MAA Board – Call for Nominations

March 31, 2017

Elections for new Board members will be held at the Michigan Archival Association Business Meeting during this year’s MAA conference in Traverse City, held between June 15 and 16, 2017. We will vote 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)

If you are interested in running for any of the above positions and would like your name to appear on the ballot, please email MAA Nominating Committee Chair Christiane Evaskis-Garrett ( by April 21, 2017. Please identify which position you are interested in and 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 MAA website,

Submitted by the 2017 MAA Nominating Committee:
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, Richard Adler, Robin Derminer, and Amber Clement

Call for Posters: 2017 MAA Annual Meeting

March 20, 2017

The Michigan Archival Association Program Committee is currently seeking poster proposals for MAA’s 2017 Annual Meeting!

The 2017 MAA Annual Meeting will be held June 15-16, 2017, in Traverse City, Michigan, with the poster session scheduled for 10:45-12:00 on Friday, June 16th. Participation is open to all (including students!). You do not have to be an MAA member to present.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the MAA Poster Proposal Form by April 14th, 2017.

Any questions can be directed to Caitlin Brennecke, Program Committee Chair, at

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

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.

Meet the Candidates

June 8, 2016

With only a week 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 at the Business Meeting at the annual meeting.

Vice President/ President- Elect

Nicole Garrett Smeltekop

Nicole Garrett Smeltekop has been a member of the Michigan Archival Association since 2008. She was appointed to the MAA Board in 2010, and was elected as a Member-At-Large in 2013. Ms. Smeltekop has been an active participant in the MAA Annual Meetings, as both a speaker and as a member of the MAA Program Committee. She chaired the 2015 Program Committee, and is co-chairing it this year. She is also a member of the Marilyn McNitt Scholarship Committee. In addition to MAA, she serves on the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board, and as a planning committee member for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners. At the national level, she is a member of the ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Membership Committee and ALA ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Recruitment and Mentoring Committee. She is currently a Special Materials Catalog Librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries, a role she has had for two years. Prior to her hire at MSU, she was the College Archivist at Albion College for four years, and a Project Archivist at the Archives of Michigan for four years. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2006 with her MLIS and a concentration in Archival Administration, and from Michigan State University with a degree in History in 2005. She has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in MAA for the last eight years, and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve archivists in Michigan.

At-Large Board positions (2 available)

Annie Benefiel

Annie Benefiel is Assistant Archivist at Grand Valley State University. Before joining GVSU in 2014, she worked as a processing archivist in the Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida and as an archives assistant at Yale University’s Beinecke Library. She attained her MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2011. She served on New England Archivists’s Local Arrangements Committee (2012) and Communications Committee (2012-2013). She is also currently serving on the ArchivesSpace Nominations Committee. A native of Central Indiana, she got started in archives at the age of 14, when she participated in a job shadowing program with archivists at the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Heidi Butler

Heidi Butler has been the Local History Librarian at the Capital Area District Libraries since February 2014. Her previous positions include the archives of Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; the Kalamazoo College archives; the Rush University Medical Center archives in Chicago; and the Local History and Genealogy department of the Wichita Public Library in Kansas. She completed her Library Science Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Kalamazoo is her hometown.

Lindsay Hiltunen

Lindsay Hiltunen, MLIS and MA, is the Senior Archivist at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections in Houghton, Michigan. She began her professional career as a Librarian with the District of Columbia Public Library in 2008, but is very happy to be home in her native Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has planned and implemented several new programs, such as the current migration of the Keweenaw Digital Archives to a new digital asset management platform. Lindsay looks forward to growing in the profession and working with Archivists and Special Collections Librarians throughout Michigan in the years ahead.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts is the Acquisitions Archivist at the MSU Archives and Historical Collections, where she has worked since 2002. She earned her MLS from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a specialization in archives. In addition to serving as a MAA Board Member at Large, she is chair of the Marilyn McNitt Scholarship Committee.

MAA Pre-Conference Workshop is CANCELLED

May 5, 2016
Hi all,
The MAA Pre-Conference Workshop, Working with Audiovisual Collections, has been cancelled. If you have registered for the workshop, our treasurer, Susan Panak, will issue a refund. If you’d like to contact her about a refund, please email her at: spanak at
Thank you for your continued interest in MAA, and please comment below if you have any questions or concerns.
We look forward to seeing you at MAA’s Annual Meeting on June 16-17 in East Lansing!