REMINDER: Call for MAA Program Proposals due November 1st!

October 18, 2016

The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) Program Committee is still seeking program proposals for the 2017 conference. The 2017 conference will be held June 15-16, 2017, in Traverse City, Michigan.


Proposals can be for an entire session (typically two to three people) or for one person – we are happy to help match you with other speakers with similar topics.  Sessions typically last an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes depending on scheduling.


From the results of our post-conference survey in 2016, some topics of interest to our members include:


  • Records management
  • Processing collections
  • Diversity in archives
  • Small shop issues
  • Metadata
  • Displays (budget)
  • Preservation of physical items (scrapbooks; maps; etc.)
  • Local history collections
  • Archival software


These are, of course, only suggestions – if you have a particular project or an idea not on the list, we would still love to hear from you! Additionally, please consider using the MAA 2017 Session Proposal Collaboration spreadsheet to find others interested in your topic.

Please send us your name, topic idea, and a brief description of the topic or session to  or  Please submit your proposals by November 1, 2016.


Thank you and please feel free to spread the word…and volunteer others!  We are happy to contact people to fill in our program, so if you know someone working on an interesting project, please let us know. You do not have to be an MAA member to present.


Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and we look forward to hearing from you!



Caitlin Brennecke

Melinda Isler

Final Week for MMDP Registration

September 26, 2016

A reminder that this is the last week of registration for the upcoming Fall 2016 MAA Workshop and Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners Meeting.

The Fall Workshop is sponsored by the Michigan Archival Association as part of MAA’s efforts to promote professional development in the archival community.

Posters are still being accepted for the Friday meeting. It’s a great opportunity to share your work with folks in the digital community from around Michigan.

From the MMDP Planning Team:
This is the final week of registration for the Fall Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners Workshop and Meeting to be held at the main Michigan State University Library in East Lansing. This event is sponsored by the Michigan Archival Association, MSU Libraries and the MSU Archives.

On Thursday, October 13 we have 2 excellent workshops scheduled. In the morning, we have “Policies & Strategies for Managing Digital Assets” led by Matt Schultz and Ranti Junus. In the afternoon, we have “XML/XSLT” led by Nicole Smeltekop and Robin Dean. More information can be found on our website,

Then, on Friday, October 14, we have a full day of presentations and posters. The full agenda is available on our website.

You can register for the workshops and meeting via our form at

Watch our website for further information on parking and updates to the agenda.

Also, we are still accepting posters for this meeting. Let us know if you have one to share. (

MMDP Planning Team

Hope to see you in East Lansing!

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.