Friday, March 29, 2013

CCAHA: Environmental management: stewardship & sustainability


Creating stable environmental conditions is the most significant step an institution can take for the long-term preservation of the collections materials under its stewardship. While most preservation actions affect single items or groups of items, environmental conditions affect entire collections.

Though providing stable environmental conditions is a goal for most archives, museums, and libraries, in actuality it can be very difficult to achieve ideal specifications. In addition to economic limitations faced by many institutions, collections are often housed in historic structures, in buildings with aging systems, or in structures whose designs make environmental management difficult.

This one day program will explore new approaches to controlling environmental conditions in cultural institutions. Leading experts in the field will present physically and financially feasible environmental control strategies to help institutions preserve collections materials for the long-term

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This Week in 1913


Omaha, Nebraska, 1913.
Authors: Jeff Satterly and Robert Muhlhauser,

The week of March 21st through March 26th marks the 100 year anniversary of one of the greatest – and least well known - natural disasters to ever hit the United States. This week in 1913, a series of late winter storms caused tornadoes and severe flooding across the Midwest that killed hundreds of people and left thousands homeless while causing billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure property, businesses and infrastructure.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Using Theater to Explore Archives

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting a new theatrical work this April that explores the question of why archives are important, and how we interact with the history and stories within these collections. The performance, titled ArkHIVE, will be held in the Historical Society’s beautiful Reading Room in Center City Philadelphia from April 13-15. Artist Sebastienne Mundheim and her team will travel through time, using the Historical Society’s archives for inspiration. The audience will encounter dancers dressed in armor, roaring sound in a quiet library, a landscape of paper architecture, and stories of those who changed history.

There will be performances at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, Sunday, April 14, and Monday, April 15.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. We are offering a special $5 discount to MARAC members with the code “MARAC”. For more information or to register, visit

Monday, March 25, 2013

Golf in Erie

Author: Ed Galloway, MARAC Chair

I’m organizing a golf outing in Erie for any interested MARAC golfers. Assuming it stops snowing, we’ll play on Thursday, April 25 at Whispering Woods. In order to get back to those all-important MARAC meetings, we’ll tee off by 10 AM at the latest. If you’re interested, please send me an email.

Friday, March 22, 2013


The Drexel University Libraries, in collaboration with the Delaware Valley Archivists Group, will be hosting the Society of American Archivists (SAA) workshop “Inreach and Outreach for Digital Archives” on June 18, 2013. The workshop focuses on collaboration and change management skills needed for establishing a digital archives program and is part of the new Digital Archives Specialist certification. To learn more about the workshop and register, please go to

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Find a Ride, Find a Roommate for MARAC in Erie

The MARAC spring meeting in Erie, Pa. is a little over a month away (April 25-27). Still figuring out how you're going to get to the Flagship City or looking for a roommate? If so, check out the following rideshare/roomshare/houseshare spreadsheet:

Use the tabs in the spreadsheet to find a ride, offer a ride, find a roommate, or offer crash space in your home near Erie. This spreadsheet is editable by anyone. If you no longer need a ride, rider, or roommate, please come back and update your information. All those with plans to attend the April MARAC meeting in Erie, Pa. are welcome to use this spreadsheet.

This spreadsheet is intended for informational use only. It is not a matching service; you need to use the information on the spreadsheet to find people to share rooms and rides with.

MARAC claims no ownership of the spreadsheet and is not responsible for the contents of this spreadsheet or any actions which result from using this spreadsheet. Please use good judgement and common sense when reaching out to strangers.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh at And thank you to the SAA SNAP Roundtable for the use of this form.

Free Digital Preservation Webinars

ASERL is pleased to again host a series of webinars to aid member librarians, staff, and others in learning the basic tenets of digital preservation. The first series, offered in Spring 2012, continues to attract repeated viewers via ASERL’s Vimeo channel (see ). For 2013, we’ve re-focused the content based on user feedback and re-structured the series into four 60-minute webinars.

All sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about this important topic. Further updates can be found at

Monmouth County Historical Association

As part of its “Historically Speaking” lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome Dr. Maxine Lurie who will speak on Sunday, March 24th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. The lecture will be held at the Monmouth County Historical Association Headquarters at 70 Court Street, Freehold.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Basics of Digitization for Archives Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY
Instructor: Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS
Description: This workshop will help your institution get started in the development of a digital program. The workshop covers tools you can use for scanning; basic hardware, software, and metadata issues; use of in-house or outsourced services to digitize; collaborative digitization; and practical planning decisions for staffing and budgeting for digital activities. A special focus on digital projects of interest from around the MARAC region is planned.

The MARAC workshops are approved for Academy of Certified Archivist credits upon request. To register go to:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Museum of the City of New York and South Street Seaport finding aids online

The Museum of the City of New York and the South Street Seaport Museum are pleased to announce the launch of a joint catablog for both institutions, providing online access to finding aids for our archival collections. The archivists at both museums will continue to make more finding aids accessible via the catablog as the collections are processed.

Please visit in order to learn more about our archival collections.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Beyond the Text: Literary Archives in the 21st Century

The two-day symposium will bring together literary and information science scholars, historians, curators, archivists, writers, and publishers. Panelists will explore the collaborations between library professionals and scholars around use of manuscript material in teaching and research, the intersections between archival and literary theory, and the impact of the changing shape of archives on institutional stewardship and scholarship.

Date: April 26–27, 2013

Register here:


Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University

Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

Born Digital • Sound Archives • Publishers’ Archives • Intersections of Archival and Literary Theory • Romance of the Archive • Teaching with Literary Archives • Mining the Archive

Upcoming Workshop: Date Rescheduled

Copyright Fundamentals for Archivists and Librarians

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Buena Vista Conference and Reception Center, New Castle, DE
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.

*Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Colloquium on the Impact of Digital Technologies on Civil War Studies

American Public University System to Host Second Annual History Colloquium on the Impact of Digital Technologies on Civil War Studies

The University Archives and Special Collections at American Public University System (APUS) hosts its second annual history colloquium. "Civil War Studies and the Digital (R)Evolution" takes place on Saturday, March 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in APUS's new, state-of-the-art Finance Center, 393 North George Street in Charles Town, W.Va. Scholars, authors, and educators will explore the blossoming of new forms of inquiry for the 150th anniversary of the most devastating war in American history. Their multi-disciplinary panels discuss how digital technologies and web-based applications are changing the nature of Civil War scholarship and bringing a richer understanding to this complex historical era.