Job Posting: Congregation Archivist, Adrian Dominican Sisters

February 17, 2018

The Adrian Dominican Sisters seek applicants for the position of Congregation Archivist at the “Motherhouse” campus in Adrian, Michigan.

The Congregation Archivist is responsible for organizing, preserving and protecting the records which pertain to the origin, history, spirit, life and growth of the Congregation. The Archivist is responsible for the acquisition, assessment, processing and reference, preservation, records management, planning, budget preparation and management, security, search and retrieval systems, as well as related community outreach.

The Dominican Sisters of Adrian, a Congregation of about 640 vowed women religious and more than 200 Associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway, and the Philippines. The Congregation’s Vision is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”

More information about the position and the application process can be found at:


Posted on behalf of:
Sister Beverly Bobola, OP
Adrian Dominican Sisters Archives


SAA Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

January 31, 2018

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2018 award.

This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

Recent winners include:
2017: Center for Home Movies
2016: South Asian American Digital Archive
2015: The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, for Doctor or Doctress?
2014: Emma Goldman Papers Project
2013: Densho, The Japanese American Legacy Project
2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota for Digitizing Immigrant Letters

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.

A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Application Deadline:
All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.

More Information:
For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

Posted on behalf of:
Ellen Engseth
Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives and Head, Migration and Social Services Collections
University of Minnesota

2018 Western Archives Institute

January 29, 2018

The 32nd annual Western Archives Institute (WAI) will be held at San Diego State University from June 10-22, 2018. WAI 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. Dennis Meissner has agreed to serve as the 2018 Principal Faculty Member. Mr. Meissner recently retired from his job as Interim Deputy Director for Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA.) He has participated in a number of SAA and international efforts focused on the arrangement, description, and management of archival materials, and presently serves on the board of the SAA Foundation and on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Meissner has worked closely with the design, delivery, and management of electronic finding aids to archival collections, and has participated in numerous U.S. and international working groups in the development and delivery of collection descriptions and the standards that underlie them, including chairing RLG’s EAD Best Practices Working Group and serving on the Encoded Archival Context Working Group. He has consulted and presented workshops on archival processing and description and has published largely in those areas, but also in the area of business records management.

In 2003 he and Mark Greene (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming) were awarded a yearlong NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship to study archival processing expectations and backlogs in U.S. repositories and to recommend changes to existing practices. That research led to an article in the American Archivist, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” which has since enjoyed a strong uptake within the archival community.

Tuition for WAI is $725 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees include program transportation and facility fees. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship is available. For more information see

The application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018. For additional program information, see, or contact:

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

The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives. The application is available on the Society of California Archivists website at and on the California State Archives website at

Posted on behalf of:
Ellen E. Jarosz
Associate Administrator, Western Archives Institute

REMINDER: We’re looking for MAA Annual Meeting Proposals!

December 1, 2017

Greetings All,

This is a reminder that the Michigan Archival Association (MAA) Program Committee is currently seeking program proposals for the 2018 conference on June 14-15, 2018, in Bay 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, some topics of interest to our members include:

  • All things digital (technology, born digital materials, digitization, etc.)
  • Audio Visual materials – preservation, organization, access, digitization
  • Career planning/advice
  • Cataloging and metadata
  • Collections management
  • Conservation
  • Copyright
  • Exhibits on a budget
  • Fostering a diverse profession
  • Fundraising, and Grant writing
  • Non-traditional (e.g., museums, libraries, corporate), and small archives
  • Preserving scrapbooks, ephemera, maps, blueprints
  • Processing
  • Project Management
  • Promoting collections
  • Records Management
  • Reference
  • Repository round-up (short updates on projects presented on at past conferences)

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 2018 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 badgle10@msu.eduPlease submit your proposals by December 15, 2017.

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, and we look forward to hearing from you!


Caitlin Brennecke

Megan Badgley Malone

Jamie Kramer

Paul Neirink

Elizabeth Nicholson

MAA 2018 Program Committee

Call into the December MAA Board Meeting!

December 1, 2017

Hi folks! Just a reminder that you can always call in to MAA Board Meetings. The next one is December 1st at 10am (TODAY)!

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Or join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968 US Toll

Meeting ID: 395 372 615

International numbers available:…

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: (US West) or (US East)

Meeting ID: 395 372 615

Call for Volunteers for the MAA Program Committee

October 12, 2017

The MAA Program Committee is seeking two members to assist with the development of the program for the 2018 MAA Annual Meeting in Bay City, Michigan.  Working with the co-chairs, Program Committee members will send out calls for proposals, identify interesting session topics, solicit speakers, and solicit chairs for sessions.  The Program Committee is also responsible for securing a keynote presenter and pre-conference workshop speaker.

The Program Committee creates the annual meeting program. For this, the Program Committee writes all the session descriptions, a summary of the keynote presentation, and a summary for the pre-conference workshop. Working with the Local Arrangements Committee, the Program Committee also identifies relevant photographs from the conference area and headshots for the keynote and pre-conference workshop speaker.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Program Committee, please email Caitlin Brennecke ( by October 19, 2017.

Reminder: Registration Open for MMDP Workshop & Meeting

September 27, 2017

A friendly reminder that registration is still open for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) workshop and meeting on October 19-20, 2017 at the Library of Michigan in Lansing, MI sponsored by the Michigan Archival Association. Workshops will be held on October 19 from 1 to 4:30; the meeting will be held on October 20 from 9 to 4:30.

You can find more information about registration, directions to the Library, parking details and more on the MAA Fall Workshop page, or on the MMDP website.