As mentioned in Heidi Abbey’s article “Calling All Bloggers” in the Winter 2012 issue of Mid-Atlantic Archivist, MARAC members are invited to submit short articles, notices, and news of the world of archives to the MARAC Outreach blog. We’re looking for everything from personal testimonials about challenging reference questions to advocacy issues to news about events for MARAC’s 40th anniversary in 2012 – anything and everything relevent to MARAC! The blog will afford the opportunity for all of MARAC’s voices to be heard. Please contribute!
Happy New Year to those of you I didn’t get to see in Chicago. I have an issue that has a very quick turnaround and I would urge you to send this to your memberships lists ASAP. It has a deadline of January 20.
In one sentence, there is a petition drive to the White House urging the president to appoint a commission to explore the scope, costs and benefits of digitizing ALL federal records holdings. While there is obviously not any funding available now to accomplish this goal in the near future, the commission would establish a blueprint and do a cost/benefit analysis of such an effort. We are always being asked about what we (NCH and our organizations) are doing to help create jobs and this would be a big step in that direction.
I just sent out a newsletter alert on this and it would be far quicker for you to read that than for me to write a long e-mail explaining it.
This issue affects all of our constituencies, historians, archivists, political scientists, teachers, academicians, researchers, etc. Please take the time to alert your members and urge them to sign the petition. We need 25,000 signatures and right now only have about 1,700.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
National Coalition for History
Author: Barbara Beaucar
Author: Tammy L. Hamilton
Author: Sarah Malcolm
Author: Valerie Wingfield
While you are walking around admiring the Painted Ladies, surfing the internet indicates some interesting and tasty restaurants to chow down during your visit: Lucky Bones Backwater Grille, the Blue Pig Tavern (Congress Hall) and the Mad Batter(Carroll Villa Hotel). I don’t know if Hot Dog Tommy’s will be open but they serve a local favorite Potato Tornado, a mix of mashed potatoes and chili. Cape May! A place to enjoy the MARAC conference and breathe the sea air.