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Mark your calendars! The annual meeting of the Cleveland Archival Roundtable will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 29th at the new  Cuyahoga County archives. The meeting will include the installation of new steering committee members following on-line elections. Details about the meeting will be sent later this month.

Voting will open soon. Please visit the CAR Blog for information on the composition of the steering committee and the responsibilities of each position. The organization’s constitution and by-laws are also included.

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On November 1-2, 2018, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting “The Digital and Democracy” Digital Scholarship Colloquium bringing together the vanguard of professionals using digital tools to advance democracy. The colloquium will delve into how research can be used for the advocacy of communities experiencing disruption and inequality and in all the points that touch a person’s life, including, healthcare, housing, environment, social justice. The program will feature the country’s top scholarly work and digital tools used to scale the heights of democratic power and influence.

More Information: http://library.case.edu/dsc2018/

Student, academic, and nonprofit rates available! Purchase your tickets today: https://community.case.edu/KSL/rsvp_boot?id=388357

See you in Cleveland!

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The Cuyahoga County Archives announces its grand opening to be held from 2pm-6pm on September 6, 2018.

 

 

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At the CAR meeting last Saturday, questions and comments were raised about the draft constitution and bylaws for the organization. The draft has been updated in track changes and has been posted to the blog. Please feel free to comment in the comments section of the blog. Plans for an April meeting are still in the works.

Cleveland Archival Roundtable Constitution for member discussion_2

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October is American Archives Month! Ohio repositories are sponsoring a month long October Archives Crawl event. Each of the host repositories has its own unique collection full of interesting local history.

The goal of the Archives Crawl is to visit as many of the participating repositories as possible during the month of October and have each of them stamp your passport. Passports can be obtained at the participating repositories.  For more information, see the SOAOhioArchivesPassport2017.

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Wednesday September 27

3:00-5:00 PM

1 American Road

Cleveland 44144

For over 100 years, American Greetings has been a manufacturer and retailer of innovative products and today includes five major greeting card brands, party goods, gift-wrap, and more. An innovator in the creation of popular licensed character brands the art vault is not only a treasure trove of greeting card art and history, but also the repository of three-dimensional production art including Holly Hobbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and other iconic character merchandise.

Please join us for a rare opportunity to visit this unique facility and share your knowledge with the staff who are professionalizing the archives. Because of the secure nature of the facility, this tour is scheduled for 3:00 PM. A photo ID is required.

After the tour, please join us for cocktails and comradery at a local watering hole to be determined. Suggestions welcomed!

Copyright American Greetings

RSVP to Leslie Cade by September 22nd at lcade@clevelandart.org.

Hope to see you there!

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When: Saturday, May 13th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: Dampeer Room at the Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library, 11055 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

What: Please join the Cleveland Archival Roundtable for our spring program, a digitization projects panel.  Panelists will discuss topics such as choosing and evaluating digitization tools and systems, digitization for internal constituencies, selecting materials for digitization, creating workflows, and providing access to digitized materials.  A panel discussion will follow the presentations, bring your questions!

Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Susan Hernandez at shernandez@clevelandart.org.

Logistics

We will be meeting in the Dampeer Room on the 2nd floor of the Kelvin Smith Library [colored blue-grey on this map]  You must present a photo ID to enter the library. You can find the Kelvin Smith Library on our Interactive Campus map – select KSL from the list and the map will display KSL and surroundings: http://www.case.edu/maps/

Although sometimes free, there is a charge for Garage Parking in the lot under the Kelvin Smith Library on weekends if there is a special event in University Circle; sorry we cannot validate for this.  Enter the lot from East Blvd. and follow the signs to enter the library from the garage. Parking is also available in the Cleveland Museum of Art garage off Jeptha Drive if you don’t mind the walk across to Kelvin Smith.  On street metered parking is free on weekends but is limited.

Coffee and water will be provided.

Presentation Summaries

Helen Conger, Archivist, Case Western Reserve University

Scanning textual documents—what we’ve done and are doing at CWRU Archives

The presentation will briefly review the scanning techniques used over the last dozen years, decisions regarding scanning specifications, metadata, and workflow for textual documents. The speaker will highlight several projects and how they informed decision-making and the regular review of digitization techniques. The speaker will include a description of equipment used.

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Virginia Dressler, Digital Projects Librarian, Kent State University

Adapting Omeka for Special Collections and Archival content

An overview of how Omeka is currently used at Kent State for digital collections, which will include a summary of recent enhancements to better represent the archival arrangement in a digital environment. This will include discussion of the adaptations to the admin interface and ingestion process, as well as the changes to the user interface.

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Meghan Hays, Local History Librarian, Shaker Heights Public Library

So Many Digital Projects, So Little Time: Prioritization Challenges of a Lone Arranger

As a part-time “lone arranger” with many duties, Meghan will discuss prioritizing digitization projects and cultivating collaboration and partnerships with donors, grant makers, and volunteers.

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Melissa Hubbard, Head of Special Collections and Archives, and Stacie Williams, Team Lead, Digital Learning and Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University

Archives Power to the People: A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

During the 2015 SAA conference, a group of archivists connected with Cleveland activists to launch the digital archive A People’s Archive of Police Violence. Since then, the archive has been managed by local activists with ongoing support from professional archivists. As a case study, this presentation will explore the ways that digitization and digital archives skill sets can be used to support community projects that originate outside of traditional institutional contexts.

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Joanne O’Dell, Senior Librarian and Archivist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Throwback Thursday: Thank you for your memories!

Partnering with the Employee Communications Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the archives posted 8-15 unidentified images to a “Mystery Collection” in CONTENTdm on the first Thursday of each month for 3 months in 2016. Employees were invited to add tags to identify the images; names, dates, and other applicable information.

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