Proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards

June 19, 2018

Hello MAA members,

This is Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, your new Vice President. I’d like to draw your attention to the proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards. The final version of the standards are up for review and open for comments through June 30, 2018. For more information concerning how these standards were produced, click here.
In addition, the Michigan Department of Education is hosting Listen and Learn discussions at the following locations from 6:00pm-8:00pm:

June 18 – Genesee Intermediate School District, Erwin L. Davis Education Center, Room ABCD, Flint
June 19 – Saginaw ISD, Saginaw
June 20 – Oakland Schools, Waterford
June 26 – Eastern Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste. Marie
June 27 – Michigan Library & Historical Center, Lansing
June 28 – Kent ISD, Grand Rapids

As stewards of Michigan history, it’s important for us to know what’s being taught to our youth and to make sure they’re getting the full breadth of the historical record. Please take some time, review these standards, and let the Michigan Department of Education know your thoughts.
– posted on behalf of Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, MAA Vice President

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

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!

2016 Western Archives Institute (Santa Clara, CA)

January 11, 2016

The 30th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 10–22, 2016. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

Thomas Wilsted has agreed to serve as the 2016 Principal Faculty Member.  During his career, he has worked at the Illinois State Historical Library, the National Library of New Zealand, The Salvation Army Archives and Research Center, and the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.  He is currently the principal at Wilsted Consulting.  He is the author of Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (SAA, 1991), Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities (SAA, 2007) and co-editor of Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2010).

Wilsted taught archives administration at the University of Wyoming and the University of Connecticut, as well as numerous workshops for the Society of American Archivists.  Most recently, he developed and taught workshops and webinars on fundraising and archival management for the California State Historical Records Advisory Board.  Mr. Wilsted is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Tuition for the Institute is $700 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February.  Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost.

The application deadline for the 2015 Western Archives Institute is Friday, March 4, 2016. For additional program information, see, or contact:

Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653–7715
Fax: (916) 653–7134

The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.

The application package is available on the California State Archives web site at, and on the Society of California Archivists web site at


Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners Call for Proposals: Still Time!

January 4, 2016

Our friends at Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) have announced that there is still time to submit proposals for talks and posters for its next meeting, taking place March 18, 2016, at Grand Valley State University. MMDP brings together “a wide range of professionals engaged in creating and curating digital collections in Mid-Michigan and the surrounding region, including librarians, archivists, museum curators, historians, and more.” The MMDP Planning Group welcomes proposals from anyone but is particularly interested in proposals from smaller institutions and students. Visit the MMDP webpage for more information and to view the full Call for Proposals (PDF). The deadline for submissions is January 11.

Course on Management and Use of Archival Information

November 23, 2010

The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives is pleased to offer AIS 330: Management and Use of Archival Information completely online and available via the Internet Winter Semester 2011 (January 10 through May 1, 2011). The course is a basic introduction to archives and archival management for the non-professional. The course will review the nature of information, records, historical documentation, archival administration and practice, and the role of archives in modern society. All that is needed to take the course is a computer with high speed Internet access.

For more information about the course, please visit the web site at

Applicants over 62 years of age may register with free tuition. To register as a non-degree student, please contact the Office of Admissions at or call 906-227-2650. To apply as a post-baccalaureate student, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or call 906-227-2300. You may also contact the instructor, Marcus C. Robyns, at or 906-227-1046.