MARAC in Philadelphia: Airport Info

A large number of airlines serve the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and one of the best fare comparison websites is Kayak. However, please note that Southwest is not included on that site—if that airline services your home airport, the only place to find Southwest fares is on the Southwest website.

PHL is located in South Philadelphia and is connected to the heart of the city via SEPTA bus and rail. (A separate post all about SEPTA is coming soon!) SEPTA’s Airport Line train stops at all airport terminals and departs every 30 minutes between 5:30 AM and 12:00 AM. It takes 30 minutes to travel from the airport to Market East station (about a mile from the conference) and you can buy a ticket on the train for $7.00. The Hyatt also has a shuttle service, Lady Liberty Shuttle Service, for $10.00 per person that runs every 20 minutes from 5:30 AM to 12:00 AM. For more details about transportation options from the airport, see the conference hotel transportation page.

MARAC in Philadelphia: Megabus and Bolt Bus

Discount bus lines like Megabus and Bolt Bus are one of the cheapest ways to get to Philadelphia. These buses pick up and depart from 30th St Station in Philly, right near the subway, train, and many bus lines. A Google Maps or GPS search for 3100 JFK Blvd will put you right at the bus stop. Both lines offer fares starting at $1 (which rise as more seats on a bus are filled) and feature free wifi and outlets. The downside is that, like any discount service, sometimes you get what you pay for. Delays are very common, and wifi is not guaranteed. But if you have more free time than cash, these buses are the way to go.

Megabus runs between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Hampton VA, Harrisburg, New York, Richmond, Secaucus, State College, Toronto, and Washington DC. Many other cities have connections in New York. The New York trip has an additional stop at Independence Hall Visitor’s Center, just west of 6th St and Market St–less than a mile from the conference hotel.

Bolt Bus runs between Philadelphia and Boston, Newark, and New York.

Travel Tips

  • Get there early. On-time buses start boarding about 15 minutes before the departure time, and seating is first-come first-serve. 
  • Dress for weather. Buses board outdoors, and if you follow the “get there early” advice you could be waiting a while in the rain or cold.
  • Know your number. Megabus and Bolt Bus use confirmation numbers instead of tickets. Make sure you have your number handy before you board, either on paper or on a smartphone.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Digitize Institutional Publications

The Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is pleased to present selected institutional publications online at  A digitization micro-grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) funded the digitization of historical annual reports from both the New York Hospital (1834-1962) and the Lying-in Hospital of the City of New York (1890-1932), as well as announcements from the Weill Cornell Medical College (1898-1960), and the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing (1896-1979).
The New York Hospital Annual Reports are a resource for studying the history of health care, as well as social history, treatment of immigrants and the poor, and the development of the city.  One can trace the prevalence and decline of specific diseases over time, as well as changes in health care administration. Reports of the Lying-in Hospital illustrate the history of women’s health care, and document practices surrounding labor and delivery.  They are also a resource for demographic studies, as the reports present aggregate data on fascinating details such as the national origins of patients and occupations of the husbands/fathers.
The Medical College Announcements document developments in medical education throughout the 20th century, such as those brought on by the Flexner Report of 1910, and the post-war expansion of bio-medical research. The School of Nursing announcements are a resource for studying the history of health care, the role of nurses, nursing education, and women’s history. 

The Medical Center Archives materials are part of the Medical Heritage Library (, a body of curated digital materials focusing on the history of medicine, from libraries and archives around the world, hosted on the Internet Archive.

Call for Participation: Deadline Extended

Please note the deadline has been extended to August 7th.

Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART)
Call for Participation:  Disaster Planning for Archives and Their Communities 

Date: October 7, 2013 Monday, October 7, 2013

Location: Center for Jewish History, New York, NY

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, train service has been restored to the Rockaways and City beaches have opened for the summer, however many archives, libraries, museums and homes have only just begun to get back to “normal” and others are still a long way away. In the spirit of Archives Week it is appropriate to take time to look back at what happened, what went wrong, what went right, and what can be done differently next time.

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, in conjunction with the Center for Jewish History, is organizing a one-day symposium with the aim of bringing together archivists, records managers, librarians, museum professionals, emergency responders, disaster recovery professionals, volunteers and the general public to address how professional and citizen archivists as well as related professionals can both better protect their collections from disaster and also become a resource for the larger community in disaster situations.  

Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Case studies and “lessons learned” from Sandy or other disasters
  • Protecting personal and family records — providing outreach to the general public
  • Continuity of operations and logistics — how to get back up and running after a disaster
  • Navigating FEMA and other disaster relief assistance
  • Preventative care of collections versus post-disaster recovery
  • Lone arrangers and small shops — how can small archives band together to help one another?
  • Using a disaster to advocate within your organization — making the archive valuable during a disaster
  • Archivists as volunteers — fostering a culture of giving and creating a network of archivist volunteers
  • Disaster planning and recovery on a budget
  • How archives and cultural institutions fit into the larger emergence response picture, especially post-Katrina.
  • Keeping up morale, resources and volunteer support weeks and months after a disaster
  • Disaster planning for born-digital and electronic records
  • Protecting vital records for both the archive and the larger organization
  • Archiving disaster — how does a significant event like 9/11 change the normal retention of records? what is the role of the archivist? how are records appraised?
  • Man-made versus natural disasters — the international perspective, especially in areas subject to armed conflict.
  • Advocating for archives during larger disaster situations when disaster recovery resources and relief are stretched.

Proposal Guidelines

All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).  Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional affiliation (if applicable), abstract (250 words max) and indication of technological requirements.  Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.

Deadline for Proposals

Proposals should be emailed to by August 7th, 2013.