MAC Fall Symposium

August 11, 2014

“Oral History, Archives, and Innovation,” is the theme of this year’s Midwest Archives Conference Fall Symposium, which will take place Sept. 12-13 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Come join us to learn how to use digital technologies to curate and disseminate your oral history collections, with Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
View the program and register at the MAC website:
For additional information on the symposium and all that Champaign-Urbana has to offer, check out the Organizing Committee’s weblog:
Save the date and join us in September on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We look forward to seeing you soon

MAA Open Entry Call for Submissions – Deadline 9/5

August 7, 2014

Attention Michigan Archivists:

The editors of Open Entry are now seeking submissions for our fall issue. The deadline for this issue is Friday, September 5.

We are looking for the following:

MAA 2014 ANNUAL MEETING: We especially want your news and images from our recent conference on Mackinac Island.

CONTENT. Here are some examples of content we look for:

  • Repository news items.
  • Information about new or interesting collections.
  • Articles about Michigan archives, archivists, or the archival profession.
  • Reviews of books, articles, or even blogs.
  • Reports about special projects, events, exhibits, tours, grants received, conferences or workshops you hosted or participated in, or anything else relating to archives in Michigan.
  • Updates from repositories we don’t typically hear from (though news from everyone is always welcome!).
  • Write-ups on your “Little Known Collections” that you’d like to publicize.
  • Archives students: We would like to hear more from you, both individuals and student groups, and what you are working on. The response from students and recent graduates in the last issue indicates interest here.
  • Updates on Michigan “Archivists in the News.”
  • Very short entries, or items you may have repurposed from your other newsletters, institutional blogs, etc., are acceptable.
  • Lists of your Civil War collections, or articles pertaining to these collections. We are continuing to publicize these collections.

PHOTOGRAPHS, especially of images that complement your news items or articles. Please send your photographs in .jpg format, 300 ppi. The size should be a minimum of 1200 x 900 pixels and a maximum of 1500×2100 pixels. If you have a “Mystery Photo,” let us try to help you broadcast it for possible identification!

Please email submissions to Submissions should be in the form of a Microsoft Word document of 200-1,200 words. Please use Garamond font, 11pt, but if you forget, we will change it.

Again, that deadline is September 5.


Rebecca Bizonet
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Job Posting: Archivist/Librarian, Albion, MI

June 20, 2014

Albion College is searching for a full-time Archivist / Librarian. The Archivist is responsible to the Library Co-Directors for the administration of the Albion College Archives and the Albion College Library Special Collections and the Rare Books Collection. This includes selection, preservation and management of historical material in all formats relating to the history of Albion College, its faculty, staff, administration and students. The Archivist will work with the Web Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian to create, update, and maintain the College Archives digital repository. The Archivist will help develop and oversee the policies of the Archives and other specialized collections belonging to Albion College. The Archivist will also maintain the Archives of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church (housed in the Albion College Library) and respond to research requests.

The Archivist will administer the College Archives portion of the Records Retention Program of the College, and will serve as a Librarian on the staff and as an advisor on preservation issues. The Archivist will develop programs to increase access to archival material, will plan the annual Schleg Endowed Lecture, will participate regularly in professional organizations, area and regional archive/museum/library activities and workshops, will maintain current awareness of concepts, trends, and procedures in the Archival and Library fields through the professional literature and electronic listservs, etc., and will work to establish professional contacts to participate in the exchange of ideas and to promote cooperation, networking, and resource sharing.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Librarianship (with an Archives focus), Archives, or a related field; strong background in archival research methodology and local history with demonstrated skills in oral and written communication; experience in managing varied historical collections in an archives, museum or historical agency; familiarity with Archivist’s Toolkit and DACS and metadata standards, as well as familiarity with digital repository programs (i.e., Islandora). Some experience in library reference services is desirable. Ability to instruct in research skills using primary sources and conservation practices is very helpful.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a projected start date in August or September 2014. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, current resume, copy of graduate transcript and three letters of reference to Claudia Diaz, Co-Director of Libraries (e-mail: or Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, Michigan). For additional information, contact Claudia Diaz (e-mail: or call 517-629-0386).

Albion College is a private liberal arts college of about 1400 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour’s drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Visit our Web site at

Meet the Candidates!

May 23, 2014

Secretary (2014-2015)

Stefanie Caloia 

Stefanie is a Certified Archivist with the ACA and currently works at a private archive in Birmingham. She has an MLIS and an Archival Administration Certificate from Wayne State University, where she served as vice-president of the WSU student chapter of SAA. Stefanie previously worked for History Associates, Inc. on their National Park archives project. She is currently the administrator of the Facebook page for the Visual Materials Section of SAA.

Member-at-Large # 1 (2014-2017)

Karen Jania

Karen Jania is the Reference Archivist at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Karen has been working at the library in various capacities since 1988 and Head of Reference since 2002. She earned a Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the School of Information at the University of Michigan in 1997. Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Sociology from Michigan State University. Karen currently serves as a MAA Member-at-Large and is also a past president.

Member-at-Large #2 (2014-2017)

Casey Westerman 

Casey Westerman is the University Archivist of Wayne State University. He previously worked as Technical Processes Archivist at Cornell University’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. He earned his MLS at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1999; in 2010 he earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Georgia. Casey currently serves as the Michigan Key Contact for the Society of American Archivists; he is a member of the Steering Committee of SAA’s Regional Archival Associations Consortium; and he is the President and Events Coordinator of the Metro Detroit Archivists League, an informal group of archives professionals which meets monthly in the Detroit region. In the past year he has been a member of the MAA’s Scholarship Committee.  

Vice President/President-Elect (2014-2016)

Rebecca Bizonet 

Rebecca Bizonet earned her bachelor’s degree in French from the Residential College of the University of Michigan in 1994 and an MSI with specialization in Archives and Records Management from U-M’s School of Information in 2001. Rebecca was a processing archivist at the U-M Special Collections Library from 2001 to 2006. Since then, she has worked for The Henry Ford, as part of the Ford Historical Resources Collaborative, a partnership of The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Archives, first as a processing archivist and most recently as reference archivist. Rebecca has been an MAA board Member-at-Large since 2008 and is the editor of MAA’s newsletter, Open Entry. She has also served on MAA’s Program Subcommittee in past years. She coordinates the 23 Things for Archivists learning resource for SAA’s Reference, Access and Outreach section, and last year wrapped up two years of service as a member and chair of the Online Access Subgroup of SAA’s Annual Meeting Task Force. 

Conference Coordinator (2014-2015)

Kristen Chinery

Kristen Chinery is the Reference Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She received a Master of Arts in History, Master of Library and Information Science, and Archival Administration Certificate from Wayne State University.  She has a BA in History from Adrian College. Kristen has been part of the MAA board since 2007, when she was elected Treasurer. She is currently MAA’s outgoing President and represents MAA in SAA’s Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC).  She is also a member of the RAAC Steering Committee and Chair of the Grant Development Subcommittee.

 Can’t wait to see you all on Mackinac Island! Fudge for everyone!

Silent Auction at Annual Meeting

May 16, 2014

The Silent Auction will be happening again this year at our annual meeting on Mackinac Island. Some of the items featured include a baseball signed by Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, books, wine and food baskets, tickets to Meijer Gardens, tickets to The Ford Museum, Herman Miller tour and lunch, Proud Robin mugs, and some other surprises. The proceeds of the auction benefit History Day and the Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship. Please consider making a donation even if you aren’t able to attend the meeting. If you are going to the meeting, maybe you will go home with that baseball—Bid high!


Job Posting: Director, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

May 9, 2014

Wayne State University seeks a dynamic individual with outstanding leadership skills for the position of Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library. Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Director serves as the primary administrator of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs and the Wayne State University Archives. The successful candidate will be an innovative and accomplished professional skilled in managing organizational change and evolving technologies pertinent to archival collections. A vision for building partnerships across Wayne State and within both the labor movement and the Detroit metropolitan community is essential.

For the full position announcement and application information, see posting #040161 on the Wayne State University ONLINE HIRING SYSTEM at

MAA Annual Meeting: Change in Ferry Service

April 23, 2014

Mission Point has signed a contract with Star Line to Mackinac Island for ferry service.  They will honor the previous arrangement and price with Arnold Ferry as listed on the registration form.  Please use that form to reserve your ferry.  Also, remember the MAA price for the hotel is only available until Monday May 5th!


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