MARAC Supports New DC Archives

On behalf of the DC Caucus, the Steering Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) submitted a letter to the DC Government Operations Committee to advocate for a new, state-of-the-art Archives; significantly more staff and upgraded facilities for the current Archives; and comprehensive records management for the DC Government.

MARAC joins in supporting the Bowser Administration’s commitment to a modern, state-of-the-art District Archives and to move the Archives to a new facility at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).  You may view the letter in its entirety at Letter to DC Government Operations Committee.pdf

 

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Steering Committee Statement on Hollins University Yearbooks

The Steering Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference supports and affirms the recommendation of the Hollins University Working Group on Slavery and Its Contemporary Legacies and the Wyndham Robertson Library that Hollins should immediately restore full online access to their yearbook (The Spinster).

You can find the entirety of the Steering Committee’s statement in support of full access to the Hollins University yearbooks here:
MARAC Statement on Hollins Yearbooks

Morgantown Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our Morgantown Scholarship winners!

The Scholarship Committee is excited to announce the following recipients of travel awards for the Spring 2019 conference in Morgantown, WV:

Marsha A. Trimble Meeting and Travel Award Scholarship ($400):
Suzanna Calev

Suzanna Calev is the new Archivist and Public Services Librarian at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She received her dual-masters degree in History and Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons in 2014.

Additional $400 awards were presented to:

Casey Bowser
Casey is the archivist for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. After receiving her undergraduate degree in History and Public History, she earned an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2016.

Jacob Gordon
Jacob is currently the Outreach & Instruction Librarian at Juniata College. He earned his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.

Charlotte Johnson
Charlotte is the Offsite Processing Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has facilitated the moves of special collections to UMD’s offsite facility, and works closely with Special Collections & University Archives to ensure access for researchers

 

MARAC Scholarship Committee
Cindy Bendroth
Alan Delozier
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Christy Fic, Junior Co-Chair
Emily Cottle, Senior Co-Chair

MARAC Morgantown Meeting

Join us for the MARAC Spring 2019 Conference April 11 – 13, 2019 in Morgantown, WV!

Discover new research, new ideas, and new connections to grow and enhance your career, and create lasting impact on the individuals and communities that you serve! The Mountaineer city of Morgantown is home to the state’s flagship university and has something for everyone, including arts and entertainment, unique dining, historical sites, and outdoor fun. The conference hotel, the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, overlooks the picturesque Monongahela River and is conveniently located near great dining options and within walking distance of downtown Morgantown.

April 11: A variety of pre-conference workshops, tours, a service activity, and Conference Meet-and-Greet Reception

April 12-13: MARAC Conference: Working Archives: A Labor of Love 

Pre-registration is open through Wednesday, March 27th.

View Program and Register

MARAC Mentoring Program

Plato had Socrates. Thoreau was advised by Emerson. Eleanor Roosevelt credited much of her life’s successes to the influence of her teacher and close friend Marie Souvestre. Early in her career Alice Walker found encouragement and advice from poet Muriel Rukeyser. And where would the Ninja Turtles be without the wisdom of Master Splinter?

Just like these people (and turtles) of history and literature, behind every successful archivist there is a mentor somewhere in their past. Oprah once said that “mentors are important, and I don’t think anybody makes it in this world without some form of mentorship.” And who among us would disagree with Oprah? Beginning this summer MARAC members can act on this sage advice by joining a new mentoring program.

MARAC mentoring is looking for mentors and mentees interested in networking, career development, and personal growth to participate when the program launches on July 1, 2019.

Modeled after a successful mentoring program created by the New England Archivists, the program will feature team-based mentoring with one or two mentors working with small cohorts of mentees. Cohorts will be organized by subject area, technical area, education or professional status. If you’re looking for a place where you can join a group of like-minded archivists (or aspiring archivists) and mentors who have the same experiences and interests, this is the program for you!

When you participate in MARAC mentoring, that means you’ll be benefitting from years of experience in the archival field, practical advice from others who has faced the same challenges as you, and a supportive group to give you perspective on your career—  the personalized attention we all need to grow as archivists.

Mentoring groups will be meeting both in-person and online, so no matter where you live and work in the MARAC region you’ll be able to participate. Mentoring groups will work together over the course of a year, meeting about once a month.

The MARAC Mentoring Subcommittee will begin recruiting mentors and mentees during the Spring, look for our table at the upcoming Morgantown meeting and for future announcements for signup on the MARAC website. Application and program guidelines are available at https://www.marac.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161:mentoring-program&catid=19:category.

Don’t go alone, be a part of our MARAC mentoring program!

MARAC Morgantown: Scholarships available!

Need financial assistance to attend our Morgantown conference? Visit www.marac.info/marac-scholarships to see the details for our available awards, including:

  • Marsha Trimble Meeting and Travel Award, which provides $400 towards meeting registration and travel expenses
  • Joan Echtenkamp Klein Meeting and Travel Award, which provides $250 towards meeting registration and travel expenses
  • Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award, which covers registration costs and workshops

Update: To further assist our colleagues impacted by the government shutdown or anyone in need of financial assistance, MARAC is offering six additional $400 awards toward meeting registration and travel, bringing the total number of available awards for the Morgantown conference to nine.

The application deadline for spring awards is March 15, 2019 at 5pm.

Have questions? Contact marac.scholarship@gmail.com.

MARAC Spring 2019 Poster Proposals

Poster proposals are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference “Working Archives: A Labor of Love” to be held in Morgantown, WV from April 11-13, 2019. We highly encourage first-time submissions and students to present.

Share your research or new approaches to archival work.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • applied or theoretical research projects
  • experimental collection development initiatives
  • new methods of providing reference services, instruction or outreach
  • innovative arrangement and description practices
  • work related to labor in archives or labor history
  • local history topics relating to the state of WV and surrounding areas

Requirements:

  • Professional or student engaged in archival work
  • Research or activity conducted within the previous year (2018-2019)
  • Poster size: minimum 22 x 28 inches; maximum 36 x 48 inches; may read vertically or horizontally
  • Participants will be given a 6 foot easel in which to display their poster. It is recommended the participant supply their own backing such as foam board or other material for stability

Poster proposals are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 25, 2019. Proposals received after this date may not be considered.

 

Use this Google form to submit your proposal for a poster.

 

Notifications regarding accepted proposals will be sent out by March 8, 2019. The poster session has been scheduled for Friday, April 12th from 3:15-4:00 PM during the conference.

 

For more information or questions, please contact: Marie Elia (eliam@buffalo.edu) or Liz Scott (emarzuoliscott@gmail.com).