Help Houghton County!

July 16, 2018

If you want to volunteer to help Houghton County’s historical records recover from the devastating flooding, now’s the time!

The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is working with the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the Michigan Archival Association, and other organizations to recruit teams of trained museum and archives professionals who will provide onsite help a week at a time this summer and early fall. These teams will document the artifact and archival collections and establish stable temporary storage conditions.

Final details for the project are still being solidified, but will depend somewhat on the availability of trained volunteers. If you are qualified, interested, and able to spend a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula in August or September, please complete this survey by July 23.

At this point, the plan is to have a team arriving on Sunday, working a regular work-week Mon-Fri, and then leaving on Saturday.

For more information, look here.

Houghton County needs you!

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Help Flood Damaged Historical Collections in Houghton County!

June 20, 2018

As you may have heard, Houghton County has been ravaged by terrible flooding and Governor Snyder has declared a state of emergency.

Lindsay Hiltunen, the archivist for Michigan Tech, is asking that anyone interested in volunteering to help clean up local heritage sites contact her ASAP. Her contact information is as follows:

lehalkol at mtu.edu
(906) 487-3209 or (906) 487-2505 office and main MTU archives lines
(906) 281-0024 work cell
If you’re not in the area and want to still help, the Historical Society of Michigan has created a GoFundMe for the Houghton County Historical Society (https://www.gofundme.com/gjj99r-houghton-museum-flood-relief). The historical society is a volunteer-run organization and is in desperate need of help and donations to save their collections and research facilities.The funds will go to help them and other local history organizations in the area.

Thank you for your time.


Proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards

June 19, 2018

Hello MAA members,

This is Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, your new Vice President. I’d like to draw your attention to the proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards. The final version of the standards are up for review and open for comments through June 30, 2018. For more information concerning how these standards were produced, click here.
In addition, the Michigan Department of Education is hosting Listen and Learn discussions at the following locations from 6:00pm-8:00pm:

June 18 – Genesee Intermediate School District, Erwin L. Davis Education Center, Room ABCD, Flint
June 19 – Saginaw ISD, Saginaw
June 20 – Oakland Schools, Waterford
June 26 – Eastern Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste. Marie
June 27 – Michigan Library & Historical Center, Lansing
June 28 – Kent ISD, Grand Rapids

As stewards of Michigan history, it’s important for us to know what’s being taught to our youth and to make sure they’re getting the full breadth of the historical record. Please take some time, review these standards, and let the Michigan Department of Education know your thoughts.
– posted on behalf of Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, MAA Vice President

Wayne State SAA Student T-Shirt Fundraiser

June 14, 2018

Hello!

Are you a current Wayne State Archives student or an alumni? Looking for a specialized tee shirt to show off your Wayne State pride? We are thrilled to announce our fundraising campaign. We will be selling the two tee shirts below in order to raise money for Wayne State student SAA conference presenters both this summer and in the future. The green tee shirt is $25 and the grey shirt is $20.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing a tee shirt, here’s the link to the campaign website: https://waynestubookstore.ignitecx.com//WayneStateSAA

Don’t delay! Fundraiser ends June 30, 2018!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, Allie Penn, or the SAA email address, saa.wayne@gmail.com.

Allie

Alexandrea Penn
Treasurer
Society of American Archivists
Wayne State University
ga0181@wayne.edu

 

– posted on behalf of the Wayne State University SAA Student Chapter http://iis.slis.wayne.edu/saa/index.html


Down the Road and Back Again with MAA Past Presidents: Call for Questions

June 1, 2018
In support of “Down the Road and Back Again with MAA Past Presidents,” a session at this year’s Annual Meeting that’s discussing the past 60 (!) years of MAA history, we’d love to have questions from the membership.
 
Have something you’ve always wanted to know? Something you’d like discussed? Email Christiane Evaskis-Garrett (cevaskis at gmail.com) by June 11th with your questions and they could be included!
 
See you at the Annual Meeting!

Meet the Candidates!

May 21, 2018

Announcing the 2018 MAA Board Candidates! Elections will take place June 15, 2018 during the business meeting at the MAA Annual Meeting in Bay City.

Vice President/President-Elect (2-year term in each role)
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett works as a Content Ingest Developer Senior at ProQuest. She has been a member of MAA since 2009 and a member of the MAA Board since 2014, where she serves as the MAA archivist and is a member of the MAA Communications Committee.  She has led the Nomination Committee twice (in 2014 and 2017) and served as an editor for Open Entry for two years. She also led the MAA Online Payment Ad Hoc Taskforce, which enabled online payment for membership dues.

At ProQuest, she has served on the Library Volunteer Program Steering Committee for the past six years, the Black History Month Committee for the past two years, and the Ingest & Content Ops Communication Taskforce for the past year. She is also a founding member of the Metro Detroit Archivists League. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Sociology in 2008 from the University of Tennessee–Martin and graduated in 2010 from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Information, specializing in Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information. She also may or may not have been on Jeopardy, depending on when you ask her.

Conference Coordinator (2-year term)
Rebecca Bizonet
Rebecca Bizonet is currently President of the Michigan Archival Association. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information, with a specialization in archives and records management, Rebecca currently serves as the archivist for a private collection in Ann Arbor. Past roles include archives processing at University of Michigan Special Collections, processing and reference at The Henry Ford, and arrangement and description of oral histories at the Reuther Library at Wayne State University. In addition to her MAA service, Rebecca serves as the chair of the Communications Committee of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of SAA and as the co-chair for the 2019 MAC Local Arrangements Committee. Rebecca is interested in serving as Conference Coordinator because she believes that a strong familiarity with MAA and its operations will benefit the position and the organization. In addition to coordinating the arrangements for the next two years of annual meetings, she also hopes to record and formulate observations and guidelines that will strengthen and aid the position moving forward, and in doing so, she hopes, encourage others to serve in this very important role in the future.

Member-at-Large (3-year term, two openings)
Robin Derminer
Robin Derminer is the Digital Imaging Archivist, Digital and Emerging Media at The Henry Ford. Previously, Robin worked for Allied Vaughn as a Contract Indexer for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Project Archivist for the National Council of Preservation Education records, and Project Archivist for the Historic Preservation Program records in the University Archives at Eastern Michigan University’s Bruce T. Halley Library. Robin has over ten years K-12 public education experience managing creative spaces for video production and theater. Robin holds a Master in Library and Information Science (Academic Libraries) and Graduate Certification in Archival Administration from Wayne State University, a Master of Science in Historic Preservation (Conversation and Technology) from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology from Oakland University.

Elizabeth Nicholson
Elizabeth Nicholson has been the Digital Archivist at Oakland Community College for the past three years and also works part-time as an Archives Technician at the Walter P. Reuther Library.  In 2015, she graduated from Wayne State with a Master’s of Library and Information Science with an Archival Administration Certificate, and in 2016 received the Certified Archivist designation from the Academy of Certified Archivists.  She is currently serving on MAA’s 2018 program committee and hopes to be more involved by becoming a member-at-large.

Alison Stankrauff
Alison Stankrauff is the University Archivist at Wayne State University. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science with a Concentration on Archival Administration from Wayne State University (2002). She has a Bachelors in History from Antioch College (1996). She has been at Wayne State since September 2017. Previous to that she was the University Archivist and an Associate Librarian at Indiana University South Bend from 2004 to August 2017. Prior to that she served as Reference Archivist at American Jewish Archives from 2002 to 2004.

Carol Whittaker
Carol Whittaker is a Reference Librarian at Delta College and has served in that position for 8 years. The role of Archivist was added to her job title soon after starting at Delta and she enjoys working to modernize the College Archives and making them more accessible to the college community and the public. Prior to moving to Mid-Michigan Carol worked as Reference Archivist at the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford for 6 years as part of the Ford Historical Resources Collaborative and was a processing and reference assistant at Bentley Historical Library during Grad School. Carol graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2001. She has 3 young children who have taken up a lot of time over the past 13 years and looks forward to becoming more involved professionally with MAA and working to continue developing the great resources and services of the organization.

As noted above, elections will take place June 15, 2018 during the business meeting at the MAA Annual Meeting in Bay City.


Job Posting: Media Preservation Librarian I, Michigan State University Libraries

April 16, 2018

Michigan State University Libraries is seeking a Media Preservation Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working with staff in the Digital and Multimedia Center, G. Robert Vincent Voice Library, Special Collections and the Wallace Conservation Laboratory, as well as other library units and partners at other institutions, the Media Preservation Librarian will:

  • Plan, develop and provide leadership for a media preservation program for Library digital and analog collections, including the Vincent Voice Library, Rovi Media Collection and other special collections, by reviewing existing library practices and analyzing needs and establishing policies and best practices that promote long-term stewardship and access to audio visual and moving image materials.
  • Identify and work with vendors and complete RFPs for media conversion services; manage the inventory, shipping and quality control process.
  • Review and advise on media acquisitions and collaborate on conservation and survey efforts.
  • Identify and collaborate with technical and accessibility partners within the library, campus and consortia communities.
  • Provide support for the Libraries’ overall preservation program by assisting with environmental monitoring, the integrated pest management program, and the Libraries’ Disaster Response Committee and other preservation activities.

For more detail see posting for job no: 493910 on the Michigan State University Careers site at: https://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/498817/librarian-icontinuing

 

Posted on behalf of:
Nicole Garrett Smeltekop
Michigan State University Libraries
nicole@msu.edu