Friday, August 24, 2012

Call for Workshop Proposals

The Meetings Coordinating Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is currently soliciting proposals for workshops at the Spring 2013 conference in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Workshops may be either a half-day or a full-day and may focus on any topic of interest to MARAC's constituency, for example: Appraisal, Arrangement & Description, Records Management, Donor Relations, Disaster Planning, Digitization, Electronic Records, and Reference. This year we are especially interested in workshops related to management topics and also digital/electronic records. Workshop leaders will be provided with a monetary stipend.

Please complete the workshop proposal form, available through the MARAC website:
(See Item #4) or directly here.

Deadline is October 1, 2012.

Interested parties may also specify a preference to be considered for the Fall 2013 conference.

MARAC Session Proposal Collaboration

The Syracuse University Archives is looking for parties interested in joining together for a MARAC conference session for Spring 2013, tentatively titled "History in a “Snap”: Archives and Mobile Technologies."

The Syracuse University Archives has completed a project that brings information on the history of campus buildings directly to a user’s smart phone web browser. This project uses Quick Response, better known as QR, codes to allow visitors to easily “snap” the code with their smart phone camera and proceed directly to the Archives’ web site where they can view history pages created for each building. These codes have been placed on all academic and administrative buildings as well as remote buildings in New York City, Washington D.C. and the Adirondacks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SAA Roundup from Sunny SoCal

Author: Jordon Steele, Member-at-Large

I recently returned from the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego. I was surprised and pleased to see so many of my colleagues from the MARAC region in attendance—when in an unfamiliar place, it’s always good to see some familiar faces. Nevertheless, allowing that it is often difficult to attend the annual meeting of one of our peer organizations when it is held on the West Coast, I thought I would summarize some of the great sessions I went to for those of you interested in the latest in archival theory and practice.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fall 2012 Conference in Richmond

Online registration for MARAC's Fall 2012 Conference in Richmond is now available.

When: October 25-27, 2012
Where: Richmond, Virginia
Hotel: Omni Richmond Hotel
Room rate: $139

Click here to register online.

Click here to download the conference program.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Upcoming Workshops

Copyright Fundamentals for Archivists and Librarians

Date: September 18, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York
Instructor: Peter Hirtle, Cornell University Libraries
Cost: $85.00

This workshop will explore what strategies special collections can follow to minimize the risks inherent when reproducing and distributing unique and/or unpublished material.  Click here for more information and to register.


Archival Instruction: Promoting Collections, Information Literacy and Collaboration
Date: December 6, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Instructors: Jason Byrd, George Mason University and Leah Richardson, University of Chicago
Cost: $85.00

In 2011, the presenters started an outreach initiative at George Mason University Libraries using library and archival resources to collaboratively teach primary and secondary source research skills at the undergraduate level.  Workshop participants will craft learning outcomes and research assignments that are appropriate for a variety of educational levels and institutions, focusing on four key aspects: research; instruction: collaboration; and outreach.  Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New York Caucus News

Author: Susan Woodland, New York state caucus rep

The New York state caucus is pleased to report that Pratt Institute Information and Library Science faculty member Anthony Cocciolo has been recognized by the Library of Congress with a National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award. For the complete press release from Pratt, please click here.

The award is one of a series of awards created last year by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group at the Library of Congress to recognize innovative work in digital preservation. For more information about the awards, the Alliance, and the program at the Library of Congress, please click here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Call for Papers

Bridging the Spectrum: The Fifth Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice

The Bridging the Spectrum Symposium offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in Library and Information Sciences and Services.

Presentations on innovative practices and initiatives as well as research studies are encouraged. Presentations may originate from any type of library, archive, or information services activity, and may encompass any aspect of Library and Information Professional work. Our aim is to host a diverse set of presentations and to foster connections across the spectrum of the information professions.