Thursday, December 27, 2012

Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award

The Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28,2013. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Douglas Bicknese, Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair, at

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fellowships: University at Buffalo Humanities Institute

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the UB Libraries, is offering two fellowships for visiting scholars and graduate students working on their dissertations to use the UB Libraries' outstanding special collections, which include the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Music Library, the Polish Collection, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2013 award.  This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Sister M. Claude Lane Award Nominations

The Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award was created in 1974 and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FEMA Assistance for the Cultural Community

FEMA ASSISTANCE FOR THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY: A Forum for Private Nonprofits and Local, Regional, and State Governments

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

If your facility and/or cultural collections were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, you have until December 30, 2012, to apply for disaster aid from FEMA through the Public Assistance program. This forum will provide the information cultural heritage stewards need to know about applying for federal disaster aid.

Sneak Peak at Erie Sessions and a Call for Speakers

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2013 Program Committee is seeking presentations to round out the sessions slated for the spring meeting. As a sneak peak of what will be presented at the Erie meeting, we are seeking papers on:
  • Military History, with a focus on the War of 1812 - 2 speakers to highlight archival collections which document the diverse experiences of the War of 1812 or other military conflicts
  • Erie and Western Pennsylvania History - 1 speaker to highlight local archival collections and their visibility and use in local communities
  • Donor Relations - 1 speaker who can discuss practical aspects of donor relations, with a preference for a speaker who can also discuss donor agreements for digital items
  • Evaluating User Experience in Archives - 2 speakers who can address aspects of usability studies for in-person and virtual patrons
  • True Single Search - 2 speakers who can address the benefits and challenges posed by different kinds of single search interfaces and the inclusion of archival descriptions in library catalogs
  • Pushing the Limits on Fair Use - 2 speakers to discuss copyright law and fair use as it pertains to archives, with a preference for speakers who can address recent developments and legal decisions
  • Using Use Statistics - 1 speaker to discuss the practical and powerful applications of use statistics
  • Records Management - 1 speaker who can addres the importance of records management for university, organizational, or corporate archives
  • Crowdfunding the Archives - 1 speaker to address innovative or unconventional fundraising projects
  • EAC-CPF - 1 speaker who can discuss implementation of EAC-CPF, current projects, and how it has enhanced access
We are also still looking for approximately 8 individuals to serve as session chairs. The duties include introducing the speakers and keeping time for each speaker and the session. If you’re planning on coming to Erie, please consider serving as a chairperson for a session.

If you are interested in participating in a session either as a speaker or a chair, please send your name, contact information, and a brief description of your talk to the Program Committee at no later than December 19, 2012.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Victor D’Amico Papers Open at The Museum of Modern Art Archives

Author: Celia Hartmann, Project Assistant Archivist, The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Victor D’Amico Papers are now processed and open for researchers to use onsite, by appointment only at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s Archives reading room in Long island City, Queens. The collection’s finding aid is searchable online from any web-enabled device, along with MoMA’s other archival collections.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fall 2012 Business Meeting Summary

Author: Ed Galloway, MARAC Chair

I hope that by now you’ve recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and that life is getting back to normal. If you need help with disaster aid, please consider submitting an application for assistance. For those of you who were unable to attend the conference in Richmond, or attend the Business Meeting, I want to provide a summary of a few items.

First, many thanks go to the Local Arrangements and Program Committee chairs and respective committee members for hosting and coordinating a terrific conference. A special thanks goes to Paige Newman and her committee for leading the planning efforts surrounding the 40th anniversary celebrations. Thank you!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Conference Session Proposal: EAC-CPF

On behalf of the program committee for the spring 2013 MARAC meeting in Erie, PA, I am looking for speakers to participate in a session on implementations of Encoded Archival Context—Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF). Presentations could be on finished projects, works-in-progress, or planning for implementation. We especially invite contributions that speak to using EAC-CPF to network collections across institutions and aspects of archival authority control.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
  • Collaboration with Social Networks and Archival Control (SNAC) or other institutions
  • Technical implementation (methods of EAC-CPF creation, decisions on the element set etc.)
  • User studies, both pre- and post-implementation
Please contact me for any questions, or submit a brief abstract to Regine Heberlein.