Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners Spring Meeting Registration

February 3, 2016

Registration is open for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners spring workshop and meeting on March 17-18, 2016, hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale. All those interested should register for this free event at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VSWKH7Y. Deadline for registration is February 19. More information about the event, including the line-up of presenters and workshops, is linked from the registration survey.

Reminder: MAC Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Application Period Open

January 28, 2016

Please spread the word and encourage any qualified applicants you may know to apply!

The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is soliciting applications for the 2016 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latino descent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. Applicants are not required to be residents of or attend school in the MAC region.

Applications are available from the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students Committee Chair:

Alison Stankrauff
Archivist and Associate Librarian
Indiana University South Bend
tel: 574–520-4392

And from the MAC website, http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley.

Applying for the Archie Motley Scholarship has gotten easier with MAC’s new online application form.

Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2016.

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

Job posting: Associate Archivist, Cranbrook (part-time)

January 27, 2016

Cranbrook is seeking an Associate Archivist. The Associate Archivist is responsible for assisting with the processing and curation of Cranbrook’s archival and manuscript holdings, answering reference inquiries, aiding researchers, processing reproduction requests, and assisting with the development of programs that govern the systematic control of Cranbrook records, including electronic records. The Associate Archivist should have an interest in the history of Cranbrook and a desire to share Cranbrook’s story with constituents near and far. Requirements: Master’s degree in Library or Information Science (or equivalent degree) with a specialization in Archival Administration or Electronic Records Management required; candidates must have a thorough knowledge of archival practices and methodology. Two years of professional archival experience required, with paid experience preferred. Knowledge of database management (CONTENTdm preferred) and experience with MARC descriptive and cataloging standards required. Experience with website maintenance, electronic records (both digital surrogates and born digital) management preferred. Experience with management of architectural drawings and records highly desirable. Interest or background in art and/or architecture strongly desired. A valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record is required. This is a part-time position with a schedule of working 24 hours per week.

Interested candidates must send a resume and employment application to humanresources@cranbrook.edu. Applications will be accepted through March 26, 2016, or until the position is filled.

Employment applications can be downloaded online at http://www.cranbrook.edu/employment

2016 Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship

January 26, 2016

The Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship funds a student to attend Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting in East Lansing, Michigan, June 16-17, 2016. The scholarship covers lodging for two nights and conference registration.  The recipient will also receive a $150 stipend for travel costs and a one-year membership to MAA.  The scholarship winner will be asked to write an article for the MAA newsletter, Open Entry, about their conference experience.

The scholarship is open to graduate students in an archival science program or related field.  To apply, please submit a completed application form and essay to Sarah Roberts at rober472@msu.edu.  The deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.  A link to the application can be found https://miarchivists.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/maa-mcnitt-scholarship-application_2016.docx

NAGARA 2016 Annual Conference: Call for Session Proposals, Deadline Extended

January 14, 2016

The NAGARA Program Committee has extended the deadline for session proposals for their 2016 annual conference to Friday, January 29, 2016. The Annual Conference of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) will be held in Lansing, MI, July 13-16, 2016. Even if you are not a government archivist or records manager, you are encouraged to consider submitting a proposal. Besides seeking presentations on aspects of government archives and records management practices, the Program Committee is open to proposals dealing with intersections with other professions and domains. More information is available at the NAGARA website.

SAA: J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

January 13, 2016

Posted on behalf of SAA’s J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee:

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2016 award.


Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.  The individual’s or institution’s contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work.  Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

Recent Winners:
2015: Adrena Ifill Blagburn
2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, National History Day
2013: Dr. Warren Stewart
2012: Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart
2011: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)
2010: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
2009: Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)
2008: Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.  Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2016, and should be sent to:

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-4061

Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to: http://www.archivists.org/recognition/index.asp

Call for Applicants: SAA Mosaic Scholarship (2/28/2016 deadline)

January 12, 2016

Posted on behalf of the SAA Mosaic Scholarship Selection Committee:

The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2016.

The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting.

For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit: http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic.

Good Luck!

The Mosaic Scholarship Selection Committee:
Aditi Worcester (Chair), Escondido Public Library
Sofía Becerra-Licha, Berklee College of Music
Alex Champion, National Archives and Records Administration
Brittney Farley, Florida State University
Andrea Jackson, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Helen Kim, Getty Research Institute


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