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Samantha Michele Dodd

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[Dodd, Samantha Michele]
  • Special Collections Archivist, Library

Biography

Samantha Dodd is an archivist in Special Collections at the UT Arlington Library. A native Texan, Samantha grew up in Katy, Texas before moving to the metroplex for college. She attended UT Arlington from 2005-2009, earning her a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in education. Samantha’s love of history is matched only by her love of school and her desire to learn. She completed her Master of Arts degree in History at UT Dallas in 2012. While working on her graduate degree she began to intern with the Dallas Historical Society in their library and archives. She quickly realized she had discovered her dream job, one that incorporated history, research, and the museum world. After the completion of her Master’s program, she immediately re-enrolled at UT Arlington, completed an Archival Administration Certificate program, and became a certified archivist in 2013. Fueled by a passion for higher education, and wanting to develop her skills and abilities as an archivist, Samantha attended the University of North Texas from 2013-2014 and earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree. In 2014 she was one of twenty-one candidates selected to participate in the American Association for State and Local History’s Seminar for Historical Administration. For over fifty years, the Seminar for Historical Administration has provided history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections that allow them to become effective leaders and managers of history organizations. She returned once again to UT Arlington in January 2016, this time joining the staff in Special Collections. 

Professional Preparation

    • 2012 Master of Arts in Historical StudiesUniversity of Texas at Dallas
    • 2009 Bachelor of Arts in History (Education),  University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2013 Graduate Certificate in Archival AdministrationUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 2013 Certificate in Certified ArchivistAcademy of Certified Archivists
    • 2014 Master of Library and Information Science in Library ScienceUniversity of North Texas
    • 2014 Certificate in Historical AdministrationAmerican Association for State and Local History
    • 2017 Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management in Libraries and Information AgenciesUniversity of North Texas
    • 2017 Certificate in Arrangement and DescriptionSociety of American Archivists

Appointments

    • Jan 2016 to Present Special Collections Archivist
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Nov 2011 to Dec 2015 Archivist
      Dallas Historical Society
    • June 2011 to Nov 2011 Intern
      Dallas Historical Society

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Mar 2016 to Present Texas State Historical Association
    • Jan 2013 to Present Society of Southwest Archivists
    • Jan 2013 to Present Metroplex Archivists
    • Jan 2012 to Present Society of American Archivists
    • Jan 2013 to Jan 2014 LISSA

Awards and Honors

    • May  2018 STAR Award (Super Talent Appreciated and Recognized) sponsored by Friends of the UTA Libraries
    • Aug  2005 UT Arlington Outstanding Freshman Scholarship Recipient sponsored by University of Texas At Arlington

News Articles

    • July 2017 Congratulation to one of our first A&D Certificate holders!

      The SAA Arrangement & Description certificate program allows archivists to gain more experience and knowledge in this single topic than is generally available in graduate archival programs. This approach provides archivists with extended descriptive training to expand the skill set they gained in graduate school, and it also can facilitate career shifts within the archival field (e.g., moving from public services to processing/cataloging). Taken as a whole, these courses provide an integrated programmatic framework for archivists and others at various levels within their institutions whose areas of practice include arrangement and description.

Publications

      Newsletter Article 2014
      • “Processing Parkland,” Society of Southwest Archivists Newsletter Volume 37, Issue 1, February 2014. 

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      Book Review 2014

Presentations

    • April  2018
      Becoming a Wikibrarian: Intro to Wikipedia Editing for Librarians & Archivists
      As the fifth most popular site in overall global web traffic, Wikipedia is often the starting point for research. Its mission is to provide free access to knowledge. So how can librarians and archivists leverage the power of Wikipedia and turn this tool into an interactive learning opportunity? Join us for a hands-on venture into Wikipedia. Learn about the five pillars and how content is contributed by Wikipedians. Then create an account, experiment within the friendly confines of your sandbox, and start editing actual articles. Bring your own device.
    • March  2018
      Transitions-A History of the University of Texas at Arlington
      Presentation on the history of the University of Texas at Arlington.
    • January  2018
      “Blazing Spirit: A History of the University of Texas at Arlington"
      A history of the University of Texas at Arlington.
    • November  2017
      Aviation and Special Collections
      A look at aviation related materials held in Special Collections. 
    • September  2017
      Texas Disability History Accessing the Inaccessible
      Panelists will address the Texas Disability History Collection— how materials were located, and how a digital exhibition was built with maximum accessibility in mind, especially for individuals with hearing, sight, physical, or cognitive disabilities. The panelists will discuss collaborations within the community and the creation of the Disability History/Archives Consortium.
    • September  2017
      Advocates for Disability Rights: Building the Texas Disability History Collection
      Staff from the UT Arlington Libraries, in collaboration with the University’s Disability Studies Minor faculty and staff, are providing multidimensional access to embedded disability records housed in the Libraries Special Collections. Approximately 1,600 disability-related images, documents, oral histories and videos have been identified and utilized for several continuing projects. The Texas Disability History Collection web site has been developed, the national Disability History / Archives Consortium has been founded, and a traveling disability history exhibit has been created. Planning for the next phase is well underway and will include visits to key areas in Texas to interview disability rights advocates on the state and local levels. Copies of those interviews will be added to the Collection. The panel will address the methodologies used to develop disability awareness and rights through the use of records housed in Special Collections and Archives, especially in north Texas and at UT Arlington. Technology employed to make the web site accessible to the widest audience possible, including those with handicaps, will be described in detail.
    • August  2017
      “Breaking Down Barriers: Building the Texas Disability History Collection.”
      Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write.”-Historian Douglas C. Baynton (2001) Staff from the UT Arlington Libraries, in collaboration with the University’s Disability Studies Minor faculty and staff, are providing multidimensional access to embedded disability records housed in the Libraries Special Collections. Approximately 1,600 disability-related images, documents, oral histories and videos have been identified and utilized for several continuing projects. The Texas Disability History Collection web site has been developed, the national Disability History/Archives Consortium has been founded, and a traveling disability history exhibit has been created. Planning for the next phase is well underway and will include visits to key areas in Texas to interview disability rights advocates on the state and local levels. Copies of those interviews will be added to the Collection. The presentation will address the methodologies used to develop disability awareness and rights through the use of records housed in Special Collections and Archives, especially in north Texas and at UT Arlington. Presenters will discuss working with donors with disabilities and building the Texas Disability History Collection. Technology employed to make the web site accessible to the widest audience possible, including those with handicaps, will be described in detail. 
    • August  2017
      Boomtown and Beyond: A Look Back at Six Flags Over Texas
      Overview of the development and growth of Six Flags Over Texas from 1961-present. 
    • July  2017
      Diversity and Inclusion: Building the Texas Disability History Collection
      Staff from the UT Arlington Libraries, in collaboration with the University’s Disability Studies Minor faculty and staff, are providing multidimensional access to embedded disability records housed in the Libraries Special Collections. The Texas Disability History Collection has been developed with accessibility at the forefront. To expand on the collection further, the national Disability History / Archives Consortium has been founded, and a traveling disability history exhibit has been created. Planning for the next phase is well underway and will include visits to key areas in Texas to interview disability rights advocates on the state and local levels. This platform presentation will address the methodologies used to develop disability awareness and rights through the use of records housed in Special Collections and Archives, especially in north Texas and at UT Arlington. Presenter will discuss working with donors with disabilities and building the Texas Disability History Collection. Technology employed to make the web site accessible to the widest audience possible, including those with handicaps, will be described in detail
    • May  2017
      Disability Records-Accessing the Inaccessible
      Staff from the UT Arlington Libraries in collaboration with the University’s Disability Studies Minor faculty and staff are providing multidimensional access to embedded disability records housed in the Libraries Special Collections. Related to North Texas and UT Arlington, approximately 1,600 disability-related images, documents, oral histories and videos have been identified and utilized for several continuing projects. The Texas Disability History Collection website has been developed, the national Disability History/Archives Consortium has been founded, and a traveling disability history exhibit has been created. The panel will address the methodologies used to develop disability awareness and rights through the use of records housed in special collections and archives. 
    • April  2017
      No Laughing Matter: State Hospitals, Asylums, and Bedlams in Texas
      Presentation on State Hosptials, Asylums and Bedlams in Texas, showcasing new materials discoved in Special Collections. Part of the April 2017 Friends of the UT Arlington meeting. 
    • August  2016
      Historical Relevance: Making the Case for Archives Using STEM

                      Over the past few years there has been a strong push in education for a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Sadly, the arts and humanities, history included, missed the boat. While some school districts are now trying to include arts and humanities by advocating for STEAM, for most places this is not the case. Ultimately this lack of focus and attention to history has led to a loss of stakeholder support for archives, budget cuts, layoffs, and even the closings of some repositories.

                      If it is all a numbers game, then archivists need to be able to produce the numbers and justify why our holdings warrant the financial and personal support of our communities. Archivists can use the ideas behind STEM to advocate for the importance, and relevance of our work, to drive history from the past into the future. From the number of research queries, to exhibit views, donor gifts, grant awards, citation credits, to social media insights, and online analytics, there are countless ways to quantify the reach and presence of an archives. By using the principles of STEM, we can make the case for archives and promote the awareness, and value of our work. 

    • July  2016
      The Space Race-Moving and Storing Special Collections

      Real estate is generally thought to be a safe investment because everyone is in need of more space. Nowhere is this more true that within our own libraries, archives, and special collections. As the world continues to generate more and more resources, we require additional space to house these new materials. More than likely the building will not be expanding nor will the institution be adding additional facilities, so where then does your collection go? This presentation looks at how to make the most out of every square inch of “real estate” within a library. Find out information about offsite storage companies in the area and the pros/cons of utilizing vendors for storing library materials. 

    • May  2016
      Soaring Soldiers: The McCain Papers

      An introduction into the McCain Family Papers, this presentation provides an overview of the collection and tells the story of three brothers from East Texas. 

    • March  2016
      Texas Sports Legends

      Game On: Sports Archives and Collections in Texas

    • May  2015
      Archival Hat Trick: Collecting, Preserving, and Exhibiting Sports and Games

      Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting presentation: “The Dallas Historical Society Presents: Texas Sports Legends.” This session examined sports and games in the archives from a variety of angles: issues archives face in documenting and preserving childhood playground games, the value and usefulness of sports and athletics collections, and the experience one institution had in creating a large-scale sports exhibition with a small staff.

    • November  2012
      Digital Dallas

       The Ideas in Bloom Speaker’s Series with the University of North Texas!

      Presenting fascinating nuggets of Dallas history from The Portal to Texas History, 

Projects

  • 2018
    • Mar 2018 to Mar 2018 Preserving HerStory in Texas: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

      Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. Its fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective engagement. According to Wikipedia’s study of its user community, less than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors are women. Other studies have also found that new female editors are more likely than male editors to have their edits reverted. Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles about women or topics important to women.

      Because Wikipedia is open access and open source, there are tools to make changes and to help close the gender gap on Wikipedia. There are numerous WikiProjects that focus on women artists, women in science, women in sports , and the Women in Red project, which focuses on creating articles on women’s biographies and works. 

      For Women's History Month and in partnership with the Women's and Gender Studies department, UT Arlington libraries hosted the HerStory edit-a-thon. The focus of this edit-a-thon was creating new content and adding citation information to stub or starter articles on a number of women and on gender rights activists. 

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Exhibitions

  • 2018
    • Jan 2018 Drawn to Politics the Editorial Art of Etta Hulme

      This exhibit features samples of Etta Hulme’s work from the 1940s-2000s and provides an in-depth look at culture, politics, and society. The gallery encompasses cartoons drawn by Etta Hulme throughout her years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from the scandalous days of the 1970s, the era of Reagan and reform in the 1980s, the terror and triumph of the 1990s, and to the politics and patriotism of the 2000s. In addition to the original artwork, this exhibit features other materials from Hulme’s collection including correspondence, news clippings, photographs, awards, and literature about cartooning.

      The exhibit chronicles Hulme’s career from her days as one of the first female animators at Walt Disney Studios, to her time freelancing in advertising art and her stint as a comic book illustrator before becoming a full-time editorial cartoonist in 1972. From fan mail to hate mail, rejection letters to awards, Drawn to Politics showcases the struggles of a woman trying to succeed in a man’s profession, and of a liberal cartoonist, drawing in a much more conservative place and time.

      Described as sharp and smart, witty and well-read, Etta Hulme’s work did not shy away from the issues. Her edginess and liberal ideology offended some, mesmerized others, and gave Hulme a platform on which to voice her opinion. For Hulme, the important issues concerned the equal rights amendment, gun control, and education, though she never missed an opportunity to examine other issues such as the environment, the economy, or health care. While her work predominately covered local, state, and national topics, she also ventured into international politics examining such foreign affairs issues as the Cold War, apartheid, military struggles in the Middle East, and the United Nations.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Peers Mentored

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    Duration : Mar 2018 to Present
    UTA Libraries’ Buddy Program   UTA Libraries has started a new program in the library that we are excited about. It is the new Buddy program for benefits eligible new employees (NE). You are invited to partner with a NE and help them get acclimated to UTA Libraries’ culture. There are no hard requirements for anyone to be in the buddy program such as length of employment or being in a specific department. Below is a guideline of what a buddy is, and what a buddy isn’t. This is a great opportunity to show hospitality to new additions to our UTA family and gives room for us to get to know people in other departments.   Advantages of being a Buddy include: leadership opportunities, embraces risk-taking, and lends to transparency while making an impact on professional success and fostering collaboration across departments facilitating community-building. All of which fall under Imperatives Two: Academic and Professional Success and Four: Collaboration and Community-Building.
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    Duration : Aug 2017 to Present
    The Society of American Archivists’ Mentoring Program is designed to bring together members with shared interest in various aspects of the archival profession. The program’s goal is to cultivate career development and communication between members with areas of expertise and members who want to build their knowledge within those areas.

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2014
    • Workshop
      • Oct 2014 Protecting Your Past: A Preservation Workshop

        Taught patrons how to preserve their family records from mold and water damage. Looked at papers, photographs, scrapbooks, audio/video, and digital items. Gave advice on care and handling.

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Mar 2017 to  Present National History Day Fort Worth/Arlington Regional Co-Coordinator

      Each year thousands of students, encouraged by teachers and parents statewide, participate in the National History Day program in Texas. Texas History Day, an affiliate of NHD and is a highly regarded academic program for 6th through 12th grade students. Each year more than 65,000 Texas students join more than 500,000 students across the country for National History Day!

Service to the Profession

Service to the University

  • Volunteered
    • Feb 2016 to  Jan 2018 Social Engagement and Appreciation Committee (SEAC)-Chair

      The Social Engagement & Appreciation Committee under the direction of the Organizational, Wellness & Development (OWD) Manager will provide various social events and activities that foster unity, fun, fellowship and appreciation.

    • Mar 2016 to  Present Employee Recognition Committee-Chair

      The UT Arlington Libraries Staff Awards Committee shall actively promote a culture of recognition.  In today’s work culture and environment it is important to recognize those who contribute substantially to group or individual efforts or achievements.  These contributions can make significant progress toward group or individual goals.  Recognition of these groups or individuals is vital to the organization, promoting good morale and serving as incentive for others to maintain positive forward momentum.