Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers awards for one full or half-day workshop, and conference registration, including the Friday Luncheon and Saturday Breakfast.

Named in memory of Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, this award is expressly aimed at those associated with Local History Collections. Active with MARACon the Publications Committee and also as Maryland Caucus Chair, Karen maintained a life-long interest in local history and genealogy, respecting and encouraging the scholarly practice of each. In her career, she assisted thousands of researchers investigating Maryland local history, and through her guidance she also impacted the careers of local history practitioners throughout the state. Karen loved local history so it is fitting that this award bears her name as MARAC supports the professional growth of others dedicated to the field.

QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals must currently be associated with a local history collection that is open to the public on a regular basis in the MARACregion. Volunteers as well as paid staff would be eligible. Priority would be given to local history collections located in the meeting’s host city for the purpose of networking opportunities, but would not exclude other applicants.

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a current resume, a cover letter describing their organization and demonstrating financial need, a statement of the expected benefits of attending, and one letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant’s work.

TO APPLY: Send application materials to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at emilyrcottle@gmail.com.

All applicants will get an email confirming that their application has been received.

DEADLINES: For the Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance award, the deadline for receipt of applications is September 14, 2016.

MARAC Meeting & Travel Awards

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers travel awards of $400 and $250 for attendance at our conference in Annapolis, November 3-5, 2016.

Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration, workshops, lodging, conference meals, and other travel expenses. Persons meeting the criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: For this award, an individual must currently:
  • Be employed in the MARAC region in an archival or archives-related position, OR
  • Be enrolled as a graduate student in a program that includes courses in archival administration OR
  • Be a MARAC member in good standing 
TO APPLY: Submit a current resume, a cover letter including a statement of the expected benefits of attending the MARAC meeting, and a letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant's work or educational program. Send application materials to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, emilyrcottle@gmail.com.

All applicants will get an email confirming that their application has been received.

DEADLINES: For the MARAC conference scholarship, the deadline for receipt of applications is September 14, 2016.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tracing the History of Southern Archives and Social Justice

The Archival History Roundtable, an affinity group of the Society of American Archivists, will meet in Atlanta for the first time since 1988. This pre-conference event is open to non-members and non-registrants, and will be held in Room 303 of the Atlanta Hilton (255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA) on Wednesday August 3 at 6:00pm-7:30pm.


Recognizing the importance of Atlanta in regional and national history, the steering committee of the Archival History Roundtable has invited three panelists to discuss the social impact of archives and special collections within the South. 

Ashley Stevens, an Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives, plans to investigate the personal identities and professional relationships of Alexander Salley, Jr., Thomas Owen, and Dunbar Rowland. The second speaker -- an assistant professor in Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics, Dr. Alexander Poole -- will assess the contributions of Harold T. Pinkett, who grew up in the segregated South and worked for the National Archives and Records Administration. Dr. Vicki Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, will speak about two large and historically important civil rights collections, the Morehouse College MLK, Jr. Collection and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Collection at Emory University, and their continuing role in social justice work. The discussion will be moderated by a practitioner in the field of archival history.   

For more information on the Archival History Roundtable, please visit this website: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/archival-history-roundtable#.Vz8Ow7f2aUk

For more information about the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, please visit the conference website:http://www2.archivists.org/am2016


Contact:

Eric Stoykovich

Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Archival History Roundtable, SAA

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops

Mark your calendars for the second annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops. If you can’t make it, please still read on.

When: all day Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (coincides with SAA conference)

Where: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia

How Much: Free! You’ll have to spring for your own lunch.

What: An “unconference” is a collaborative, non-hierarchical program in which all participants actively inhabit the roles of teacher-learner-conference planner. The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference organizers seek to create a forum of exchange and foster participation from the wider community of individuals who employ primary sources in teaching and learning activities. Educators, librarians, museum professionals, public historians, artists and designers, scientists, and archivists are encouraged to attend. Individuals employed in or volunteering with K-12, higher education, and community-based programs are all welcome. The unconference is a full day of activities, but participants may come and go as they please depending on their schedules, needs, and interests. While workshops will be organized in advance, unconference sessions will be spontaneous.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference Team is diligently working as you read this announcement to line up a great selection of workshops. We will post this information on our website (bitly.com/SAA16TPS) once speakers have accepted. Anything else is up to the collective will of the participants who show up on August 3. 

Sign Me Up: Okay! bitly.com/SAA16TPS

Even if you aren’t traveling to Atlanta in August, you can help make the unconference a success by passing along this announcement to people in your professional and personal networks. Past and present researchers who have visited your repository, alumni groups from library school, the high school teacher you met during Archives Week and subsequently friended, those cool public librarians you met at ALA one time: please tell them about the unconference. We’re casting a wide net and you can assist us.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference Team is comprised of members of the Teaching with/about Primary Sources (TPS) Committee of the Society of American Archivists’ Reference, Access and Outreach Section. In case you missed it, here’s an article about the inaugural unconference from Archival Outlook: LINK