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 The SFA Board uses this blog to post news items and announcements of interest to members. Additionally, you may want to read current and past issues of The Florida Archivist.
  • 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).

  • 18 Feb 2015 7:53 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Has one of your colleagues done something really great in the archival world? Please consider nominating them for SFA’s Award of Excellence.

    Each year the Society of Florida Archivists Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions to the preservation of Florida’s documentary heritage. Any person, institution, or exemplary program that has provided noteworthy leadership in the field, promoted excellence through outstanding achievements, or contributed significantly to the betterment of the profession may be considered for the award. 

    For more information and a link to the nomination form please visit the SFA website: http://florida-archivists.org/Award-of-Excellence

    The deadline for nomination is April 3, 2015. We’ll send out additional reminders over the next couple of months.

    The Award of Excellence will be presented at the Annual Meeting in May in Miami. If you have questions about the process, please contact jnemmers@ufl.edu.


  • 10 Feb 2015 9:35 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Society of Florida Archivists seeks nominations for the following Executive Board positions. Terms commence after the SFA Annual Meeting in Miami, May 12-15, 2015.

    President: The President serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of society affairs and finances. One-year term, with opportunity for reelection.

    Vice President: The Vice President assists the President in the management of Society affairs and acts for the President in their absence. One-year term, with opportunity for reelection.

    Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for recording all Society meetings and maintaining records of all Executive Board discussions. Three-year term.

    Director (1 position): Directors serve the Executive Board as representatives of the general membership. Two-year term.

    Please use our online form to recommend candidate(s): http://www.florida-archivists.org/nominations/.

    Nominations are being accepted through March 1, 2015. All confirmed nominees will appear on the election ballot to be distributed April 2015.

    Questions? Contact the Nominating Committee Chair or refer to the SFA Bylaws and Administrative Manual.


  • 06 Feb 2015 11:04 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Friendly reminder: Proposals for presentations at the SFA Annual Meeting this tear are due on February 20th!

    From the State

    Coral Gables: The University of Miami Libraries Digital Collections recently debuted a new online collection of over 100 maps of Cuba dating from the 16th century to 1923. Drawing from the Cuban Heritage Collection’s holdings, the new digital collection includes general maps of the island, provincial maps, city and town maps, tourist maps, and other specialized map formats in a variety of scales, colors, and artistic styles.

    Orlando: Central Florida Future took at look at four of the most notable things in the University Archives at the University of Central Florida.

    Tallahassee: Florida Memory takes a look at Penney Farms. Yes, that Penney.

    From the Country

    Washington D.C: The Rosa Parks Papers are now open at the Library of Congress after a long battle over where they should live.

    Sedalia, MO: The Sedalia Ragtime Archive has a new home at the Sedalia Heritage Foundation

    Brooklyn, NY: A fire at a large warehouse sprinkled pieces of records throughout the surrounding neighborhoods

    Portland, OR: The photograph archive of the largest African American newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, The Skanner, is now available for researchers to use at the Oregon Historical Society.

    St. Joseph, MO: The family of Bobby Vee is working to save his archives as the tape media starts to disintegrate.  

    From the World

    Moscow, Russia: Yet another devastating fire this week at a major research library in Moscow destroyed at least 10% of their holdings

    Vancouver, British Columbia: The University of British Columbia has acquired a papal bull written in 1245.

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom: The National Library of Scotland is trying to raise the funds to purchase the archives of Muriel Spark and are being helped by a former student, Ian Rankin.

    From the Blogosphere

    Our faithful SAA president has the next challenge for us! Ask your supporters why they love the archives!

    The Web Archiving RT for SAA also has a weekly roundup of news and articles as well - be sure to check it out!

    Another look at the decision to sell the Ebony Magazine Photo Archives for the perspective of an archivist.

    We've all had those collections that were a challenge to house. The Smithsonian Institute Archives shares a story of one of their collections this week that had to be housed in a creative way.

    Not exactly an archive but this is just cool: Australia has a venom library.

  • 30 Jan 2015 7:51 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Lots of SFA news this week: We're looking for nominations to fill open executive board seats [we even added one this week - Secretary is also an open position!] and we released the Winter 2015 newsletter! Also, don't forget, registration is open online for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Miami. Now, onto the news!

    Around the Country

    Eugene, OR: A controversy over the release of documents to a professor from the UOregon Archives was resolved this week.

    Chicago, IL: Called the African American Getty by its current owner, the photo archives of Ebony magazine is up for sale.

    Atlanta, GA: Emory University has acquired the photographic archives of Ron Sherman, who covered three decades of Atlanta and Southern history with his camera. 

    Denton, TX: The University of North Texas will preserve 30 years worth of station news footage on the Portal to Texas History.

    Boston, MA and Belfast, Northern Ireland: More developments in the Boston College Belfast Oral History project and how it may be used in Northern Ireland for court cases against former IRA members.

    Around the World

    Kolkata, India: The Zoological Survey of India is putting its collections online, some dating back to the 19th century with specimens over 200 years old.

    Boston Spa, England, United Kingdom: The new home of the British Library's Newspaper Archive is officially open. This video will let you ride the robots running behind the scenes.

    Istanbul, Turkey: The archive of Taha Toros, "Archive Man", will be digitized and preserved by Istanbul Şehir University.

    Warsaw, Poland: Avant-garde artists and advocates Stefan and Franciszka Themerson archive has been donated to the National Library of Poland.

    Around the Blogosphere

    An interesting discussion over on ArchivesNext about what it means to not be a maker especially in today's digital humanities climate.

    The Electronic Records Section of SAA now has a blog: bloggERS

    Some helpful tips on maintaining and archiving personal digital presence online from the Smithsonian.

  • 27 Jan 2015 12:48 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. Criteria for nomination include:
    • Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section (ARCS) of the Society of American Archivists.
    • Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives.
    • Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations.
    • Evidence of leadership in specific religious archives.
    Only individual archivists are eligible for nomination. The award is sponsored by the Society of Southwest Archivists, in conjunction with Society of American Archivists. It is named in honor of Sister M. Claude Lane, the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. The award finalist is recognized with a certificate from SAA and a $300 cash prize provided by the Society of Southwest Archivists at the annual Society of American Archivists meeting.

    For more information on the Lane Award, including past winners, see:

    http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-lane

    To nominate an archivist for the Lane Award please follow the guidelines provided in the Nomination Form via the link on that page.

    All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2015.

    Contact you have any questions:

    David Kingma, CA
    Foley Center Library
    Gonzaga University
    502 E Boone Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99258-0095
    509-313-3814
    kingma@gonzaga.edu
  • 27 Jan 2015 7:54 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Thank you to everyone who volunteered! Listed below are the members for this year:

    Audit
    Kathy Turner Thompson, Chair
    Mary Rubin, University of Central Florida
    Megan Oliver, The Ringling Museum

    Awards
    John Nemmers, Chair - University of Florida
    Gerrianne Schaad, Florida Southern College
    Sue Rishworth, American Academy of Surgeons
    Laura Capell, University of Miami

    Nominations
    Tomaro Taylor, Chair - University of South Florida
    Stephanie Pincus, Pasco Hernando State College
    LuAnn Mimms, Bok Tower Gardens

    Judith Beale Scholarship
    Natalie Baur, Chair - University of Miami
    Vickie Torzano, Florida International University
    Rachel Walton, Rollins College
    Amanda Richards, University of South Florida
  • 21 Jan 2015 10:00 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Society of Florida Archivists seeks nominations for the following Executive Board positions. Terms commence after the SFA Annual Meeting in Miami, May 12-15, 2015.
    • President: The President serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of society affairs and finances. One-year term, with opportunity for reelection.
    • Vice President: The Vice President assists the President in the management of Society affairs and acts for the President in their absence. One-year term, with opportunity for reelection.
    • Director (1 position): Directors serve the Executive Board as representatives of the general membership. Two-year term.
    Please use our online form to recommend candidate(s): http://www.florida-archivists.org/nominations/.

    Nominations are being accepted through March 1, 2015. All confirmed nominees will appear on the election ballot, to be distributed April 2015.

    Questions? Contact the Nominating Committee Chair or refer to the SFA Bylaws and Administrative Manual.


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