December 2022 TARO News and Notes

Good morning all,

And just like that, we’ve reached the end of another year! It has been my absolute pleasure to serve as this year’s TARO steering committee chair and help wrap up all of the NEH (and ARPA) grant funded projects. I would like to thank my fellow steering committee members for their hard work this year as we encountered new obstacles and challenges. I would also like to thank all of you, our repositories, our volunteers, and stakeholders. TARO is a collaborative effort and has continued to be a success thanks to the dedication of our members. Without further ado, here are some updates, news, and announcements:


Work continues on the TARO 2.0 project. Stay turned to the list for ongoing updates from the dev team. Many thanks to all of our developers and members of the Valkyrie squad down in Austin for their work this year on TARO!

New Steering Committee Members

Congratulations to our incoming steering committee members: The 2023 TARO Steering Committee will include:

Chair: Maristella Feustle

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Matt Richardson

Secretary: Rachael Zipperer

At-Large Members: Kristi Nedderman, Kathryn Slover, Molly Tepera

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you for running, and thank you to everyone who voted!

Wanted Volunteers for the Outreach and Education Committee (ASAP)

Looking for (2) volunteers to join the outreach and education subcommittee, no experience or expertise needed. Members of this subcommittee will be focusing on: Updating the TARO Today website and documentation, create training resources (documentation, videos, etc.) based on TARO members’ needs, and disseminating information through the various TARO channels and outreach events. If you have a passion for TARO (don’t we all?), and an interest in education and outreach, please contact Robert Weaver ( to join this outstanding subcommittee!

Wanted: Volunteers for the Website & Technology Subcommittee (ASAP)

Looking for (2) volunteers to join the Website & Technology Subcommittee (WebTech). Do you process collections and write finding aids? Do you work with patrons and search for collections? Or perhaps you get to do a variety of tasks and have TARO bookmarked as one of your frequently used resources. Oxygen, ArchivesSpace or none of the above? Do not feel intimidated. Testing different kinds of searches, or submitting finding aids, or surveying our users, there is something to do for everyone. Whatever your expertise level, WebTech wants you! Please contact Maristella Feustle: to join our friendly subcommittee!

Monthly Analytics and Statistics

November, and December usage statistics are now available and can be viewed/downloaded from our Wiki page.

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays. Best wishes for a restful and joyous break, and a fantastic new year.