Election Results: Distinguished Service Award Committee

The MARAC Nominations & Elections Committee, (Adriana Cuervo, Jim Gerencser, Susan McElrath, Caryn Radick, and Tara Wink), with the assistance from the MARAC Administrator, Tammy Hoffman, and MARAC Webmaster, Matt Strauss, wish to thank the membership who participated in the recent election to determine the incoming members of the Distinguished Service Award Committee.

Four candidates competed for the two open slots on the Distinguished Service Award Committee. The Nominations and Elections Committee is most grateful to the candidates who ran for election.

When the tallies were completed, we had a total of 260 votes recorded, which is approximately 25% of the membership who received ballots. With all ballots received and verified, the Nominations and Elections Committee announces the winners of the 2014 Special Election for the Distinguished Service Award Committee…

Alison Oswald
Pamela Whitenack

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan McElrath, Chair – Nominations and Elections Committee


Project Management for Archival Processing Workshop

REGISTRATION IS OPEN at http://www.marac.info/workshops

When: Monday September 22, 2014, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Where: Lecture Room C, National Archives at College Park, MD

Instructor: Vincent Novara, University of Maryland

Cost: $80

For Driving and Public Transportation Directions, visit: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/

Parking: Free

Workshop description:

This workshop focuses on introductory techniques and common tools for project management. Workshop participants will learn how to establish, define, plan, implement, and execute archival projects. Attention is given to strengthening prioritization skills and workflow planning as they pertain to processing projects executed by various levels of staffing, including the lone arranger. The workshop also addresses interpretive projects such as exhibitions and digital initiatives. Attendees will learn how to determine project goals and objectives, compose project objective statements, establish work breakdown structures, estimate project budgets, create project and communication plans, schedule and track tasks using Gantt Charts, and conduct a post-project evaluation. Throughout the workshop, standard project management terminology is applied to common archives tasks, and an overview is given of Earned Value Assessment.

About the Instructor:

Vincent J. Novara is the Curator for Special Collections in Performing Arts at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. Novara regularly uses project management tools in his day-to-day responsibilities while caring for 9,000+ linear feet of archival holdings, 150,000+ sound and video recordings, and managing a staff of nine. He was trained in project management through courses at UMD, privately by project managers in the military and oil industry, and in a MARAC workshop that focused on prioritizing for preservation. An ACA Certified Archivist, Novara has worked at UMD as a performing arts archivist since 1994. From 1999 through 2001, he was also the Smith Library’s project manager and transition leader for the construction and subsequent move into their new facility.

To register, visit www.marac.info to register online or download a mail-in registration form.

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

For additional information about the workshop, contact: Brian Keough, 518.437.3931 or bkeough@albany.edu

REMINDER: Call for Submissions – C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

The deadline for the C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award is fast approaching! Entries must be received by July 31, 2014.

Call for Submissions
The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the
Finding Aids Award. To be eligible for the award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published betweenJuly 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

The committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design. One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. The 2014 award will be announced at the MARAC Fall 2014 conference.

How to Submit

Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee:
Regine Heberlein


About the Award

The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.


Electronic Records and Museum Archives Symposium

The Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group is holding a half-day symposium on museum archives and electronic records at this year’s Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting. The symposium will feature three case studies, five lightning round speakers, discussion, and plenty of time for questions.
Please join us! No registration separate from SAA conference registration is required.
Location: SAA Conference Hotel (room TBA)
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
8:00am – 8:15am: Introduction
Rachel Chatalbash, Yale Center for British Art
8:15am – 9:45am: Case Studies
Susan Hernandez, Cleveland Museum of Art
Nancy Enneking, Getty Research Institute
Abby Adams, Hagley Museum and Library
9:45am – 10:00am: Break
10:00am – 11:00am: Lightning Round
Shannon Morelli, The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
Francine Snyder, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Emily Perkins, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Carey Stumm, New York Transit Museum
Brian Wilson, The Henry Ford
Chair: Susan Anderson, Philadelphia Museum of Art
11:00am-11:45am: Discussion Led by Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group Members
Ryan Evans, CCS Bard/Hessel Museum
Holly Deakyne, Getty Research Institute
11:45am-12:00pm: Next Steps
Questions? Please email Working Group Co-Chairs Rachel Chatalbash (rachel.chatalbash@yale.edu) or Susan Hernandez (shernandez@clevelandart.org)