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NEORLS logoNote that the collaborative project Discover – Explore – Connect showcased in this event was a NHPRC-grant funded digitization/outreach project that you may have seen reported on at SOA in 2017.

Northeast Ohio Regional Library System https://neo-rls.org/ &  ALAO’s Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group present: Collaboration Connection: Planting the seeds to building successful community partnerships.

Description: Are you waiting for a collaborator in order to get your great idea off the ground or to apply for a grant?  Do you have services, collections, skills, etc. that you or your organization could offer to potential collaborators?  How do unrelated organizations seeking a collaborative partnership make a case for funding, establish an MOU/MOA, what are the logistics of such partnerships, and how does each entity benefit?  Join us for this opportunity to learn more about successful collaborations and find the collaboration partner you are looking for.  This program is jointly sponsored by NEO-RLS and ALAO’s newly formed Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group.

Event Date: 5/2/2019

Event Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Location: Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, 43 West Third Street, Mansfield, OH 44902

Contact Person: Melissa Lattanzi (phone: 3306550531)

Details: Who should attend:  Anyone interested in finding collaborators for their next project or idea or in sharing resources

Competency:  Collaboration
Cost:  FREE. There is a $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.

Event Registration:  https://mms.neo-rls.org/Calendar/moreinfo_responsive.php?eventid=51155&org_id=NEOL

Facilitators Kieth Peppers and Wendy Wasman have successfully collaborated on a grant-funded project between the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Baldwin Wallace University, The University of Akron and the Cleveland Metroparks.  The morning will be devoted to hearing about their collaboration and a collaboration between the Madison Public Library, Madison Local Schools and Lakeland Community College around College Credit Plus.   Presenters will discuss the creation of their projects, partnerships in practice and provide ideas for you to apply to your own situation and project.  The morning will continue with Cindy Boyden and Evan Struble from the State Library of Ohio talking about how to write an effective MOU/MOA and will end with a presentation by Annie Heidersbach and Dr. Paul Putman from the Cleveland Foundation on writing proposals and why partnerships are attractive to funders.  In the afternoon the facilitators will lead attendees through “Collaboration Connection,” an interactive process designed to help you find the collaborator or resources that you need, right in this very workshop.  Projects initiated during the afternoon will be judged based on specified criteria and eligible for one-time project support in the amount of $500.00.

Learning objectives:

  • Find out how to develop a successful multi-type organizational collaboration
  • Learn how to write a MOU/MOA
  • Learn more about how foundations look at funding applications for partnerships
  • Link to potential collaborators around project ideas

Kieth A. Peppers, University Archivist, Instructor, Baldwin Wallace University
Kieth A. Peppers received his education at Cleveland State University where he achieved a Master of History and Museum Studies summa cum laude. He is the co-founder and CEO of Pursue Posterity, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all history. He is concurrently employed with Baldwin Wallace University as the archivist, historian, and faculty, where he teaches classes in Public History, curates exhibits, writes grants, and collaborates with external institutions. During the development of his vocation, Kieth worked with a variety of museums, archives, special collections, and libraries across northeast Ohio on numerous projects from publishing corporate histories to cataloguing and photographing museum collections.

Shawn D. Walsh, Emerging Services and Technologies Librarian, Madison Public Library in Madison, OH
Shawn has been in the library field since 1997, and is a contributor to Public Libraries Online, Children and Libraries, and chapters in several different library related anthologies. He is the co-author of the book Library Service to Tweens published in 2017. Shawn is also responsible for maintaining Madison Public Library’s technology infrastructure and oversees computer and technology instruction to patrons and staff. Within the community, Shawn is best known for his school presentations and preaching the awesomeness of online library services

Thomas Hyland is a Professor, the Library Program Chair, and the Library Instruction Coordinator at Lakeland Community College.  He is currently in his fifteenth year there. In addition to an MLIS from Kent State, he holds an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio. Serving as Library Instruction Coordinator, Thomas has concentrated on creating and sustaining a scaffolded information literacy instruction program designed to prepare students to think critically about information.

Writing an Effective MOU/MOA presented by Cindy Boyden and Evan Struble.

CIndy Boyden, LSTA Coordinator / Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio
Cindy has worked for the State Library of Ohio since December of 2014. In December of 2015, she was promoted to LSTA Coordinator / Library Consultant within the Library Programs and Development Department. Prior to joining the State Library, Cindy worked for eight years at Worthington Public Libraries as a Circulation Assistant.

Cindy received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in 2013 and completed her Cumulative Experience (practicum) within the Government Documents Collection of the State Library of Ohio.  She graduated cum laude from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2008.

Evan Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development.
Evan is responsible for the administrative functions and programming activities for library development, including Ohio’s LSTA program, consultant services, public library statistics, and special projects. He has extensive experience in program planning and project management. He has dedicated his career to supporting the work of libraries and has a keen awareness of current and emerging trends in libraries and the library profession.

Grant Proposal Writing and Review: Putting the Pieces and the Process Together

Puzzled by the process of crafting a great grant proposal? Flummoxed by how funders make decisions about which projects to fund? Explore the nuances of crafting a stellar proposal from the perspectives of a seasoned proposal writer and community foundation proposal reviewer. We will help you put the pieces together during this interactive session.

Annie Heidersbach, Director Academic Grants /Adjunct Faculty, Baldwin Wallace University
In working with the Provost, she provides leadership in securing corporate, foundation and government funding. Before her work in development, Annie served as Director of Career Services at Baldwin Wallace for ten years. She is an adjunct faculty member who teaches a Grant Proposal Writing course and First Year Success class.
Annie holds a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University, where she studied Speech Communication, and an Associate’s degree from Lorain County Community College

Dr. Paul Putman, Donor Relations & Technology Officer, Cleveland Foundation.

Prior to joining the foundation, Paul spent a decade at Cleveland State University, managing the Center for Leadership and Service where he coordinated leadership development and service-learning experiences and taught several courses. Paul has continued teaching since earning his doctorate in urban education from CSU with a focus on leadership and lifelong learning – five years teaching in the Diversity Management master’s program at CSU and more recently, several years teaching undergraduate classes at Baldwin Wallace University in leadership in philanthropy and grant proposal writing.

In addition to his doctorate, Paul earned his master’s in psychology, with a specialization in diversity management from CSU and his master’s in education, guidance, and counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Paul earned his bachelor’s in English from Kent State University. Paul has published in multiple scholarly journals and authored several book chapters. His most recent work explores the development of strategic leadership competencies.


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SOA logoThe Society of Ohio Archivists’ annual meeting registration is now open! Join us in Akron on May 16-17, 2019, for two days of Invention and Innovation!

Thursday, May 16
Pre-conference workshops led by Drs. Karen Gracy and Heather Soyka, held at the Kent State University Library.

  • Morning (9:00 a.m. – noon): Fundamentals of Born-Digital Archiving
  • Afternoon (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Beyond the Basics: More Concepts and Strategies for Digital Archiving

Early bird pricing for SOA members: $30 for 1 workshop or $50 for both! Early bird registration ends April 30th.


Evening Mixer at the National Museum for the History of Psychology, where you can tour the museum and mingle with colleagues.

6:00-8:00 p.m. / $25 to register. Registration closes April 30th.


Friday, May 17

Annual Meeting at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The day starts off with a plenary from Kathleen Roe, past president of the Society of American Archivists. Her talk, “Reimagining the Future of the Archival Past,” will focus on the future of archival work, including ensuring our institutions collect materials that reflect a comprehensive, inclusive past, conveying the value of archives in meaningful ways to a wide range of users and audiences, and stepping forward to strengthen our profession and its role in our communities and society.

Join us for sessions on building a diverse repository, collaborative projects, job hunting, processing collections, and teaching in the archives, as well as mini-workshops on advocacy and records management. Attendees will also have the option to attend poster sessions, mock job interviews, and bid in the annual silent auction.

Annual meeting early bird registration is only $45 for SOA members! Early bird registration ends April 30th. Register at http://www.ohiohistorystore.com/Product.aspx?ProductId=9197

Visit the SOA conference website for the latest information and follow along on Twitter at #soaam19.

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ALAO’s Programming, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group (PROMIG) and Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS) will jointly sponsor a spring workshop focused on collaboration.

Presenters will discuss developing successful partnerships between schools, libraries, and other local non-profit organizations. Facilitators will share their successful collaboration on a grant-funded project between the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Baldwin Wallace University, The University of Akron and the Cleveland Metroparks.

Collaboration Connection encourages participants to find the collaborator or resources needed to launch a multi-type organizational collaboration. Projects initiated during the afternoon will be judged based on specified criteria and eligible for one-time project support in the amount of $500.00.

The event will take place on May 2, 2019 from 9am-3pm at Mansfield-Richland County Public Library. Registration is now open for this free event. For additional details and registration, follow this link to the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System’s event page.

Melissa Lattanzi
Education and Events Coordinator


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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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Preserving Digital Archives

April 23, 2019 | University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Instructor: Lori Lindberg
Early-Bird Deadline: March 23, 2019
To register: https://saa.archivists.org/events/preserving-digital-archives-1949/913/

This course is designed to help practitioners move from understanding the core vocabulary, standards, and best practices of digital preservation toward program planning, policy development, and systems evaluation. Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, the course will build on core concepts, explore organizational aspects of digital preservation, introduce tools and standards for technical and preservation metadata, and examine factors to consider in evaluating and selecting digital preservation systems.

Who Should Attend? Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials

What Should You Know? Participants should understand archival fundamentals and be familiar with the basics of metadata and computer systems. We strongly recommend that participants complete the Thinking Digital webinar prior to taking this course.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Is reducing your processing backlog at the top of your to-do list? Need help implementing “concrete strategies” for robust processing rates? Then save the date and sign up now for the SAA MPLP workshop coming to Cleveland in January, 2017

Registration is now open for the SAA Workshop: “Implementing “More Product, Less Process” 

When: January 13, 2017
Where: Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Early-Bird Registration deadline: December 13, 2016

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Please join us for the fall meeting of the Cleveland Archival Roundtable from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday November 15th at the Northeast Ohio Broadcast Archive on the campus of John Carroll University. We will begin with a brief business meeting to bring you up to date on the steering committee’s plans for the next couple of years followed by a tour of the archive. Look for details about the meeting location and parking shortly.

You can now access information about CAR and local and national archival events on our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandArchivalRoundtable ! Like the page and feel free to post your archives’ programs and events, discussion topics about archives, questions about archives, and basically anything about archives. The page is in addition to our blog and email blasts. Enjoy!

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The Ohio Library Council presents Ohio History Day 101: The Experience of History Day in Ohio Webinar.  Ohio History Day is a year-long research project that engages students in grades 6-12 . The webinar will discuss the overall benefits and logistics of the program.

When:  August 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Shoshanna Gross, State Coordinator, Ohio History Day, Ohio History Connection
  • Deanna McDaniel, Media Specialist, Genoa Middle School Library, Westerville, OH

Sponsored by:  OLC’s Subject and Special Collections Division

Register @ my OLC | Deadline to register August 4

Member: $20* | Non-Member: $40
*Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional member libraries

For more information visit: http://olc.org/event/ohio-history-day-101-experience-history-day-ohio-2/

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