Meet the Candidates!

June 1, 2017

With only two weeks away until the annual meeting, we would like to introduce you to the members who have agreed to run for elective office. Elections will be held during the Business Meeting at the annual meeting.

Secretary

Stefanie Caloia

Stefanie is the AFSCME Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She has an MLIS and a graduate certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in photography from Grand Valley State University. Stefanie previously served as the AFT Project Archivist at the Reuther. Before that she worked for a private archives and for History Associates, Inc., on their National Park archives backlog processing project. She is a certified archivist with the ACA, chair of the Redford Township Historical Commission, administrator of the Facebook page for the Visual Materials Section of SAA, and a member of the SAA J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee. Stefanie currently serves as Secretary of MAA.

Treasurer

Lauren Arnsman

Lauren Arnsman is currently serving as MAA’s Treasurer. She received her MLIS and Archival Administration certificate in 2010 from Wayne State University. While at WSU, Ms. Arnsman completed her practicum at the Burton Historical Collection within the Detroit Public Library. Her first professional archival job was as Kellogg Community College’s archivist where she digitized many collections and familiarized herself with CONTENTdm. After KCC, she worked as a librarian with the Michigan Department of Corrections. While working at the prison, Ms. Arnsman volunteered to work in the local history department of the Traverse Area District Library. There, she created the metadata for the Traverse City State Hospital Collection and worked on several other projects. Lauren currently works as an Adult Services Librarian at the Berkley Public Library in Metro Detroit where she will begin to digitize aspects of the library’s history. In her free time, Lauren practices yoga and watches movies. She’s also awfully fond of cats.

Conference Coordinator

Still looking for a nominee!

Conference Coordinator is a 2-year position. This person is responsible for planning/making arrangements for the MAA Annual Conference, which is held in the middle of June.  This entails hotel setup: reserving overnight rooms, session rooms, planning menus for breaks, lunches, and reception, making arrangements for AV setup, etc. You are also responsible for setting up a local subcommittee (of 2 or 3 non-board members) to work with you to check out availability and desirability of hotels, make arrangements for local tours, and provide information about fun things to do, in and around the conference venue. You are responsible for pulling together the information needed and assembling the conference packet for attendees.  In other words, you are the person who makes sure the conference runs smoothly. This position roughly requires 5 to 6 weeks of intense work – split between the Fall and the 2 or 3 weeks before the annual conference.  As a Board Member you are also required to attend all of the Board meetings throughout the year.  This requires your attendance at day long meetings in Lansing 3 or 4 times a year. There is also minimal administrative work throughout the year, communicating and planning with the hotels and your local subcommittees to keep the ball rolling.

At-Large Board positions (2 available)

Annie Benefiel

Annie Benefiel is the Archivist for Collection Management in the Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives. She has been serving on the MAA Board as a Member-at-Large in a partial term which began in September 2016, and will end in June 2017. She has holds a Masters of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a BA in English from Ball State University. Before coming to Michigan, she held positions in archival repositories at the University of Florida, Yale University, and Ball State University, and served on the Communications Committee of the New England Archivists.

Megan Malone

Megan Badgley Malone is the Collections and Outreach Archivist at the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, where she has worked since June 2011. She coordinates tours, teaches introduction to archives sessions, manages social media, answers reference inquires, and arranges and describes archival collections. Megan has a MLIS with a graduate certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University, and a BA in Secondary Education and History from Saginaw Valley State University. She served on the MAA Nominating Committee (2015), as co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee (2016), and co-chair of the Silent Auction Committee (2016).


Call for Nominations – Conference Coordinator

May 31, 2017

Elections for new Board members will be held at the MAA Business Meeting during this year’s MAA conference in Traverse City, held between June 15 and 16, 2017. While we will be voting on the following Board positions:

Secretary (2 year term)
Treasurer (2 year term)
Conference Coordinator (2 year term)
Member-at- Large #1 (3 year term)
Member-at-Large #2 (3 year term)

We have still received no nominations for Conference Coordinator. If you know ANYONE who would be interested in this position, please email MAA Nominating Committee Chair Christiane Evaskis-Garrett (cevaskis@gmail.com) ASAP. If YOU are interested in the position, also include a short biography.

The membership can also nominate individuals for board positions at the annual meeting. The bylaws state that nominations must end two hours before the Business Meeting. Also per MAA by-laws, a petition must be presented in support of such nominations and must include signatures from at least 10 current MAA members in good standing.

For more information on the Michigan Archival Association Board, please visit the Board section of the website, https://miarchivists.wordpress.com/board/.


MAA’s Mission – Call for Comment

May 16, 2017

This year at the Michigan Archival Association Annual Business Meeting, MAA members will be asked to vote on the adoption of an organizational mission statement. The mission statement is intended to provide a concise description of where MAA currently stands and to guide our work going forward.

The MAA Board asks members to read and consider the following draft statement:

“Michigan Archival Association supports the community of organizations and individuals who care for the state’s materials of cultural heritage and the documentary record through communication and education, and seeks to foster a collaborative and inclusive professional network.”

Discussion prior to the vote is welcome. Any comments or questions may be shared by email with an MAA officer or board member (individual emails listed on the Board Officers and Members pages, or address our group email at miarchivists@gmail.com). You are also welcome to post publicly in the comments below. Voting takes place June 16 at the Annual Business Meeting.

– Rebecca Bizonet, MAA President


Last Day for 2017 MAA Annual Meeting Mail-In Registration!

May 10, 2017

Today is the Last Day for Annual Meeting mail-in registration!

Regular member and non-member advance registrations for the 2017 MAA Annual Meeting are STILL being accepted by mail through TODAY, MAY 10 (postmarked)! Download a pdf copy of the annual meeting program which includes the registration form.

New this year, we are offering one-day registration in addition to our usual full registration. As always, we provide a special affordable rate for students.

Highlights include this year’s keynote speaker, Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, who will speak on the secret aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan during World War II. We also have a valuable pre-conference workshop lined up for June 14, as Stacy Nowicki, Library Director at the Kalamazoo College Library, teaches “Effective Grant Writing.” See the Program Overview page or the full program for more detail.

Also, note that the reservation deadline for a guaranteed room and reduced rate at the Park Place hotel is Monday, May 15, 2017. See the full program for more hotel information and the room rate code.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Traverse City!


One Week Left for Annual Meeting Mail-In Registration!

May 3, 2017

There’s only ONE WEEK LEFT to mail in your registration for the Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting! (Of course, we will offer on-site registration after the deadline, but why wait?)

Both member and non-member registrations for the 2017 MAA Annual Meeting are STILL being accepted by mail through May 10 (postmarked)!

New this year, we are offering one-day registration in addition to our usual full registration. As always, we provide a special affordable rate for students.

Registration information and the mail-n form can be found in the Meeting Program (download as pdf).

Highlights include this year’s keynote speaker, Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, who will speak on the secret aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan during World War II. We also have a valuable pre-conference workshop lined up for June 14, as Stacy Nowicki, Library Director at the Kalamazoo College Library, teaches “Effective Grant Writing.”

Find more information by visiting the 2017 Meeting page! Don’t hesitate to sign up and join archivists and info professionals across the state in beautiful Traverse City, June 14-16!

Hey, Twitter users! Be sure to use #2017MAA to talk and share about the annual meeting!


2017 MAA Annual Meeting Program Now Available!

April 10, 2017

The Michigan Archival Association is very pleased to announce our program for MAA’s 2017 Annual Meeting!

View the program and download the full PDF version from our Program Overview page.

We invite all Michigan archivists and those working with, studying, or interested in archives to attend our 2017 Annual Meeting in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, taking place June 14-16. This year’s meeting site is the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. Learn more about the accommodations and the exciting program we have lined up for attendees on our Annual Meeting 2017 page, including sessions from your peers on local, regional, and state history, collection administration, digitization, and more.

Highlights include this year’s keynote speaker, Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, who will speak on the secret aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan during World War II. We also have a valuable pre-conference workshop lined up for June 14, as Stacy Nowicki, Library Director at the Kalamazoo College Library, teaches “Effective Grant Writing.”

Please note that this year our reception will take place on Wednesday, June 14, at the Top of the Park ballroom, with breathtaking views of downtown Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay.

Tours on Thursday, June 15, include a guided walking tour of downtown Traverse City and a tour of the Music House Museum, and there is also a post-conference tour, June 16, of Old Mission Peninsula wineries.

Missed the session submission deadline, but still want to get involved? Proposal submissions for our third annual Poster Session are being accepted through Friday, April 14. Read more and submit a proposal via our Call for Posters.

Stay tuned for more information about our Silent Auction, which raises funds for our scholarship, grant, and award program, as well as our slate of candidates and voting issues for our election at our Annual Business Meeting during the conference.

MAA members may take advantage of our member-only Early Bird registration rate, which runs through April 19. Regular member and non-member registrations will be accepted by mail postmarked by May 10. After that, on-site registration is available. New this year, we are offering one-day registration in addition to our usual full registration. As always, we provide a special affordable rate for students.

Learn more about this year’s Annual Meeting, download the Meeting Program, and register today!

See you in Traverse City!

MAA 2017 Annual Meeting Committee


Second Call: 2017 MAA Annual Meeting Posters

April 4, 2017

A reminder that the Michigan Archival Association Program Committee is currently seeking poster proposals for MAA’s 2017 Annual Meeting!

The 2017 MAA Annual Meeting will be held June 15-16, 2017, in Traverse City, Michigan, with the poster session scheduled for 10:45-12:00 on Friday, June 16th. Participation is open to all (including students!). You do not have to be an MAA member to present.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the MAA Poster Proposal Form by April 14th, 2017.

Any questions can be directed to Caitlin Brennecke, Program Committee Chair, at cait.brennecke@gmail.com.