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  • 2014-05-05 4:18 PM | Veronica Martzahl
    New England Archivists (NEA) is proud to announce our professional collaboration with Yale University Library to establish the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, a new scholarly publication in the field of archival science. The Journal will become a premiere resource for both new and seasoned professionals looking to publish cutting-edge research in the field of archives and Information sciences. For more information about this exciting new collaboration, please see our press release.
  • 2014-05-05 10:17 AM | Veronica Martzahl
    NEA’s Education Committee is looking for a 2 new members to serve a three-year term from Summer 2014 to Summer 2017.

    It is an exciting time to be a member of the Education Committee - we are growing our program to be able to offer diverse and cutting edge workshops throughout New England. Responsibilities include choosing workshop topics, hiring instructors, managing workshop budgets, advertising, developing specialized skill level workshops and working with allied organizations to develop co-sponsorships.

    Some travel is necessary but expenses are reimbursed. It’s a great way to build your resume.

    Please contact Jim DaMico, Education Committee Co-Chair with a resume and a letter of interest by May 31, 2014.

  • 2014-04-15 12:14 PM | Veronica Martzahl

    The new leaders of the Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS) have developed a survey with the goal of gaining a general awareness of our member base, gathering feedback on what's worked, and finding out what members hope to get out of REPS over the next two years. If you have any interest in getting involved with REPS but are not yet a member, we welcome your response to the survey as well (and by all means, please join!).

    The survey should only take a few minutes of your time; however, we know that your time is valuable. To acknowledge this, we are offering a token of appreciation by holding a raffle among respondents. Whoever wins the raffle will receive a $20 gift card to Starbucks, because let's face it -- archivists are notorious caffeine addicts.

    To take the survey, follow this link: http://bit.ly/QglibG.

    The survey will close at 10pm this Saturday, April 19. We will announce the raffle winner on Tuesday, April 22.

  • 2014-03-31 9:27 PM | Veronica Martzahl
    NEDCC News Release:

    The Northeast Document Conservation Center has been selected to receive the New England Archivists (NEA) Archival Advocacy Award for 2014. NEA’s award was established in 2002 and recognizes an individual or institution that has demonstrated extraordinary support of New England archival programs and records, financially or through public advocacy.

    The New England Archivists cited NEDCC’s reputation as “the premier center for the most difficult conservation challenges, and a trusted source of information on caring for collections, both physical and digital,” and recognized NEDCC’s “more than forty years of leadership in protecting cultural heritage collections.” The award ceremony took place during the NEA Spring Meeting in Portsmouth, NH, on Saturday, March 22.

    Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Massachsuetts Board of Library Commissioners Preservation Specialist and NEDCC Advisory Committee member, commented that NEDCC's activities have bolstered the primary directives of the archives profession. "Without their commitment to preservation and archives," he continued, "many items would have remained in poor or deteriorating condition. Thanks to their work, much of our cultural heritage will survive into the future."

    NEDCC Executive Director Bill Veillette comments on the award: “On behalf of the staff and board of NEDCC, we are honored to receive this recognition from NEA, with whom we share not only the same preservation goals, but the same year of founding.  We look forward to another 41 years working together to preserve our nation’s irreplaceable historical records."

  • 2014-03-14 1:03 PM | Veronica Martzahl
    New Deadline: April 4, 2014

    The NEA Fall 2014 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the Fall 2014 meeting in Newport, Rhode Island on November 1st.


    The NEA Fall 2014 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the Fall 2014 meeting in Newport, Rhode Island. This half-day symposium will focus on innovative implementations of technology and archival theory in a variety of institutions. The goal of this meeting is to provide attendees with practical advice to strategize for and successfully implement similar projects in their own institutions.


    The Program Committee seeks proposals for sessions which will describe current and recent projects in detail, including the planning process, intended outcomes, workflows, and results. The sessions should also include strategies for successful application in other institutions.


    The Program Committee is particularly interested in the following topics, although all topics will be considered:

    • Digital preservation

    • Outreach/marketing

    • Records management

    • Crowdsourcing

    • Online exhibits

    • Backlog processing

    • Instruction


    Please submit proposals to Abigail Cramer (abigail.cramer@gmail.com) by April 4, 2014. Include your name, contact information, and a description of the project and its relevance to other institutions.
  • 2014-03-03 11:12 AM | Veronica Martzahl

    Over the past three years, the NEA Board has been working on an inclusion and diversity initiative for the organization. A Diversity Task Force was appointed in June 2011 and they submitted a final report with recommendations to the Board in June 2013. 

    As a next step in our efforts, we are working on an inclusion and diversity statement for NEA. This statement is intended to be dynamic, kinetic, and fluid. Membership input is vital to this process, therefore your feedback is important and will help to strengthen and improve this statement. 

    Three draft inclusion and diversity statements have been crafted.  Please share your comments on these statements here:  
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEAinclusion

     

    You can also comment on our forum page here: 

    http://newenglandarchivists.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1814487

     

    Discussion and feedback with membership will continue at the Spring 2014 meeting and in subsequent surveys. 

    Thank you for helping NEA take this important step forward!

     

    Alyssa Pacy

    NEA President

  • 2014-02-26 1:55 PM | Veronica Martzahl
    The NEA Fall 2014 Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the Fall 2014 meeting in Newport, Rhode Island on November 1st (meeting date left out of yesterdays announcement). 

    This half-day symposium will focus on innovative implementations of technology and archival theory in a variety of institutions. The goal of this meeting is to provide attendees with practical advice to strategize for and successfully implement similar projects in their own institutions.

    The Program Committee seeks proposals for sessions which will describe current and recent projects in detail, including the planning process, intended outcomes, workflows, and results. The sessions should also include strategies for successful application in other institutions.


    The Program Committee is particularly interested in the following topics, although all topics will be considered:

    • Digital preservation

    • Outreach/marketing

    • Records management

    • Crowdsourcing

    • Online exhibits

    • Backlog processing

    • Instruction


    Please submit proposals to Abigail Cramer by March 21, 2014. Include your name, contact information, and a description of the project and its relevance to other institutions.

  • 2014-02-26 11:49 AM | Veronica Martzahl
    Join fellow NEA members on Thursday, March 20th, in a volunteer outreach project to help Portsmouth Public Library preserve and describe one of their unique collections: the Henry Clay Barnabee Collection. Barnabee was a Portsmouth-born actor and singer, and the collection includes scrapbooks, correspondence, images, and assorted ephemera. Volunteers will complete basic description tasks and assist in scanning materials to enable the library to provide greater access to this whimsical collection. Some volunteers may also consult on preservation issues and digitization workflows as well, depending on experience.

    This volunteer outreach initiative follows in the tradition of the StoryCorps project, Why Worcester?, held at last year's 40th anniversary meeting. We plan to continue to engage in exciting ways with the community where we hold our meetings.


    Volunteer shifts will run from 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm, and 3:30pm-5:00pm, and will take place in the beautiful Special Collections Room at the Portsmouth Public Library.



    The deadline to sign up is MARCH 15, 2014. Please email Megan Schwenke or Camille Torres Hoven to volunteer and for additional information.


  • 2014-02-26 11:36 AM | Veronica Martzahl
    Are you a member of NEA's Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS) or interested in joining? If so, we're pleased to invite you to our first annual roundtable meeting during the NEA Spring 2014 Meeting in Portsmouth, NH.

    Day: Friday, March 21, 2014
    Time: Noon to 12:45 p.m.
    Place: Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Ballroom (NEA conference site), Portsmouth, NH

    Please bring a lunch (restaurants are nearby!) and join us as we recap a fantastic first year of REPS activities, introduce our new officers, and look forward to an exciting Year 2. All NEA members welcome! Questions? Check out the meeting announcement on the REPS website, and get in touch with the REPS co-chairs at reps.nea@gmail.com.

    We hope to see you in Portsmouth!
  • 2014-02-26 11:23 AM | Veronica Martzahl

    The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) welcomes applications for peer reviewers. The JCAS editorial board will maintain a list with the names and expertise of reviewers who will then be matched to articles as needed. 

    About JCAS

    The journal’s mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, and serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. JCAS publishes research articles, case studies, literature reviews (book, web-based, multimedia), work-in-progress articles, and conference reports that emphasize unique intellectual and technological developments in the archival profession. JCAS is an open-access, online academic journal published via the Berkeley Electronic Press Digital Commons platform.


    About the Peer Review Process


    JCAS follows a double-blind review process so that author and reviewer will remain anonymous to one another. Peer reviewers will focus on the content of the manuscriptundefinedits originality and reasoning, its structure, its tone, and the soundness of its researchundefinedwhile also taking into consideration the quality of the writing. After evaluating an article, peer reviewers will submit a report with publishing recommendations to the editorial board. Reviews must be completed in 21 days.


    If you are interested in serving as a JCAS peer reviewer, please submit a short statement (maximum 150 words) describing your qualifications and area(s) of expertise along with a resume or CV to the JCAS editorial board (email.jcas@gmail.com). Applicants will be notified via email when they are added to the list of JCAS peer reviewers. Peer reviewers will be contacted as needed and can decline particular assignments whenever a timely completion of a review is not possible.


    New England Archivists
    Communications Committee
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