Archive for February, 2019

The Ohio Preservation Council offers awards of up to $1,000 in support of continuing education for Ohio Students and Professionals with an interest in preserving our cultural heritage. Deadline for applications is March 4th  2019.

The Ohio Preservation Council serves as a coalition of preservationists, conservators, librarians, archivists, curators, records managers, the institutions they represent, and other concerned citizens who recognize the serious threat to documentary heritage. The Council’s mission is to provide a network for preservation education and to support preservation activities within the state of Ohio. The Council believes that cooperative, state-wide efforts across geographic and professional lines are needed to meet preservation challenges.

The Ohio Preservation Council recognizes the value of professional meetings, conferences, and other educational opportunities to advance the field of preservation and provide a forum to voice the need for ongoing stewardship of our documentary heritage. When possible, the OPC shall provide financial support to individuals to develop skills, expand knowledge, and gain experience relevant to the mission and goals of the Ohio Preservation Council.  Applications are due the first Monday in March.

Individuals requesting financial support must meet the following criteria:
• Working in the state of Ohio OR pursuing an advanced degree or certificate in the state of Ohio;
• Working directly in the field of preservation (as described above) OR pursuing a degree or certificate within the field;
• Request is for professional development that clearly relates to preservation issues and/or preservation skills;
• Have not received financial support from the OPC Grant within 3 calendar years.

For more information on how to apply visit: http://opc.ohionet.org/opcjoomla/resources/opc-grant

Download the PDF application here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ktYHyp0i62731Y6IDqJQxiVdNR6XiYno/view

Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ohiopreservationcouncil/



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As part of the Midwest Archives Conference 2019 Annual Meeting Innovations, Transformation, Resurgence in Detroit, Michigan, the MAC Education Committee offers these 3 useful and affordable preconference workshops on Thursday morning, April 4, in the conference hotel.

More information and registration at https://www.midwestarchives.org/2019-mac-annual-meeting

(Conference attendance not required, though we’d love you to stay for it!)

Records and Information Management: The Archivist’s Loyal Friend

8:00 am– 12:00 pm

This workshop will provide an overview of the field of records and information management (RIM) and its important relationship to the archival profession. The instructor will cover how the functions of RIM professionals are changing in today’s digital environment and discuss the challenges presented by the shift from paper-based to digital-only recordkeeping practices. The instructor will lay out the fundamental elements of a records and information management program including

  • Identifying and conducting an assessment of business functions
  • Developing retention schedules
  • Creating training resources
  • Offering records storage options
  • Building strong ties with the archives
  • Maintaining institutional support

You will have the opportunity to work on drafting a plan to create or enhance an existing RIM program for your own institution.

Who Should Attend?: This workshop should be of interest to anyone who wants to provide guidance on identifying records that should/should not come to the archives or to those interested in building support for a RIM program.

What Should You Know Already?: You should have at least a basic understanding and appreciation for the business value of records.

Instructor: Joanne Kaczmarek, Director of Records and Information Management Services and Archivist for Electronic Records, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cost: $50

Enrollment: 30–35


Text and Data Mining Basics for Beginners Using Open Source, Off-the-Shelf Tools 

8:00 am–12:00 pm

Digital humanists and historians are expanding the use of digitized materials in new and exciting directions. As the availability of large collections of OCR-ed documents and associated metadata become available, researchers interested in using computational algorithms to find patterns across hundreds or even thousands of documents look to archives not only to understand these methods, but also to provide documents and corpuses for analysis. In this workshop, you will get your feet wet in the theory and methods of text and data mining, preview an off-the-shelf tool that performs text mining on a set of documents, and discover how to translate knowledge of these new research methods into strategies and programs that extend digital collections to new audiences. You are encouraged to bring your own laptops to participate in hands-on exercises.

Who Should Attend?: Anyone curious or interested in text and data mining research methods. No coding skills required!

What Should You Know Already?: No text mining experience necessary

Instructor: Alexandra Sarkozy, Science/Medical Librarian, Wayne State University

Cost: $50

Enrollment: 30


Digital Preservation Peer Assessment Workshop

8:00 am–12:00 pm

Archivists recognize the need to preserve digital materials, but the decisions surrounding how to plan and implement a digital preservation program can be daunting, especially at smaller and underrepresented institutions. An assessment can be a powerful tool to document the decision-making processes and create an action plan for achieving goals. A peer assessment goes one step further to create a community of support for building and sustaining a digital preservation program. In this workshop, you will learn how peer assessment can encourage institutions to assess each other and reflect on practices and goals with the guidance of an outside perspective. You will leave this workshop understanding the challenges of digital preservation, the ways that assessment can make those challenges more manageable, the steps in digital preservation assessment, and the tools to perform a basic peer assessment.

Who Should Attend?: Open to anyone interested in evaluating current digital preservation practices at their institutions.

What Should You Know Already?: A basic understanding of digital preservation activities and best practices is expected; intermediate and advanced learners welcome.

Instructor: Danielle Spalenka, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC

Cost: $50

Enrollment: Limited to 20 participants


Janet Carleton & Amy Bishop

Cochairs, Education Committee

Midwest Archives Conference


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Job ID 7350

Working independently, the Library Assistant 5 will perform advanced tasks and oversee the digitization of unique and sometimes rare library and community materials. Library Assistant 5 will manage the digitization lab, processes, equipment, and student workers, as well as participate in the development and success of a digital preservation program.

To apply, go to CWRU’s Careers page here.

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Please excuse cross-postings.

(Also, my apologies for not posting sooner! – Jane Rothstein)

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2019 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:


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.

For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-hamer.

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to https://www2.archivists.org/aboutsaa/awardsandscholarships.

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(My apologies for not posting this sooner! – Jane Rothstein)

2019 Grant Opportunity for Ohio Repositories

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board announces the availability of grants between $500 and $5,000 to archival institutions to fund projects to preserve and/or provide access to Ohio’s historical records.  The grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  Projects eligible for funding in 2019 include:

§  Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.

§  Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.

§  Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.

§  Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding.

Please Note: all projects should produce some type of online content, such as a finding aid, report or digital images.  

Grant applications are due February 28, 2019.  More information on the grants, including the application packet, is available here.

**PLEASE NOTE: OHRAB is awaiting formal notification from the NHPRC on the funding for the regrants.  While it is necessary for OHRAB to announce this grant opportunity and begin to receive your proposals, all awards are contingent on OHRAB receiving the funds from the NHPRC.

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