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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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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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Dear Colleagues,

We are currently conducting research on privacy issues and professional archivists, and invite you to participate in a short survey. The survey will collect some basic information about your outlook on privacy and pose some hypothetical scenarios.

The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 to 15 minutes. Your participation is voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time without completing it. Names of individual and institutions will be anonymized in all related publication. For each completed survey, there is an opportunity to submit an email address into a drawing for Amazon giftcards.


We kindly request that you forward this invitation to colleagues who may be interested in taking the survey.

We appreciate your time and attention.


Virginia Dressler, MA, MLIS

Digital Projects Librarian

Kent State University



Jodi Kearns, MSLS, PhD
Digital Projects Manager
Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
The University of Akron

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Volunteer needed to help the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland assemble, catalogue, and preserve our historical archive.

The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services.  We operate a 55-family House, Family Rooms in four local hospitals and an online family resource link, RedTreehouse.org.

In 2019 we will be celebrating our 40thanniversary of serving  families here in Cleveland.  We have years of material and are seeking a volunteer with experience in archiving to help organize and preserve the history of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

If you are interested please contact me.

Deb Hopkins, Outreach Coordinator, Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, o: 216.229.5757 x1105, m: 630.740.4855, e: dhopkins@rmhcleveland.org

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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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