Friday, January 27, 2012

Welcome to MARAC's Outreach Blog

As mentioned in Heidi Abbey's article "Calling All Bloggers" in the Winter 2012 issue of Mid-Atlantic Archivist, MARAC members are invited to submit short articles, notices, and news of the world of archives to the MARAC Outreach blog. We're looking for everything from personal testimonials about challenging reference questions to advocacy issues to news about events for MARAC's 40th anniversary in 2012 - anything and everything relevent to MARAC! The blog will afford the opportunity for all of MARAC's voices to be heard. Please contribute!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Message from Lee White, National Coalition on History

Happy New Year to those of you I didn't get to see in Chicago. I have an issue that has a very quick turnaround and I would urge you to send this to your memberships lists ASAP. It has a deadline of January 20.

Reference: An International Endeavor!

Author: Barbara Beaucar

The thing I like best about reference is the flow and exchange of information, but not just between a researcher and my own institution. I value the interface between scholars, librarians, curators, and archivists as they provide answers and, at the same time, enhance each other’s knowledge regarding a particular subject or individual.

Implementing Open Source Software

Author: Tammy L. Hamilton

Earlier this year, over 550 images from the Hershey Community Archives’ photograph collection were made available online. The images, along with catalog records for over 450 oral histories and 25 private papers collections, are available to researchers using the open source software Archon. Developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the software publishes collections descriptions and digital images to the web using a simple and intuitive web-based interface.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Innovative Access at the Roosevelt Library

Author: Sarah Malcolm

Like many archivists, one of the most dreaded questions I encounter on a daily basis is “is it online?” To combat this question and the ever growing need for digitized documents, my colleagues and I at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library found new ways to provide more for our users and expand the reach of our holdings. We have taken a three pronged approach: systematic digitization, special online projects, and social media.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Cape May and Painted Ladies

Author: Valerie Wingfield 

Next Spring, MARAC will meet in Cape May, New Jersey, April12-14, 2012. Located on the southernmost tip of New Jersey, this is a popular tourist destination known for its temperate climate during the summer months.