MARAC/NEA Spring 2015: Day of Service

The NEA/MARAC joint Spring Meeting in Boston presents an opportunity for both organizations to introduce their traditions to one another.  One of these opportunities is a relatively new NEA tradition of a community service day.   Finding its roots in the 40th anniversary celebration of NEA two years ago, the community service day looks to give members an opportunity to give back to the community hosting the meeting.  
In Boston NEA and MARAC will team up to assist Boston Public Library’s Boston Pictorial Archive.  The repository is one of BPL’s Collections of Distinction and contains over 6,000 images of historic Boston.  Prints date from the 1850s to the 1990s and include photographs, lithographs, etchings and engravings, water colors, pen and ink drawings and pencil sketches.  
This year’s Day of Service event takes place on Thursday, March 19th from 9am to 4pm.  Volunteers will work in hour and a half shifts at the BPL to convert addresses into geo-coordinates using Google maps. The resulting efforts will locate historical images of Boston on a map tool in, the statewide repository system for digital collections across the Commonwealth. Digital Commonwealth is also a service hub of the Digital Public Library of America. 
The goal of the Day of Service is to provide a great opportunity for members of both MARAC and NEA to network all while giving back to the community and getting rare hands-on access to an impressive collection!  If you are interested in volunteering please use this Google form,, to do so but hurry as slots are filling up quickly!  The deadline for volunteering is March 6, 2015.  The Day of Service committee will contact all volunteers to confirm details.  After volunteer slots fill up, the committee will maintain a waiting list of interested parties.
Please contact with any questions you may have and be sure to stay tuned after the meeting to see how the day went!  Thank you for your interest in this community service project!
Image: Black, James Wallace, photographer. “Boston, as the Eagle and Wild Goose See It”. Photograph.  Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library, Boston Pictorial Archive, 1860. (Accessed February, 6 2015)

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