New England Archivists Workshops

New England Archivists announces educational workshops at the Spring 2013 Meeting, to be held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The following workshops will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

SAA-DAS: Digital Forensics for Archivists
http://newenglandarchivists.org/education/education.html#forensics

Photographic Fitness: Basic Approaches toward Administering Photographic Material in Archival Collections
http://newenglandarchivists.org/education/education.html#photos

Basic Archives
http://newenglandarchivists.org/education/education.html#basic

To register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/NEA-Spring2013-Register

In addition to the workshops being offered by the Education Committee, we are happy to offer a free workshop on oral history as a part of the NEA StoryCorps project. The workshop is being conducted by the Worcester Women’s Oral History Project on Saturday, March 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. This project is supported by a grant from Mass Humanities. For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/NEA-OralHistoryWorkshop.

CCAHA: Preserving Paper-based Ephemera

One Day Conference on Preserving Paper-Based Ephemera in Providence, RI! Register Now!

Out of the Ordinary: Preserving Paper-based Ephemera
Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Providence, RI – May 2nd, 2013
Cosponsored & hosted by: Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

About the Program
This symposium will examine the myriad of challenges faced in preserving a wide variety of non-standard paper items produced in the 19th and 20th centuries, including paper dolls, greeting cards, posters, maps, blueprints, baseball cards, miniature books, scrapbooks, and oversize objects such as posters, maps, and blueprints . The size, the use of mixed media, and the often-transient nature of these objects add to the complexity of their preservation needs. This symposium will address the need to retain basic preservation guidelines while creatively developing effective storage and handling solutions for a variety of items.

The program is intended for curators, librarians, archivists, collection managers, and others involved in the care of collections that include paper-based objects large and small.

Location and Time
Location: Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

When: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration and Fees
$95 CCAHA members
$110 Non-members

Additional program information and registration are available at: http://www.cvent.com/d/vcqr4g

Monmouth County Historical Association

As part of its “Historically Speaking” lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome back Dr. Walter Greason who will speak on the topic of his latest book, “Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey.” The lecture, in celebration of Black History Month, will be held at the Court Street School at 140 Court Street, Freehold, at the corner of Rhea (parking lot entrance on Avenue A) on Sunday, February 24th, 3-5pm.

Dr. Greason is the Executive Director of the International Center for Metropolitan Growth. For the last twenty years, he has established himself as the world’s leading authority on the economics of race and metropolitan growth and has advised hundreds of businesses and organizations on fiscal management, investment, and development strategies. He also currently serves as the Treasurer of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (www.sacrph.org) and is an officer on the Membership Committee of the Organization of American Historians. Recently, Dr. Greason won recognition as a Visiting Scholar at James Madison University in Virginia and his new book “Suburban Erasure” is available now and will on hand for purchase and signing at the lecture. Dr. Greason is Assistant Professor of History, and Coordinator of the African American and Africana Studies Program at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. He is also the author of “The Path to Freedom – Black Families in New Jersey.”

The Court Street School is one of the principal structures associated with the segregated history of early 20th century education in Freehold. The original school was organized in 1915 in a one-room wooden building, exclusively for the education of African American children. The existing brick building was constructed in two phases in 1920 and 1926. All African-American children in Freehold were educated here from kindergarten through 8th grade until WWII when it was used as an air raid shelter and ration station. It was reopened as an integrated school for kindergarten through 3rd grade in 1949, until it closed in 1974. It became a community education and historical center in 1990 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1995.

The lecture is presented in partnership with the Court Street School and is part of a weekend long celebration entitled Africa to America hosted by the Court Street School Education Community Center. On Saturday, February 23rd from 3pm – 6pm at the First Baptist Church, 81 West Main Street in Freehold, visitors will be treated to live performances, open mic poetry, instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers.

Dr. Greason’s lecture is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Please call 732-462-1466 for further information or to let us know you will attend. The Court Street School is accessible to persons with disabilities. If there are any special needs that require accommodation, please contact the Association at 732-462-1466 within 24 hours of the presentation.

Call for Workshop Proposals

The Meetings Coordinating Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is currently soliciting proposals for workshops at the Fall 2013 conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Workshops may be either a half-day or a full-day and may focus on any topic of interest to MARAC’s constituency, for example: Appraisal, Arrangement & Description, Records Management, Donor Relations, Disaster Planning, Digitization, Electronic Records, and Reference. This year we are especially interested in workshops related to management topics and also digital/electronic records. Workshop leaders will be provided with a monetary stipend.
Please complete the workshop proposal form.
Deadline is March 25, 2013.
Interested parties may also specify a preference to be considered for the Spring 2014 conference.

Philadelphia Conference Sessions — Call for Speakers

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Fall 2013 Program Committee is seeking presentations to round out the sessions slated for the fall meeting. As a sneak peek of what will be presented at the Philadelphia meeting, we are seeking presentations on:
  • Evaluating User Experience in Archives: 2-3 speakers who are involved or have engaged in assessing user experiences, particularly assessment of users’ interaction with websites and/or online finding aids, outreach efforts, exhibitions, or use of the reading room.
  • Ghosts of Careers Past: Bringing Previous Experience into the Archives. 2 speakers. Speakers will discuss previous careers, hobbies, skills, or experiences that have informed the way they fulfill their duties in libraries and archives.
  • Art from Archives, 3-4 speakers. Session participants will discuss ways in which materials from their collections have been used for creative projects. This includes innovative lobby displays, education programs, creative digital encoding and/or website development and design, and interpretive projects of all kinds.
  • Naval Archives Collections, 2 speakers to discuss naval history documents in archival and library collections.
  • Tech Tools Pecha Kucha, 8-9 speakers to discuss a tech tool (software, website, or social media) that they’ve used in their archives, particularly if they’ve used it in an innovative way. Pecha kucha presentations generally consist of 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each (total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds). Attendees will be able to walk away with a list of tools to checkout further on their own.
  • Science Archives Collections, 2-3 speakers to discuss the uniqueness and importance of science collections.
  • Web exhibitions and mobile applications, 3 speakers involved in creating web exhibitions and/or mobile applications to enhance “visitor” access to and engagement with archives and archival collections. Examples focusing on mobile-ready design for use with smart phones and tablets, use of web components as enhancements to physical exhibitions, or innovative approaches to bringing in new user groups/”visitors” via web exhibitions are encouraged.
  • Primary Source Instruction in Higher Education, 4 speakers to present innovative methods of using primary sources in special collections or archival instruction at the undergraduate or graduate level. All topics are welcome but may include case studies, lesson plans, evaluation methods, developing instruction programs, collaborations with faculty, etc.
  • Increasing Public Awareness/ Educating People about Archives, 1-2 speakers, to present on projects involving educating various communities about archives and primary sources (other than in Higher Education).
  • Lost Treasures, 2-3 speakers, to share how they unraveled a mystery; through the many and varied records scoured, twists and turns, and the conclusion.
  • Politics, Professionalism, and the Future of Archival Advocacy, 2-3 speakers, why the archives profession needs to seek out opportunities to advance our interests through direct political engagement. It will also look at instances where this has been successful and discuss how this recalibration of advocacy efforts might come about at the institutional and individual level.
  • Implementations of Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF). 2-3 speakers. Presentations on finished projects, works-in-progress, or planning for implementation. We especially invite contributions that speak to using EAC-CPF in order to network collections across institutions as well as all aspects of archival authority control.
  • Role of graphics archives in the 21st-century, 2-3 speakers to address the changing nature of graphics special collections as affected by digitization, changes in visual materials cataloging, and staffing. Speakers could address issues related to the project management; the changing role of graphics curators/archivists; the leveraging of graphics collections in the promotion of the institution in which they are held; as well as possibly a speaker who provides insight about how to process graphic collections to archivists who have little experience with visual materials.

If you are interested in participating in a session as a speaker, please send your name, contact information, and a brief description of your talk to the Program Committee at lrizzo@udel.edu no later than February 28, 2013 (the sooner the better) and the organizing PC member will be in touch with you.

Why YOU should run for Chair!

Author: Ed Galloway, MARAC Chair

The Nominations & Elections Committee is still seeking candidates for MARAC Chair in the spring election. If you’re like I was when approached two years ago to run for this position, my first reaction was “Yeah right.” But then as I got to thinking about it, I had no real reason not to run. And then I thought perhaps I could give back to an organization that was my first professional home. And you know what? It’s been a great experience!
Being Chair of MARAC has been fun! Yes it’s had its share of challenges for sure but it has made me a better archivist, leader, manager and professional. It has opened my eyes to so much of what YOU do for MARAC. It has given me the ability to offer change and improvement to our growing organization. It has allowed me to represent MARAC on the national stage at SAA along with my fellow regional presidents. And perhaps most importantly, I’ve gotten to know so many more of you than before.
It is challenging? Sure. Is it time-consuming? Not as much as I thought. Is it scary? Of course! But all of this is what’s made the whole thing worth it. For most of us, “now” is never the right time so when is? There are so many proven and capable leaders in MARAC. We need you to consider serving!