Rochester MARAC: The East End

Rochester’s East End, known as the center of the city’s nightlife, is all within a mile of the MARAC conference hotel.  This residential downtown neighborhood has plenty of restaurants, bars, and attractions, including the Eastman Theatre or the Dryden, the Little Theatre, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Eastman School of Music.

This area features upscale restaurants (e.g. 2 Vine, Tournedo’s, Max of Eastman Place), casual eateries (e.g. Veneto, Shui Asian Fusion, Jim’s), cafes (e.g. Orange Glory, Java’s, Chestnut) and a great variety of bars, including a brewery.

Check out our map of vetted restaurants, maps & arts locations in the East End:

Events in the East End during MARAC:

• Thurs. April 24th – Sat. April 26th @ 7:30 pm: Phantom of the Opera.  Rochester Broadway Theater League at the Rochester Auditorium.  $38+

• Thurs. April 24th @ 7:30pm: Italian Baroque Organ concert, Stephen Kennedy (organ) and Vanessa van Wormer (choreographer/dancer). Memorial Art Gallery. Included with Gallery admission.  

• Fri. April 25th @ 7:00 pm: Piano recital, Chris Urquiaga.  Eastman School Ray Wright Room.  Free and open to the public.  

• Fri. April 25th & Sat. April 26th @ 8:00 pm: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: Pops, Curtis Stigers (vocalist).. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  Free and open to the public.  


Job Posting: Audiovisua​l Project Archivist for Hagley’s David Sarnoff Collection

Hagley is seeking a full-time project archivist for a two-year effort to process the audiovisual materials in its David Sarnoff Collection.

The position is part of a three-year grant-funded project to make fully accessible to researchers the David Sarnoff Collection, the extraordinary and comprehensive 2,800-linear-foot archive?of materials documenting the business dealings of David Sarnoff, pioneer of the media and electronics age. The history of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the founding of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) are recorded in the collection’s manuscripts, reports, notebooks, publications, photographs, moving images, and sound recordings. RCA’s research & development activities as well as the emerging American consumer culture are also recorded here. They vastly enlarge RCA-related collections already at Hagley.


Work with Hagley staff to process the audiovisual media, including photographs, film, and a variety of other formats.

• Arrange, describe, and rehouse the audiovisual portion of the collection in accordance with professional standards and best practices.

• Oversee project staff including an average of one academic-year graduate assistant and one summer intern per year for the two years of the AV phase of the project. The overall project will also be supported by assistants and interns, and nine of Hagley’s full- time staff to varying degrees.

• Work closely with another Sarnoff project archivist responsible for the manuscripts portion of the collection.

• Use Archivists’ Toolkit (AT) to create an EAD finding aid and other discovery tools in accordance with DACS.

• Assist in the preservation assessment of collections and selection of materials for conservation treatment.

• Collaborate on digitization, including the selection of items for the digital component of the project.

• Maintain and post to a project blog, incorporating digitized images and documents.

• Promote the collection through professional and academic meetings or other venues.

• Participate in special projects as assigned.


• Master’s degree in library or information science or in history and/or at least two years of relevant professional experience processing complex collections is required.

• Experience with best practices in archives and records management theory and practice, including:

– Current metadata and descriptive standards: DACS, EAD, Dublin Core.

– Knowledge of preservation standards.

– Familiarity of web publishing platforms.

• Experience processing collections containing audiovisual materials.

• Demonstrated ability to manage projects and tasks in a complex and dynamic environment, and to work effectively with colleagues in different departments across a complex institution.

• Demonstrated ability to manage a project team, consisting of both professionals as well as interns, and providing the latter with necessary training. Ability to set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines independently and collaboratively.

• Strong analytical, communication, and writing skills.

• Ability to lift and shelve boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, a c.v., a finding aid from a successful processing project, and preferably also a writing sample to Robert Hill, Director of Human Resources, Hagley Museum and Library, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, or electronically to Applications will be reviewed as they arrive until the position is filled, up to April 18, 2014.

Hagley Museum and Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Rochester MARAC: Hotel Overflow Information

To meet the needs of our members attending the Spring 2014 (April 24-26, 2014) conference in Rochester, NY, MARAC has contracted an additional block of rooms at the Rochester Plaza, located at 70 State Street . Please see The room rate is $123 per night, plus state and local taxes, which are estimated to be 14%. This is the same cost as the meeting hotel and therate is good through 31 March 2014. The hotels are an estimated 5 minute walk from each other. The three letter reservation code for MARAC Spring 2014 is “MAR”. This code can be used to make on-line reservations at www.rochesterplaza.comor over the phone reservations at 1-866-826-2831 or 585-546-3450 ~ Ask for Reservations.

MARAC Rochester: Corn Hill

Corn Hill is a historic district in Rochester, located within easy walking distance of the Hyatt Hotel. The neighborhood boasts some of the oldest residential buildings in the city, with beautiful examples of Victorian, Gothic, and Queen Anne-style houses.
Right at the riverfront is Corn Hill Landing, home to a variety of restaurants.  On a warm evening, take advantage of available patio seating for a great view of the water and the lit-up cityscape.
·         Harvest Café serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, with a carefully crafted menu featuring local, fresh products.
·         Flight Wine Bar offers delightful wine and cheese pairings, with charcuterie plates and chocolates also available. I recommend ordering a signature wine flight for best results!
·         If you’re in need of some Italian food just like your Nonna used to make, check out Tony D’s — and definitely try one of their softball-sized meatballs. 
·         Note: Tap and Table will be undergoing renovations and reopening as the Rochester Taproom sometime this spring; hopefully it will be open by MARAC week! They promise great drinks, pub games, and a “truly exciting house made sausage menu.”
·         Other dining options include Panzari’s Italian Bistro, Nathaniel’s Pub, and Ticas with a Twist.
Should you feel the need to burn some calories or get in a practice run before the Rochester Flower City Challenge, the Genesee River Trail picks up right at Corn Hill Landing and continues down through the University of Rochester river campus and the Genesee Valley Park. The trail is paved and runs parallel to the river. You have many route options and can cross back over the Genesee River at several points of the trail to loop back toward Center City.
In the summer, Corn Hill is home to the two-day Corn Hill Arts Festival, which draws over 200,000 guests annually. [Rochester sure does love its festivals.]
I live right in this historic neighborhood, so please feel free to say hello and ask me any questions you might have about the area!
–Julia N. Rossi
Archivist at The Strong National Museum of Play
MARAC Local Arrangements Committee Member
To get to the Corn Hill district from the Hyatt:
Driving: Exit the Hyatt parking garage and turn left onto Main Street. Continue straight down Main Street, crossing over the river, and make a left onto Exchange Boulevard. Continue on Exchange, passing Court Street, and driving under the Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony Bridge. Corn Hill Landing attractions are on your left and right; historic homes are located up Plymouth Avenue South.
Walking: Exit the Hyatt and make a left onto South Avenue [walking toward Broad Street].  You’ll pass the beautiful Rundel Library building of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. At Court Street, breathe in deeply and enjoy the smell of the barbeque smoke from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! Turn right on Court Street, crossing over the Court Street Bridge; snap a photo in front of the roaring Genesee River. At Exchange Boulevard, turn left, walking toward the Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony Bridge. After crossing under the bridge, Corn Hill Landing attractions are on your left and right; historic homes are located up Plymouth Avenue South.

MARAC Rochester: Historic Sites

This past Sunday, the New York Times featured a highlight of women’s history in the Travel Section. The article lists a few historic sites worth visiting in the Finger Lakes region, including the Susan B. Anthony House, which is included in the tours MARAC is offering on Thursday. Click on the link below for the full article:

MARAC Rochester: More Fun in Rochester!

If you are planning to be in Rochester for the Spring 2014 MARAC Meeting (and if you’re not – why not!) and are looking for something to do before or after the meeting – the MARAC Chair has some things that you will want to be a part of.

On Thursday morning, through the generosity of Bob Henderson of Metal Edge, a group of MARAC golfers will tee it up at Eagle Vale Golf Course [], just 20 minutes east of Rochester. At present there are just three golfers signed up to play, so dig those clubs out of the closet and bring them along to Rochester and play in the MARAC Metal Edge Open. If you’re interested in playing, please contact John LeGloahec at soon so we can set our tee times!
Next on Saturday afternoon (after you have all stayed for the final session!) – you can participate in a JAL Tours outing to take in the Rochester Red Wings baseball team take on the Charlotte Knights at Frontier Field. Game time is 4:00pm and field level tickets for the game are only $10. Consider spending another night in Rochester and join us for a great evening of baseball! Contact John LeGloahec at if you would like a seat for the game!

MARAC Rochester: The Park Avenue Neighborhood

The Park Ave. Neighborhood
Spring in Rochester, NY comes alive with fragrant flowers on this fun-to-stroll, tree-lined street with distinctive architecture, “pocket” parks, diverse businesses and a full array of restaurants tucked into this residential neighborhood.  Most homes were built between 1890 and 1930 and exhibit incredibly diverse architecture, including various Victorian styles, the American Foursquare, the bungalow, neo-Classical, Italianate, and even the odd Art Deco or Mediterranean. The historic Edward E. Boynton house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 is located between East and Park Avenues. It is part of the East Avenue Historic District.
Overall, its great location, vintage charm, trendy dining scene, walkability, and all-around cool factor won Park Avenue the “Best Neighborhood” award in City Newspaper‘s Best of Rochester 2013 poll.
Rochester landmarks within easy walking distance include the George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and Village Gate. The Public Market is only about two miles away. The Rochester Public Library has a branch close by on Monroe Avenue, with the Monroe Family YMCA right next door. The newly re-built East Avenue Wegmans is a quick bike ride; or take the convenient #1 bus line that runs up and down Park.
  • For a complete list of restaurants and retail shops, visit:
  • For a bit of history on the Park Ave. area, visit:
  • For events happening during MARAC, visit:

Archivist of the U.S. Announces Closure/Consolidations of Three National Archives Facilities

Washington, DC

As part of ongoing budget adjustments, Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, announced the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities. This year, the National Archives facility in Anchorage, AK, will close and two facilities in the Philadelphia, PA, area will be consolidated to a single site. Within the next two years, two Archives’ facilities in Fort Worth, TX, also will be consolidated to a single site. These closures and consolidations will result in estimated annual cost savings of approximately $1.3 million. “The National Archives budget is devoted primarily to personnel and facilities, both of which are essential to our mission,” the Archivist stated. “I recognize these cuts will be painful; however, we are committed to continuing to provide the best service to our customers and best working conditions for our staff nationwide.”


MARAC Rochester: Rideshare and Roomshare Spreadsheets

Those of you who attended the Philadelphia conference may remember our spreadsheets to help you find rides and roommates. We’ve set up new spreadsheets for Rochester attendees. These spreadsheets are editable by anyone and all attendees are welcome to use the spreadsheets. Once you have found a ride or roommate, please come back and update your information. The spreadsheets will be deleted on May 3, 2014, one week after the MARAC conference ends.

The spreadsheets are intended for informational use only. This is not a matching service; you need to use the information on the spreadsheets to find people with whom to share rooms and rides. Please use good judgment and common sense when reaching out to strangers. MARAC and MARAC officers are not responsible for the contents of these spreadsheets or for any actions that result from using these spreadsheets.

If you need any assistance with the spreadsheets, please contact Rebecca Goldman, MARAC Member-at-Large, at

Click here for the Rideshare spreadsheet
Click here for the Roomshare spreadsheet