Nominations Sought for Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

Nominations Sought for Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant
(American Library Association—Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

Have you worked in Preservation for less than 5 years? Would you like the chance to attend the ALA Annual Meeting? Consider applying for the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant was established to honor Jan Merrill-Oldham, distinguished leader, author and mentor in the field of library and archives preservation. The grant provides the recipient the opportunity to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in order to contribute to his/her professional development.

The recipient will attend meetings and programs, and will be required to submit a short essay on their conference experience to the ALCTS News. The grant consists of a $1,250 cash grant donated by the Library Binding Council, BMI and a citation to be presented at the ALCTS Awards ceremony. The grant is applicable toward airfare, lodging and registration fees related to ALA Annual Conference attendance.

Send nominations or applications, including the following name, address, phone number and email address of the nominee and nominating party or applicant; letter of application or nomination; two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who know the candidate and his/her work; resume or curriculum vitae; short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: “How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?,” to Beth Doyle, chair, grant jury. Submissions due by December 1.

Visit the Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant page for more information.

Beth Doyle, Head
Conservation Services Dept.
Leona B. Carpenter Senior Conservator
Duke University Libraries

MARAC Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion

Dear colleagues,

For those attending the meeting in Buffalo this week, please be sure to attend the Town Hall to discuss the recommendations of the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion this Friday at 10:00 am, immediately following the plenary. As described in the program:

MARAC has made becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization a priority. To that end, the Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion was charged to provide a report defining these terms as they apply to our organization, and to make recommendations to improve efforts in the future. Attend the Town Hall to discuss your impressions of these recommendations and offer constructive feedback for the benefit of all MARAC members. This is a great chance for your voice to be heard by the MARAC leadership. MARAC Chair Vin Novara, immediate Past-Chair Brian Keough, Chair-Elect Becky Collier, and other MARAC Steering Committee Members will discuss the process and the proposed recommendations.

You can find the report to review at this page:

For those of you not attending the conference, the Town Hall will be live-streamed from MARAC’s Facebook account:

Thank you for your engagement in this important topic and for helping MARAC move in a better direction towards supporting diversity and inclusion.

V i n c e n t J. N o v a r a
Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts
Chair, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

Call for proposals: MARAC Wilmington

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is seeking session proposals for the Fall 2018 meeting to be held October 11-13, 2018 in Wilmington, Delaware. The deadline for proposals is December 22.

We are looking for proposals that align with one of the following tracks:
• Digital preservation
• Diversity / Accessibility
• New professionals / Archival education / Leadership
• “Underrepresented archives” – Public libraries, small repositories, lone arrangers

We’re also looking for members willing to provide short technology demonstrations on software products currently used by their repository (digital asset management systems, preservation systems, database systems, etc.). This is an opportunity for members to highlight their efforts in bringing technology to the archives.

Use this Google form to submit your proposal for a session or technology demonstration:

Contact with any questions.

MARAC’s Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominations

Would you like to become more involved in your professional organization?

Are you interested in taking on a new role in MARAC?

The Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominations of members to stand for election in MARAC’s 2018 elections.

Open positions include:

OFFICERS (1 opening for each position)
• Chair-Elect
• Treasurer

CAUCUS REPRESENTATIVES (1 opening for each position)
• Delaware
• Maryland
• New Jersey
• New York
• Pennsylvania
• Virginia
• Washington, D.C.
• West Virginia

COMMITTEES (number of open positions listed in parentheses)
• Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee (2)
• Distinguished Service Award Committee (1)
• Finding Aids Committee (2)
• Nominations and Elections Committee (3)
• Scholarship Committee (2)

Information about committees and governance is available on MARAC’s website (

Contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee (contact information at by Friday, November 17 if you are interested in running or know someone who you think would be perfect for the job!


The 2018 MARAC Nominations and Elections Committee

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Scholarship Winners!

The MARAC Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of our scholarships to support attendance at the Fall 2017 meeting in Buffalo, New York.

The Marsha Trimble Award ($400 towards conference registration and travel) is being presented to Kendra Lightner. Kendra earned her Master of Arts in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies from the University of West Georgia in 2016. She currently works at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Andrea Kutsenkow is the recipient of our $250 award for conference registration and travel. Andrea recently earned her Master of Arts in Archives and Public History with a concentration in Archives from New York University back in May. She currently works part time as an adjunct for NYU’s Archival Collections Management department and part time as an archival assistant for The Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs. She also acts as an archival consultant for two artist estates in the city: The Estate of Friedel Dzubas and The Estate of Luise Kaish.

The Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop and Attendance Award is being presented to Kate Federiconi. Kate is pursuing her Masters of Science in Information Science with a concentration in archives and records management at the University of Albany. She is a student assistant at the New York State Archives. She also works as an intern with the local history collections of both the Saratoga Springs Public Library and the Schuylerville Public Library.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!

MARAC Scholarship Committee
Ben Blake
Maria Day
Christy Fic
Amanda Hawk
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Emily R. Cottle, Chair