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  • 2017-02-08 9:49 AM | Michelle Romero

    New England Archivists is offering two workshops at the Spring 2017 Meeting in Hyannis, MA, which will give archivists in our region a leg-up on project management and grant funding.

    LEAD BY EXAMPLE: The Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists
    The greatest assets in leading teams and managing archival projects are knowing how to navigate the tools, techniques, and relationships. Anyone who has ever worked on a team should consider registering for Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists.

    Part of the SAA Arrangement & Description Certificate Program, this workshop will give you an understanding of the project life cycle, from initiation to completion, including addressing which tools and techniques are best, exploring how to evaluate outcomes and disseminate project information, and demonstrating methods for achieving success.

    Bonus: SAA will provide a $25 discount off the non-member rate for NEA members. Log on to the NEA website to view the promotional code on the member portal.

    FIND MORE MONEY: Funding for Archives Work
    What can you do to find funding for your repository? To create more access to collections? To better serve your researchers? To preserve historical documents? Grants. Anyone who has an idea for a project to better serve their collections should consider registering for Funding for Archives Work.

    Kathleen Williams, Director of the National Historical Publication & Records Commission Description, will provide expert tips and tricks on applying for a grant from the NHPRC, specifically the Access to Historical Records grant program. Through review of sample projects and the opportunity to begin your own grant application package, this NEA workshop will provide you with the skills to put together competitive grant proposals for archives and records management projects.

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    Please note: Both workshops will be held at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis on Thursday, March 23rd from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information on these workshops, visit the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting website. Questions? Contact NEA Education Committee Chair Stephanie Call (stephanie.call@ajhsboston.org).

    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    "Changing Tides"  |  March 23-25, 2017
    Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
    Early-bird registration is open through February 19th.
    See the NEA website for schedulesrates, and travel information.

    See you in Hyannis!

  • 2017-02-07 8:58 AM | Michelle Romero

    Apply for one of New England Archivists' three awards to help members in their professional development and activities:

    Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award
    The Hale Award is given annually by NEA to promote the professional development of archivists in the region. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to: newenglandarchivists.org/awards/hale

    Richard L. Haas Records Management Award
    The Haas Award is given annually by NEA in support of a project that promotes increased cooperation, understanding, and knowledge between the archival and records management professions. Applicants need not be a member of NEA to receive this award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to: newenglandarchivists.org/awards/haas

    Audio/Visual Professional Development Award
    The A/V Award is given annually by NEA to promote the professional development of members in the areas of moving image, recorded sound, and time-based media. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to: newenglandarchivists.org/av_award

    Applications for all three awards and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Representatives-at-large (RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org) by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

  • 2017-02-06 11:07 AM | Michelle Romero

    This year's New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting will be in Hyannis, MA, from March 23-25, 2017. Since it will still be the off-season on the Cape, NEA will have the run of the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center for our meeting.... And that means attendees will be able to enjoy many of the amenities the resort has to offer. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this meeting, but it is most easily accessible by car.

    So if you are looking for a ride to the meeting, or if you are willing to share a spot in your car in exchange for fine company (and/or gas money), we've created an online, self-service carpooling sign-up sheet where you can connect with other members looking to share a ride. Just enter your name and contact info, when and from where you're traveling, and whether you're a driver (with a car) or a rider. Then wait to be contacted by other carpoolers, or go ahead and contact others who list pick-up locations and dates in line with your travel plans.

    Please note that attendees are entirely responsible for making their own rideshare arrangements, including meeting times, sharing the cost of gas, etc., and following through with their plans.

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    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    "Changing Tides" | March 23-25, 2017
    Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
    Hyannis, Massachusetts
    Early-bird registration is open through February 19th.
    See the NEA website for schedules, rates, and travel information.

    See you on Cape Cod!​

  • 2017-02-03 9:28 AM | Michelle Romero

    This year the New England Archivists' Day of Service will offer volunteers a variety of experiences at two possible sites. Participating in NEA's Day of Service is a great way to enhance your skills, or learn new ones, and join with colleagues and new friends to serve the profession. Look to further announcements about how to sign up for one of the three Day of Service projects on Thursday, March 23rd.

    Sturgis Library:
    Project #1: Gravestones and Deeds preservation work
    The first at the Sturgis Library will have volunteers encapsulating gravestone rubbings, a project for which prior experience is strongly requested. Mylar and double stick tape are provided; these supplies are partially funded by the Cape Cod Antique Dealers’ Association.

    Project #2: Stanley Smith Deed Collection online database
    For the second project, volunteers will contribute to the Stanley Smith Deed Collection online database, a work-in-progress in collaboration with the Boston Public Library. Amassed by local historian Stanley Webster Smith (1869-1941), this extensive collection includes deeds for land, property, wharfs, salt works, and church pews. Volunteers will work from digital images and fill out forms with keywords and other information (to be entered into the database by a staff member). Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own laptops if they have them.

    Bourne Historical Society:
    Project: Town Undertaker Edward D. Nickerson diary transcription
    The Bourne Historical Society recently received three diaries that are the basis for this volunteer project. The diaries, dating from 1898-1930 and containing photographs and handwritten descriptions of Bourne, are those of town undertaker Edward D. Nickerson, who in the early 1900s was the only undertaker on Cape Cod. Volunteers will transcribe one volume (111 pages, covering 1902-1921) from photocopies of its pages and are encouraged to bring their own laptops, as computers at the historical society are limited (transcriptions may also be handwritten initially). Volunteers’ ideas or suggestions for an upcoming exhibit, tentatively titled “Edward D. Nickerson, A Bourne Original: Undertaker, Environmentalist, Storyteller,” will also be welcome.

    Bring your expertise and enthusiasm and help make a difference at one of these cultural heritage institutions on the Cape! (Please note: You do not have to attend the Spring 2017 Meeting in order to participate in this event).

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    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    "Changing Tides"
    March 23-25, 2017
    Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
    Hyannis, Massachusetts
    Early-bird registration is open through February 19th.
    See the NEA website for schedules, rates, and travel information

    See you in Hyannis!


  • 2017-02-02 9:14 AM | Michelle Romero

    The 2017 New England Archivists Archival Advocacy and Distinguished Service Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following:

    ARCHIVAL ADVOCACY AWARD
    If you know a colleague outside the field of archives who has dedicated themselves to helping archivists and archives in New England, consider nominating them for an Archival Advocacy Award. See the NEA website for criteria for eligibility and more details.

    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
    If you know a colleague who has been a leader in promoting and furthering the objectives of NEA, consider nominating them for a Distinguished Service Award. See the NEA website for criteria for eligibility and more details.

    Nominations for both awards can be made using this nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2017. If you have questions or comments, please email Colin Lukens, NEA Immediate-Past President: colin_lukens@harvard.edu

  • 2017-02-01 9:20 AM | Michelle Romero

    Register now for New England Archivists pre-conference workshops, being held in Hyannis, MA, on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

    Workshops are a great way to learn new skills and network with colleagues. This spring, we have two workshops to choose from:

    Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists (SAA Arrangement & Description Certificate Program)
    You’re involved in a variety of projects every day, from small tasks such as developing a new procedures manual to large endeavors such as digitizing a collection. But because project management methodologies are not necessarily incorporated into formal education or archival training programs, you’ll want to take advantage of this course to acquire the essential knowledge and tools necessary for managing successful projects.

    SAA will provide a $25 discount off the non-member rate for NEA members. Log on to the NEA website to view the promotional code on the member portal.

    Funding for Archives Work
    This grants workshop will provide a detailed look at the competitive archival grant programs at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which are made through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), with a particular focus on the Access to Historical Records grant program. Executive Director Kathleen Williams will walk you through the grant application process—the components of a good project summary, narrative, budget, and supplemental materials— as well as discuss the review process, the response phase, and Commission recommendations. You will have the opportunity to read and comment on two sample applications as part of the peer review process and come away with tips on what makes a successful application.

    All workshops will be held at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis on March 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information on these workshops, visit the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting website.

    Questions? Contact NEA Education Committee Chair Stephanie Call (stephanie.call@ajhsboston.org)

    For more information about the New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting, March 23 – March 25, visit the NEA website.

    See you in Hyannis!


  • 2017-01-31 10:24 AM | Michelle Romero


    Apply to take part in the relaunch of the New England Archivists Mentoring Program. This year-long program will begin in March 2017. Applications and more information are available on the NEA website.

    WHY PARTICIPATE?
    The program is structured in several Mentoring Circles, small groups that consist of four to six mentees and two mentors. Diverging from the traditional one-on-one mentoring model, the NEA Mentoring Program aims 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.

    Help us promote the event by printing and posting the flyer in your staff kitchen or break room. If you have any questions about the program, please contact NEA Membership Committee Co-Chairs Pam Hopkins (psmhopkins@gmail.com) and Heather Mumford (heather_mumford@hms.harvard.edu).

  • 2017-01-30 9:32 AM | Michelle Romero

    Apply for one of New England Archivists' three awards to help members in their professional development and activities:

    Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award
    The Hale Award is given annually by NEA to promote the professional development of archivists in the region. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to: newenglandarchivists.org/awards/hale

    Richard L. Haas Records Management Award
    The Haas Award is given annually by NEA in support of a project that promotes increased cooperation, understanding, and knowledge between the archival and records management professions. Applicants need not be a member of NEA to receive this award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to: newenglandarchivists.org/awards/haas

    Audio/Visual Professional Development Award
    The A/V Award is given annually by NEA to promote the professional development of members in the areas of moving image, recorded sound, and time-based media. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to: newenglandarchivists.org/av_award

    Applications for all three awards and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Representatives-at-large (RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org) by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

  • 2017-01-27 10:59 AM | Michelle Romero

    Now that the schedule-at-a-glance for the New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting, "Changing Tides" is online*, take a moment to read through all the thought-provoking and informative sessions on Friday and Saturday that will be offered. Plus we are planning:

    -- two full-day workshops (Funding for Archives Work and the SAA Workshop on the Fundamentals of Project Management)
    -- NEA’s first Born-Digital Boot Camp
    -- a Day of Service at the Bourne Historical Society and the Sturgis Library in Barnstable
    -- plenary talks by Michael Lesy and K.J. Rawson

    Look for upcoming emails on plenary talks, how to register for the Day of Service, rideshare information, more about the Born-Digital Boot Camp, and individual sessions.

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    NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    March 23-25, 2017
    Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA

    Reserve your hotel room today:
    The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis | capecodresortandconferencecenter.com
    Call to take advantage of the NEA room rate of $115/night: 866-828-9111 or 508-775-7775

    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. Be part of things on Cape Cod.

    See you on the Cape!

    *the Spring 2017 Meeting schedule is subject to change


  • 2017-01-24 10:25 AM | Michelle Romero

    NEA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Time: 10:00 am – 3:45 p.m.
    Location: Hampshire College Kern Center, Room 108
    893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

    [Google Map with Driving Directions]

    All NEA members are welcome to attend the NEA Executive Board quarterly meeting on Friday, January 27th. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to NEA President, Jennifer Gunter King (jking@hampshire.edu / 413-207-1416).

    See agenda below.

    Unable to attend in person? NEA is committed to making our board meetings open to all members. If you would like to request remote access to part or all of the December meeting, please contact the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator, Anna Clutterbuck-Cook (diversity@newenglandarchivists.org / 617-646-0561) and we will do what we can to accommodate your request. You can always access board meeting minutes on the NEA website.

    DIRECTIONS TO HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE
    If you plan on attending the meeting and you are driving, please fill out the form for a parking pass to Hampshire College. You will need to print it so you can place it on your dashboard. Please park in Visitor/Staff/Faculty (A) behind library #5 on map, street parking lot by library (B) or lot (C). Please DO NOT park in the admissions visitors lot for the Kern Center (behind RCC). In the map, I marked the parking lots A, B, C, the Kern Center, and the Johnson Library. Since Hampshire College is accessible only by car, please contact Jennifer Gunter King about rideshare information.

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    AGENDA

    NEA Executive Board Meeting
    Friday January 27, 2017
    Hampshire College
    Kern Center, room 108

    10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.


    10:00 - 10:30
    Welcome and Introductions (Jennifer Gunter King, NEA President)

    10:30 - 10:35
    Approval of October 2016 Board Minutes (Caitlin Burch, NEA Secretary)
     
    10:35 - 11:05
    Spring 2017 Meeting - (Erica Boudreau, Co-Chair )

    11:05 - 11:30
    Fall 2017 Meeting (Ellen Doon, NEA Vice President/President Elect)

    11:30 - 12:00
    Spring 2018 Meeting (Ellen Doon)

    12:00 - 1:00
    Lunch on your own

    1:00 - 1:45
    NEA Strategic Plan Updates (Caitlin Burch)
     
    1:45 - 2:15
    Membership Committee (Heather Mumford and Pam Hopkins, Co-Chairs)
         ● Update on Mentoring Program
         ● Membership Survey Update

    2:15 - 2:45
    Committee Appointments
         ● Newsletter Committee new co-chairs Claire Lobdell and Sean Parke (Jessica Holden and Carolyn, outgoing editors)
         ● IDC Committee Chair - updated job description
         ● Education Committee Chair (Stephanie Call, Chair)
     
    2:45 - 2:55
    Membership Dues by Checks (Juliana Kuipers, NEA Treasurer)

    2:55 - 3:20
    Progressive Archivists Statement and Petition (Jennifer Gunter King)​

    3:20 - 3:40
    NEA and MA History Conference/MA Alliance for Sharing History (Colin Lukens, NEA Immediate Past President)

    3:45
    Adjourn


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