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.

MAA/HSM Oral History Workshop

September 20, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan and Michigan Archival Association, the Oral History Workshop will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Friday, November 7 at the Historical Society of Michigan, located at 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, MI.

The session will cover the process of identifying interviewees, developing questionnaires, and conducting interviews. A follow-up workshop will examine best practices in preserving these oral histories and making them accessible to the public.

Registration for the event is $39 for HSM/MAA members and $79 for non-members (non-member registration includes a one-year HSM membership). Registration includes refreshments and materials. In order to claim the MAA discount, MAA members should register online as a member of an affiliate organization.

To register, call (800) 692-1828 or visit

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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