Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Baur

Congratulations iSchool alumna Natalie Baur on the Emerging Leader Award! Read the SAA statement below:


Natalie Baur Receives Emerging Leader Award from Society of American Archivists

CHICAGO—Natalie Baur, digital preservation librarian at El Colegio de México, is the 2017 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23–29. The Emerging Leader Award celebrates and encourages early career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, performed commendable service to the archives profession.

Since graduating with her MLS in 2011, Baur has distinguished herself as a leader in SAA and a trailblazer in the international archives community. The Awards Committee commended Baur’s impressive record of collaboration and achievement in her roles as chair of the SAA Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Roundtable (LACCHA), a peer reviewer on The American Archivist, a presenter at conferences, and a member of the 2017 SAA Annual Meeting Program Committee.

In addition, Baur has shown phenomenal leadership in Latin American and international archival initiatives. She co-founded the group Itinerant Archivists, served with Librarians Without Borders, and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Mexico. Baur has engaged in extensive outreach and advocacy work with and on behalf of colleagues in Mexico and Ecuador and with indigenous communities in Ecuador. She has conducted talks, workshops, and training extensively both in the United States and throughout Latin America. In 2016, Baur, along with George Apodaca and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, was awarded the SAA Diversity Award for the LACCHA webinar series “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders,” and she is co-authoring a forthcoming book chapter about the project.

As one supporter noted: “A knowledgeable and experienced professional, Baur is an exceptional leader in building international awareness and engagement within SAA and the American archives profession.”

Established in 2011, recent recipients of SAA’s Emerging Leader Award include Matt Gorzalski of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Cheryl Oestreicher of Boise State University, and Beth Shields of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 6,200 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. For more information, visit

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