NAGARA Appoints Rachel Muse to SErve on Joint Issues and Awareness Working Group

Washington, DC, February 1, 2017 – Rachel Muse, Senior Archivist at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, has been appointed by the NAGARA Board of Directors to serve on the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA/RAAC Joint Issues and Awareness Working Group. Muse joins Ms. Val Wood, Chief Deputy Recorder/Clerk of San Diego County, as NAGARA’s second representative on the Working Group.

Muse has worked at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration for 8 years. There, she manages the state’s government archives, ensuring that records of enduring value are preserved and accessible to the citizens of Vermont. Prior to her work in Vermont, Muse worked in archives and records management at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, VA and the Foundation of New York State Nurses in Albany, NY.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Rachel’s caliber and commitment representing NAGARA on the Joint Working Group, which brings our organizations together to address issues that concern the entire community of archives and records professionals,” said NAGARA President Cathi Carmack.

The Joint Issues and Awareness Working Group is comprised of eight representatives, two from each of the Working Group’s members: The Council of State Archivists (CoSA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC). The Working Group coordinates efforts and initiatives in areas of common concern and action, including: 1) coordinating action to address public policy and legislative concerns for the archives profession, 2) cooperating on efforts to raise awareness of the value of archives, and 3) coordinating strategies for the preservation of and access to archival records throughout the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia.

“I’m excited to join this working group," said Muse. "I hope that my perspective and experience as a government archivist in Vermont and Virginia will prove valuable in taking on the many challenges that affect archivists across a wide spectrum of institutions.”

Muse holds a master’s degree in library and information science from SUNY Albany, and has been an active member of NAGARA for 8 years. 

The National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) is a professional association dedicated to the improvement of federal, state and local government records and information management and the professional development of government records administrators and archivists.  Members include county, municipal, and special district governments; state agencies (state records centers, archives and libraries); the National Archives and Records Administration; individual federal employees; the General Archives of Puerto Rico; and a number of provincial and institutional programs. For more information, please visit