MARAC Member Minute: Meet Kerri Anne Burke!

Kerri Anne Burke

Citigroup

Global Curator, Citi Heritage Collection

I love that we archivists do the research for the requests we receive. Rarely do researchers come into the archives.

As a kid, I wanted to be..Lawyer, psychologist

My little known hobby or talent is…Irish step dancing

I joined and stay with MARAC because…I like that MARAC is a small organization and it’s easy to connect with archivists at the conferences. 

Any position(s) held in MARAC: Member, Meeting Model Task Force, 2020; Mentor, Mentoring Program, 2021-2022

Why I chose to volunteer: I enjoy connecting with other volunteers, helping fellow archivists and think it’s important that volunteers draw from different kinds of archival institutions..

My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: do it! Everyone is pretty friendly and a pleasure to work with.

Final words: Looking forward to celebrating 50 years of MARAC in College Park!

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SAA Announces the SAA Dataverse

The Society of American Archivists is pleased to announce the launch of the SAA Dataverse: a repository for sharing and reusing archives-related datasets. Check out this article to learn more about the Dataverse and how to submit your own qualitative or quantitative data. If you don’t currently have materials to deposit, keep the SAA Dataverse in mind for your future research and data management plans. You do not need to be an SAA member to submit to or use the SAA Dataverse.

Contact corda@archivists.org if you have any questions or would like assistance with submitting your data.

New Jersey Caucus Innovative Archives Award Winner Announced

THE 2022 MARAC NJ CAUCUS’ INNOVATIVE ARCHIVES AWARD IS PRESENTED TO THE UKRAINIAN HISTORY AND EDUCATION CENTER.

As the war in Ukraine began, Michael Andrec quickly shifted his primary archival duties of arrangement and description to one of education and advocacy. Speaking to groups such as the joint New Jersey Library Association’s History and Preservation Section, College and Universities Section, and MARAC NJ caucus about the Historical and Cultural Context of the War in Ukraine on May 3 and to MARAC mentoring groups about being a lone arranger in a cultural heritage archive, Mr. Andrec has brought his work as an archivist to the forefront while also educating us all about Ukraine’s history. This award recognizes archival organizations that have developed innovative educational or outreach models utilizing archival sources, provided leadership during a time of emergency or crisis, demonstrated new thinking in finding a solution to an issue or problem, and exhibited creativity in increasing awareness of local history resources among New Jersey residents and visitors, or otherwise provided exemplary service to the archives and history communities. The committee, consisting of Caryn Radick (Committee chair), Laura M. Poll, and Donald Cornelius, as well as the current Caucus chair, Tara Maharjan in an ex-officio capacity, felt that the Ukrainian History and Education Center deserves recognition for showing how an archive functions in a time of crisis for the community they represent.

Congratulations to Michael and the Ukrainian History and Education Center (www.ukrhec.org).

MARAC Mentoring Program Seeking Participants

Dear MARAC colleagues,

The MARAC Mentoring Program is seeking participants for the 2022 cycle! The year-long program will begin in Summer 2022. All interested mentors and mentees are encouraged to sign up by the end of May. We also encourage folks interested in being mentors to consider self-selecting a co-mentor to work with. Is there a colleague you’d like to partner with? Encourage them to sign up with you!

More information about this exciting program is available here.

APPLY NOW

WHY PARTICIPATE?

The MARAC Mentoring Program offers members an opportunity to participate in Mentoring Circles, small groups that typically consist of four to five mentees and two mentors. Diverging from the traditional one-on-one mentoring model, the circle fosters mentoring relationships between mentors and mentees, but also peer mentoring relationships and can help you network with new colleagues and gain new useful skills for your archives career.

Mentoring Circles are designed to:

  • Encourage the exchange of experiences, challenges, and opportunities to facilitate goal-setting for career and personal development.
  • Build competence and character to reach those goals.
  • Foster self-confidence, communication skills, and collective growth.

Mentors and Mentees are matched to a circle depending on their interests, goals, availability, and/or geographic location. Circles typically meet in a combination of virtual and in-person meetings. The application process includes an initial survey to determine everyone’s interests and support the initial grouping. All participants should be current MARAC members, able to commit to a full cycle of the program, and be ready to actively participate in every meeting.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Please visit the MARAC Mentoring page to learn more about the program. Applications may be submitted through this formApplications will be accepted through May 31, 2022. Applicants will receive placement information in Summer 2022.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the MARAC Mentoring Subcommittee: mentoring@marac.info.

MARAC Member Minute: Meet Jodi Boyle!

Jodi Boyle

Supervisory Archivist, University at Albany

As a kid, I wanted to be… A pediatrician, but my love of reading and history did not quite align with the math and science requirements for the medical profession.

My little known hobby or talent is, I love trivia, logic problems, and the spelling bee from The New York Times.

I joined and stay with MARAC because MARAC has great people! I joined MARAC for the networking opportunities for a new archivist. I stay with MARAC because of the ongoing opportunities to work with smart, talented archivists from different repositories and different caucuses. No matter how long you’ve been an archivist, there’s always more to learn.

Any position(s) held in MARAC: Current editor of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist, current member of the Communications Committee, past member of the Distinguished Service Award Committee, past member of Local Arrangement and Program Committees

Why I chose to volunteer: As the editor of MARAC’s quarterly newsletter for more than five years, I have had the opportunity to work with many members from across the region. I truly appreciate members who take the time to submit news articles, case studies, book reviews or story ideas. It’s always fun to recognize a name and think, “Oh, I know them because they wrote a book review for the MAA a few years ago!”
My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: Don’t hesitate. Run for elected office or simply reach out and get involved with a volunteer position.