Winter Issue of MAA is now available!

The Winter 2023 issue of Mid-Atlantic Archivist is now available! Commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Spanish-American War and wrap up MARAC’s 50th anniversary with a College Park meeting recap.

Read it now here: https://marac.memberclicks.net/assets/maa/maracwinter23.pdf

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Invitation to Complete Survey on Challenges Implementing Reparative Archival Practices

Members of the “Studying the Impacts of Experienced and Perceived Barriers to Engaging in Reparative Archival Work” project team invite archivists at any level of employment and from all types of archival repositories to participate in a brief survey concerning the impacts of perceived and experienced barriers archivists encounter when conducting or thinking about adopting reparative archival practices. This survey is intended for archivists who are both undertaking and not undertaking reparative practices. We are seeking to understand why archivists are or are not undertaking reparative initiatives.

The anticipated time to complete this survey is 10-15 minutes. No personal identifiable information will be collected or shared. 

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the survey’s project team leader: Krista Oldham, koldham@tamu.edu 

Please follow this link to the survey: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7U6VAGdROFXQKXQ

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Krista Oldham
Chas Cassidy
Julia Corrin
Lexy deGraffenreid
Megan Mummey

MARAC 2023 Virtual Conference: Call for Poster Presentations

Proposal Submission Dates to Note

February 10, 2023 – Proposals Due

February 20, 2023 – Acceptance Notification

April 10, 2023 – Posters and Permissions Due

April 10 – 25, 2023 – Posters Put on MARAC YouTube Channel


Poster Presentation Overview

How does a virtual poster presentation work?

You’ll design your poster, and then record a voice-over of no more than 5 minutes where you explain it (as you would do in-person at a conference). You will ultimately submit a video file. We will assemble these pre-recorded presentations for broadcast during the virtual conference.


Poster Topics

While we encourage posters that keep to the conference theme of “Keeping Archives Relevant in the Digital Age,” any poster presentation relating to archives is appropriate for committee review.


Proposal Submission Requirements

Please submit your proposal here by February 10, 2023.


Contact Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gabriela Chiu (Rutgers University; gchiu510@gmail.com) or Melissa Ziobro (Monmouth University; mziobro@monmouth.edu).

MARAC 2023 Virtual Conference: Save the Date!

It’s only mid-January, but MARAC is already thinking of spring. Specifically, we’re thinking about the Spring 2023 Virtual Conference Meeting, April 26 – 28, exploring the theme “Keeping Archives Relevant in the Digital Age.”  Our Programming and Virtual Arrangements Committees are preparing an information-packed three days, and we hope many of you will join us online. 

The conference will begin with a plenary talk from Franklin Vagnone and Deborah Ryan, co-authors of The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums. Five session blocks will spread out over two days, offering attendees opportunities to hear from a variety of colleagues as they discuss enhancing the accessibility of archival collections, reimagining institutional histories and use of legacy collections and innovations for completing all this work under less than ideal situations (think minimal budgets and staffing.) Vendor demonstrations will also be held virtually, as well as MARAC’s business meeting and virtual tours of institutions throughout the MARAC region. 

Registration for the meeting will open in March 2023, at which point the conference program will also be available. Registration for this meeting will be $25 for MARAC members and $50 for non-members. And, once again, our Virtual MARAC will be free for students!

Fall 2023 Meeting Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference is holding its fall 2023 conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. With a town motto of “Health, History, and Horses,” Saratoga Springs is the home of invigorating mineral water springs, a world-famous horse racing track, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The conference will take place on October 19-21, 2023 at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga Springs City Center. 


The Program Committee invites proposals related to the theme “Navigating the Turn: Re-Appraising the Archival Career.” Our profession seems to be in a season of change, buffeted by the stresses of the pandemic, a new enthusiasm for unions and labor advocacy, and increasing expansion into preservation and management of born-digital collections. The theme is inspired by the Battle of Saratoga, which was a turning point in the Revolutionary War, and horses battling for position on the famed local racetrack. The curative waters of Saratoga Spa can also represent an opportunity for reflection and renewal. 


The Program Committee encourages submissions from newer professionals and members of underrepresented groups. MARAC membership is not required. Presenters may submit more than one proposal, but may present only one session OR poster. Members of the Program Committee are not permitted to present.


Theme ideas to consider:

  • Employment status, labor issues, changing from junior to mid-career to senior
  • How has the archives field changed over time? Widening responsibilities all seem to fit in our line of work. We’re not just archivists anymore.
  • How to refresh – your career, your mental health, your sense of purpose.
  • Turning a collection around, or making a big change.

Proposal Submission
The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2023. If you are looking for co-presenters or a moderator, consider posting to the Collaboration Spreadsheet. Spreadsheet entries are not proposal submissions and will not be considered. Please use the Submission Form to submit proposals.

For more information, visit Fall 2023 Call for Proposals.

Interested in proposing a session but don’t know where to start? Check out our webinar on YouTube.  Contact Amanda May at amandakossmay@gmail.com or Josette Schluter at josette.schluter@gmail.com with any questions. 

MARAC Distinguished Service Award Nominations due 1/31

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to MARAC as well as contributions to the broader archival profession. Service to MARAC will be weighted more heavily. This recognition is accompanied by a $250 honorarium, provided through the generosity of Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc.

For more details and the nomination form see https://www.marac.info/distinguished-service-award.

The nomination deadline is January 31, 2023.
 
Please send nominations and any questions to the Distinguished Service Award Committee Chair, Tara Wink, at twink@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Call for Workshop Proposals

Do you have expertise in a topic that you would like to share with other MARAC members?  Please consider proposing a workshop topic for 2023!

The MARAC Education Committee is now accepting proposals for full- and half-day workshops.   Proposals are being considered for both conferences and stand-alone workshops; virtual and in-person; entry level and advanced topics.   Submission is rolling, but to be considered for the following events, please submit proposals by January 6, 2023.

Submission Form: https://forms.gle/17ehygxfCRqyAkhB8

Virtual Events: Summer Series 2023 (May – August)

In lieu of virtual conference workshops, the Summer Series is a full offering of virtual workshops over the course of the summer. These will be staggered to avoid zoom fatigue and accommodate different schedules.  This also gives us an opportunity to break from the half- and full-day schedule.  If you want to teach a shorter or longer workshop – this is for you!

In-Person Events: Fall 2023 Meeting — Saratoga Springs (October 18)

Workshop topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching with Primary Sources
  • Reparative Description Guidelines
  • Cover Letter and Resume writing advice
  • People or Project Management
  • Special Projects, Working with vendors
  • Facilities projects, Renovations, Disaster Preparedness/Clean-up, HVAC management 
  • General Preservation/Collections Storage Best Practices 
  • Archival Fundamentals:    Acquisition and Appraisal, Ingest and Accessioning, Arrangement and Description, Reference and Access, Copyright and Licensing, Loans and Exhibition, Surveys and Policy Creation

Questions?  Please contact MARAC Workshop Coordinators Colleen Bradley-Sanders at C.Bradley-Sanders17@brooklyn.cuny.edu, Elizabeth Wilkinson at wilkinsone2@southernct.edu, or Education Committee Chair Elliot McNally at elliotmcnally@gmail.com

MARAC NEC Nominations Open

Nominations due November 18th

With a new year comes new opportunities to be involved with and grow MARAC. Serving in an elected office or position brings opportunities to learn how MARAC operates, network with others in the archival profession, and develop new skills. From new professionals to more experienced ones, MARAC offers us – the members – the chance to lead and participate in a variety of ways.

We are particularly looking for more candidates for the Nominations and Elections Committee. This one-year commitment offers the opportunity to learn about MARAC’s organizational structure, to meet many members, and to promote future leadership. 

Check out the Committees page to learn what committees do and find your spot in MARAC!


Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for one or more of the positions. 

  • Chair-Elect, 2-year term
  • Secretary, 2-year term
  • Members at Large,  (4 positions)
  • Meetings Coordinator, 2-year term
  • Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee, 3-year term (2 positions available)
  • Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2-year term (2 position available)
  • Finding Aids Award Committee, 3-year term (2 positions available)
  • Nominations and Elections Committee, 1-year term (3 positions available)
  • Scholarship Committee, 3-year term (2 positions available)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee, (1 position)

The term of service for each starts in July 2023. Find links to the position descriptions and fill out the Nomination Form. Nominations are open until November 18, 2022.

Please contact Sheridan Sayles, Nominations and Elections Chair, at sheridanleighsayles@gmail.com with any questions. 


Sincerely,


MARAC Nominations and Elections Committee 2022-2023

 Sheridan Sayles (chair)

 Stacey Lavender

 Lori Hostuttler

 Cassandra Berman

MARAC Finding Aids Award 2022 CFP

The Finding Aids Award Committee invites nominations for the MARAC Finding Aids Award by December 31, 2022. The Finding Aids Award is given yearly to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the MARAC region. The nominated finding aid must have been first made available to the public between January 1 and December 31, 2022.

Each submission should include the URL and a 1-2 page nomination letter (not to exceed 500 words) that addresses the finding aid’s exceptional qualities and/or discusses elements not readily apparent from examination of the finding aid itself.  Submission guidelines can be found at https://www.marac.info/finding-aids-award

Please send your submission packet and direct any questions to Committee Senior Co-Chair, Amy C. Vo at amy.c.vo@gmail.com.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES