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  • 25 Mar 2015 1:34 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    48th Annual Georgia Archives Institute
    June 8-19, 2015
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the Institute provides general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and the management of traditional and modern documentary materials. The two-week program is held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia and includes five days of classroom instruction in basic concepts and one day of preservation instruction. To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

    Gregory S. Hunter, Director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Archives and Records Management, Long Island University, will be the principal instructor. He is a Society of American Archivists Fellow and founding President of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference, as well as legal and administrative issues.

    Tuition is $500 and enrollment is limited. Deadline is April 1, 2015 for receipt of application and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute). Tuition scholarships are available from The Society of Georgia Archivists (www.soga.org) and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History (www.fogah.org)

    For an application to the Institute or additional information, please visit www.georgiaarchivesinstitute.org or contact:

    Georgia Archives Institute
    P. O. Box 4074
    Decatur, GA 30031
    GeorgiaArchivesInstitute@yahoo.com


  • 20 Mar 2015 8:03 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget to register for pre-conference workshops that were announced yesterday for the 2015 SFA Annual Meeting and also register for the meeting itself!

    From the State

    Orlando: A look at the book conservator and his work at the University at Central Florida.

    From the Country

    San Diego, CA: The University of California at San Diego offers public access to the Shoah Archive, a rich oral history archive of Holocaust survivors started by Steven Spielberg in the wake of Schindler's List.

    Boston, MA: Ben Bradlee Jr., biographer of Ted Williams, has given his archive to The Sports Museum.

    From the World

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada: The Cape Breton University has launched a digital archive celebrating the history of Cape Breton Island and the surrounding area.

    Dodoma, Tanzania: The Tanzanian National Archives were inaugurated with President Jakaya Kikwete this week.

    Havana, Cuba: The National Archives has started digitizing its collections.

    From the Blogosphere

    In the wake of the Clinton email revelation at the State Department, Slate looked at a bigger issue that was buried in the original story.

    If you're looking for a way to kill some time on your Friday or maybe a weekend project, help the National Archives transcribe

    StoryCorps, the winner of the 1 million dollar 2015 TED prize, has announced its project will be the creation of an app to allow for anyone anywhere in the world to record and submit an oral history.

  • 19 Mar 2015 12:18 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We're very excited to announce that in addition to the SAA pre-conference workshop, SFA will host two additional workshops for our attendees:

    Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 am – 12:00pm
    Otto G. Richter Library, Third Floor Information Literacy Lab
    Wikipedia with Mairelys Lemus-Rojas and Natalie Baur


    Wikipedia is the place where people from all over the world, with different backgrounds and interests, come together to contribute to the sum of the human knowledge. Rated as the 10th most-visited site, Wikipedia is used as a starting point by general users as well as serious researchers. As Archivists and Librarians, we are in a unique position to contribute curated information to Wikipedia. By doing so, we are not only providing access to underrepresented subjects, but we also have an opportunity to highlight our local collections.

    Mairelys Lemus-Rojas will present this engaging, interactive, free workshop as a half-day session.

    Goals:
    • Learn how to create a Wikipedia user account
    • Include the Wikipedia Conflict of Interest Statement in your user page
    • Become familiar with Wikipedia’s five core principles
    • Learn how to do basic editing


    Tuesday, May 12, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Otto G. Richter Library, Third Floor Information Literacy Lab
    SAA Advocating for Archives with Tomaro Taylor


    In August 2014, the Regional Archival Associations Consortium's Education Sub-Committee participated in the Society of American Archivists' Advocating for Archives workshop as part of a train-the-trainer program sponsored by SAA.

    Advocating for Archives provides information on how to identify goals, develop and deliver a message, and methods to employ in advocating for archival programs and archival issues. Practical approaches, tangible models, and examples of materials needed to advocate for your archival programs and issues are offered as well (http://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/tst-advocating-for-archives).

    As a peer trainer, Tomaro Taylor will present this engaging, interactive, free workshop as a half-day session. Participants will leave the workshop with at least one advocacy goal and the skills to develop and deliver a strong advocacy message.

    To register for these free workshops, click here. Registration is limited so be sure to register early!

    For information on directions and parking for the workshops, please visit http://library.miami.edu/maps-directions/

  • 13 Mar 2015 8:44 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! A few friendly reminders that the deadline for applying for the Judith Beale Scholarship is approaching so be sure to share it with students and new professionals hoping to attend SFA Annual this year. Also, have you registered for the SFA Annual Meeting yet yourself?!

    From the Country:

    Washington, D.C.: Amid the accusations Hillary Clinton is facing about her email and time as the Secretary of State, it seems the entire department isn't really following the correct email protocols either.

    Boulder, CO: How did the largest archive of Nazi and Holocaust materials end up in Colorado?

    From the World:

    Rome, Italy: Several stolen Michelangelo documents have been offered back to the Vatican...for a price. (sounds like the tagline of a book doesn't it?)

    Singapore: The National Archives of Singapore are launching a Citizen Archivist Portal to allow the public help archive their country's history.

    Cork, Ireland: The archives of the Irish Examiner have been expanded online to include up to 1949 and they plan to roll out of the rest of their archives by the end of the year.

    Nottingham, England, United Kingdom: The UK now has a National Videogame Archive.

    Wellington, New Zealand: An archive of nursing oral histories in New Zealand is now available online.

    From the Blogosphere:

    A call for Voices from the Archives by the SAA blog - let us know if you share one!

    File under weird and fun but not really news: Britain planned to give the US a copy of the Magna Carta to join World War II.

  • 10 Mar 2015 7:47 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Purpose
    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the SFA Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.

    For more information about the scholarship visit http://www.florida-archivists.org/Beale-Scholarship

    Criteria
    Qualified applicants must be current college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or professionals in the archival community. [Note: professionals must demonstrate financial need to attend the annual meeting]. Special consideration will be given to individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

    Successful applicants receive complimentary registration for the SFA's Annual Meeting and are announced at the SFA Annual Meeting, this year (2015) in Miami, FL. Exceptional applicants also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

    Application Process and Submission Deadline
    We're now accepting applications for the 2015 application cycle!

    The deadline is March 20, 2015.

    Application packets must consist of the following materials:
    1. A one-page letter describing the applicant's interest in the scholarship and how it will contribute to their educational or professional goals.
    2. Résumé or curriculum vitae.
    3. Letter of reference from someone knowledgeable about the applicant's course of study or professional work.
    4. Student applicants will submit a transcript of coursework completed and underway. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted.

    Please submit all application materials via email to the Chair of the Judith Beale Scholarship Committee, Natalie Baur (nbaur@miami.edu).


  • 27 Feb 2015 8:55 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! 

    From the State:

    Boynton Beach: A recently acquired 1909 postcard documents one of the area's most famous shipwrecks (and the video features our own Janet DeVries!).

    Bradenton: The Florida Maritime Museum is about to get more financial help to improve and expand the museum.

    From the Country:

    Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin released the amount it paid to acquire the archive of Garcia Marquez this week after the state attorney general ordered it to do so.

    Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Archaeologists and Librarians have combined catalogs and knowledge to allow for online searching of a vast archaeological image database.

    Rochester, NY: A rare collection of Susan B. Anthony Letters at the University of Rochester are now available online.

    From the World:

    Mosul, Iraq: Isis burned over 100,000 books and manuscripts at the Mosul Central Library this week, destroying much of what the residents had been able to save from the prior conflicts in the area. Reports are conflicting so it's still uncertain just what has been destroyed.

    Doncaster, England, United Kingdom: A re-discovery of a fossil in a museum archive lead to a new species being named

    Canberra, Australia: The National Archives have released plans for a new facility for paper records.

    From the Blogosphere:

    So, turns out digital natives still prefer print when reading.

    A handy Fair Use infographic for you as we celebrate Fair Use Week.

    There has been a conversation amongst communications professors and professionals about the value of archives to newspapers and television - worth a look at what they are saying.


  • 20 Feb 2015 8:39 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Good morning everyone! Lots of exciting things going on this week. The Beale Scholarship is open for 2015 applicants and the deadline for presentation proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting has been extended to Tuesday, February 24th!

    From the State

    Palm Beach: You can now download those fantastic bird drawings from John H. Audubon's famous book [I am not actually sure why this is in the Palm Beach Post but it's where I saw it first!]

    From the Country

    New York, NY: A new Dr. Seuss book was found among his papers and will be published later this year.

    Austin, TX: The Briscoe Center for American History has acquired the archives of Spider Martin, photojournalist of, among other things, the Selma March in 1965.

    Princeton, NJ: The largest gift in the school's history, a former alum has left the Princeton University a rare book collection estimated to be worth over $300 million.

    From the World

    London, England, United Kingdom: The Endangered Archives Program has been busy! They released over 500,000 new images online this week.

    St. Petersburg, Russia: The personal archive of Prince Yusupov has returned to Russia and includes items from the Romanov family as well.

    Ibadan, Nigeria: A speech given on the 60th anniversary of the National Archives of Nigeria takes a look at how a national archives program has developed in this African nation.

    Manchester, England, United Kingdom: A mystery manuscript in the Trafford Archives has finally been identified over 120 years after acquisition. 

    Brussels, Belgium: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Poland's elections in 1989, a turning point in the Cold War, the NATO Archives have declassified and made available documents pertaining to the events in Poland at that time.

    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: A long dispute over who is responsible for archiving historical documents in Victoria may be resolved. 

    From the Blogosphere

    An opinion piece on setting up a Stand-Up Comedy Archive at the University of Kent looks at how you capture an art form that is largely in the moment.

    SAA President Kathleen Roe discusses when and why SAA "says something" about current events like the Oregon situation or the García Márquez papers acquisition.

    A graduate assistant at FSU shares experiences with bringing the archives into the classroom

    A bit of a bleak outlook from the VP of Google on an impending Digital Dark Age (I'm thinking he hasn't spoken to any digital archivists about this yet...we tend to be a tad more optimistic.)

  • 19 Feb 2015 9:32 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The DEADLINE for the 2015 SFA call for conference proposals has been EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 24, 2015. 

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:08 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    48th Annual Georgia Archives Institute

    June 8-19, 2015

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the Institute provides general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and the management of traditional and modern documentary materials.  The two-week program is held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia and includes five days of classroom instruction in basic concepts and one day of preservation instruction.  To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

    Gregory S. Hunter, Director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Archives and Records Management, Long Island University, will be the principal instructor.  He is a Society of American Archivists Fellow and founding President of the Academy of Certified Archivists.  Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference, as well as legal and administrative issues.

    Tuition is $500 and enrollment is limited.  Deadline is April 1, 2015 for receipt of application and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute).  Tuition scholarships are available from The Society of Georgia Archivists (www.soga.org) and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History (www.fogah.org)

    For an application to the Institute or additional information, please visit www.georgiaarchivesinstitute.org or contact:

    Georgia Archives Institute
    P. O. Box 4074
    Decatur, GA 30031
    GeorgiaArchivesInstitute@yahoo.com

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:01 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Purpose

    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the SFA Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale    (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.

    For more information about the scholarship visit: http://www.florida-archivists.org/Beale-Scholarship

    Criteria

    Qualified applicants must be current college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or professionals in the archival community. [Note: professionals must demonstrate financial need to attend the annual meeting]. Special consideration will be given to individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

    Successful applicants receive complimentary registration for the SFA's Annual Meeting and are announced at the SFA Annual Meeting, this year (2015) in Miami, FL. Exceptional applicants also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

    Application Process and Submission Deadline

    We're now accepting applications for the 2015 application cycle! The deadline is March 20, 2015.

    Application packets must consist of the following materials:

    1. A one-page letter describing the applicant's interest in the scholarship and how it will contribute to their educational or professional goals.
    2. Résumé or curriculum vitae.
    3. Letter of reference from someone knowledgeable about the applicant's course of study or professional work.
    4. Student applicants will submit a transcript of coursework completed and underway. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted.

    Please submit all application materials via email to the Chair of the Judith Beale Scholarship Committee, Natalie Baur (nbaur@miami.edu).

    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the SFA Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale    (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.


    For more information about the scholarship visit: http://www.florida-archivists.org/Beale-Scholarship

     

    Criteria

    Qualified applicants must be current college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or professionals in the archival community. [Note: professionals must demonstrate financial need to attend the annual meeting]. Special consideration will be given to individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

     

    Successful applicants receive complimentary registration for the SFA's Annual Meeting and are announced at the SFA Annual Meeting, this year (2015) in Miami, FL. Exceptional applicants also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

     

    Application Process and Submission Deadline

    We're now accepting applications for the 2015 application cycle!

     

    The deadline is March 20, 2015.

     

    Application packets must consist of the following materials:

    [if !supportLists]1.      [endif]A one-page letter describing the applicant's interest in the scholarship and how it will contribute to their educational or professional goals.

    [if !supportLists]2.      [endif]Résumé or curriculum vitae.

    [if !supportLists]3.      [endif]Letter of reference from someone knowledgeable about the applicant's course of study or professional work.

    [if !supportLists]4.      [endif]Student applicants will submit a transcript of coursework completed and underway. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted.

     

    Please submit all application materials via email to the Chair of the Judith Beale Scholarship Committee, Natalie Baur (nbaur@miami.edu).

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