School of Information Sciences

Miriam Meislik

Adjunct Faculty

Archives Service Center
THOMS 221 Pittsburgh

Institution of highest degree:
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh


Miriam Meislik currently serves as Media Curator for the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh and as an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Information Science. Active in the Society of American Archivists, Miriam has served as chair, Visual Materials Section; chair, Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Roundtable; photograph editor for the Archival Fundamentals Series II; and is a current member of the SAA Foundation National Disaster Fund for Archives Grant Review Committee. Outside of SAA, Miriam serves as an article reviewer for Western Pennsylvania History Magazine; has been a book review contributor for the Indiana Journal of History; and authored, Historic Photographs of Pittsburgh which was published by Turner Publishing. She has presented on a wide range of topics including disaster recovery, the preservation and organization of photographic collections, and working with researchers in media collections. She is active in the Alliance for Response, Pittsburgh chapter serving as chair, (2014-2015; 2011-2012) and vice-chair (2013). Miriam is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh.

Courses Taught:

LIS 2216: Collections Conservation
LIS 2214: Library and Archival Preservation
LIS 2227: Photographic Archives

Research Interests:

Analog and digital preservation of photographic and moving image archives; researcher use of media collections including issues surrounding copyright; disaster recovery and response.

Recent Publications:

Historic Photos of Pittsburgh, Nashville, Tenn.: Turner Pub. Co., 2008.

Book Review, The Calumet Region, Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 108, No. 2 (June 2012)

Photographs by Charles R. Martin after the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination, Views, Visual Materials Section Newsletter, Volume 27, Issue 1, Society of American Archivists (March 2013): 6.

Book Review, Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery, Technical Services Quarterly Volume 32, Issue 2, 2015

Recent Presentations:

2013             Disasters We Have Known: What We Learned and Other Helpful Tidbits, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Erie, PA. (Session coordinator and presenter)

2013             Local, State, and Regional Disaster Threats, Alliance for Response Northwestern Kick-Off Meeting, Erie, PA.

2013             Lights, Camera, Archives: Working with the Media and Movie Makers, Society of American Archivists, New Orleans, LA

2014             Early Photography as an Art Form, Wheeling Arts Festival, Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling, West Virginia

2014            Cataloging the Universe of Visual Materials, SAA Pre-Conference Workshop, Society of American Archivists, Washington, D.C.

2014            Protecting Your Collections, NN/LM EP&R Summit, Penn State, PA

2015            Protecting Your Collections, Allegheny County Library Association,
                   Protecting Your Collections and Preparing for Disasters, Westmoreland County Library Network



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