2017 Annual Meeting Tweets on Storify

June 21, 2017

Can’t believe that the 2017 Annual Meeting is over? Missing that “conference buzz”? Well, now you can relive some of that Annual Meeting magic through a collection of #2017MAA tweets on Storify! Follow the link below to view those memorable (or forgettable) posts arranged in chronological order.


Job Posting: Labor and Urban Affairs Collections Archivist, Wayne State University

June 20, 2017

Wayne State University seeks a service-orientated individual to take a lead role in arranging, describing, and making accessible its print and digital collections. This position reports to the Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, the largest labor archives in North America and home to extensive related collections on metropolitan Detroit.

For full job description, qualifications, and application instructions visit: https://jobs.wayne.edu, posting # 042815 .

Applications accepted through July 10, 2017.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Deborah Rice
Audiovisual Archivist
Walter P. Reuther Library
Wayne State University


Job Posting: Archivist, Historic Ford Estates

June 2, 2017

As a member of the Historic Resources team, the Archivist is responsible for the organization, preservation, storage and access to the archival collections at the Historic Ford Estates, which includes the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane. The Archivist develops, implements and upholds archival policies and procedures with regard to processing, documentation and accessing archival collections. The Archivist will also lead the development and implementation of an institutional archival/records management policy for the organization. S/he will be responsible for providing scans of images and documents as needed using appropriate digital and metadata standards, as well as researching copyright and ownership issues. The Archivist will work with the Collections team as needed to prepare the archival collections for the relocation into new or improved storage conditions. The Archivist may also assist on tasks related to digital assets and the associated database, as needed.

Additional detail and application information is available in PDF format here, or visit the Employment page on the fordhouse.org website.

Meet the Candidates!

June 1, 2017

With only two weeks away until the annual meeting, we would like to introduce you to the members who have agreed to run for elective office. Elections will be held during the Business Meeting at the annual meeting.


Stefanie Caloia

Stefanie is the AFSCME 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 served as the AFT Project Archivist at the Reuther. Before that she worked for a private archives and for History Associates, Inc., on their National Park archives backlog processing project. She is a certified archivist with the ACA, chair of the Redford Township Historical Commission, administrator of the Facebook page for the Visual Materials Section of SAA, and a member of the SAA J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee. Stefanie currently serves as Secretary of MAA.


Lauren Arnsman

Lauren Arnsman is currently serving as MAA’s Treasurer. She received her MLIS and Archival Administration certificate in 2010 from Wayne State University. While at WSU, Ms. Arnsman completed her practicum at the Burton Historical Collection within the Detroit Public Library. Her first professional archival job was as Kellogg Community College’s archivist where she digitized many collections and familiarized herself with CONTENTdm. After KCC, she worked as a librarian with the Michigan Department of Corrections. While working at the prison, Ms. Arnsman volunteered to work in the local history department of the Traverse Area District Library. There, she created the metadata for the Traverse City State Hospital Collection and worked on several other projects. Lauren currently works as an Adult Services Librarian at the Berkley Public Library in Metro Detroit where she will begin to digitize aspects of the library’s history. In her free time, Lauren practices yoga and watches movies. She’s also awfully fond of cats.

Conference Coordinator

Still looking for a nominee!

Conference Coordinator is a 2-year position. This person is responsible for planning/making arrangements for the MAA Annual Conference, which is held in the middle of June.  This entails hotel setup: reserving overnight rooms, session rooms, planning menus for breaks, lunches, and reception, making arrangements for AV setup, etc. You are also responsible for setting up a local subcommittee (of 2 or 3 non-board members) to work with you to check out availability and desirability of hotels, make arrangements for local tours, and provide information about fun things to do, in and around the conference venue. You are responsible for pulling together the information needed and assembling the conference packet for attendees.  In other words, you are the person who makes sure the conference runs smoothly. This position roughly requires 5 to 6 weeks of intense work – split between the Fall and the 2 or 3 weeks before the annual conference.  As a Board Member you are also required to attend all of the Board meetings throughout the year.  This requires your attendance at day long meetings in Lansing 3 or 4 times a year. There is also minimal administrative work throughout the year, communicating and planning with the hotels and your local subcommittees to keep the ball rolling.

At-Large Board positions (2 available)

Annie Benefiel

Annie Benefiel is the Archivist for Collection Management in the Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives. She has been serving on the MAA Board as a Member-at-Large in a partial term which began in September 2016, and will end in June 2017. She has holds a Masters of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a BA in English from Ball State University. Before coming to Michigan, she held positions in archival repositories at the University of Florida, Yale University, and Ball State University, and served on the Communications Committee of the New England Archivists.

Megan Malone

Megan Badgley Malone is the Collections and Outreach Archivist at the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, where she has worked since June 2011. She coordinates tours, teaches introduction to archives sessions, manages social media, answers reference inquires, and arranges and describes archival collections. Megan has a MLIS with a graduate certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University, and a BA in Secondary Education and History from Saginaw Valley State University. She served on the MAA Nominating Committee (2015), as co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee (2016), and co-chair of the Silent Auction Committee (2016).

Call for Nominations – Conference Coordinator

May 31, 2017

Elections for new Board members will be held at the MAA Business Meeting during this year’s MAA conference in Traverse City, held between June 15 and 16, 2017. While we will be voting 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)

We have still received no nominations for Conference Coordinator. If you know ANYONE who would be interested in this position, please email MAA Nominating Committee Chair Christiane Evaskis-Garrett (cevaskis@gmail.com) ASAP. If YOU are interested in the position, also 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 website, https://miarchivists.wordpress.com/board/.

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!