Job Posting: Congressional Records Archivist, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

October 20, 2014

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan is seeking a Congressional Records Archivist whose primary responsibility will be to lead a team of processors to arrange and describe the Congressional records of two long-standing, influential Congressmen (housed in approximately 2,150 cartons plus digital records). This is a full-time term-limited appointment for two years. The successful candidate will have experience with manuscript collection processing of government, organizational and/or personal papers, demonstrated understanding of archival description and materials, work experience with project management, familiarity with archival standards (DACS, EAD, MARC), experience in team leadership and/or supervision, and strong communication skills.

A complete job description and application directions can be found here:

Newsletter Announcement: Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

October 2, 2014

Library and Archives Canada announces a new online newsletter available free of charge to interested parties. A letter from Steve Gerley,  Project Officer for LAC, explains the aim of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World and how to subscribe. Read the rest of this entry »

Workshop Announcement: Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop, October 17, 2014

October 2, 2014

The Society of Indiana Archivists announces its Fall Workshop, taking place on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Prindle Institute of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Tweet Announcement: Women Archivists Roundtable, September 26, 2014

September 23, 2014

SAA’s Women’s Archivists Roundtable announces a live tweet on diversity and “Lean In”:

Attention, WARriors! It’s time for our next live tweet! Save the date for the Lean In Too Live Tweet on Friday, September 26, 12-3pm EDT.

There has been plenty of discussion concerning the positive messages from Lean In, but one major criticism has been the lack of diversity of perspective. Now’s your chance to break Lean In wide open. Can it apply to all? Does it simply reinforce existing structures of privilege?  Can it be adapted to more effectively speak to the needs of minority groups in the archives profession and beyond? What can we do to contribute towards more equitable workplaces? Join our host, Carrie Hintz of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University, for a great online discussion.

We’ll use the hashtag #SAAWAR. Follow along and join the conversation!

Details are at .

Call for Proposals: Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting, June 11-12, 2015

September 23, 2014

The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) Program Committee is currently seeking program proposals for the 2015 conference. The 2015 conference will be held June 11-12, 2015,  in lovely Holland, Michigan.

Proposals can be for an entire session (typically two to three people) or for one person – we are happy to help match you with other speakers with similar topics.  Sessions typically last an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes depending on scheduling.

From the results of our post-conference survey in 2014, some topics of interest to our members include:

  • Digital preservation
  • Digital processing programs
  • Business archives
  • Outreach and Social Media
  • Archiving Private collections
  • Grant writing
  • Disaster planning and response

These are, of course, only suggestions – if you have a particular project or an idea not on the list, we would still love to hear from you!

Please send us your name, topic idea, and a brief description of the topic or session to

Thank you and please feel free to spread the word…and volunteer others!  We are happy to contact people to fill in our program, so if you know someone working on an interesting project, please let us know. You do not have to be an MAA member to present.

Call for Papers: Archives Association of Ontario Annual Conference, May 27-29, 2015

September 23, 2014

The Archives Association of Ontario is pleased to present a Call for Papers for its 2015 Annual Conference, to be held May 27 to 29th 2015 in the beautiful Forest City of London, Ontario. Come present your paper to an appreciative audience of your peers, listen to experts in the field, and generally participate in the leading event of Ontario’s Archival Calendar.

Archives operate under the aegis of various rights and responsibilities, from copyright to donor agreements, from freedom of information legislation to privacy restrictions, from processing practices to weeding criteria, we all work within certain guidelines, rules that direct us to our rights, or rather, to what is RIGHT. This conference is intended to address all these myriad issues, whether through case studies, theoretical analyses, or even philosophical musings.

Submissions of proposals for entire sessions or for individual papers are invited.  The proposals should be sent with a brief abstract and bio to Daniel German, Programme Chair, AAO2015,  The due date for submissions is 30 November 2014.

Job Posting: Curation Archivist, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

September 20, 2014

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan invites applications from innovative and creative individuals with demonstrated technical skills for an open title position in the Curation department of the Library.

This permanent position will play an essential role in the Library’s Curation operations and assist in the Library’s current initiatives to implement Archivematica, ArchivesSpace and AEON and revise existing ingest, processing, and descriptive workflows for all collection genres and formats. Moving forward, the archivist will monitor emerging trends and best practices and build capacity to implement technologies appropriate to the Library’s needs and policy framework and develop strategies and resources to preserve and provide access to new and/or complex data types. Additional duties will include the arrangement and description of digital and hybrid collections and curation of archived websites social media content and technologies.

For the full position announcement and application information, see the job posting at the University of Michigan Careers page.


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