Call for Proposal – MAA 2019 (Second Reminder!)

November 16, 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 (  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!


Megan Badgley Malone

Elizabeth Nicholson

Caitlin Brennecke

Aimee Ergas

Jennie Russell


Register now for the Fall Workshop!

October 1, 2018

SAVE THE DATE – October 26, 2018 for Primary resources in teaching and learning

MSU Libraries Green Room, East Lansing Michigan from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Jointly hosted and presented by the Michigan Archival Association (MAA) and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA)

Thinking about developing outreach programs to students on your campus? Not sure where to start? Looking for new ways to integrate primary sources into your instruction sessions? This workshop focuses on integrating and using primary sources in classroom assignments, information literacy sessions, archival tours, learning labs, and more!

Archivists, special collections librarians, and teaching faculty from three Michigan institutions will speak on their experiences and provide hands-on demonstrations to give you the skills you need to do this at home. Some topics covered will include:

  • Archives and Primary Resource Education Lab @ the Reuther Library – including teaching graduate students to bring primary sources into the K-12 classroom
  • Creating interesting, informative, and interactive lesson plans with limited time and budgets
  • Collaborating archivists, librarians, and faculty to create relevant and innovative assignments using primary sources from the archives
  • Presenting a hands-on session covering the first three learning objectives in Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy

Registration is at a very reduced cost for MiALA and MAA members!  For those unaffiliated with either organization, we encourage you to join one of our organizations and attend this conference.

To join MAA, please visit: MAA New Member Application

To join MiALA, please visit: MiALA New Member Application


MiALA and/or MAA Members            $15.00

non-MiALA/MAA members                $45.00

Please note that parking and lunch are NOT included in the cost of registration. For parking lot information, please visit Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Lisa Denison at 517-884-6454 one week before an event. For more information on visitor parking rates, go to:

The agenda is being finalized as we speak. For the latest information on this program and/or to register, go to the MAA/MiALA event page.

Hope to see you there!!

Send MAA Open Entry Newsletter Articles ASAP!

October 1, 2018

Hello, Everyone!

The deadline for sending us your articles was yesterday, 9/30/2018, and we’ve gotten some interesting articles already — for which we thank our contributors!

However, if you’re still working on an article and need a bit more time, please let us know via email at, and we’ll hold space in the newsletter.

Thanks and best regards,
Open Entry Editors

Open Entry is Seeking Submissions!

September 24, 2018

Hello, Everyone!

The editors of Open Entry are seeking submissions for our Fall issue. The deadline of Sunday, September 30, is fast approaching!

We are looking for the following:

– Articles related to archival work that you would like to write.
– Michigan Repository news and announcements.
– Archivists in the News: the arrivals, departures, and achievements of Michigan archivists.
– Internship articles by Michigan students or interns in Michigan.
– Photos and articles about the Bay City Annual Meeting, June 2018

Submissions can be text within your email message or attached as a Microsoft Word document. Include photos as separate JPG attachments, file size about 1MG.

Typical article length ranges from 200 to 1,200 words. If you have questions about what to write, or how to write it, we are happy to work with you.

Please email submissions to

Again, that deadline is this coming Sunday, September 30.

Thanks and best regards,

Your Open Entry Editors, Michigan Archival Association
Cynthia Read Miller
Troy Eller English
Lindsay Hiltunen

Job Posting: Positions at University of Michigan Library

August 8, 2018

The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Michigan Library is hiring for three openings: a Processing Archivist and two Description Project Assistants. Each of these positions is a three-year term with the possibility of renewal.

To see the full postings and submit an application, please see the following links:

Processing Archivist:

Description Project Assistant:

Posted on behalf of:
Caitlin R. Wells
Collection Services Librarian, Special Collections Research Center
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109
P: (734) 763-7901

Wayne State SAA Student T-Shirt Fundraiser

June 14, 2018


Are you a current Wayne State Archives student or an alumni? Looking for a specialized tee shirt to show off your Wayne State pride? We are thrilled to announce our fundraising campaign. We will be selling the two tee shirts below in order to raise money for Wayne State student SAA conference presenters both this summer and in the future. The green tee shirt is $25 and the grey shirt is $20.


If you’re interested in purchasing a tee shirt, here’s the link to the campaign website:

Don’t delay! Fundraiser ends June 30, 2018!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, Allie Penn, or the SAA email address,


Alexandrea Penn
Society of American Archivists
Wayne State University


– posted on behalf of the Wayne State University SAA Student Chapter

Job Posting: Media Preservation Librarian I, Michigan State University Libraries

April 16, 2018

Michigan State University Libraries is seeking a Media Preservation Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working with staff in the Digital and Multimedia Center, G. Robert Vincent Voice Library, Special Collections and the Wallace Conservation Laboratory, as well as other library units and partners at other institutions, the Media Preservation Librarian will:

  • Plan, develop and provide leadership for a media preservation program for Library digital and analog collections, including the Vincent Voice Library, Rovi Media Collection and other special collections, by reviewing existing library practices and analyzing needs and establishing policies and best practices that promote long-term stewardship and access to audio visual and moving image materials.
  • Identify and work with vendors and complete RFPs for media conversion services; manage the inventory, shipping and quality control process.
  • Review and advise on media acquisitions and collaborate on conservation and survey efforts.
  • Identify and collaborate with technical and accessibility partners within the library, campus and consortia communities.
  • Provide support for the Libraries’ overall preservation program by assisting with environmental monitoring, the integrated pest management program, and the Libraries’ Disaster Response Committee and other preservation activities.

For more detail see posting for job no: 493910 on the Michigan State University Careers site at:


Posted on behalf of:
Nicole Garrett Smeltekop
Michigan State University Libraries