MARAC Member Minute: Meet Jane Cross!

Jane Cross
Music Archivist at the Library of Congress, where I get to work with amazing people and collections.

I joined and stayed with MARAC because It is the absolute best place for meeting professional colleagues, sharing ideas, and continuing my education in the field.

Any position(s) held in MARAC: Mentoring the Virginia cohort

Why I chose to volunteer: Professional and personal growth as I give back to an organization that supports all of us.


Make Memories in Gettysburg!

The Fall 2021 MARAC conference in Gettysburg celebrates the theme “Sites of Memory.” Come make memories with your colleagues in MARAC! The program provides many opportunities: “Remember what we learned in that mini-workshop?” “Remember what we learned in that panel about born digital records?” “Remember that interesting poster?”

Gettysburg is a site of national memory, and this conference’s tours and events dig deep into local history. The Friday reception at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum will provide the opportunity to learn more about Civil War history. Optional tours go to Gettysburg College’s Special Collections, Evergreen Cemetery, horseback riding, and more.

Making memories together will have a distinctly Gettysburg flavor. The Wyndham Gettysburg, our conference host, focuses on incorporating local flavor into their hospitality. The hotel sources local fall apples and snacks from classic Pennsylvania brand Utz.

MARAC Gettysburg takes place Oct. 7 – 9. For registration, room reservation, and travel information, check the MARAC Gettysburg web page:

Library Company of Philadelphia symposium CFP

A symposium in conjunction with Imperfect History: Collecting the Graphic Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin’s Public Library in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Graphic Arts Department at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., March 25, 2022

Collecting, Curating, and Consuming American Popular Arts Yesterday and Today continues the conversation started through Imperfect History: Curating the Graphic Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin’s Public Library. The exhibition explores the development of the Library Company’s graphics art collection as it relates to historical and cultural biases within American history through a candid exploration of the evolution of American graphic arts curatorship and collections in one of the oldest cultural institutions in the country. The symposium seeks to examine changing and innovative directions in how historical popular graphic art (i.e., art not traditionally classified as fine art, that is representative of popular culture, and/or is mass produced and consumed) is curated, interpreted, and used and understood by those who produced, viewed, and consumed it. Collecting, Curating, and Consuming asks how does historical American popular graphic art act as a mirror, bridge, and barrier in facilitating our visual conceptions of our past and present?

Submissions Guidelines:

Proposals for twenty-minute papers should include a no more than 300-word abstract and two-page CV or resume. Joint proposals and illustrated proposals are welcome.

Please email your proposals with the subject line “IH 2022” as word or pdf documents to Submissions should be received by Monday, August 2. Selected participants will be notified via email by early October 2022.

Any questions may be directed to Erika Piola

For the complete call for papers, follow this link.

Register for PA Digital Rights Team panel discussion

Please join the PA Digital Rights Team for a panel discussion, Music in Digital Collections: Copyright and Other Challenges. Panelists Robin Pike (University of Maryland), Emily Waters and Pete Williams (Curtis Institute of Music), and David McKnight (University of Pennsylvania) will describe recent digital collections work involving music.

When: May 19, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Music in Digital Collections: Copyright and Other Challenges

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.