Friday, November 30, 2012

University of Scranton: Special Collections Fundraiser

Here at the University of Scranton we're doing a holiday fundraiser for our Special Collections that might interest some of you. Using digitized images from our Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection, we printed a set of limited edition, custom Moleskine® notebooks that we think turned out beautifully and are $20 for two notebooks, plus shipping/handling.

2013 Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program

The Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, in conjunction with the BMI Foundation, Inc., are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2013 Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program is now open.

The 8th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship, with a value of up to $5,000, will be awarded to support scholarly research at the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This Fellowship seeks to encourage unique exploration into the many facets of Woody Guthrie’s life, legacy, and contribution to American and world culture.

Scholars pursuing research related to Woody Guthrie’s life, historic context, creative works, and musical influence, as well as his philosophical, political, or humanistic ideals, are encouraged to apply for this prestigious Fellowship.
More information about the Fellowship is available through the Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program website.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2013

Please direct questions to

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Conference Session Proposal: Use Statistics

As a member of the program committee for the Spring 2013 MARAC conference in Erie, Pa. (April 25-27), I’m looking for speakers to participate in a session exploring the role of use statistics in archival management. Use statistics can take the form of a tally of collections that have been requested in the reference room, web statistics revealing the amount of views of online finding aids or digitized items, or a record of material that has been used in publications and exhibits.

The topics this session could cover include, but are not limited to:
  • methods for collecting and analyzing use statistics
  • ways in which this information can influence other activities in the archives (processing, digitization, appraisal, etc.)
  • strategies for using this information to gain support from resource allocators.
If you would like to participate in this session or have any questions, please contact Matt Strauss.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CFP: Civil War Studies and the Digital (R)Evolution

The University Archives and Special Collections at American Public University System (APUS) will host its second annual history colloquium on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the APUS Finance Center Auditorium in Charles Town, West Virginia. The colloquium theme is Civil War Studies and the Digital (R)Evolution and APUS invites scholars of all disciplines and levels to discuss and present their research on the following topics within that broader context:

Erie Conference: Graduate Student Paper Session

The Program Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2013 meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania, is seeking paper and presentation proposals from archives graduate students. Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or have graduated in the last two years. Proposals should engage a topic of current interest to the archival community. The committee will select participants based on the quality of proposals. Depending on the number of qualified proposals, the session may be presented as either a lightning session (more than 3 speakers at 5-15 minutes each) or a more traditional session format (approx. 3 speakers, 15-25 minutes each).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Archival Travels in Europe

Author: Heather A. Clewell, Delaware Caucus Rep.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation graciously awarded funds toWinterthur Library for staff training and education, the first such grant for the library. Because of this support, I was afforded the opportunity to visit the archives of three English country estates: Hatfield House in Hatfield, Burghley House at Stamford, and Belvoir Castle, outside Grantham. Although there were many country estates with archives on site, these three are relatively close to one another, facilitating a cohesive week-long tour. So contacts were made; appointments were arranged; and bags were packed as I set off in September 2011 for my sojourn.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Call for Nominations

Considered becoming more involved in your professional organization?

Interested in taking on a new role in MARAC?

The Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking volunteers and nominations of members to stand for election in MARAC's 2013 elections.

Open positions include:
- Chair
- Vice Chair
- Members at Large (four members)
- Distinguished Service Award Committee (two members)
- Arline Custer Award Committee (two members)
- Nominations & Elections Committee (three members)

Information about committees and governance is available on MARAC's website as well as in the "From the Chair" Column in the Summer 2008 Mid-Atlantic Archivist.

We intend to close nominations on December 1. Contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee if you are interested in running or know someone who you think would be perfect for the job!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Workshop: Seats Available

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.

Friday, November 2, 2012

CCAHA: Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Author: Dyani Feige, CCAHA Preservation Specialist, Pennsylvania Caucus Chair

First off, I hope that everyone is safe, and my heart goes out to those of you who are dealing with damages inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

I wanted to write to let everyone know that the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) offers emergency assistance for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections by offering conservation treatment, technical information, training programs, and consultation services including on-site assistance at the time of, or in the aftermath of, an emergency.  If your building or collections sustained damage, CCAHA staff members are available to assist with questions and response.