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This Guest Post is authored by Chair Matt Gorzalski and Vice-Chair Michelle Sweetser of the SAA Membership Committee: The SAA Membership Committee recently surveyed the society’s membership to gain insight into the condition of professional development support provided by employers.  The survey was a continuation of the Committee’s efforts to learn more about SAA’s membership.  It follows the Barriers to Participation survey conducted between February and March 2017, which highlighted lack of...
Jan 16, 2018   Off the Record
This post was authored by COPA Chair Chris Burns, Manuscripts Curator and University Archivist at the University of Vermont. This is the second in a series of posts about the use of video as an archival awareness tool. Feel free to contact the editors of this blog at archivesaware@archivists.org if you have a video or topic you would like to see covered, or if you would like to contribute to this series. In 2016, we kicked off a new series designed to focus on the use of video in archival...
Jan 12, 2018   Archives AWARE!
Meg Phillips is the External Affairs Liaison for the National Archives and Records Administration and recently attended the ICA Meeting in Mexico City. This is a shortened version of the report she provided for her NARA colleagues: The International Council on Archives held a joint meeting with the Association of Latin American Archivists (ALA) in Mexico City from November 27 to 29.  I attended for NARA.  I sit on the ICA’s Programme Commission (PCOM), support the ICA New Professionals...
Jan 8, 2018   Off the Record
Project: The Cybernetics Thought Collective: A History of Science and Technology Portal Project Granting Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Program:  Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Institutions: University of Illinois Archives, British Library, American Philosophical Society, and MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections State: Illinois Congressional District: 13th Illinois Congressional District Grant Period: May 2017-2018 Award Amount: $49, 973...
Jan 3, 2018   Archives AWARE!
Dear all, here is a recent letter sent to USA Today by ALA President Jim Neal in response to libraries and archives being listed as a dying “industry.” As we enter 2018, please be reminded we are needed more than ever—to appraise, select, curate, and share our resources with those who need them. Happy New Year! Tanya Tanya Zanish-Belcher President, Society of American Archivists
Dec 31, 2017   Off the Record
What We’re Doing: Proposal Evaluation and January Meeting As you read this post, the thirteen members of the 2018 Program Committee are busy reviewing the 185 education sessions and 20 poster proposals (a record number!) received for consideration for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018. From mid-November to January 2 each committee member is reading, making comments on, and ranking every single proposal that was submitted. If you estimate a committee member spending 15 minutes on each proposal, that’s more...
Dec 19, 2017   Off the Record
This is the second post in our new “There’s an Archivist for That!” series, which will feature examples of archivists working in places you might not expect.  To continue this new series, COPA member Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist at Iowa State University, brings you an interview with Samantha Bradbeer, archivist and historian at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Samantha Bradbeer, Courtesy of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Samantha Bradbeer has served as the archivist and historian for Hallmark Cards, Inc. since...
Dec 15, 2017   Archives AWARE!
This post was authored by guest contributor Vince Lee, Archivist at the University of Houston, and current member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA). As we wrapped up our inaugural Houston Archives Bazaar in September of this year, I was curious to see what others were doing all around the country and in their region. What did they call their events? The Houston Archives Bazaar took inspiration, and if we’re honest, help from the Austin Archives Bazaar and the folks who helped...
Dec 12, 2017   Archives AWARE!
At its November meeting, the SAA Council made several decisions that will be of interest to all SAA members. First, the Council made the difficult (although unanimous) decision to decommission the Archives and Archivists Listserv, agreeing that this seemed to be the best time to regroup and plan for the future. In 2018, the SAA staff will be working on implementing a new Association Management System, paying special attention to the online community forums with which it will interface. The...
Dec 5, 2017   Off the Record
This post was authored by guest contributor Samantha Norling, Digital Collections Manager at Newfields and member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA).  This is the first post in our new “Asserting the Archivist” series on the importance of highlighting archivists and archival work in outreach efforts, rather than just focusing on the collections themselves. In January 2016, I authored a post for ArchivesAWARE titled “Asserting the Archivist in Archival...
Dec 5, 2017   Archives AWARE!
This post was authored by guest contributor Vince Lee, Archivist at the University of Houston, and current member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA).   The National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century, November 6-7, 2017 Although the  conference marking the 40th Anniversary of the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference has come and gone, many of its memories, the impact of the sessions, and the camaraderie and interactions of the attendees, who for...
Nov 17, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Project: Finding Common Ground: Cooperative Training for the Cultural and Emergency Response Communities Granting Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Program: Division of Preservation and Access, Education and Training Institution: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) State: Massachusetts Congressional District: 8th Massachusetts Congressional District Grant Period: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018 Award Amount: $196,696 Institutional Match Amount...
Nov 14, 2017   Archives AWARE!
http://photogrammar.yale.edu Reviewed by Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet, Cataloging and Metadata Specialist, The California State University, Northridge [PDF Full Text] Photogrammar is an innovative online project that allows users to explore approximately 170,000 photographs created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) between 1935 and 1945, now housed at the Library of Congress. Primary investigator Laura Wexler, a professor of American...
Nov 13, 2017   AA Reviews
In this post, ArchivesAWARE! chats with Emily Vinson, President of Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) and Audiovisual Archivist at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, about the recent Houston Archives Bazaar.  Emily shares tips and lessons learned from the experience, stresses the importance of collaboration and communication in mounting outreach events, and shares AHA!’s strategies for attracting media attention to the Bazaar, which, despite the devastation...
Nov 3, 2017   Archives AWARE!
A Guest Post from by the ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018 Program Committee: The theme for the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA is Promoting Transparency. This theme acknowledges that archivists and records administrators embrace principles that foster the transparency of our actions and inspire confidence in both the record and our professions. We value transparency in the record and records processes, the responsibility it gives to our work and actions, and how it allows us to be held...
Oct 31, 2017   Off the Record
This is the first post in our new “There’s an Archivist for That!” series, which will feature examples of archivists working in places you might not expect.  To launch this new series, COPA member Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist at Iowa State University, brings you an interview with Anne L. Foster, Archivist at Yellowstone National Park. Photograph of Anne L. Foster. (Courtesy of Anne L. Foster). Anne L. Foster has served as Yellowstone National Park’s Archivist since...
Oct 30, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Even as SAA Vice President Meredith Evans is preparing her Call for Volunteers for release this fall, I’d like to share a bit more about the entire appointments process. Having now been through the entire procedure, I think that selecting appointees is one of the most important duties of the Vice President/President-Elect, and it’s important that we are transparent in reporting on and documenting all we do. One of the greatest challenges is that we simply don’t have enough volunteer slots to...
Oct 20, 2017   Off the Record
  This post was authored by guest contributor Caryn Radick, Digital Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, and current member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA). In late September, my colleague and I declared this would be the year that Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives would participate in #AskAnArchivist Day! Although most of our social media outreach happens on Facebook and Instagram, taking part in #...
Oct 12, 2017   Archives AWARE!
  This post was authored by guest contributor Anna Trammell, Archival Operations and Reference Specialist at the University of Illinois Archives Research Center/Student Life and Culture Archives, and current member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA).   #AskAnArchivist Day was once again a huge success, allowing archivists from across the country to communicate directly with the public about their work. #AskAnArchivist was trending in the United States from 10:00 am to 1:00...
Oct 6, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Earthquakes, fires, flooding, hurricanes. Fall 2017 appears to be non-stop disasters, particularly here in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. While families and communities may now be focused on survival and obtaining power, water, and shelter, the time will come when people are ready to turn their attention to the care of their cultural resources. What kinds of resources are available to aid in recovery? Many sources and links have been shared over the past few months, and I thought it would...
Oct 4, 2017   Off the Record
The members of SAA’s Committe on Public Awareness (COPA) have gathered in Chicago this week to review and rework our work plan for the next year. With #AskAnArchivist Day fast approaching (it’s this Wednesday, October 4th, in case you missed the announcement), we’re dedicating a chunk of time today to get ready our favorite day of the year. Last year, the COPA members and SAA staff had fun creating promotional memes for the annual event… Since #OneDoesNotSimply walk...
Oct 2, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Beyond the Elevator is a cartoon strip created by Mandy Mastrovita and Jill Severn. The strip expresses their heartfelt belief that the magic of archives can and should be worked into ANY conversation or situation.  The prospect of this axiom has exhorted the two into paroxysms of giggles, chortles, and howls despite the sober and noble subject matter.  Indeed, they have spent hours cooking up likely scenarios to bring to life in future cartoons.  These little gems appear in ArchivesAWARE! on...
Oct 1, 2017   Archives AWARE!
http://explore.chicagocollections.org/ Reviewed by Matthew Strandmark, Education Archivist at the Special Collections Research Center, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky [PDF Full Text] Explore Chicago Collections is an online portal and linked database to digital collections, finding aids, and online discovery resources from Chicago Collections Consortium members and their participating institutions. Participants include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum,...
Sep 11, 2017   AA Reviews
http://duracloud.org/ Reviewed by Blake E. Relle, Louisiana Secretary of State/Louisiana State Archives [PDF Full Text] DuraCloud is an open source platform used to store and manage digital content in the cloud through a single dashboard.[1] DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization that provides services to facilitate the long-term accessibility of digital collections, hosts and manages the platform. This review assesses the free trial version of DuraCloud’s Preservation Plus plan. DuraCloud...
Sep 5, 2017   AA Reviews
https://educopia.org/sites/educopia.org/files/publications/Spanning_Our_Field_Boundaries.pdf Reviewed by Rose Sliger Krause, Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian, Eastern Washington University [PDF Full Text] Spanning Our Field Boundaries: Mindfully Managing LAM Collaborations is one deliverable of the IMLS-funded “Mapping the Landscapes” project, overseen by the Educopia Institute on behalf of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, a non-profit including...
Aug 25, 2017   AA Reviews