In the past, MAA has committed resources and funding to support the cause of continuing education for our members and those interested in archives. This year the MAA board has decided to formalize this support. We are launching a new program designed to help our members who are in very small shops with minimal resources and staff. The project hopes to partner our members who have experience and resources to share, with those members who could use some help with collection management. However, the program is not just designed to offer assistance, it is also designed to benefit Michigan’s archivists and historical researchers.
The project has two goals; the first, as stated, is to help our fellow archivists, but secondly, volunteer consultants will expand their knowledge of Michigan’s resources and enhance their own professional development. Ultimately, everyone will benefit from improved identification and access to local historical resources throughout the state that will result from this project.
In order for the project to get off the ground we need people who, either on their own time or as an institution supported –professional development function, can volunteer to visit one of our members in a small archive, local history room, or historical society to share their expertise. We also need members who would like someone to “adopt” them to consult about processing, conservation, and electronic access and description issues. Members who would not be able consult could also participate by donating extra supplies that are no longer applicable to their projects. The MAA Board also hopes to create a fund to assist members from small shops with supply costs. The formal process for selecting sites, coordinating volunteers and allocating resources is in development, but if you would be interested in participating please contact Sarah Roberts, MAA Board Member & Chair of the Adopt-an-Archive Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-884-6440.