Call for Proposals – MAA 2019

October 8, 2018

The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) Program Committee is currently seeking session proposals for the 2019 conference on Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18, 2019 at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Possible session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • All things digital (access, preservation, new technologies, etc.)
  • Archivists in non-traditional settings (e.g., private archives, consultants, corporate)
  • Audio Visual materials (preservation, organization, access, digitization)
  • Career planning/advice
  • Cataloging and metadata
  • Collections management
  • Conservation
  • Donor relations/cultivation
  • Exhibits on a budget
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive profession
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Invisible labor
  • Processing
  • Promoting collections
  • Records Management
  • Reference
  • Repository round-up (short updates on projects presented on at past conferences)
  • Web archiving, preserving social media

Please consider using the MAA 2019 Session Proposal Collaboration spreadsheet to find others interested in your topic.

To submit a proposal, please complete the MAA 2019 Annual Meeting Session Proposal form (https://goo.gl/forms/DEx9GaDZfUnzApxm1).  Proposals are due by December 15, 2018.

There will be a separate call for poster session proposals in January 2019.

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 at the meeting.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Megan Badgley Malone

Elizabeth Nicholson

Caitlin Brennecke

Aimee Ergas

Jennie Russell

 

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Help Houghton County!

July 16, 2018

If you want to volunteer to help Houghton County’s historical records recover from the devastating flooding, now’s the time!

The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is working with the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the Michigan Archival Association, and other organizations to recruit teams of trained museum and archives professionals who will provide onsite help a week at a time this summer and early fall. These teams will document the artifact and archival collections and establish stable temporary storage conditions.

Final details for the project are still being solidified, but will depend somewhat on the availability of trained volunteers. If you are qualified, interested, and able to spend a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula in August or September, please complete this survey by July 23.

At this point, the plan is to have a team arriving on Sunday, working a regular work-week Mon-Fri, and then leaving on Saturday.

For more information, look here.

Houghton County needs you!


Help Flood Damaged Historical Collections in Houghton County!

June 20, 2018

As you may have heard, Houghton County has been ravaged by terrible flooding and Governor Snyder has declared a state of emergency.

Lindsay Hiltunen, the archivist for Michigan Tech, is asking that anyone interested in volunteering to help clean up local heritage sites contact her ASAP. Her contact information is as follows:

lehalkol at mtu.edu
(906) 487-3209 or (906) 487-2505 office and main MTU archives lines
(906) 281-0024 work cell
If you’re not in the area and want to still help, the Historical Society of Michigan has created a GoFundMe for the Houghton County Historical Society (https://www.gofundme.com/gjj99r-houghton-museum-flood-relief). The historical society is a volunteer-run organization and is in desperate need of help and donations to save their collections and research facilities.The funds will go to help them and other local history organizations in the area.

Thank you for your time.