Nicole Garrett Smeltekop Interviewed for NDSA Blog

February 8, 2017

MAA’s Vice-President/President-Elect and Mid-Michigan Digital Practioners member Nicole Garrett Smeltekop, along with fellow MMDP member Matt Schultz, talks about the MMDP in the latest post on the blog of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA).

Be sure to check out the MMDP website for information on the upcoming Spring meeting, March 23-34, 2017, at Wayne State University.

Thanks to Ed Busch for alerting us to the post!

Call for Submissions: Spring 2017 Issue of Open Entry

February 5, 2017

Attention MAA Members, the editors of Open Entry are now seeking submissions for our Spring issue. The deadline for this issue is Friday, February 17.

We are looking for the following:

CONTENT. Here are some examples of content and topics we look for:

  • Repository news items
  • Information about new or interesting collections
  • Students: Let us know about what you are working on as individuals and in student groups
  • Articles and Reports about Michigan archives, archivists, or the archival profession. For example, special projects, events, exhibits, tours, grants received, conferences or workshops attended.
  • Reviews of books, articles, or websites
  • Archivists in the News – about Michigan archivists’ comings, goings, and achievements
  • World War I: including lists of or articles about your World War I collections, activities surrounding these collections, or other observances of the conflict

PHOTOGRAPHS. Especially of images that complement your news items or articles. Please send your photograph as a separate .jpg or .tiff format attachment.

  • If you have a “Mystery Photo,” let us help you broadcast it for possible identification!

Please email submissions to Submissions can be text within your email message or attached as a Microsoft Word document. Typical article length ranges from 200 to 1,200 words.

If you have questions about what to write, or how to write it, we are happy to work with you. Just email us at

Again, that deadline is Friday, February 17.

Thanks and best regards,
Open Entry Editors
Cynthia Read Miller
Troy Eller English
Lindsay Hiltunen

Call for Proposals: SEMLOL Spring 2017 Membership Meeting

February 5, 2017

An opportunity with SEMLOL to present on special collections:

The Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries, SEMLOL, is preparing a program for the Spring membership meeting on special collections. We welcome presentation proposals sharing your library’s unique and special collections and the ways you are working with them. Best practices, projects, and creative ideas are all welcome. Presentation should be 40 minutes long, including time for questions.

The Spring SEMLOL meeting will take place on Friday, March 31, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Oakland University.

To submit a presentation proposal, please send a title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Thursday, February 9, 2017. Accepted proposals will be notified by mid-February.

We look forward to your submissions!

Katrina Rouan
SEMLOL Executive Board, Chair


Michigan Service Hub Collections now live in DPLA!

February 1, 2017

On January 31st, DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) announced that collections from the Michigan Service Hub are now live and ready to view!

Quoting from the announcement, “As of this week, the Michigan Hub partners have made 42,000 new items discoverable in DPLA and plan to add more in the future.

Michigan’s contributions to DPLA are rich in the state’s local history and culture including the auto industries of the Motor City, but that’s not all – look for collections and items representing such diverse topics as Civil War soldiers’ experiences, cookbooks, botany, and social protest posters.”

Follow the link below to the full official DPLA announcement and then on to the Michigan collections!

MMDP Proposal Deadline Extended

January 31, 2017

The deadline for submitting proposals for the spring Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners meeting has been extended to this Friday, February 3. Submission details at


The Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners will convene for its next meeting March 23 and 24, at the campus of Wayne State University. The two day event will be sponsored by the Reuther Library and the Wayne State University Library. The event will bring together a wide range of professionals engaged in creating and curating digital collections in Michigan and the surrounding region, including librarians, archivists, museum curators, historians, and more.

Three workshops will be offered on the 23rd. In the morning will be a “Best Practices Exchange” hackathon; in the afternoon will be “Less Typing, More Fixing: An Introduction to Regular Expression,” and “APIs”.

The regular meeting will happen on March 24 with presentations, posters, and discussions.

For more details on registration, workshops, locations, parking and more see the MMDP website at

Membership Has Its Benefits!

January 19, 2017

Welcome to 2017! It’s not too late to renew your membership to the Michigan Archival Association or to become a new member!

Renewing members can access the renewal form here: 2017 MAA Membership renewal form

New members should use the form here: 2017 MAA New Member form

Included in your membership is a subscription to Open Entry, the MAA’s biannual newsletter and a copy of the MAA Directory, which lists all personal and institutional members.

While you’re here ( please explore to learn more about MAA and to access the most current information. Feel free to subscribe to the website to get the latest updates via email. You can also find us on Facebook (Michigan Archival Association)!

We look forward to your membership and seeing you at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Traverse City, MI this June!

MAA Board Meeting – January 2017! (Happening Now!)

January 9, 2017

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