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  • 2014-12-04 9:28 AM | Michelle Romero

    NEA Photographer

    The Communications Committee is looking for someone to help document NEA's meetings and events. The NEA Photographer will attend all NEA Meetings to capture members and volunteers at keynote talks, sessions, and receptions. The photographer will also be required to attend other events as needed to document and share these activities. Photographs will be made available on the NEA website, published in the Newsletter, and posted on social media. When appropriate, images may also be shared with outside organizations. Rights to images will be owned by NEA with credit to the photographer.
     
    This position requires someone who:
    -- owns their own DSLR camera
    -- can attend all NEA Meetings* and other NEA events as needed
    -- has their own photo editing software (or access to photo editing software)
    -- will make sure CommComm, other committees, and individuals as appropriate have access to the photos in a timely manner after events

    For anyone interested in applying or if you would like more details about this position, contact Communications Committee Chair, Jessica Tanny (jtanny@gmail.com).


    * Please note: $175 will be offered as reimbursement for travel and hotel for each of the meetings (spring and fall).

  • 2014-12-02 11:02 AM | Michelle Romero
    Apply for one of NEA's professional development awards and meeting scholarships. A key part of NEA's mission is to help support members' research and professional development. Look below to see if you qualify for any of NEA's four awards. Applications for all of the awards are due by February 15, 2015.

    Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award

    The Hale Award of $1000 is given annually by the New England Archivists (NEA) to promote the professional development of archivists in the region. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. Applicants may propose participating in an educational program or workshop, preparing a paper for possible publication or oral presentation, attending a professional meeting, or any other activity promoting professional development. The award cannot be used to purchase supplies or equipment. Recipients are expected to submit a report on their project upon completion to the NEA Newsletter and/or present at the NEA annual meeting. 

    Application Instructions:

    • Open to members of NEA in good standing. 
    • Include your name, address, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number, date, and signature. 
    • Please explain, in 500 words or less, the activity the award would support, the expected benefits of the activity, how the award would be used, and a timeline for completion of the project. 
    • Please attach a copy of your resume and a projected budget.

    Applications must be submitted to Jessica Sedgwick (jmsedg@gmail.com), Hale Award Committee Chair, by February 15th.

    Richard L. Haas Records Management Award

    The Richard L. Haas Records Management Award of up to $1000 is given in support of a project that promotes increased cooperation, understanding, and knowledge between the archival and records management professions. Traditional examples of proposals include attendance at seminars or workshops, preparing articles of interest to both professions, and research projects. The grant is not limited to these suggestions. This explanation is ambiguous in the hope that applicants will be creative with their proposals. Preference, however, will be given to those that integrate records management and archival issues. Recipients are expected to submit a report on their project upon completion to the New England Archivists (NEA) Newsletter and/or present at the NEA annual meeting.

     Application Instructions: 

    • The applicant must be a practitioner, educator, or student in the areas of records management or archives in New England (the award is not limited to members of NEA). 
    • The application should include your name, address, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number, date, and signature. 
    • Please explain, in 500 words or less, how the proposal relates to both the archival and records management professions, the expected benefits of the activity, how the award would be used, and a timeline for completion of the project. 
    • Please attach a copy of your resume and a projected budget

    Applications must be submitted to Erica Boudreau (ericacathryn@gmail.com), Haas Award Committee Chair, by February 15th.


    Audio/Visual (A/V) Professional Development Award

    The A/V Professional Development Award of up $500 is given annually by the New England Archivists (NEA) to promote the professional development of members in the field of Audio/Visual. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. Applicants may propose participating in an educational program or workshop, preparing a paper for possible publication or oral presentation, attending a professional meeting, or any other activity promoting professional development in areas of A/V. The award cannot be used to purchase supplies or equipment. Recipients are expected to submit a report on their project upon completion to the NEA Newsletter and/or present at the NEA annual meeting.

     Application Instructions: 

    • Open to members of NEA in good standing. 
    • The application should include your name, address, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number, date, and signature. 
    • Please explain, in 500 words or less, the activity the award would support, the expected benefits of the activity, how the award would be used, and a timeline for completion of the project. 
    • Please attach a copy of your resume and a projected budget.

    Applications must be submitted to Tessa Cierny (tessabeers@gmail.com), AV Professional Development Award Committee Chair, by February 15th.

    Meeting and Travel Assistance Scholarships

    New England Archivists (NEA) is committed to the professional development of its members and recognizes the importance of attending the annual spring meeting to engage with colleagues, keeping abreast of new archival theories and technologies, and networking. NEA also recognizes the importance of offering these opportunities to student members. Scholarship funds may be used for meeting registration, meals, and travel expenses. The number of awards and award amounts vary by year.

    Application Instructions:

    REGULAR MEMBER: 

    • Open to all non-student members of NEA in good standing. 
    • The application should include your name, address, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number, date, and signature. 
    • Please explain, in 500 words or less, the expected benefits of attending the meeting and why financial assistance is needed. 
    • Please attach a copy of your resume and a projected budget.


    STUDENT MEMBER: 

    • Open to all student members of NEA in good standing. 
    • The application should include your name, address, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number, date, and signature. 
    • Please explain, in 500 words or less, the expected benefits of attending the meeting and why financial assistance is needed. 
    • Please attach a copy of your resume and a projected budget.

    Applications must be submitted to Silvia Mejia (silvia.mejia@gmail.com), Meeting and Travel Assistance Scholarships Committee Chair, by February 15th.

  • 2014-11-24 1:06 PM | Michelle Romero

    Votes have been counted and the election results are in! Please join the 2015 Nominating Committee in congratulating the winners:

    Vice-President/President-elect (2015): Jennifer Gunter King 

    Treasurer (2015-2017): Juliana Kuipers 

    Representative-at-Large (2015-2018): Jessica Sedgwick

    For more information on the winners, please go to: http://www.newenglandarchivists.org/Election-2015. And NEA sends a big thank you to all those who volunteered to run this year.

  • 2014-11-19 11:57 AM | Michelle Romero

    The NEA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Clutterbuck-Cook as NEA's first Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator. Her term will run for a three-year period, beginning November 2014 and ending November 2017.

    Anna, a member of NEA since 2007, currently serves as the Reference Librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Born and raised in Michigan, Anna earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies and History from Hope College (Holland, Mich.) before moving to Boston in 2007 to pursue her M.A. (History) and M.L.S. (Archives Management) at Simmons College. In 2013, she and her wife, Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook, co-founded the LGBTQ Issues Roundtable (http://neaqrt.wordpress.com/).

    Anna is excited to be serving as Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator for NEA. This new position on the Board is an opportunity to bring my scholarly and political interest in social justice work to bear within my own professional community,” she says. “We come to our work as archivists from a wide variety of backgrounds, have varied careers, face unique personal and professional challenges -- and yet all of us are members of this profession and deserve the institutional and community support of our colleagues within NEA.”

    In Anna’s view, one of the responsibilities of an Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator is “to offer hospitality and resources to those who may otherwise feel unwelcome. As much as possible, NEA should remove the burden of making requests for accessibility and inclusion off the shoulders of those who face historical or structural discrimination. Within the organization, I will work to hold leadership accountable to our expressed commitment to diversity and inclusion by raising questions, seeking out resources, and offering immediate and long-term suggestions for change. The process of becoming a welcoming and inclusive organization is continual, and my hope is to establish a durable framework for meeting the needs of NEA’s diverse constituency for years to come.

     NEA's diversity initiative began in 2010 with the adoption of a new member-approved strategic plan. In 2011, the Board formed a Diversity Task Force, co-chaired by Karen Adler Abramson (of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library) and Michelle Gachette (of Harvard University Archives). In the final report, submitted to the NEA Board in 2013, the Diversity Task Force recommended that NEA establish a sustainable inclusion and diversity program. After the official statement was adopted in early 2014 (http://newenglandarchivists.org/diversity), the search began for an Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator.

     Over the next few months Anna will actively seek out individuals and groups within NEA to listen to their ideas and thoughts on inclusion and diversity in our region. She encourages people to contact her through her email (acook@masshist.org), through Twitter (@feministlib), or through her blog, The Feminist Librarian.

    NEA is excited to have Anna on board to help lead NEA toward becoming a more inclusive and diverse organization.

  • 2014-11-18 11:00 AM | Michelle Romero

    INTRODUCING STORIFY

    By continuing to build our presence online through social media, NEA is able to provide another venue for archivists to gather and share ideas. During meetings and events we encourage conversations on Twitter and Facebook to bring in a wider audience.
    But what happens when the event is over? What is the point of all these online conversations?

    For the Fall 2014 Meeting, Elise Dunham, CommComm's social media coordinator, curated a Storify page that tells the narrative of our online social media conversations surrounding the symposium. She created a structure for the story and added annotations -- reconstructing the narrative of the Fall 2014 Meeting.

    Our story starts: "Attendees embarked from all over New England the morning of November 1 to convene in Newport, RI, for a rainy day in the City by the Sea..."

    We invite you to read the NEA Fall 2014 Storify page.

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    ...AND A QUESTION FOR MEMBERS


    Since attendance was low for the Fall 2014 Meeting, we would like anyone who did NOT attend the symposium to answer a one-question survey telling us your reason why.

    Answers are anonymous and there is room t
    o add commentsif you wish.


    Thank you so much for your help.

    New England Archivists Communications Committee

  • 2014-11-13 10:07 AM | Michelle Romero

    The application period for the Archival Advocacy Award is now open. Do you know a person or institution who provides extraordinary support of New England archival programs? Consider nominating them for the Archival Advocacy Award!


    Eligibility:

    The award may be given to any individual outside of the archival profession, or any institution other than libraries or archives. In selecting those who will receive the award, special weight will be given to support that has had a broad long-term effect and may include, but are not

    restricted to the following types of support:

    • sponsorship of successful political initiatives which have directly aided archives;

    • financial support of important archival programs;

    • increasing public awareness and support for archival issues.



    Submitting Nominations:

    1. Nominations must be submitted to the Awards Committee by December 1, 2014.

    2. Nominations may be submitted electronically or on paper.

    3. Candidates may be nominated by more than one person.

    4. A nomination must include a letter detailing why the nominator feels the

    candidate or institution deserves the NEA AAA. Additional materials including, but not

    limited to a curriculum vitae (resume), publications, work products, course

    outlines and evaluations, may be submitted but are not required.

    5. Nominations may be resubmitted if not voted upon favorably by the AAA

    Committee.


    For more information on the AAA, please go to:

    http://newenglandarchivists.org/awards/advocacy


    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2014.


    Please send nominations and supporting documentation to the Interim Chair:

    rpgartner@gmail.com


    Or


    NEA Archival Advocacy Award Committee

    c/o Rosalie Gartner

    Emerson College

    120 Boylston St.

    Boston, MA 02116-4324

  • 2014-11-13 10:06 AM | Michelle Romero

    NEA grants the New England Archivists Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to individuals or institutions who are dedicated to the promotion of NEA objectives and who have made significant contributions to the profession, their institution, NEA and/or the archival community in New England. The award shall reflect the total experience of the awardee(s) and is based upon knowledge, leadership, participation and achievements in the profession.


    Eligibility:

    In selecting those who will receive the award, special weight will be given to archival activities that have had a broad long-term effect. The candidate's contributions will be measured by their broad distribution across all categories and/or an exceptional contribution in one particular area.

    • A recipient need not currently be an NEA member but must be or have been active in the New England region for a significant portion of his/her career.

    • Current voting members of the Executive Board and individuals who have previously received the award are not eligible.

    • An employee or member of an institution that received an institutional award may be awarded an individual Distinguished Service Award.


    Submitting Nominations:

    1. Nominations must be submitted by December 1, 2014. Nominations and supporting materials may be submitted electronically or on paper.

    3. Candidates may be nominated by more than one person.

    4. A nomination must include a letter detailing why the nominator feels the candidate deserves the NEA DSA. Additional materials including, but not limited to a curriculum vitae (resume), publications, work products, course outlines and evaluations, may be submitted but are not required.


    For more information on the DSA, please go to: http://newenglandarchivists.org/awards/service


    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2014.


    Please send nominations and supporting documentation to the Interim Chair:

    rpgartner@gmail.com


    Or


    NEA Distinguished Service Award Committee

    c/o Rosalie Gartner

    Emerson College

    120 Boylston St.

    Boston, MA 02116-4324

  • 2014-11-10 9:19 AM | Michelle Romero
    The deadline to register for the half-day workshop, “Being Resourceful: DIY Supports & Enclosures,” with bookbinder and conservator, Erica Saladino has been extended to Wednesday November 12th. Please follow the link provided to find more information and to register for this workshop: http://www.newenglandarchivists.org/event-1754632.

  • 2014-10-06 10:20 PM | Michelle Romero

    The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) just announced the publication of their first article. The article, entitled, “A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014” by Rachel F. Corbman is available for download on the main JCAS website: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol1/iss1/1/.  Molly Dotson served as editor for this submission and Marlyn Miller was copy editor.

    Abstract
    This paper traces the collection development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a community based repository founded in 1974. I argue that the collection grew organically as a reflection of a dialogue between an evolving cohort of volunteer archivists and a community of donors. Primarily focusing on the first five years, this paper pinpoints key early decisions made by volunteer archivists. Specifically, I examine the Archives’ early collecting priorities and the introduction of the special collections in 1978. These decisions, I argue, laid the foundation for the Lesbian Herstory Archives and continue to shape it today, forty years later.

    Recommended Citation
    Corbman, Rachel F. (2014) "A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014," Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 1, Article 1. Available at: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol1/iss1/1


  • 2014-09-26 8:40 AM | Michelle Romero
    Want to get involved with NEA? Now is your chance! NEA is looking for members to work on a variety of ongoing and upcoming projects.

    1. TASK FORCE ON STRATEGIC PLANNING
    NEA is writing a new strategic plan for 2015-2020, and we want your input. Volunteer as a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force and help: 
         -- write and review NEA's vision and mission statements
 
         -- identify values, goals, and strategies using feedback from the Membership Survey

    This is your opportunity to help shape the future of NEA. To volunteer for this one-year Task Force (October 2014-September 2015), contact NEA President Jill Snyder at jillannsnyder@gmail.com

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    2. NEW POSITION: INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY COORDINATOR
    As part of our commitment to making inclusion and diversity part of our core values in achieving our mission, NEA recently adopted a Diversity Statement. Our next step is to choose an Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator to help take us even further in defining a vision for what inclusion and diversity mean for NEA and identifying ways to build an inclusive and diverse organization. For more details about the terms of office and other duties, see the full position description online at http://bit.ly/1n2BjC4.

    To apply, please submit a statement that details your
         -- strong commitment to inclusion and diversity;
         -- understanding of collaboration and public outreach; and
         -- relevant experience both in and outside the workplace.

    All interested candidates will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board. Please submit your application to NEA President Jill Snyder at: jillannsnyder@gmail.com

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    3. AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE
    The NEA Representatives-at-Large seek two NEA members serve on the Awards and Scholarship Committee to help review applications for the following:     
         -- Hale Professional Development Award
         -- Haas Records Management Award
         -- A/V Professional Development Award
         -- NEA member and student meeting scholarships
    Applications will be accepted starting in early December, and winners will be chosen by February. For more information on NEA awards and scholarships, see: http://newenglandarchivists.org/awards

    To volunteer for this committee, contact NEA Rep-at-Large Erica Boudreau at ericacathryn@gmail.com

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    4. ARCHIVAL ADVOCACY AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD COMMITTEE
    NEA seeks two members to serve on the Archival Advocacy Award and Distinguished Service Award Committee, overseen by Immediate Past President Alyssa Pacy. Committee members will solicit and review nominations. Nominations for both awards will begin in early November and recipients will be chosen by February. For more information on the Archival Advocacy Award, see: http://newenglandarchivists.org/awards/advocacy. For the Distinguished Service Award, see: http://newenglandarchivists.org/awards/service.   

    If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact Jill Snyder at jillannsnyder@gmail.com

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