Congratulations to our Spring 2018 scholarship winners!

The MARAC Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of our scholarships to support attendance at the Spring 2018 meeting to be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Marsha Trimble Meeting and Travel Award ($400 towards conference registration and travel) is being presented to Colleen Bradley-Sanders. Colleen received dual Master’s degrees in Archives Administration and Library & Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the College Archivist at Brooklyn College, and has previously worked at Southern Methodist University and the New York University School of Medicine.

Joan Echtencamp Klein Meeting and Travel Award ($250 towards conference registration and travel) is being presented to Sharon Monigold. Sharon attended Kent State for her MLIS with a concentration in archives. She works as librarian and archivist at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. She also works part-time at Wheeling Jesuit University as a librarian who does archival projects.

Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award is being presented to Angela Rodgers- Koukoui. Angela is an Archives Technician at the University of Baltimore and is pursuing her BA in Integrated Arts from the University of Baltimore. In her archival work, she curated The Baltimore Cultural Arts Program, 1964-1993 photography exhibit at UB and worked on the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising project at the Maryland Historical Society.


MARAC Scholarship Committee

Ben Blake
Maria Day
Christy Fic
Amanda Hawk
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Emily R. Cottle, Chair


Please consider nominations for the Society of American Archivists Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award!

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2018 award.

This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

Recent winners include:


Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.


A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Application Deadline:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.

For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

Updates and Corrections to the Hershey Conference Program

Over the course of the last year, the Program Committee for the Spring 2018 MARAC Conference has worked hard to gather together a distinguished group of archival practitioners to bring our members the very latest in archival innovation, activities, and thought from our region. And now, with the upcoming conference program hot off the presses, we truly believe that MARAC members can look forward to another high quality meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Even so, things change. Last minute developments from some of our panelists, as well as copy-editing corrections required by our own fallibility, lead us to issue the following substantive revisions to the program as printed:**

Session 1: Archives and Advocacy: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History (p.13)

This panel description mistakenly left off the names of two participants: Tyler Stump (Pennsylvania State Archives) and Margaret Sly (Temple University Special Collections).

Session 6: Chester Made: Building the Biography of a Block with Artists, Students and Residents (p.15)

Panelist Devon Walls (MJ Freed Theater & Artist Warehouse) will be replaced with Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter (the project manager for “Chester Made”).

Session 9: Serving Archival Communities: Regional Programs in the MARAC Region (p.15)

Samantha Forsko (Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts) will not be presenting at this session. Her co-presenter and colleague, Dyani Feige, will present Ms. Forsko’s content.

Session 10: Disparate Digital Designs: Using Virtual Spaces to Build Archival Capacity (p.16)

Robin Pike (University of Maryland) will not be presenting at this session. There is no one scheduled to take her place at this time.

Session 11. Not Just Another Bunch of Papers (p.16)

Linda Ries is incorrectly listed as “retired” from the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

Session 18: Grow Your Role: New Directions for Special Collections Collaboration (p.18)

Please note the title change which was not included in the printed program (printed as: “Radical Role Reinvention: New Directions for Special Collections Collaboration”).

A slight change to the panel description is reflected in the following text:

Special Collections has traditionally followed a specific model; tried and true approaches to building, sustaining, and providing access to collections. But are these approaches effective and innovative ways to respond to the changing needs of the communities we serve and the communities we document? How can we expand our repertoire to include new skills and collaborations? This panel will showcase examples of radical collaboration and reimaging of the special collections playbook; a new blueprint that includes initiating collaborations between departments and disciplines, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, and designing services, policies, and instructional offerings to enhance and broaden what we provide to our readers and communities. Panelists will discuss a collaborative data analysis approach to collection development and public services, a more broadly realized approach to all activities contained in the spectrum of reader services, and outreach to the STEM fields.

Session 21: Documenting a Community, Building a Community: The Robert J. Sullivan Jr. Papers at James Madison University Special Collections (p.19)

The speakers in this session (Kate Morris, Tiffany Cole, and Lynn Eaton) are listed as affiliated with George Mason University. This is incorrect and should read as James Madison University as reflected in the title of the session.

For mistakes in the copy-editing process, the Program Committee Co-Chairs offer our sincere apologies to all affected panelists. Non-substantive changes to program text that occurred as part of that editing process are not included in this update.

**Note: these changes will be reflected in the program supplement and corrected for the guidebook app.

Deadline Extended, Call for Posters: MARAC Spring 2018 Meeting in Hershey, PA

There is still time to submit a poster proposal for the Spring 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference “Finding the Sweet Spot: Communities, Collaboration, and the Archives” to be held in Hershey, PA on April 12-14, 2018.

Share your research or new approaches to archival work in Chocolatetown, USA. 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

● Professional or student engaged in archival work
● Research or activity conducted within the previous year (2017-2018)
● Poster size: minimum 22 x 28 inches; maximum 36 x 48 inches; may read vertically or horizontally

The new deadline for poster proposals is 11:59 PM EST on February 18. Proposals received after this date will not be considered and e-mailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

To submit a poster proposal, complete the form

Notifications regarding accepted proposals will be sent out on March 1. A dedicated poster session has been scheduled from 2:45-3:45 on Friday April 13 during the conference.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Susan Wiesner

Now accepting applications: MARAC Meeting Scholarships and Awards

There are three awards available for the Hershey conference which will be held April 12-14, 2018:

1) MARAC Meeting and Travel Awards (2 awards: $400 and $250)
2) Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award

Additional information about each award is included below. Meeting information is available on the MARAC website.

APPLICATION: Applicants for either award should submit the following:

1) Cover letter that includes:

a) Award for which you are applying
b) Statement of financial need
c) Expected benefits of attending the conference (citing specific sessions or workshops of interest)

2) Resume

3) Letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant’s work (sent directly to the MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, Emily Cottle, via email at

DEADLINE: Hershey meeting, March 2, 2018

TO APPLY: Send a single PDF of the cover letter and resume to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at Letter of recommendation should be sent by the reference as a PDF directly to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at Please include MARAC Scholarship Application in the subject line. All applicants will receive an email confirming their application has been received.

MARAC Meeting & Travel Awards

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers travel awards of $400 and $250 for attendance attendance at its conferences held twice a year around the region.

Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration, workshops, lodging, conference meals, and other travel expenses. Persons meeting the criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: For this award, an individual must currently:

  • Be employed in the MARAC region in an archival or archives-related position, OR
  • Be enrolled as a graduate student in a program that includes courses in archival administration OR
  • Be a MARAC member in good standing

Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers awards for one full or half-day workshop, and conference registration, including the Friday Luncheon and Saturday Breakfast. Please note this award does not cover any travel expenses, but only the registration costs outlined above.

Named in memory of Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, this award is expressly aimed at those associated with Local History Collections. Active with MARAC on the Publications Committee and also as Maryland Caucus Chair, Karen maintained a life-long interest in local history and genealogy, respecting and encouraging the scholarly practice of each. In her career, she assisted thousands of researchers investigating Maryland local history, and through her guidance she also impacted the careers of local history practitioners throughout the state. Karen loved local history so it is fitting that this award bears her name as MARAC supports the professional growth of others dedicated to the field.

QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals must currently be associated with a local history collection that is open to the public on a regular basis in the MARAC region. Volunteers as well as paid staff are eligible. Priority is given to local history collections located in the meeting’s host city for the purpose of networking opportunities, but will not exclude other applicants.

Visual Resources Association Conference March 27-30 | Philadelphia, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) invites you to join our dynamic, multidisciplinary community dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image and media management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.

Our international membership includes digital librarians; digital image specialists; photograph and digital archivists; art, architecture, film and video librarians; museum curators and registrars; architectural firms; galleries; publishers; image system vendors; rights and reproductions officials; photographers; art historians; artists; and scientists. The VRA provides leadership in the visual resources field, develops and advocates standards, and offers educational tools and opportunities for the benefit of the community at large. Through collaboration and outreach with the broader information management and educational communities, the VRA actively supports the primacy of visual information in documenting and understanding humanity’s shared cultural experience.

The VRA offers international, national, and regional only memberships. The Regional only membership is based on local chapters at a $25.00 annual rate. The closest regionally associated chapter to the 2018 VRA National Conference is the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter provides its members with local support and professional development opportunities. Chapter meetings provide an opportunity for chapter members to meet colleagues in the area and gain knowledge about various subjects and technologies. For example, the Chapter meeting last summer at the University of Virginia included a session on creating and managing embedded metadata. At the fall meeting at the University of Maryland, College Park, attendees visited their MakerSpace and the Collaboratory.

The Visual Resources Association’s 36th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA (March 27, 2018 through March 30, 2018), will offer sessions and programs, such as Workshopping the World: ArcGIS Online & Story Maps, three sessions on copyright and intellectual property, Tours to the PMA Library & Archivesand a Trolley Tour by Mural Arts Philadelphia, and the VREPS Night Out for emerging professionals. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter is offering two travel awards to this year’s VRA National Conference in the amount of $300. To fill out the application go here:

For information about joining VRA, please see:

The membership advantages for students include:

  • A discounted student rate.
  • A special interest group for emerging professionals and students (VREPS).
  • Educational opportunities (including VRA member-discounted events, workshops, and institutes).
  • Subscription to and opportunities to publish in the VRA Bulletin.
  • Discounted registration for the annual national VRA conference, with programming as varied as image management, copyright issues, standards, cataloging and classification, metadata, digital imaging technology, Web design, preservation of image quality, and educational opportunities.
  • Opportunities for professional development (including mentoring, conference presentations, publishing, and leadership opportunities).

To join the Visual Resources Association National membership ($115/annual), navigate to and select New Member (includes Listserv and VRA Bulletin). You can register an email at the bottom of the page to get started on a new account.

To join the Mid-Atlantic Chapter membership of the VRA ($25 regional only chapter membership/annual), navigate to and selectSeparate Chapter Memberships or Donations. You will need to create an account.

Questions about joining VRA? Please contact Melanie Clark, VRA Public Relations and Communications Officer:

 Thank you for reading and hope to see you in Philadelphia!

 Jen & Lael

Jen Kniesch, VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair
Dickinson College
Art & Art History Department
PO Box 1773
Weiss, Rooms 222 & 223
Carlisle, PA 17013

Lael J. Ensor-Bennett, VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Secretary/Treasurer
Assistant Curator, Visual Resources Collection
Visual Resources Collection LibGuide
History of Art Department
167 Gilman Hall
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Congrats to our MARAC Graduate School Archival Education Scholarship Winners!

In 2017, MARAC received a donation of $500 from an anonymous donor as a challenge grant. MARAC was required to raise matching funds in order to receive the funds from the donor. Those funds created the MARAC Graduate School Archival Education Scholarship for students who live or attend a school in the MARAC region and plan to enter the archival profession.

MARAC was excited to be able to make two awards for the Spring 2018 semester:

  • Regina Carra is a graduate student at Queens College, City University of New York in the Dual Degree Program in Library Science and History with a concentration in archives and the preservation of cultural materials. She currently works as the Archives Project Assistant at Mark Morris Dance Group.
  • Carmen A. Collins currently works as a Records and Information Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton while pursuing her MS in Information and Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland’s iSchool.

Congratulations to Regina and Carmen!

MARAC Scholarship Committee
Ben Blake
Maria Day
Christy Fic
Amanda Hawk
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Emily Cottle, Chair