Midwest Archives Conference Virtual Meeting

Midwest Archives Conference 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is pleased to announce its first Virtual Annual Meeting, May 13-14. Registration is now open

This year’s theme, “Archivists Respond,” recognizes the challenges and opportunities that 2020 brought. Presenters from across the Midwest and beyond will discuss projects they have undertaken and how they have adapted and responded to change. A variety of posters will also be available for browsing.  Visit the full program for more details.

MAC is also excited to host virtual archives tours during the conference! Hop onto the bus (or your couch) and prepare to tour our colleagues’ archives.

The plenary session will feature Andrew W. Smith, research fellow and graduate assistant with the University of Maryland’s African-American Digital Humanities Center. An introduction will be provided from Project STAND co-founders, Lae’l Hughes-Watkins and Tamar Chute. 

MAC welcomes all to the conference and encourages attendees outside of the Midwest region to attend. Register by April 27 for rates of $25 for members and $40 for non-members. Late registration is $40 for members and $55 for non-members from April 28 to May 11. Student registration is free this year and open until May 11.


New England Archivists Contingent Employment Survey

The New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the second iteration of our contingent employment survey.  Building on the work of the first NEA contingent employment survey in 2016, we want to further understand contingent employment in the archival field.  What has changed in the past five years? What has stayed the same? How can professional organizations like NEA support contingently employed archival workers? 

The survey is available here. It will remain open through June 30, 2021.  You do not need to be a member of New England Archivists to participate in the study. 

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are an archival worker or former archival worker and:

  • you have been contingently employed in New England in the past ten years (2011-2021)


  • you have been contingently employed anywhere in the United States in the last ten years (2011-2021) AND you are currently living or working in New England. 

For the purposes of this study, contingent employment includes temporary and term positions, grant-funded positions, part-time positions, positions without timely or reliable renewal of contract, and any employment without benefits colleagues at the same institution enjoy (e.g. vacation time, health insurance, retirement contributions). 

Please share widely, especially with colleagues who are not members of professional organizations and people who have left the archival field. 

If you have questions about the survey, please reach out to the chair of the survey task force, Stephanie Bredbenner, at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org

Society of California Archivists General Meeting

The Society of California Archivists is excited to announce that registration for the 2021 Annual General Meeting is now open! Join us online April 27-30, 2021 for a full program exploring the themes of diversity and inclusion as well as the effects of the current pandemic on our institutions, collections, and profession.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SCA AGM 2021 Program and Local Arrangements committees

Registration Deadline Approaching!

The last day to register for MARAC’s Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting is April 8th so don’t delay! Program and Registration are available at MARAC Spring 2021 Conference. 

Join MARAC’s first virtual conference from the comfort of your home, office, home office, or wherever you find yourself working these days to explore Suffrage Legacies: Civil Rights, Political Activism, and Archives. The conference schedule attempts to accommodate a variety of work schedules, caregiving situations, and all-too-prevalent “Zoom fatigue” while still including events that make a MARAC gathering special.
If you live in the MARAC region and you are a student, unemployed, or underemployed, MARAC is offering registration to you at no cost. Simply register online and follow the prompts to receive your complimentary registration. No proof is required, honor system only.

Register online at Spring 2021 Registration by Thursday, April 8th.  If someone else in your organization is responsible for issuing the payment, simply add their email address in the registration form and request an invoice to pay later. They will receive the invoice via email and be able to pay online with a credit card or to send a check.

Questions about registration? Contact administrator@marac.info.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division April Events

The Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress have announced their public events for the month of April!

Object Lesson: Spider-Man

April 8, 2021 8pm EST

Sara W. Duke, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art, will share selected images from the drawings, and insights into the collaboration that led to the development of the teen superhero. This family-friendly event promises to be fun for superhero experts young and old. (This presentation is not being recorded.)

Register for this session: https://www.prekindle.com/event/43872-object-lesson-spider-man

Prints & Photographs Reading Room Orientation: WPA Posters 

Sample New Deal graphics in this month’s Prints and Photographs orientation session highlighting the ever-popular WPA posters. Instruction will cover library search tools, related graphics and New Deal collections, online resources, and how to prepare for a future visit to the reading room. The same orientation will be offered twice (orientations are not being recorded):

 April 13, 2021, 12-1pm EST

 Register for this session: https://www.prekindle.com/event/84493-prints-and-photographs-virtual-orientation-wpa-posters

April 21, 2021 3-4pm EST

Register for this session: https://www.prekindle.com/event/67892-prints-and-photographs-virtual-orientation-wpa-posters

Prints & Photographs Double Take Webinar Series

How Should We Index This Image?

April 29, 2021, 4-5 pm EST

Join Cataloging Specialist Arden Alexander and Processing Technician Libby McKiernan on an exploration of the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (TGM), to learn approaches to describing images, using topical terms, plus ways you can use the TGM for your personal or work collections. The specialists will also invite participants to index some images from the Library’s collections with them.

Register for this session: https://loc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_LZxX7-JxRpKk8p-qKNFg1g