on the Society of American Archivists Publications Board (2014–2020) and as treasurer of the Midwest Archives Conference (2018–2020). Colleen received a BA in German and history from the College of Wooster, an MA in history from Cornell University, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Desired Superpower: The ability to time travel—not only because I am a history nerd, but also because this superpower would be useful in archival collection development.

ashley_levineAshley Levine (former host) is the archivist and digital resource manager for Artifex Press, a New York City-based company dedicated to publishing digital catalogues raisonnés. He holds an MA in archives and public history and a BA in history from New York University. Ashley is the editor of SAA’s Lone Arranger Section newsletter, SOLO, as well as Chair of SAA’s Visual Materials Section’s Cataloging and Access Committee. Ashley is the director of advocacy for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) and a member of the Concerned Archivists Alliance (CAA).

Desired Superpower: Teleportation. Let’s face it, the NYC commute isn’t getting any easier, so any time saved on transit contributes to archival processing!

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Caryn Radick (guest host) is digital archivist at Rutgers University. She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University and an MA in Victorian literature from the University of Nottingham. She recently served as chair of the Committee on Public Awareness.

Desired Superpower: To be able to “travel” into books (and to come out all right in the end)!