Ask an Archivist: A Workshop in Preserving Your Legacy


Friday, June 9 | 10am – 11:30am


Imogen Smith (Moderator)

Imogen Smith has more than a decade of experience in dance archives and libraries, serving as Project Manager and Acting Executive Director of Dance Heritage Coalition and working with video and oral history collections in the New York Public Library’s Dance Division. She has worked with dance companies and independent artists around the country to assess, inventory, organize, and digitize their collections, and she has led projects to create online dance history and archiving resources. Based in New York City, she is the author of two books on film history and writes for a variety of film and culture publications.



Genie Guerard (Speaker)

Genie Guerard has served the UCLA Library Special Collections for eighteen years, first as Digital Manuscripts Librarian and currently as curator of manuscripts collections. She continues to develop digital initiatives collaboratively, while curating collections primarily in the areas of dance, contemporary fine arts, design and architecture, book arts, and literature. Her current focus in building dance archives is with Los Angeles area artists, both to preserve the L.A. dance legacy and make its history accessible, and to reinforce the bridge between community and campus. She has been a member of Dance Heritage Coalition's board since 2009, served as Secretary/Treasurer and is current Chair of its Executive Committee.



Nena Couch (Speaker)

Nena Couch is Head of Ohio State University Libraries’ Thompson Library Special Collections. Publications include “Dance in La dama boba” (Comedia Performance), “Pauline Sherwood Townsend: Expression and Pageantry” (Women in the Arts of the Belle Epoque), “Choreography and Cholera: The Extended Life of Dance Notation” (A Tyranny of Documents); and others. Awards include the Harvard Theatre Collection’s Rothschild Fellowship for Research in Dance, Theatre Library Association Distinguished Service in Performing Arts Librarianship Award, and OSU Libraries’ Tiefel Achievement in Teaching Award. She has served on the boards of the Theatre Library Association, the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS), and the Dance Heritage Coalition.