Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New England Archivists Workshops

New England Archivists announces educational workshops at the Spring 2013 Meeting, to be held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The following workshops will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

SAA-DAS: Digital Forensics for Archivists
http://newenglandarchivists.org/education/education.html#forensics

Photographic Fitness: Basic Approaches toward Administering Photographic Material in Archival Collections
http://newenglandarchivists.org/education/education.html#photos

Basic Archives
http://newenglandarchivists.org/education/education.html#basic

To register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/NEA-Spring2013-Register

In addition to the workshops being offered by the Education Committee, we are happy to offer a free workshop on oral history as a part of the NEA StoryCorps project. The workshop is being conducted by the Worcester Women's Oral History Project on Saturday, March 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. This project is supported by a grant from Mass Humanities. For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/NEA-OralHistoryWorkshop.

Friday, February 22, 2013

CCAHA: Preserving Paper-based Ephemera

One Day Conference on Preserving Paper-Based Ephemera in Providence, RI! Register Now!

Out of the Ordinary: Preserving Paper-based Ephemera
Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Providence, RI – May 2nd, 2013
Cosponsored & hosted by: Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

About the Program
This symposium will examine the myriad of challenges faced in preserving a wide variety of non-standard paper items produced in the 19th and 20th centuries, including paper dolls, greeting cards, posters, maps, blueprints, baseball cards, miniature books, scrapbooks, and oversize objects such as posters, maps, and blueprints . The size, the use of mixed media, and the often-transient nature of these objects add to the complexity of their preservation needs. This symposium will address the need to retain basic preservation guidelines while creatively developing effective storage and handling solutions for a variety of items.

The program is intended for curators, librarians, archivists, collection managers, and others involved in the care of collections that include paper-based objects large and small.

Location and Time
Location: Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

When: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration and Fees
$95 CCAHA members
$110 Non-members

Additional program information and registration are available at: http://www.cvent.com/d/vcqr4g

Monmouth County Historical Association

As part of its “Historically Speaking” lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome back Dr. Walter Greason who will speak on the topic of his latest book, "Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey." The lecture, in celebration of Black History Month, will be held at the Court Street School at 140 Court Street, Freehold, at the corner of Rhea (parking lot entrance on Avenue A) on Sunday, February 24th, 3-5pm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spring 2013 Conference in Erie: Register Now!

Online registration for MARAC's Spring 2013 Conference in Erie is now available.

When: April 25-27, 2013
Where: Erie, Pennsylvania
Hotel: Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and Bayfront Convention Center
Room rate: $149

Click here to register online.

Click here to download the conference program.

Call for Workshop Proposals

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

Workshops will be held on Thursday, November 7, 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.

Deadline is March 25, 2013.

Interested parties may also specify a preference to be considered for the Spring 2014 conference.

Philadelphia Conference Sessions -- Call for Speakers

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Fall 2013 Program Committee is seeking presentations to round out the sessions slated for the fall meeting. As a sneak peek of what will be presented at the Philadelphia meeting, we are seeking presentations on:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Why YOU should run for Chair!

Author: Ed Galloway, MARAC Chair

The Nominations & Elections Committee is still seeking candidates for MARAC Chair in the spring election. If you’re like I was when approached two years ago to run for this position, my first reaction was “Yeah right.” But then as I got to thinking about it, I had no real reason not to run. And then I thought perhaps I could give back to an organization that was my first professional home. And you know what? It’s been a great experience!

Being Chair of MARAC has been fun! Yes it’s had its share of challenges for sure but it has made me a better archivist, leader, manager and professional. It has opened my eyes to so much of what YOU do for MARAC. It has given me the ability to offer change and improvement to our growing organization. It has allowed me to represent MARAC on the national stage at SAA along with my fellow regional presidents. And perhaps most importantly, I’ve gotten to know so many more of you than before.

It is challenging? Sure. Is it time-consuming? Not as much as I thought. Is it scary? Of course! But all of this is what’s made the whole thing worth it. For most of us, “now” is never the right time so when is? There are so many proven and capable leaders in MARAC. We need you to consider serving!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Author: Caryn Radick, New Jersey Caucus Representative

Although it's been cold in New Jersey this winter, we haven't had too many "weather events" and certainly none to rival October's Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy.∗

At our MARAC Steering Committee meeting in Baltimore on February 1, I shared some of my experiences of Sandy and its aftermath (I was relatively lucky—only losing power for sixteen hours). I also spoke about how MARAC members have worked to assist repositories damaged in the storm.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SAA's Archival Innovator Award

The Archival Innovator Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2013 award.

Established in 2011, this award recognizes the role of innovative practices in the archival profession. Key areas of innovation are outlined by the criteria below, with preference given to nominees who have clearly demonstrated the greatest impact on the profession or their communities through the use of groundbreaking strategies, approaches, and/or technologies.