Northwestern Associate University Archivist Janet Olson has been appointed to the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. She will begin serving a three-year term starting in October 2010—which happens to be American Archives Month. ISHRAB, as this organization is known, is an arm of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). ISHRAB serves as the state-level review body for records grant proposals from libraries and archives within the state of Illinois. It is also a coordinating body for facilitating cooperation between historical records depositories and other information agencies within the state. ISHRAB supports at the state level the mission of the NHPRC, "to ensure understanding of our nation's past by promoting, nationwide, the identification, preservation, and dissemination of essential historical documentation."
This is the second honor which Janet has received in recent months. In March, Janet was named the 2010 recipient of the Midwest Archives Conference’s Distinguished Service Award.