This Week: A Tribute to Dr. Philip P. Mason, Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 24, 2015

Michigan archivists are invited to the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs this Thursday, August 27, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., to celebrate the achievements of Wayne State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip P. Mason and commemorate the Reuther Library’s 40th anniversary. Dr. Mason not only founded the Reuther Library, but is a founding member of MAA as well. Dr. Mason, colleagues Kathleen Roe, Warner Pflug, and Dr. Frank Boles, and former students will offer remarks. The Reuther Library will also unveil a portrait of Dr. Mason to be hung on permanent display. The event is free, but RSVPs are encouraged. Whether attending or not, all are welcome to share tributes or memories using this online form.  More information about the event is available here and here.

MAA Partners with Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners for Fall Workshop, Oct. 8

August 17, 2015

This year for its annual Fall Workshop, the Michigan Archival Association is sponsoring the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) workshop! Because of this generous donation, MMDP is giving MAA members the opportunity to register first. Registration will open to everyone on August 24th, so be sure and reserve your spot as early as possible! The workshop is free of charge, and you are also welcome to attend the MMDP meeting held the following day on October 9 (details on the registration page).

The free half-day workshop will be held October 8 at Albion College. The first half will focus on Structured Data Wrangling and in the second half, we will switch to Leveraging DH Methods and Tools in the Archive (details below). To register, follow this link:

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Event announcement: Preconference Symposium at University of Michigan – Monday, August 3

July 28, 2015

The Metro Detroit Archivists League will host its third Preconference Symposium on Monday, August 3, 2015 in the University of Michigan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery from 1:00-4:00 PM. Speakers will present preliminary versions of talks, discussions, and posters that have been accepted for the program of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists.

All are welcome to attend, admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.

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Save the date: Philip P. Mason Reception at the Reuther Library, August 27

June 30, 2015

You are invited to join the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at 4 PM on Thursday, August 27, 2015 as we celebrate the achievements of Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip P. Mason and commemorate our building’s 40th anniversary.

Dr. Mason will be on hand to share some of his experiences from decades of service to Wayne State University and the archival community.

Walter P. Reuther Library
Wayne State University
5401 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-4024

Blast From The Past: 1979

May 29, 2015

Open Entry has been gracing our members’ mailboxes and inboxes since 1974. Celebrating over 40 years of archival articles and updates, in the fall of 2014, MAA began scanning and posting all of Open Entry‘s issues for inclusion on the MAA website.


1979 brings us to Volume 6 of Open Entry!

Portion of Page 1 from the Winter 1979 issue.

Portion of Page 1 from the Winter 1979 issue.

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Blast From The Past: 1978

May 22, 2015

Open Entry has been gracing our members’ mailboxes and inboxes since 1974. Celebrating over 40 years of archival articles and updates, in the fall of 2014, MAA began scanning and posting all of Open Entry‘s issues for inclusion on the MAA website.

Welcome to 1978! Then as now, two issues of Open Entry were published, informing MAA’s members of the events, workshops, and committees that were occurring throughout the nation. Let’s dive right in and see what was going on.

Portion of page 5 from the Winter 1978 issue.

Portion of page 5 from the Winter 1978 issue

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Meet the Candidates! MAA Board and Officer Election 2015

May 12, 2015
Voting machine. Image from page 233 of "Review of reviews and world's work" (1890)
Voting machine, circa 1890.

The positions being voted on in this year’s election are as follows: Conference Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Members-at-Large (#5 and #6, each three-year terms). To nominate additional candidates, a petition signed by at least 10 MAA members must be presented to the Secretary, Stefanie Caloia, no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Conference Coordinator (2015-2017)
Linda Skolarus
Linda Skolarus is a Reference Archivist/Librarian at the Benson Ford Research Center of The Henry Ford. Linda has worked at The Henry Ford since 1990 in several capacities and has managed the public reading room since 1994. She earned her master’s degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1990. She has served as President and also as Hospitality Chair for the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association at different times between 2002 and 2005.

Secretary (2015-2017)
Stefanie Caloia
Stefanie is the AFT Project Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She has an MLIS and a graduate certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in photography from Grand Valley State University. Stefanie previously worked for a private archives and for History Associates, Inc., on their National Park archives project. She is a certified archivist with the ACA, a member of the Redford Township Historical Commission, and administrator of the Facebook page for the Visual Materials Section of SAA. Stefanie currently serves as Secretary of MAA.

Treasurer (2015-2017)
Susan Panak
Susan Panak has a BA in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor. Since 2001 she has been the Archivist and Acquisitions Manager for Spring Arbor University, located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and Archivist for the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church of N.A. since 2005. Susan’s other professional activities include being both a MAC and MAA member since 2001. Additionally, she has been active on the MAA Board since 2007, serving as Treasurer from 2011 to 2013, Secretary from 2008-2010, Local Arrangements Chair in 2009, member of the 2008 Program Committee, Fundraising Chair in 2008, and Member-at-Large in 2007.

Members-at-Large (two positions, 2015-2018)
Lauren Arnsman
Lauren Arnsman has a BA in English and German from Western Michigan University and graduated in 2010 with her MLIS and Archival Administration certificate from Wayne State
University. She completed her practicum at the Burton Historical Society in the Detroit
Public Library. Since 2010, she has worked as the archivist at Kellogg Community College and worked as a librarian with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Lauren also volunteered at the Traverse Area District Library in their local history section. In her spare time, Lauren likes to read and watch movies.

Christiane Evaskis-Garrett
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett considers herself an archival nomad; over the past five years, she’s worked as a project archivist for the State of Michigan, an archival consultant for the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Tennessee, and is currently a Content Analyst at ProQuest, where one of her passions is trying to convince her boss of the need for a zombie apocalypse plan. She also volunteers on a monthly basis at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan, as a cataloger. Christiane has served on the MAA Board since 2014 and also serves as Assistant Editor for Open Entry. 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, where she specialized in Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information.

Carol Vandenberg
Carol Vandenberg is a reference librarian and the archivist for Madonna University. Previously she was a data manager with the Department of Biostatistics and Research Epidemiology at the Henry Ford Health System. She earned an MLIS in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV and Film. In her position with Madonna University, she also serves as the co-chair of the Institutional Review Board. May–July 2006, Carol was an exchange librarian and archivist with the Notre Dame University–Louaize in Lebanon. She is also a board member with the Canton Historical Society. Carol currently serves as an MAA Board Member-at-Large, where as coordinator of the Ad Hoc Survey Committee one of her projects has been the establishment of an electronic version of MAA’s annual meeting survey.

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is the Digital Access and Preservation Archivist at The Henry Ford’s Benson Ford Research Center and has been with The Henry Ford since September 2010. He is responsible for processing and preservation of born-digital and hybrid collections, digitization of material from the Research Center’s holdings, and facilitating electronic access to archival materials and description. Brian received his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information in May 2010, where he specialized in Archives and Records Management. Brian has been a member of MAA since 2010, having most recently presented during the 2014 Annual Meeting. He is also active in a number of other archives and museum-related groups and societies including SAA and the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners.


We look forward to seeing you in Holland!

MAA 2015 Nominating Committee


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