Tuesday, December 16, 2014

News from MARAC: "Introduction to Genealogy for the Unsuspecting Archivist" Continuing Education Workshop

Registration is now open for our Winter "Introduction to Genealogy for the Unsuspecting Archivist "continuing education workshop. This MARAC workshop is approved for Academy of Certified Archivist credits upon request.

To register go to: http://www.marac.info/workshops

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401
Instructor: Mary K. Mannix, Frederick County Public Library
Cost: $85
Driving/Public Transportation Directions: available at http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/intromsa/html/direct.html
Parking: Parking at Maryland State Archives is located in a visitor lot adjacent to the building's entrance

Librarians and archivists have often had very ambivalent relationships with genealogists even though family historians are the primary patron base for many institutions. Those institutions that are not frequented by genealogists regularly utilize family search methodology, whether they know it or not, for such regular tasks as researching donors and writing finding aids. The more archivists know about basic genealogy, the better prepared they will be to locate information on any person, dead or alive. This workshop will provide a crash course on how to handle the “pesky” family historian and provide an overview on basic genealogy methodology. The most popular online tools and subscription databases will also be discussed. You may find that genealogists aren’t that bad after all and that you actually may have collections that will interest this misunderstood, yet very supportive, clientele. Just as genealogists are advised to understand the world of archives and learn to talk our talk, perhaps it is time we all learned to talk genealogy.

About the Instructor:
Mary K. Mannix is the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of Frederick County Public Libraries. She has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985 and it was at that time that she was first tossed, unsuspectingly, into the world of genealogy. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. And no point was she schooled to spend the bulk of her professional life interacting with genealogists. She has been very involved in the American Library Association’s History Section (the home of genealogy librarians) and was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland. She learned family history on the mean streets of reference duty; she wants other archivists to come to the discipline in a friendlier fashion. Mary is presently Vice Chair of MARAC.

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request. 

For additional information about the workshop, contact:
Brian Keough, 518-437-3931, bkeough@albany.edu

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MARAC 2015 Election News

As our Spring meeting is occurring a month earlier than normal, the timing of the 2015 election will be adjusted. Voting will take place in January. The online election will run for three weeks to allow newly elected officers and committee members enough time to make arrangements to attend  the joint meeting with the New England Archivists in Boston in March. Standard procedures for voting including paper ballots will apply. If you do not receive regular messages from MARAC, you may want to update your MemberClicks profile and/or contact the MARAC administrator. Feel free to contact Susan McElrath, the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, if you have any questions or concerns about the election.

Susan McElrath
University Archivist
American University Library
Ph. (202) 885-3197
Fx. (202) 885-3226

News from Marshall University: Request for Collections Related to Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and Pharmacists

The faculty of the Marshall University (Huntington, WV) are in the process of writing a textbook on the history of Pharmacy in the United States.  They would like to use primary source material whenever possible and are interested in any collections related to the field and the professionals who were influential in the field.

If you know of any collections in your institution, please let me know and I will put the lead author from the MU School of Pharmacy in contact with you.  Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

Nat DeBruin

WV State Caucus Rep

Archives and Special Collections

Marshall University



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Call for Submissions: 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Awards

The Finding Aid Award is given yearly to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the MARAC region. Nominated finding aids must have been made available to the public for the first time during 2014.

The top award will receive the designation of the Fredric M. Miller Finding Aids Award, in honor of Dr. Miller's contributions to the field as archivist and author. Monetary awards will be presented at the Spring 2015 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Call for Submissions
In the last decade, there have been significant changes in the processes by which archivists arrange, describe and make their collections available to the public: most notably, the widespread adoption of streamlined processing practices and a push to make our work available online. At the same time, the fundamentals of good finding aids have remained the same: they provide content that enables researchers to understand the materials in our collections and are designed to help them find what they need easily and quickly.

The Finding Aids Committee invites MARAC members to nominate exceptional finding aids for the 2012 MARAC Finding Aid Awards. Successful finding aids will have outstanding content, take full advantage of the design capabilities inherent in their medium of publication, and incorporate successful innovations that enable researchers to more effectively access and use archival materials. Please see 
Characteristics of Successful Finding Aids for more details.

Submissions are due by December 31, 2014 and must include:
- A link to the finding aid's URL
- A nomination letter that addresses the finding aids' exceptional qualities and/or discusses elements not readily apparent from examination of the finding aid itself.

Please see our Finding Aid Awards Submission Checklist for further information concerning the nomination letter and optional submission materials. Submissions should be sent to the Chair of the Finding Aid Award Committee:

Regine Heberlein, Senior Co-chair