MAA’s Mission – Call for Comment

May 16, 2017

This year at the Michigan Archival Association Annual Business Meeting, MAA members will be asked to vote on the adoption of an organizational mission statement. The mission statement is intended to provide a concise description of where MAA currently stands and to guide our work going forward.

The MAA Board asks members to read and consider the following draft statement:

“Michigan Archival Association supports the community of organizations and individuals who care for the state’s materials of cultural heritage and the documentary record through communication and education, and seeks to foster a collaborative and inclusive professional network.”

Discussion prior to the vote is welcome. Any comments or questions may be shared by email with an MAA officer or board member (individual emails listed on the Board Officers and Members pages, or address our group email at miarchivists@gmail.com). You are also welcome to post publicly in the comments below. Voting takes place June 16 at the Annual Business Meeting.

– Rebecca Bizonet, MAA President


Last Day for 2017 MAA Annual Meeting Mail-In Registration!

May 10, 2017

Today is the Last Day for Annual Meeting mail-in registration!

Regular member and non-member advance registrations for the 2017 MAA Annual Meeting are STILL being accepted by mail through TODAY, MAY 10 (postmarked)! Download a pdf copy of the annual meeting program which includes the registration form.

New this year, we are offering one-day registration in addition to our usual full registration. As always, we provide a special affordable rate for students.

Highlights include this year’s keynote speaker, Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, who will speak on the secret aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan during World War II. We also have a valuable pre-conference workshop lined up for June 14, as Stacy Nowicki, Library Director at the Kalamazoo College Library, teaches “Effective Grant Writing.” See the Program Overview page or the full program for more detail.

Also, note that the reservation deadline for a guaranteed room and reduced rate at the Park Place hotel is Monday, May 15, 2017. See the full program for more hotel information and the room rate code.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Traverse City!


One Week Left for Annual Meeting Mail-In Registration!

May 3, 2017

There’s only ONE WEEK LEFT to mail in your registration for the Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting! (Of course, we will offer on-site registration after the deadline, but why wait?)

Both member and non-member registrations for the 2017 MAA Annual Meeting are STILL being accepted by mail through May 10 (postmarked)!

New this year, we are offering one-day registration in addition to our usual full registration. As always, we provide a special affordable rate for students.

Registration information and the mail-n form can be found in the Meeting Program (download as pdf).

Highlights include this year’s keynote speaker, Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, who will speak on the secret aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan during World War II. We also have a valuable pre-conference workshop lined up for June 14, as Stacy Nowicki, Library Director at the Kalamazoo College Library, teaches “Effective Grant Writing.”

Find more information by visiting the 2017 Meeting page! Don’t hesitate to sign up and join archivists and info professionals across the state in beautiful Traverse City, June 14-16!

Hey, Twitter users! Be sure to use #2017MAA to talk and share about the annual meeting!


2017 MAA Annual Meeting Program Now Available!

April 10, 2017

The Michigan Archival Association is very pleased to announce our program for MAA’s 2017 Annual Meeting!

View the program and download the full PDF version from our Program Overview page.

We invite all Michigan archivists and those working with, studying, or interested in archives to attend our 2017 Annual Meeting in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, taking place June 14-16. This year’s meeting site is the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. Learn more about the accommodations and the exciting program we have lined up for attendees on our Annual Meeting 2017 page, including sessions from your peers on local, regional, and state history, collection administration, digitization, and more.

Highlights include this year’s keynote speaker, Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, who will speak on the secret aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan during World War II. We also have a valuable pre-conference workshop lined up for June 14, as Stacy Nowicki, Library Director at the Kalamazoo College Library, teaches “Effective Grant Writing.”

Please note that this year our reception will take place on Wednesday, June 14, at the Top of the Park ballroom, with breathtaking views of downtown Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay.

Tours on Thursday, June 15, include a guided walking tour of downtown Traverse City and a tour of the Music House Museum, and there is also a post-conference tour, June 16, of Old Mission Peninsula wineries.

Missed the session submission deadline, but still want to get involved? Proposal submissions for our third annual Poster Session are being accepted through Friday, April 14. Read more and submit a proposal via our Call for Posters.

Stay tuned for more information about our Silent Auction, which raises funds for our scholarship, grant, and award program, as well as our slate of candidates and voting issues for our election at our Annual Business Meeting during the conference.

MAA members may take advantage of our member-only Early Bird registration rate, which runs through April 19. Regular member and non-member registrations will be accepted by mail postmarked by May 10. After that, on-site registration is available. New this year, we are offering one-day registration in addition to our usual full registration. As always, we provide a special affordable rate for students.

Learn more about this year’s Annual Meeting, download the Meeting Program, and register today!

See you in Traverse City!

MAA 2017 Annual Meeting Committee


Second Call: 2017 MAA Annual Meeting Posters

April 4, 2017

A reminder that the Michigan Archival Association Program Committee is currently seeking poster proposals for MAA’s 2017 Annual Meeting!

The 2017 MAA Annual Meeting will be held June 15-16, 2017, in Traverse City, Michigan, with the poster session scheduled for 10:45-12:00 on Friday, June 16th. Participation is open to all (including students!). You do not have to be an MAA member to present.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the MAA Poster Proposal Form by April 14th, 2017.

Any questions can be directed to Caitlin Brennecke, Program Committee Chair, at cait.brennecke@gmail.com.


Call in to the MAA Board Meeting!

April 3, 2017

Starting in five minutes!

Hi folks! Just a reminder that you can always call in to MAA Board Meetings. The next one is April 3rd (this Monday)!

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://msu.zoom.us/j/395372615

Or join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968 US Toll

Meeting ID: 395 372 615

International numbers available: https://msu.zoom.us/zoomconference…

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: 162.255.36.11 (US West) or 162.255.37.11 (US East)

Meeting ID: 395 372 615


MAA Board – Call for Nominations

March 31, 2017

Elections for new Board members will be held at the Michigan Archival Association Business Meeting during this year’s MAA conference in Traverse City, held between June 15 and 16, 2017. We will vote on the following Board positions:

Secretary (2 year term)
Treasurer (2 year term)
Conference Coordinator (2 year term)
Member-at- Large #1 (3 year term)
Member-at-Large #2 (3 year term)

If you are interested in running for any of the above positions and would like your name to appear on the ballot, please email MAA Nominating Committee Chair Christiane Evaskis-Garrett (cevaskis@gmail.com) by April 21, 2017. Please identify which position you are interested in and include a short biography.

The membership can also nominate individuals for board positions at the annual meeting. The bylaws state that nominations must end two hours before the Business Meeting. Also per MAA by-laws, a petition must be presented in support of such nominations and must include signatures from at least 10 current MAA members in good standing.

For more information on the Michigan Archival Association Board, please visit the Board section of the MAA website, https://miarchivists.wordpress.com/board/.

Submitted by the 2017 MAA Nominating Committee:
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, Richard Adler, Robin Derminer, and Amber Clement