A call to action from the ALA/SAA/AAM joint committee on libraries, archives, and museums (CALM)

The ALA/SAA/AAM Joint Committee on Libraries, Archives, and Museums (CALM) encourages you to voice your support for the funding agencies that support Libraries, Archives, and Museums!

Here are several actions to take right now to support IMLS from the American Library Association’s (ALA) District Dispatch

Organization press releases regarding President’s proposed budget and advocacy webpages:

Don’t forget, Library Legislative Day is May 1-2 and it’s more important than ever! Learn more here.


Congratulations to MARAC’s spring 2017 scholarship winners!

The MARAC Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of our scholarships to support attendance at the Spring 2017 meeting in Newark, New Jersey.

The Marsha Trimble Award ($400 towards conference registration and travel) is being presented to Elizabeth England. Elizabeth is the National Digital Stewardship Resident at Johns Hopkins University, where her project focuses on the preservation of the university’s born-digital visual history. She received an MLIS with a concentration in Archives from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016.

$250 awards for conference registration and travel are being presented to Grace Schultz and Alexa Logush.

Grace earned her Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History from Temple University in 2016. She currently works as an Archives Technician at the National Archives at Philadelphia.

Alexa will be pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives in Fall 2017. She currently works in the Tiffany & Co. Archives Department in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop and Attendance Award is being presented to Lorna Loring. Lorna graduated from the Catholic University’s School of Information and Library Science in 2008 with a focus on digital archives. She also holds a Ph.D. in history from the American University. Currently, Lorna is an archivist at the Stuart Bell, Jr. Archives and Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society at the Handley Regional Library in Winchester, Virginia.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!

MARAC Scholarship Committee

Ben Blake
Maria Day
Amanda Hawk
Lori Hostuttler
Jessica Wagner Webster
Emily R. Cottle, Chair

MARAC Statement on the Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Federal Budget

As guardians of all manner of historic documentation for the sake of future generations, the members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) strongly oppose the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget from the 45th President of the United States of America. Any federal budget that eliminates support for the arts and humanities demonstrates that this country makes no commitment to those very elements that define the human experience and those institutions that preserve our national heritage. We are a better nation than what this budget represents.

While scholars and artists will most feel the consequences of this proposed budget, it will also harm the archival profession for years to come. MARAC members are encouraged to contact their congressional representatives to urge opposition to any proposed budget that eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Please visit the following site to learn how to contact your House Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Please visit the following site to learn how to contact your Senators: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

MARAC excitement is coming back to New Jersey!

The New Jersey Caucus looks forward to seeing you April 20th – 22nd when it hosts the Spring 2017 MARAC meeting in reinvigorated, rejuvenated, revitalized, extremely historic, and ultra-exciting and awesome Newark, New Jersey, America’s third oldest city. The conference hotel, the Robert Treat Best Western, named for the original settler of Newark, opened in 1916 and has hosted American presidents and other dignitaries. Right across the street from beautiful Military Park and the newly renovated Hahne & Co. building, it is also conveniently located within walking distance of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, Public Library, and Rutgers University-Newark.

For the first time, MARAC will conduct a Business Archives Forum on Thursday, April 20. Additionally, MARAC-In-Service: A Community Service Project, where professionals assist local archives, will take place at the New Jersey Historical Society. The traditional full and half-day workshops are also available, including “An Introduction to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Archivists” and “Data Privacy for Born-Digital Collections.” Newark offers a wide array of destinations of cultural and historical significance, arts and entertainment and fine dining that conference attendees are sure to enjoy. See the spectacular Branch Brook Park cherry blossoms which bloom in April and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth-largest cathedral in the United States. Tour radio station WBGO, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, and enjoy the current exhibits at the Newark Museum. End the day at the Member Meet-and-Greet reception on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

On Friday, the plenary will be given by Dr. David Kirsch, associate professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Timothy J. Crist, president of the Newark History Society. After a full day of breakout sessions, join us for a reception at 15 Washington Street, a 1920s skyscraper that first served as the headquarters for the American Insurance Company and later became Rutgers’ S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice. Rutgers renovated the building in 2015 and restored its Great Hall, which will serve as our backdrop while we listen to some swinging jazz, savor Iberian-themed appetizers, and enjoy historical displays from local repositories. Before you call it a night, stop back at the hotel where we’ll be showing a few films on Newark history.

To view a complete list of workshops, tours, sessions and speakers, check out the program available at the MARAC web page at http://www.marac.info/upcoming-conferences.

All roads, railroad tracks and runways lead to Newark. Located on the convenient Northeast/I95 corridor and served by one of the largest and busiest airline hubs in the country, you will find your transportation options ample and plentiful as you plan your travel to Newark. If traveling by rail, Newark’s Penn Station is reached via the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line, New Jersey Transit regional services and the PATH line running to and from downtown New York. Newark International Airport is one of United Airline’s busiest regional hubs, and is also served by all other major airlines. The Garden State Parkway connects to the New York Thruway to the north and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to the south. The New Jersey Turnpike is at the center of the I95 corridor of the Boston to Washington megalopolis. Additionally, all national and regional bus services stop in Newark.

So be sure to register today for “Adaptable Archives: Redefine, Repurpose, and Renew” in Newark! You can find complete conference and local information at our conference web page, https://marac2017newark.wordpress.com. We’re looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat in Newark, truly a remarkable renaissance city.

From the Local Arrangements Committee, MARAC Spring 2017 Conference

Call for Posters

Share your work!

The Program Committee for the Spring 2017 MARAC meeting in Newark, NJ is still accepting proposals posters that showcase current work of the MARAC membership.

Posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which individuals or groups have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which MARAC members have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous year (2016-2017). Poster dimensions: 32 inches by 40 inches (may read vertically or horizontally).

Notifications regarding accepted submissions will be sent in late March 2017. Accepted posters will be on display throughout the MARAC Newark meeting, with one special time slot and location devoted to presentation and discussion of the posters.

To submit a poster proposal, please complete the proposal form
( https://goo.gl/forms/hCM8PA5cYV2VBQ4O2 ) no later than March 15, 2017. (Proposals received after this date will not be considered.) Emailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

Note: This call for proposals is open to ANY professional or student who is conducting archival work or research.

Jennie Levine Knies
Head Librarian
Nesbitt Library
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Old Route 115, P.O. Box PSU
Lehman, PA 18627-0217
Phone: 570-675-9295
Email: jak6029@psu.edu
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4983-1385
Web: https://www.libraries.psu.edu/wilkesbarre
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