Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Few Tips for Making the Most of Your MARAC Membership

Author: Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, Membership Development Chair

The following are just a few tips for making the most of your MARAC Membership. We’ll explore more ideas for getting involved and take your questions during the New Member Orientation in Erie on Friday morning. See you at 8:30 in the East Ballroom!

Can’t make it to Erie? Please comment here with any additional questions or contact the Membership Development Committee. We’d love to incorporate your suggestions into future guides for new members.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Special Collections Roundtable of Upstate New York

The next Special Collections Roundtable of Upstate New York is being hosted by the University of Rochester on Thursday, May 16. We have purposely scheduled it to start later in the day (beginning with a lunch at noon) so that those of you with a drive will be able to get there in time to enjoy what the U of R has in store for us. While this event is aimed at Rare Books librarians and Special Collections archivists/curators/librarians in the Upstate New York area, anyone with an interest in the subject matter is, of course, welcome to join us for sharing techniques and networking with your colleagues.

More information about the event, including an agenda, registration details, directions, can be found here: http://clrc.org/event-registration-2/?action=evregister&event_id=104

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Reminder: Bylaws Vote at Erie Business Meeting

Author: Dan Linke, Member-at-Large

The following originally appeared in the Winter 2013 edition of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist. It is being reposted here, with additions, as reminder that the following will be brought to vote at the Erie Business Meeting.

A fun fact that emerged during MARAC’s 40th Anniversary is that the organization started with about 100 members and over four decades grew by almost 1000%! Over that time, committees were organized and added as needed or opportunities arose. This past year, MARAC Chair Ed Galloway, tasked an ad hoc committee composed of the four at-large Steering Committee members with reviewing how our awards committees are structured and recommending any changes. The committee (Rebecca Collier, Tammy Hamilton, Dan Linke, and Jordon Steele) found that, for the most part, the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee and the Finding Aids Awards committee run well. However, they did notice operational differences between the two. Both grant monetary awards, yet the administration of each committee differs significantly. Custer Committee members are elected, while Finding Aids Committee members are appointed by the chair.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

CCAHA: Recent Conservation Treatments

Author: Dyani Feige, Pennsylvania Caucus Rep

Pennsylvania's first constituion.
Here at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), our conservators work with anything and everything paper-based – from documents to bound atlases, from daguerreotypes to digital print-outs, from postage stamps to wallpaper, even parchment and papyrus. This means that we have had the opportunity to treat a number of exciting materials from archival collections.

Objects come to us from near and far, but below are just a few examples of interesting treatments from the MARAC region. The following articles were all written by CCAHA’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Katherine Magaziner, for the bi-monthly Focus newsletter. Focus provides an in-depth look at particular conservation treatments, exploring not only technical aspects of the conservators’ work with objects, but also the history and context of the pieces themselves. An archive of past issues can be found at http://www.ccaha.org/publications/focus-archive.

March/April 2013: Pennsylvania's first constitution, written by Benjamin Franklin (among others) in 1776, has been described as the most democratic in America. It recently traveled from the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg to CCAHA for conservation treatment.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Session Chairs needed for Philly Conference

Interested in being involved with a MARAC Conference? Be a chair at a session!!

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Fall 2013 Program Committee is looking for approximately 10 chairs for sessions.

Your responsibility as chair is to introduce each of the speakers, keep track of the time for each presentation (to make sure the speaker doesn't go over) and to facilitate the Q&A portion of the session.

If you are interested please contact Laurie Rizzo, lrizzo20@gmail.com

Monday, April 1, 2013

MARAC Workshops

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is proud to announce that registration is open for the following continuing education workshops. The MARAC workshops are approved for Academy of Certified Archivist credits upon request. To register go to: http://www.marac.info/workshops.

Project Management for Archival Processing, Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: The Lawrenceville School Library, Lawrenceville, NJ
Instructor: Vincent Novara
Cost: $105 (includes lunch)
Description: This workshop focuses on introductory techniques and common tools for project management. Workshop participants will learn how to establish, define, plan, implement, and execute archival projects. Attention is given to strengthening prioritization skills and workflow planning as they pertain to processing projects executed by various levels of staffing, including the lone arranger. The workshop also addresses interpretive projects such as exhibitions and digital initiatives. Attendees will learn how to determine project goals and objectives, compose project objective statements, establish work breakdown structures, estimate project budgets, create project and communication plans, schedule and track tasks using Gantt Charts, and conduct a post-project evaluation. Throughout the workshop, standard project management terminology is applied to common archives tasks, and an overview is given of Earned Value Assessment.

Basics of Digitization for Archives Workshop, 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
Cost: $85
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.