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  • 2016-12-19 8:56 AM | Michelle Romero

    The field of archives is changing every day -- and this is your chance to help shape the evolving profession in the New England region. Your voice counts! Participate in the NEA's annual Membership Survey to help us better serve you and our profession. We are interested in feedback from current members and/or members whose membership has lapsed. Your responses will be completely anonymous. 

    The survey, which takes about 15 minutes, includes questions about general membership, meetings and events, education/training, NEA roundtables, and how NEA communicates with members. At the end of the survey, current NEA members can enter to win our prize: a free year of membership in NEA. 

    The survey is open from now until Friday, Jan 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    The NEA Membership Committee.

  • 2016-12-16 8:54 AM | Michelle Romero

    Dear members of New England Archivists 

    As the year comes to a close, we hope you will consider a contribution to NEA

    NEA's increasing range of scholarships and awards assist fellow members attending NEA meetings and provide professional development opportunities in areas such as records management and A/V. These awards and scholarships help to fulfill a core function of our institution; a handful of $25 gifts could give an additional budding or under-employed archivist the chance to grow, network, and serve. Donated funds also help to secure these opportunities for future archivists during all stages of their careers. 

    Here is NEA's current suite of awards and scholarships for your consideration: 
    -- Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award 
    -- Richard L. Haas Records Management Award 
    -- 
    Audio/Visual Professional Development Award 
    -- Susan J. Von Salis Student Meeting and Travel Scholarship 
    -- NEA Member Meeting and Travel Scholarship 

    NEA is a registered 503(c)(3) non-profit and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Giving couldn't be easier. Just follow this link to our donation page: https://newenglandarchivists.org/donate/ 

    Thank you and have a safe and sound holiday season, 
    NEA Executive Board


  • 2016-12-15 12:33 PM | Michelle Romero

    Did you know New England Archivists offers two scholarships to help support NEA members attend the annual spring meeting? Both scholarships cover the meeting registration fee (at the early-bird rate) and up to $300 towards travel and hotel expenses. 

    The Meeting and Travel Scholarship (for non-student members only) 
    The Susan J. Von Salis Student Meeting and Travel Scholarship (for student members only) 

    Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Representatives-at-large (RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org) by January 15, 2017. 

    ABOUT SPRING 2017 
    This year's meeting, Changing Tides, will feature discussions of the many ways in which the archival profession and the world around us are shifting. In addition to thought-provoking and informative sessions on Friday and Saturday, we will offer two full-day workshops and NEA’s first born-digital boot camp on Thursday. Other highlights include a Day of Service at the Bourne Historical Society, exciting plenary talks by Michael Lesy and K.J. Rawson, and, when you need a break from networking, a quiet room where you can sit on a comfortable couch and take a few minutes for yourself. Come explore all that Cape Cod has to offer, even in the off-season. Sign up for a tour of a local institution, and spend your down time in downtown Hyannis where you’ll find countless restaurants, bars, and shops. 

    NEA has reserved a block of rooms at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. Call to reserve a room at the NEA special rate ($115/night): (866) 828-9111 or (508) 775-7775 (reference the NEA Meeting). 

    SAVE THE DATE: Early-bird registration for the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting opens on January 16, 2017.

    Be part of things in Hyannis: apply to one of the NEA meeting and travel scholarships.


  • 2016-12-09 10:04 AM | Michelle Romero

    New England Archivists is proud to announce the relaunch of our NEA Mentoring Program. This year-long program will begin in March 2017. Applications and more information about this popular program are available on the NEA website.

    WHY PARTICIPATE?
    The NEA Mentoring Program offers members the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Circles, which are small groups that typically consist of four to six mentees and two mentors. Diverging from the traditional one-on-one mentoring model, the circle model fosters not only mentoring relationships between the mentors and the mentees, but also peer-mentoring relationships among the mentees and the co-mentors.

    Mentoring Circles aim to:
    -- Encourage the exchange of experiences, challenges, and opportunities to facilitate goal-setting for career and personal development
    -- Build competence and character to reach those goals
    -- Foster self-confidence, communication skills, and collective growth.

    Mentors and mentees are matched to a circle depending on their interests, goals, and availability. The application process includes an initial survey to determine everyone’s interests and support the initial matching. All participants should be current NEA members able to commit to a full cycle of the program (seven to nine months).

    HOW TO PARTICIPATE
    Please visit the NEA Mentoring page on the NEA website to learn more about the program and to apply to join. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2017, and applicants will receive further information by March 8, 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact Membership Committee Co-Chairs, Pam Hopkins (psmhopkins@gmail.com) and Heather Mumford (heather_mumford@hms.harvard.edu).

  • 2016-12-07 12:11 PM | Michelle Romero

    Dear New England Archivists members:

    The field of archives is changing every day -- and this is your chance to help shape the evolving profession in the New England region. Participate in the NEA's annual Membership Survey to help us better serve you and our profession. We are interested in feedback from current members and/or members whose membership has lapsed. Your responses will be completely anonymous.

    The survey, which takes about 15 minutes, includes questions about general membership, meetings and events, education/training, NEA roundtables, and how NEA communicates with members. At the end of the survey, current NEA members can enter to win our prize: a free year of membership in NEA!

    The survey is open from now until Friday, Jan 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm. The NEA Membership Committee thanks you for your participation.

  • 2016-12-07 9:02 AM | Michelle Romero

    As members of New England Archivists know, this past month we've been voting on the new NEA leadership for Vice President/President Elect, Treasurer, and one of our Representatives-at-Large.

    The votes have been counted and election results are in. Please join the 2016 Nominating Committee in congratulating the winners:

    Vice President/President Elect (2017-2020): Karen Adler Abramson
    Treasurer (2017-2019): Emily Atkins
    Representative-at-Large (2017-2020): John Campopiano

    The membership also approved the proposed NEA Code of Conduct policy.

    Thank you to all who voted in this year's election and a big thank you to all of the candidates. We appreciate your willingness to run. And to all members of NEA: consider running for elected office in a future election.

    New England Archivists 2016 Nominating Committee
    -- Colin Lukens (Chair)
    -- Sarah Demb
    -- Lisa Long Feldmann
    -- Peter Nelson
    -- Adrienne Pruitt
    -- Megan Schwenke


  • 2016-12-02 9:03 AM | Michelle Romero

    In a new initiative to provide cost effective continuing education to our membership, New England Archivists is now offering on-site SAA webinars. We recently had a successful webinar at the Avon Free Public Library in Avon, CT and now we have two more upcoming webinar and networking events planned:

    Basics of Managing Electronic Records | Boston, MA | Monday, December 19, 2016 
    Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts | Medford, MA | Friday, January 27, 2017

    Join NEA December 19th at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for our 2nd on-site webinar and networking event. Meet up with colleagues to watch SAA’s webinar, “Basics of Managing Electronic Records: Getting You Started!,” followed by small group discussions of how to apply the tools and techniques presented in the webinar at your own organization. Light refreshments will be provided. 

    If you are seeking your DAS certification, or just want to enhance your understanding of working with born digital records, this webinar viewing and networking event is an opportunity to explore the topic at a greatly reduced rate. For those attendees who wish to take the exam, information will be provided at the event for you. Each exam costs $35.00, payable by the attendee to SAA.

    About the webinar, “Basics of Managing Electronic Records: Getting You Started!” 
    All archives must address the management of electronic records to some degree, and you may not have the background in electronic records or the confidence to tackle this daunting task! This webinar provides you the basics you need to start solving your electronic records problems. Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to: 
    1) Identify common preservation formats of electronic records; 
    2) Describe appraising, accessioning, and preserving electronic records; 
    3) Begin working with records creators; and 
    4) Start promoting and continuing your electronic records program. 

    About the on-site event 
    Monday, December 19, 2016 
    -- Webinar: 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
    -- Discussion: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

    John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
    Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 

    Fees: Students: $5.00 NEA Members: $10.00 Non-NEA Members: $15.00 
    Register online at: https://newenglandarchivists.org/event-2375809

    NEA thanks the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for hosting the second webinar and networking event.

    SAVE-THE-DATE 
    NEA's next SAA webinar and networking event will be at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Meet up with colleagues to watch SAA’s on-demand webinar, Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts, followed by small group discussions of how to apply the tools and techniques presented in the webinar at your own organization. Light refreshments will be provided. 

    About the on-site event in Medford, MA 
    Friday, January 27, 20176 
    -- Webinar: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    -- Discussion: 3:30 p.m. -  5:00 p.m. 

    Tufts University (exact location on campus TBD), Medford, MA


  • 2016-12-01 12:38 PM | Michelle Romero

    Save the date and reserve your hotel room now for New England Archivists' Spring 2017 Meeting on Cape Cod from March 22-25, 2017. This year’s meeting will focus on collaboration in a changed environment. 

    Early-bird registration will open on Monday, January 16, 2017. Save the date so you can register for “Changing Tides” in Hyannis, Massachusetts, to take part in a discussion of the many ways in which the archival profession and the world around us are shifting. In addition to thought-provoking and informative sessions on Friday and Saturday, we will offer two full-day workshops and NEA’s first born-digital boot camp on Thursday. Look to future announcements on how to take part in these events.

    Other highlights include a Day of Service at the Bourne Historical Society, exciting plenary talks by Michael Lesy and K.J. Rawson, and, when you need a break from networking, a quiet room where you can sit on a comfortable couch and take a few minutes for yourself. Come explore all that Cape Cod has to offer, even in the off-season. Sign up for a tour of a local institution, and spend your down time in downtown Hyannis where you’ll find countless restaurants, bars, and shops.

    HOTEL AND CONFERENCE SPACE 
    The NEA Spring 2017 Meeting will in Hyannis, MA at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center. There will be many opportunities for meeting attendees and their families to enjoy the Conference Center's resort amenities. For more information about how to reserve a room at the NEA meetings rates, see the NEA website


  • 2016-11-29 10:18 AM | Michelle Romero

    Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday last week. If you haven't already, you have until tomorrow to vote for the future of New England Archivists' leadership.

    Voting will close at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Using the unique ballot ID and access code you received in the eballot email, make sure to cast your vote before 8:00 pm tomorrow.

    Visit the NEA website to review the candidate's statements and look over the final version of the NEA Code of Conduct (pdf).

    New England Archivists Nominating Committee 2016
    -- Colin Lukens (Chair)
    -- Sarah Demb
    -- Lisa Long Feldmann
    -- Peter Nelson
    -- Adrienne Pruitt
    -- Megan Schwenke


  • 2016-11-18 11:35 AM | Michelle Romero

    The New England Archivists 2016 Election is now open. Voting will close at 8pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Using the unique ballot ID and access code, make sure to cast your vote.

    This week the NEA 2016 Nominating Committee concludes our introduction to this year’s candidates.

    MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR VP/PRESIDENT ELECT 

    When voting for the next Vice President/President-Elect — you are also voting for NEA’s next President. This position has a three-year term: the first year serves as Vice President, the second year serves as President, and the third year serves as Immediate Past President. For their first year, the elected candidate will serve as Vice President. They will work closely with the President, assisting in the business of NEA and selecting the sites and chairs for upcoming Meetings. In their second year, they will become President of NEA. As President they will conduct all of NEA’s business and become the spokesperson on archival concerns within the region as well as nationally. In their third year, this person will become the Immediate Past President. They will be responsible for the Nominating Committee (which organizes and monitors the NEA election), and the Distinguished Service and Archival Advocacy Awards Committees. 

    This year we have two candidates for the position of Vice President/President-Elect (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY). Each candidate answered the question: What are NEA’s strengths and weaknesses? 

    KAREN ADLER ABRAMSON, Director of Archives, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

    Service to NEA: Member, Program Committee, Spring 2013 Meeting Co-Chair, Diversity Task Force, 2011-2013 Representative-at-Large, Board of Directors, 2006-2012 Member, Membership Recruitment and Retention Task Force, 2006-2008 Member, Program Committee, Fall 2007 Meeting Co-Chair, Program Committee, Spring 2005 Meeting 

    From Statement: I am excited about the direction in which NEA is moving and would be honored to play an active role in helping to implement the organization’s bold strategic plan and to assess its efficacy in achieving desired outcomes.  

    SARAH SHOEMAKER, Director/Associate University Librarian, University Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis University 

    Service to NEA: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies Associate Editor and founding member of editorial team for online journal co-sponsored by Yale University and New England Archivists, 2013 – present Founding member, Communications Committee, 2010 – 2013 Panelist, “Archival Software: What's the Best Fit for your Repository?” NEA conference, November 2012 Organizer, NEA summer program “The Worth of a Book: A Look At Rare-Book Selection And Appraisal,” June 30, 2010 

    From Statement: I would welcome the opportunity to join with others to continue to expand understanding and appreciation of our valuable profession to new avenues and new eyes. 

    *** 

    Also included on the ballot will be NEA Code of Conduct. NEA members will be asked to vote on the adoption of a code of conduct policy for NEA spaces and events. The formal comment period for the draft ran from April 15th to June 1st, 2016. A final version of the code and supplemental information are now available on the NEA website (PDF). 

    New England Archivists Nominating Committee 2016 
    -- Colin Lukens (Chair) 
    -- Sarah Demb 
    -- Lisa Long Feldmann 
    -- Peter Nelson 
    -- Adrienne Pruitt 
    -- Megan Schwenke

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