MAA@ SAA, Part 2

August 4, 2016


Day 2 here in Atlanta, and our table has been enhanced with a poster detailing the Adopt an Archive program!


August 3, 2016


Our info table at SAA 2016! Filled with good stuff from MAA, Wayne State, Reuther Library, Detroit Sound Conservancy, Capital Area District Libraries, Michigan Oral History Association and more.

If you’re in Atlanta be sure to stop by and say Hi, leave a suggestion and even grab a piece of candy for those late afternoon sessions!


Annual Meeting Evaluation

July 18, 2016

If you attended this year’s annual meeting, you should have received an email on July 14 with a link to your annual meeting evaluation.

1) The link will expire in sixty days, but we’re hoping to get most of our feedback within the next 30 days.

2) If you are interested in assisting at the annual meeting next year (to be held in Traverse City) or are interested in moderating a session, be sure to indicate that in the section on “Become an Active Member”.

3) If you didn’t receive an email with access to the annual meeting evaluation and you attended, email Christiane Evaskis-Garrett (cevaskis at gmail dot com) or Carol Vandenberg (cvandenberg at madonna dot edu) and we’ll sort it out.

Looking forward to hearing your responses!

Annual Meeting Tweets Storified

July 18, 2016

Looking to relive some of that 2016 Annual Meeting magic? Well, now you can through our Storified #2016MAA tweets! Follow the link below to revisit those memorable (or otherwise) posts assembled in chronological order.

MAA Annual Meeting Room Change

June 16, 2016

For everyone attending MAA 2016, we have one meeting room change to note: All events scheduled to take place in RIVERSIDE are now in BIG 10 C. (This means the Registration Table is also moved to outside of BIG 10 C!)

Other rooms/events remain the same.

Meet the Candidates

June 8, 2016

With only a week away until the annual meeting, we would like to introduce you to the members who have agreed to run for elective office. Elections will be held at the Business Meeting at the annual meeting.

Vice President/ President- Elect

Nicole Garrett Smeltekop

Nicole Garrett Smeltekop has been a member of the Michigan Archival Association since 2008. She was appointed to the MAA Board in 2010, and was elected as a Member-At-Large in 2013. Ms. Smeltekop has been an active participant in the MAA Annual Meetings, as both a speaker and as a member of the MAA Program Committee. She chaired the 2015 Program Committee, and is co-chairing it this year. She is also a member of the Marilyn McNitt Scholarship Committee. In addition to MAA, she serves on the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board, and as a planning committee member for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners. At the national level, she is a member of the ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Membership Committee and ALA ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Recruitment and Mentoring Committee. She is currently a Special Materials Catalog Librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries, a role she has had for two years. Prior to her hire at MSU, she was the College Archivist at Albion College for four years, and a Project Archivist at the Archives of Michigan for four years. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2006 with her MLIS and a concentration in Archival Administration, and from Michigan State University with a degree in History in 2005. She has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in MAA for the last eight years, and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve archivists in Michigan.

At-Large Board positions (2 available)

Annie Benefiel

Annie Benefiel is Assistant Archivist at Grand Valley State University. Before joining GVSU in 2014, she worked as a processing archivist in the Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida and as an archives assistant at Yale University’s Beinecke Library. She attained her MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2011. She served on New England Archivists’s Local Arrangements Committee (2012) and Communications Committee (2012-2013). She is also currently serving on the ArchivesSpace Nominations Committee. A native of Central Indiana, she got started in archives at the age of 14, when she participated in a job shadowing program with archivists at the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Heidi Butler

Heidi Butler has been the Local History Librarian at the Capital Area District Libraries since February 2014. Her previous positions include the archives of Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; the Kalamazoo College archives; the Rush University Medical Center archives in Chicago; and the Local History and Genealogy department of the Wichita Public Library in Kansas. She completed her Library Science Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Kalamazoo is her hometown.

Lindsay Hiltunen

Lindsay Hiltunen, MLIS and MA, is the Senior Archivist at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections in Houghton, Michigan. She began her professional career as a Librarian with the District of Columbia Public Library in 2008, but is very happy to be home in her native Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has planned and implemented several new programs, such as the current migration of the Keweenaw Digital Archives to a new digital asset management platform. Lindsay looks forward to growing in the profession and working with Archivists and Special Collections Librarians throughout Michigan in the years ahead.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts is the Acquisitions Archivist at the MSU Archives and Historical Collections, where she has worked since 2002. She earned her MLS from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a specialization in archives. In addition to serving as a MAA Board Member at Large, she is chair of the Marilyn McNitt Scholarship Committee.

MEDAL Summer Preconference Symposium: Call for Participation

May 23, 2016

Posted on behalf of our friends at MEDAL. If you are an archivist in the Metro Detroit area, we hope you will consider attending (and presenting!) at this free event:

The Metro Detroit Archivists League (MEDAL) invites you to participate in its MEDAL Preconference Symposium, which will be held on Friday, June 3, at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. (This flyer has additional details–feel free to post!)

The MEDAL Preconference Symposium is designed to assist librarians and archivists preparing for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Michigan Archival Association (MAA), allowing speakers to solicit feedback and brainstorm ideas. MEDAL invites you to present lightning talks, presentations, poster sessions, and panel discussions in preparation for the upcoming MAA Annual Meeting, or for other related archives and library conferences. This is a space for you try new and daring things. We ask that presentations not exceed 15 minutes.

The Preconference Symposium will be held from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are welcome to join us for a post-symposium lunch at the Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201.

To participate, please fill out this form and contact Gavin Strassel at

If you are interested in presenting or attending the lunch, please respond by May 31, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there.


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