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Society of Ohio Archivists’ 2018 Spring Newsletter

The front cover of the 2018 Spring Issue of the Ohio Archivist.
The Spring 2018 issue of the Ohio Archivist is now available! In this issue you will find all the information about the spring annual meeting, including details on the Thursday evening mixer and the preconference workshop. The issue also contains grant and award information; news from SOA members and institutions across the state; a recap of the joint OLHA/SOA fall meeting; and statements from the the SOA slate of candidates that will be voted on during the annual meeting. Special 50th anniversary content includes more statements from SOA past presidents by Feature Editor George Bain.

Extended: Nominations for SOA Merit Award during the 50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Application due date has been extended to April 16, 2018

During the 50th Anniversary year of the Society of Ohio Archivists the Merit Award will be given to individuals or organizations that have by excellence in deeds, actions, or initiatives improved the state of archives in Ohio over the past year. The awards will be announced at the 50th Anniversary celebratory annual spring meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Applications should include the following information:
* Name of nominee;
* Nominee’s employer or institution;
* Nominee’s mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address;
* Brief reason for nomination;
* The nominator’s contact information so that the awards committee may contact you for additional information;
* Applications are due by April 16, 2018.

Applications and inquiries can be sent via e-mail or mail to Devhra BennettJones, devhra@lloydlibrary.org, Lloyd Library, 917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

The award will be presented at the Society of Ohio Archivists Annual meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

SOA Annual Meeting, 50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50

The Society of Ohio Archivists is pleased to invite you to the SOA Annual Meeting, 50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50, on Friday, May 18, 2018 where we will be celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary. The meeting will be held at Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The plenary speaker this year will be Tanya Zanish-Belcher, current president of the Society of American Archivists and director of Special Collections & University Archivist at Wake Forest University. Ms. Zanish-Belcher will discuss several key components of an archival career, including the role of mentoring and networking, keeping up with trends in archives, and why belonging to professional associations is important.

We would also like to invite you to an informal mixer the night prior to the conference, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Polaris Grille. The mixer will run from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

For more information about the conference, including hotel and registration information, please visit: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/annual_conference/.  

We hope you can join us.   


Robin Heise
SOA President, 2017-2019

Issues of the Ohio Archivist 1970-2001, Now Online

The Ohio State University Libraries has completed digitizing and archived the Ohio Archivist in the University’s Knowledge Bank. The Knowledge Bank (http://kb.osu.edu) is Ohio State’s institutional repository. Inclusion in the Knowledge Bank means that issues of the Ohio Archivist will be searchable (e.g. by Google) and available via the Internet. Other benefits of this arrangement include long-term preservation in a professionally managed repository, a worldwide audience, a long-term stable URL that can be used in citation, and an increased web presence.

The Ohio Archivist is the official newsletter of the Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA). Its primary mission is to serve as a conduit for information about the SOA and its membership. The Ohio Archivist also publishes articles containing general information about the archival profession, especially as it relates to archivists located within Ohio and the Midwest. The Ohio Archivist is published twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Issues from Spring 1970 through Spring 2001 are available online in the Knowledge Bank at the following link: https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/81927

Issues from Fall 2001 through Fall 2017 are available online on the Society of Ohio Archivists’ website at the following link: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/ohioarchivist/ 


SOA Spring 2018 Annual Conference: Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 SOA Annual Conference, 50 Years of New Frontiers.

Online registration is available at the following link: http://www.ohiohistorystore.com/2018-Society-of-Ohio-Archivists-Annual-ConferencebrFriday-May-18-2018brQuest-Conference-Center-Columbus-P9174C163.aspx

Early Bird Registration: Pricing for early bird registration ends April 30, 2018. Beginning May 1, $5 will be added to the cost of each registration level. Registration for the Thursday Evening Mixer CLOSES April 30, 2018.

Preconference Workshop – Finding Aids for the Future, with Morag Boyd and Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University Libraries, co-sponsored by the Academic Library Association of Ohio
Time: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2-5 pm (registration begins at 1:30)
Location: Ohio History Center, 3rd floor Cardinal Classroom, 800 E. 17th St, Columbus

For more information about the conference, please visit the Annual Conference page on the Society of Ohio Archivists website (www.ohioarchivists.org).

The Society of Ohio Archivists is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

Beginning February 27, the Society of Ohio Archivists will celebrate a half-century of service to Ohio archival repositories and archivists. To mark the occasion, we will be highlighting the accomplishments of our organization throughout the course of the year. Stay tuned to the SOA website, social media and upcoming issues of the Ohio Archivist for more information on forthcoming activities and ways to engage with SOA.

If you want to share your favorite SOA or Ohio archival memory over the coming year, be sure to tag the SOA twitter handle @ohioarchivists and use the hashtag #SOAat50.

Notification of Intent: OSU Knowledge Bank to Archive Digital Versions of the Ohio Archivist

We are pleased to announce that The Ohio State University Libraries will archive digital versions of the Ohio Archivist through the University’s Knowledge Bank. The Knowledge Bank (http://kb.osu.edu) is Ohio State’s institutional repository. Inclusion in the Knowledge Bank means that issues of the Ohio Archivist will be searchable (e.g. by Google) and available via the Internet. Other benefits of this arrangement include long-term preservation in a professionally managed repository, a worldwide audience, a long-term stable URL that can be used in citation, and an increased web presence.

We welcome questions from any author/contributor to the Ohio Archivist regarding inclusion in the Knowledge Bank. Please contact us at rheise@co.greene.oh.us.

Call for Nominations for Treasurer and Council Positions

The SOA Nominating Committee would like to announce a call for nominations for two open SOA Council positions and the SOA Treasurer position. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged, as are peer nominations. All positions are for two year terms of office.

Candidates must be current SOA members in good standing and be willing and able to attend regular council meetings and business activities (both in-person and virtually).

The election will be held during the SOA Annual Business Meeting held during the SOA Spring Meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018. Candidates will be required to write a response to a question to be printed in the Ohio Archivist prior to the election.

More details about responsibilities and terms can be located in the SOA bylaws, located here: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/soaConstitutionAndBylaws.pdf

I would also be happy to answer any questions about the positions. Please respond to me with any nominations by Friday, January 5, 2017.

Happy Holidays!
Thank you,

Jillian Ramage

Deadline Extended: 50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50 – Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting – Friday, May 18, 2018

Location: Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240.

Deadline to submit proposals EXTENDED: Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 p.m.

The SOA 2018 Program Committee seeks a broad array of creative proposals, sessions and posters, related to archival work today and into the future. All proposal topics are welcome.

Possible ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Presentations or discussions of longstanding institutional projects or collections in accordance with the ‘50 year anniversary’ theme
  • Tools for archival discovery, maintenance, and/or marketing
  • Outreach and instruction efforts
  • Student, intern, and volunteer experiences and projects
  • Unique collection development ventures
  • Preservation, description, and access to analog, born-digital, or hybrid collections

Session Formats:

  • Panel Sessions – Two to four speakers present on a common theme.
  • Poster Presentations – Report in which information is summarized using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as photographs, charts, graphs, and/or diagrams mounted on poster board. Presenters will be assigned a specific time at which they must be with their poster to discuss it with attendees.
  • Debate – Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate. May include more than one topic and additional debaters.
  • Fishbowl – Speakers sit in a circle of chairs on stage — the bowl—and the audience sits in concentric circles around them. The speakers are then asked to talk to each other by answering a series of directed questions. In an open fishbowl, one chair is left empty and audience members can rotate through, adding their take on the topic.
  • Lightning – Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long, with the time allotted depending on the number of presenters. May or may not include slides or images.
  • Mini-Workshop – session teaching a skill or concept through hands-on activity.
  • Pecha Kucha – Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment. Each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • World Café – consists of multiple presentations/conversations going on at separate tables, with attendees given the opportunity to rotate between them every 20 minutes.
  • Other session formats that encourage interaction between presenters and attendees

All sessions will have an assigned member of the Program Committee to provide introductions, and, as needed, to moderate.

Proposal requirements:

  • Session title and intended format
  • 250-word abstract describing the session/poster and how it will be of interest to SOA attendees
  • 150-words session description for use in the printed program
  • Main contact’s information and any other participants
  • A/V or technology requirements
  • Any additional special needs

Proposals will be evaluated on clarity, originality, diversity of content and speaker representation, and completeness of proposal and presenters. We encourage proposals from students*, new professionals*, first time presenters and attendees, as well as individuals from related professions, including those from outside of Ohio.

Please complete the proposal form by Friday, January 19, 2017, 5 p.m. at https://goo.gl/forms/mC1m8d2rr5XqrGcD2

*Scholarships are available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards). Read more about it in this link: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/scholarships-available-to-students-and-new-archival-professionals/

More meeting details will appear as they develop at: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/annual_conference/


Please contact:
Stacey Lavender (lavendes@ohio.edu) or Collette McDonough (cmcdonough@kettering.org)
Cochairs, Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee