Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MARAC Fall 2012 Conference Roundup: Advocacy

Author: Tammy L. Hamilton, Member-at-Large

First and foremost, a hearty congratulations and thank you to Paige Newman and the members of the 40th Anniversary Committee for honoring our organization and creating an atmosphere of celebration. From trivia games to visual reminders of our past culled from the MARAC Archives, our organization’s past permeated the conference. 

Disaster Relief Funds Available

As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy leave the Mid-Atlantic region, it is likely some of our archival institutions are in need of funds to assist with disaster relief. MARAC’s Disaster Relief Fund is available to any institution in the MARAC region with publicly accessible archival holdings. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Maryland Collaborations in Archives & Special Collections

Author: Elizabeth Novara, Maryland Caucus Chair

To continue the theme of archivists and collaborations that Laurie’s blog post began a few weeks ago, I would like to focus on some fairly recent collaborations in the state of Maryland. There are currently two groups within the state that coordinate gatherings of archivists and information professionals. Since the 1970s the MARAC Maryland Caucus has organized off-conference caucus meetings, tours, and social events for MARAC members who reside within or close to the state of Maryland. Like all state caucuses, the Maryland Caucus can also advocate for archival issues that arise within the state.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Call for Submissions: 2012 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 be first made available to the public during 2012.

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 2013 meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scholarship: Modern Archives Institute


The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) provides scholarship funds to attend the Modern Archives Institute. The scholarship award covers the tuition, and up to $600 in travel expenses with demonstration of need, a submitted budget, and receipts.This scholarship is established in honor of MARAC member Leonard Rapport and is known as the Leonard Rapport Modern Archives Institute Scholarship.

Erie Conference: Call for Papers

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2013 Program Committee is now accepting papers and/or session proposals for their upcoming spring meeting "Charting the Waters: Priorities and the Future of Archives," which will be held in Erie, Pennsylvania from April 25-27, 2013. Sessions are generally 90 minutes in length and feature three presentations of 15-20 minutes each; sessions conclude with a question and answer period which is moderated by a session chair. Other session formats,such as roundtable discussions and pecha kucha, are also welcome.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Archivists and the Greater Philadelphia Area

Author: Laurie Rizzo, MARAC Secretary, Fall Conference 2013 Program Committee Co-Chair

Early in my career I met with Charles Greifenstein, the Associate Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts at the American Philosophical Society (APS). I asked him many questions about his work and career path in hopes of learning how to find a position I want that I am a good fit for. His intimate familiarity with the collection at APS was something I was envious of. He told me many helpful things, but one thing has always stuck out in particular, he told me that I should make sure to find a collection that I loved. A few years have gone by since then, and recently Charles asked me to be program committee co-chair for the upcoming MARAC Philadelphia conference for the Fall 2013, so of course I had to say yes!

Monday, October 1, 2012

CCAHA: Rare Books Conference

The Next Chapter: Rare Books in Modern Times

This two-day program will explore the definition of the rare book within the context of its physical history and current preservation concerns. Presenters will also address ways to engage the public with rare book collections in conservation work and exhibition planning.

November 13-14, 2012.  Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts and hosted and co-sponsored by the American Philosophical Society.