The Communications Committee is seeking new submissions and suggestions for the MARAC Technical Leaflet Series (Print ISSN 2577-9400 and Electronic ISSN 2577-9419). This is a double-blind, peer-reviewed serial publication that provides practical guidance for specific archival tasks not commonly addressed in the professional literature.
Since 2018, the Editorial Board of the Technical Leaflet Series is aiming to produce at least two publications per calendar year (spring and winter). The latest Leaflet, Preserving Scrapbooks, was recently published and can be viewed on the MARAC website. Topics of particular interest for future publications may include:
Creating and maintaining acquisitions files
Curation and storage of oversize objects and realia
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives for archives
Handling of classified or proprietary materials in a government or corporate repository
Oral history in archives
Preservation, handling, and description of any of the following:
Reparative (re)processing of archival materials
Please submit any proposals or topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Publication guidelines for submissions are available on the MARAC website. Authors are encouraged to observe a soft limit of 25-30 pages of content. Summer 2021 submissions have a projected publication date of Fall 2022. Our next call for proposals will be in October 2021 for the Gettysburg Conference. All submissions will be reviewed by members of our Editorial Board. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your leaflet ideas further, please contact us.
Sincerely, Alex Japha, Editor-in-Chief Heidi Abbey Moyer, Editor Diane Wunsch, Editor MARAC Technical Leaflet Series Editorial Board
Check out historic scenes of summer fun in the MARAC region submitted by your archivist and library colleagues in Virginia and West Virginia throughout the summer 2021 issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist. Don’t miss it! Read it now here: https://marac.memberclicks.net/assets/maa/maracsummer21.pdf
The Program Committee for the Spring 2022 MARAC Meeting is formally opening the call for proposals. The theme for this meeting is Communities Big and Small, which seeks to highlight small and community archives, underrepresented collections, and the aspect of archiving that makes a group of people a community. The conference will take place in Harrisonburg, Virginia on March 24-26, 2022. The Program Committee is planning to host this conference in a hybrid format, and are recruiting both fully in-person or hybrid sessions.
The Committee will consider proposals, encouraging the following themes:
Community archiving projects
Collections on intangible heritage (ex: music, food . . .)
Profiles in small archives (ex: Town historical societies . . .)
“Scaled down” best practices
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives in small archives
Topics related to Appalachia and Western Virginia
Outreach and inclusion of local communities that surround archives
Any questions for the Program Committee can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The call will be open until close of business on August 15, 2021. If anyone has an idea but needs more support, this Google Sheet can be used to find other co-presenters, or flesh out an idea, or gain feedback.
Thank you all, and we look forward to an enriching conference.
Best, Sheridan Sayles on behalf of the Program Committee
Annette Montgomery Norfolk State University, since 1986. Archivist and Records Officer. I also oversee the African Art Gallery. The most interesting thing about my job is the research, and being able to manage three positions.
As a kid, I wanted to be… a teacher.
My little known hobby or talent is, Sewing, making gift baskets, and watching classic movies.
I joined and stay with MARAC because I believe it to be a great organization with great opportunities and perks.
Any position(s) held in MARAC: None
My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: to not think about it, just do it. Final words: I have enjoyed being a member of MARAC, attending the conferences, workshops, webinars, receiving newsletters, and the wealth of information via emails.
E2 (Exhibits and Events Standing Committee) of the Society of American Archivists is building an Exhibits and Events Resource Bank! This new project seeks to create a hub for relevant examples of exhibition and event-related policies, procedures, contracts, and other germane materials for archivists, special collections librarians, public historians, and other professionals who hold these work responsibilities. The goal of this resource bank is to serve as a source of inspiration and reference for our professional community as we revise existing and create new documentation for the work we do.
Your colleagues in the E2 Resource Bank committee are looking for survey respondents to help in identifying resource gaps and beginning this work of resource sharing!
In this brief survey, you will have the option to:
1. Indicate the types of related documents in use by your institution and/or
2. Upload your existing exhibit and event related documents for consideration by the E2 Resource Bank Committee
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is seeking poster session proposals for the Fall 2021 “Sites of Memory” meeting scheduled to be held October 7-9 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals from both professionals and current students.