The Fall 2021 (Vol. 50, No. 4) issue of Mid-Atlantic Archivist is now available! Learn about DEI initiatives at MARAC-region institutions, nominate a colleague for the Distinguished Service Award, and catch up on the latest caucus news.
Calling all MARAC couples and families! If you met your spouse or long-time partner through MARAC or have another MARAC family connection, we’d love to talk to you for a Mid-Atlantic Archivist article being planned in celebration of MARAC’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Email Lauren Brown @firstname.lastname@example.org and Jodi Boyle email@example.com if interested or for more information. Deadline to respond is October 22nd!
I am Head of Special Collections and Archives at Queens College, City University of New York. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is collaborating with the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and mentoring graduate students and early professionals.
As a kid, I wanted to be… A sports columnist or broadcaster for the Red Sox.
My little known hobby or talent is, Outside of work I like reading and listening to audiobooks and doing a mediocre job at the New York Times Spelling Bee.
I joined and stay with MARAC because MARAC is affordable and welcoming!
Any position(s) held in MARAC: Moderator of MAA-Topics, the e-list to discuss topics and issues presented in the Mid-Atlantic Archivist.
Why I chose to volunteer: Connecting with other archivists in my region who are confronting similar issues or give me brand new ideas for my work.
My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: Just jump in! Folks are friendly and help is always needed.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is seeking poster session proposals for the Fall 2021 “Sites of Memory” meeting scheduled to be held October 7-9 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals from both professionals and current students.
The MARAC Fall 2021 conference is getting closer! Registration is currently open. Early bird registration discounts run until September 1, so this is the perfect time to reserve your spot.
How do you register? The MARAC conference website provides links to register online or through the mail. The early-bird registration rate is $120 for members and $170 for non-members. Registration includes attendance at five concurrent session blocks, the plenary, the Thursday meet and greet, Friday breakfast, Friday evening reception, and the Saturday business meeting. Snack breaks, poster and vendor sessions, and caucus meetings keep everyone thinking and talking between activities! All of this is surrounded by affordable optional activities: tours, intensive workshops, the Friday luncheon speaker, and Saturday breakfast.
Help is available to attend the Gettysburg conference. Three conference scholarships are available through MARAC. If you apply by September 3rd, one of these scholarships could help you attend the conference!
Connecting with other MARAC attendees can make reaching and staying in Gettysburg easier. Use the Rideshare listing to find others from your region who could be travel companions. The Roomshare listing makes it easier to split hotel costs.
The host hotel, the Wyndham Gettysburg, already makes room rates affordable, with or without a roommate, by offering MARAC members the conference group rate. This rate of $149/night is only available through September 6th. Staying at the Wyndham ensures easy access to all conference activities.
The conference will conform to CDC and state guidelines for COVID mitigation. At this time, the conference is expected to be a fully masked event. Any changes or additional guidelines will be communicated to attendees.
The Mid-Atlantic Archivist is looking for content!
Do you have an interesting case study? Did you develop a unique virtual workflow? Do you have something that adds to the archival profession? Your story could be published! Check out https://www.marac.info/mid-atlantic-archivist for more info.
John LeGloahec I have worked at the National Archives since June 2007, my third archives position in my career. I started in archives at the Rockefeller Archive Center, moved to the IMF Archives, and then joined NARA.
As a kid, I wanted to be… a teacher
My little known hobby or talent is, I collected postcards for many years
I joined and stay with MARAC because it is an organization that allows me to stay current with what’s going on in the profession – and MARAC is where I met my wife!
Any position(s) held in MARAC: Member at Large, Treasurer, Chair
Why I chose to volunteer: Being professionally active is the most rewarding part of my work in archives
My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: If you want to do something, change something, add something, then you should do it. MARAC is the place to make a difference!
The Communications Committee is seeking new submissions and suggestions for the MARAC Technical Leaflet Series (Print ISSN 2577-9400 and Electronic ISSN 2577-9419). This is a double-blind, peer-reviewed serial publication that provides practical guidance for specific archival tasks not commonly addressed in the professional literature.
Since 2018, the Editorial Board of the Technical Leaflet Series is aiming to produce at least two publications per calendar year (spring and winter). The latest Leaflet, Preserving Scrapbooks, was recently published and can be viewed on the MARAC website. Topics of particular interest for future publications may include:
Creating and maintaining acquisitions files
Curation and storage of oversize objects and realia
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives for archives
Handling of classified or proprietary materials in a government or corporate repository
Oral history in archives
Preservation, handling, and description of any of the following:
Reparative (re)processing of archival materials
Please submit any proposals or topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Publication guidelines for submissions are available on the MARAC website. Authors are encouraged to observe a soft limit of 25-30 pages of content. Summer 2021 submissions have a projected publication date of Fall 2022. Our next call for proposals will be in October 2021 for the Gettysburg Conference. All submissions will be reviewed by members of our Editorial Board. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your leaflet ideas further, please contact us.
Sincerely, Alex Japha, Editor-in-Chief Heidi Abbey Moyer, Editor Diane Wunsch, Editor MARAC Technical Leaflet Series Editorial Board
Check out historic scenes of summer fun in the MARAC region submitted by your archivist and library colleagues in Virginia and West Virginia throughout the summer 2021 issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist. Don’t miss it! Read it now here: https://marac.memberclicks.net/assets/maa/maracsummer21.pdf