News From New England Archivists: NEA Establishes New Award for Audio/Visual Professional Development

New England Archivists (NEA) announces an exciting new professional development award. An anonymous donor was inspired to fund this new award after experiencing the dedication and enthusiasm of the Spring 2014 Meeting, held in Portsmouth, NH, in March. The Audio/Visual (A/V) Professional Development Award, a disbursement of up to $500, will be given annually for the next three years by NEA to promote increased advancement, education, and participation within this specialized area of the archives field.

Archivists work with a wide range of materials and media: audio and video tape, motion picture film, digital recordings, and more. The challenges and practices of preserving and making these records accessible are evolving as constantly as the formats themselves. Continuing education is vital for archivists caring for these materials.

Individual members of NEA are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants might propose participating in an educational program or workshop, preparing a paper for publication or presentation, attending a professional meeting, or some other activity supporting professional work with A/V materials. Recipients will report on their experience by writing for the NEA Newsletter or giving a presentation at the NEA Spring meeting. Submissions will be reviewed and recipients selected by the A/V Professional Development Award Committee.

Fostering professional development for NEA members is a core value of NEA’s mission. NEA Vice-President Colin Lukens notes that the “generous donation establishes an award to assist members in navigating a quickly changing and complicated aspect of the work we do. I hope the success of the A/V Professional Development Award will move others to support the vital work of growing NEA scholarships and awards through donations of their own.”

The first A/V Professional Development Award will be presented at the Spring 2015 Meeting in Boston and details will be available by December 1st. For further details, keep an eye on the Awards page on the NEA website at

Jennifer Fauxsmith
New England Archivists
Boston, MA

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