User & Submission Guidelines

The MARAC Blog will showcase the diversity of archivists and archival issues and serve as a platform for outreach to MARAC members and the communities we serve. The blog is intended to be engaging, educational, and wide-ranging. All MARAC members are encouraged to participate; they in turn may invite others to participate by making submissions relating to the world of archives.

The primary purpose of the blog is outreach: to show what we do as archivists, to present captivating stories, and to celebrate those who help to preserve history in any medium. A secondary purpose is advocacy: to present issues that matter to local communities, to speak up when archives are in jeopardy, and to present issues of advocacy for wide dissemination and clear understanding.
Management:
  • The MARAC Blog is managed by the MARAC Communications Committee
  • Contributed content does not necessarily represent the views of MARAC or its members.
Submissions:
  • Submissions should be emailed to MARAC Communications at marac.communications@gmail.com
  • Authors should supply their affiliation(s) and contact information
  • Posts should be of modest length.  500 to 600 words maximum and a limit of 3 photographs for illustration
  • MARAC reserves the right to decline submissions or comments that are inappropriate, offensive, or inconsistent with the purpose of the blog

Content Suggestions:

  • Personal testimonies about challenging reference questions
  • Celebrating “archives heroes,” i.e., individuals who have made a difference in promoting archives and preserving collections
  • Short informational articles about collections and archival issues
  • Archives month events – plans, stories, and activities
  • Archives users – stories about those who have been helped by archivists
  • National History Day participants and events
  • Advocacy issues and news
  • Historical information brought to light via archives
  • Any topic that is unique, unusual, or interesting to archivists and those in related fields in libraries, museums, academia, government, or historical societies
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