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
(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 ( 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.


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

SEMLOL Spring Meeting, March 31, 2017

March 23, 2017

Posted on behalf of SEMLOL, the Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries:

Please join us for the SEMLOL Spring Meeting, which will take place on Friday, March 31st, 2017, from 1-4pm at Oakland University. The meeting program consists of three presentations that focus on the theme of Special Collections.

“Rare Books Preservation on a Shoestring”
Dominique Daniel and Emily Spunaugle, Oakland University Libraries

“Collecting with a Plan”
Alison Greenlee, Wayne State University
Sarah Andrus, The Henry Ford

“Access and Outreach at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs”
Kristen Chinery and Meghan Courtney, Wayne State University

Registration is available online at:

Registrations received before March 26th will secure the early bird rate of $15. Registration on or after March 26th is $20.

Parking is free and light refreshments will be served.

Please see the SEMLOL website for more details.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Katrina Rouan
SEMLOL Executive Board, Chair
Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries


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

MEDAL Summer Preconference Symposium: Call for Participation

May 23, 2016

Posted on behalf of our friends at MEDAL. If you are an archivist in the Metro Detroit area, we hope you will consider attending (and presenting!) at this free event:

The Metro Detroit Archivists League (MEDAL) invites you to participate in its MEDAL Preconference Symposium, which will be held on Friday, June 3, at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. (This flyer has additional details–feel free to post!)

The MEDAL Preconference Symposium is designed to assist librarians and archivists preparing for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Michigan Archival Association (MAA), allowing speakers to solicit feedback and brainstorm ideas. MEDAL invites you to present lightning talks, presentations, poster sessions, and panel discussions in preparation for the upcoming MAA Annual Meeting, or for other related archives and library conferences. This is a space for you try new and daring things. We ask that presentations not exceed 15 minutes.

The Preconference Symposium will be held from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are welcome to join us for a post-symposium lunch at the Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201.

To participate, please fill out this form and contact Gavin Strassel at

If you are interested in presenting or attending the lunch, please respond by May 31, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there.

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!

Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners Spring Meeting Registration

February 3, 2016

Registration is open for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners spring workshop and meeting on March 17-18, 2016, hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale. All those interested should register for this free event at Deadline for registration is February 19. More information about the event, including the line-up of presenters and workshops, is linked from the registration survey.