MA, Baylor University
BA, Baylor University
STEVEN SIELAFF became Senior Editor & Collections Manager on June 1, 2014. A graduate of Baylor University's Museum Studies master's program, he began at BUIOH as a graduate assistant from 2011 to 2013, working on various web-based and multimedia projects, including For the Greater Good: Philanthropy in Waco, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission's Texas Liberators Oral History Project, and War Comes to Waco, A WWI digital exhibit. Steven conducted oral history series locally on both the Dr Pepper Museum and Mayborn Museum Complex.
In September of 2013, Steven became a full-time staff member at BUIOH as University Researcher, serving as primary investigator and interviewer for a project to help chronicle the past twenty-five years of Baylor history. He also became involved in the technical aspects of processing, preserving, and disseminating Baylor’s oral history collection, which he continues to oversee as collections manager. He directs the digitization of BUIOH's analog collection, assists in administering the institute's website, manages social media news feeds, and spearheads the migration of transcripts and audio files to the institute's searchable online database, ContentDM.
Steven’s primary professional foci are the value of institutional histories and the use of oral histories in the digital age, and his research includes museological surveys of Texas institutions and integration of the University of Kentucky's Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) online software among educational entities. He currently serves on the board of the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair and is on the Board of Directors for the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA). In addition, he is the current treasurer for the Museum Association of Waco (MAW), Technical Advisor/Managing Editor for the H-OralHist listserv, and is a member of the Oral History Association's Metadata Task Force.