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

MAA Annual Meeting: May 8 registration deadline

May 7, 2015

The offsite registration deadline for the June 11-12, 2015 annual meeting of the Michigan Archival Association is Friday, May 8. This is also the deadline for discounted registration at the conference hotel.

On-site registration for the MAA annual meeting will also be available on both days of the conference.

Registration details can be found in the 2015 Annual Meeting Program.

Job Posting: Records Analyst and Manager of Digital Documentation, Central Michigan University

May 5, 2015

The Clarke Historical Library of Central Michigan University is seeking to hire a Records Analyst / Manager of Digital Documentation. Details on the position and application instructions can be found at .

Today Is the Last Day for MAA Board and Officer Nominations!

April 17, 2015

Today is the last day to submit a nomination for a position on the Michigan Archival Association Executive Board, if you want your name to appear on the ballot for this year’s election.

Read more about the MAA Board positions up for election and the nomination and election process here.

If you are nominating yourself, please identify which position you are interested in and include a short biography. Email the information to Nominating Committee Chair Rebecca Bizonet ( by the end of the day today.

Submitted by the 2015 MAA Nominating Committee:
Rebecca Bizonet, Megan Malone, Gavin Strassel

Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting: June 10-12, 2015

April 15, 2015

The Michigan Archival Association invites you to attend its 2015 Annual Meeting in Holland, Michigan. This year’s meeting site is the Haworth Inn & Conference Center, located on the campus of Hope College in downtown Holland. An impressive list of sessions includes presentations on digital projects, local history, grant administration, and emerging technologies. Conference attendees will also enjoy a reception at the Holland Area Arts Council and tours of the Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College, Holland Museum, and other sites. This year’s keynote speaker is Amy Auscherman, Corporate Archivist at Herman Miller. Her address will tell the stories of the people, products, and events behind Herman Miller’s 108-year history.

The Haworth Inn & Conference Center is our conference hotel. Located between Holland’s historic downtown district and the campus of Hope College, the Haworth is within walking distance of restaurants, art galleries, and shops. All lunches and sessions will take place at the Haworth. There is complimentary continental breakfast, wireless access, and parking for hotel guests. A block of rooms has been reserved for June 10–12. The reservation deadline is May 8, 2015, for the discounted conference rate.

On-site registration will be available during the conference. The on-site rate is $85. Discounted registration is available for those who submit their registrations by May 8, 2015. For registration instructions, please see this year’s Meeting Program.

MAA 2015 Call for Nominations: Deadline April 17

April 13, 2015

The 2015 Nominating Committee of the Michigan Archival Association would like to remind everyone that we are accepting nominations for candidates to serve on the MAA Board. Wondering what more you can do to make a difference for archives and archives professionals across the state of Michigan? Looking for a way to add to your professional accomplishments and help others while doing so? Or do you know someone you think would be the perfect candidate for job? The Nominating Committee wants to hear from you! Read the rest of this entry »


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