Sarah Demb

Adjunct Faculty
  • School of Library and Information Science

About Me

Sarah R. Demb is Senior Records Manager/Archivist at Harvard University. Previously she was the first institution Archivist & Records Manager at the Museum of London (2009-2014). Prior to that, she served as Records Management Advisor to over 240 museums in the greater London area, as Project Manager for the International Records Management Trust (also based in London, but which included on-site business analyses and records appraisals in African countries), as Technical Services Archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution) and was the first full time Museum Archivist for the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (Harvard University, where she contributed to the first University-wide records retention schedule). Her very first records job was a paid internship at the JKF Presidential Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a BA in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia.

Her work as a records professional over the past 22+ years has also included developing intellectual property policies and procedures, designing and implementing information governance policies, and risk assessing the publication of personal data online. Sarah is co-author of Records Management for Museums and Galleries: An Introduction (Chandos Publications, 2012) and was a contributor to Museum Archives: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (SAA, 2004). She is the author of the chapter on records management for the latest edition (in press) of the latter. Sarah frequently reviews records and information monographs, and sits on the Society of American Archivists' Publications Board.