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SOA Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Closes April 30th

A friendly reminder that early bird registration ends on April 30th.

Join us in Akron on May 16-17, 2019, for two days of Invention and Innovation!

Much more information on the conference page! Follow along on Twitter at #soaam19.

Thursday, May 16

Pre-conference workshops led by Drs. Karen Gracy and Heather Soyka, held at the Kent State University Library.

    • Morning (9:00 a.m. – noon): Fundamentals of Born-Digital Archiving
    • Afternoon (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Beyond the Basics: More Concepts and Strategies for Digital Archiving
    • Early bird pricing for SOA members: $30 for 1 workshop or $50 for both! Early bird registration ends April 30th.

Evening Mixer at the National Museum for the History of Psychology, where you can tour the museum and mingle with colleagues. 6:00-8:00 p.m. / $25 to register. Registration closes April 30th.

Friday, May 17

Annual Meeting at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The day starts off with a plenary from Kathleen Roe, past president of the Society of American Archivists. Her talk, “Reimagining the Future of the Archival Past,” will focus on the future of archival work, including ensuring our institutions collect materials that reflect a comprehensive, inclusive past, conveying the value of archives in meaningful ways to a wide range of users and audiences, and stepping forward to strengthen our profession and its role in our communities and society.

Join us for sessions on building a diverse repository, collaborative projects, job hunting, processing collections, and teaching in the archives, as well as mini-workshops on advocacy and records management. Attendees will also have the option to attend poster sessions, mock job interviews, and bid in the annual silent auction.

Annual meeting early bird registration is only $45 for SOA members! Early bird registration ends April 30th. Register at http://www.ohiohistorystore.com/Product.aspx?ProductId=9197

Register for 5/21 OhioDIG meeting in Oberlin – Northeast Ohio Digital Projects Showcase

Please join the Ohio Digitization Interest Group for our May meeting at the Oberlin College Library on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Please register by Friday, May 17, 5pm at https://forms.gle/dgzuYB86wuiz3k178  Limit of 60.

Presentation: Northeast Ohio Digital Projects Showcase

— Andria Hoy, archivist, The Cleveland Orchestra
Overview of how and why The Cleveland Orchestra partnered with longtime local institution, the Cleveland Public Library, to digitize a large scrapbook collection, including the history of a collection in need of preservation, choosing a vendor, and the final outcomes.
— Jon Endres, media & technology specialist; Jodi Kearns, digital projects manager; Jamie Newhall, senior multimedia producer, Instructional Services; Cummings Center for the History of Psychology/University of Akron.
David P. Boder (1886-1961) was a psychologist who studied trauma. He gathered interviews with Holocaust survivors in 1946 across Europe using a Pierce Wire Recorder, among the first portable sound recording devices. In 2016, using a new device made from original analog and modern digital parts, we digitized the surviving spools of interviews, and identified a long-lost recording of folk songs. We will show off our equipment, process, and discoveries.
— Megan Mitchell, digital initiatives librarian, Oberlin College.
The Oberlin College Libraries and the Allen Memorial Art Museum recently collaborated to co-host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, in which members of the community were invited to participate in the international campaign to create or improve articles on topics dealing with the arts, feminism, women, and gender. The Libraries provided training and research resources, the Museum provided the venue and created a list of articles that participants might want to edit.

Tours: Following the meeting, tour Oberlin College Special Collections & Archives (http://www2.oberlin.edu/library/special/ | http://www2.oberlin.edu/archive/), including Table Top Scribe Scanner (https://blog.archive.org/2015/10/22/special-book-collections-come-online-with-the-table-top-scribe/), and LetterPress Studio (http://www2.oberlin.edu/library/special/letterpress-studio.html)!

– 10:00-10:30 coffee social (coffee & snacks);
– 10:30-11:30 presentation and discussion on topic;
– 11:30-11:45 break/rearrange room;
– 11:45-1:00 brown bag lunch: announcements, all-attendee updates, discussion;
– 1:15- optional: tours

— Program: Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
— Host: Megan Mitchell, Oberlin College
— OhioDIG Planning Cmte members: Jenni Salamon and Stephanie Becker
— Food: Coffee & snacks will be offered at the start of the meeting. Lunch will be brown bag.
— Cost: There is no fee for attending, but we will be accepting donations for the refreshment kitty.
— Location: Mudd Center–Room 050, Oberlin College (148 W College St, Oberlin, OH 44074). The Seeley G. Mudd Center houses the Mary Church Terrell Main Library, the central library facility for Oberlin College.
— Directions: http://www2.oberlin.edu/library/visitors/directions.html
— Parking: https://www.oberlin.edu/about-oberlin/transportation-directions/parking

— Lodging: Google’s Hotels in Oberlin page http://bit.ly/2V2PX1M

About OhioDIG: The Ohio Digitization Interest Group is an informal discussion group open to those with an interest in digitization in the archives/library/museum/historical society world. http://ohiodig.org/


OHIO University

Janet Carleton | Digital Initiatives Coordinator | Preservation and Digital Initiatives | University Libraries | 1 Ohio University | Alden 333 | Athens, Ohio | 740.597.2527 |carleton@ohio.edu | Pronouns: she, her, hers | https://media.library.ohio.edu  | @jcarletonoh | @AldenLibDigital http://ohiou-digital-collections.tumblr.com/ | http://pinterest.com/OhioDigiArchive/

Ohio Archives News & Events: Job: Montgomery County Records Center & Archives

Please see the job posting below.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Applications can be submitted at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/montgomery



Class Title: Imaging Center Specialist

Salary: $13.38-$17.22 Hourly; $27,830-$35,818 Annually

Job Type: Full time with benefits

Location: 117 S. Main St., Dayton, Ohio

Department: Records Center & Archives, Imaging Center

Job Class Concept: Developmental level in microfilm and imaging occupation requiring a working knowledge of image production in order to perform basic tasks involving records in paper, microfilm and electronic formats.

Job Duties: Under general supervision, performs all key elements in the microfilm and image production process for projects undertaken by the Imaging Center, a division of the Records Center & Archives. Prepares documents, books and files for imaging. Checks for proper order and completeness, making targets needed for proper and consistent records identification. Operates a variety of document scanners, controlling document position, records content and image quality. Edits images for quality, content and completeness. Performs retakes as needed or instructed. Maintains timely and accurate log and production reports. Operates microfiche jacket-loaders to produce microfiche as directed by the Records Center & Archives Supervisor and/or Imaging Center Technician. Accurately types jacket headers and edits completed jacket and roll films for completeness. Operates diazo microfiche and microfilm roll duplicators to produce microfilm duplicates. Places master jackets in acid-free envelopes. Under the direction of the Records Center & Archive Supervisor and/or Imaging Technician, may be asked to operate the microfilm processor. May be required to load and unload Record Center boxes from carts and shelves as needed for imaging.

Minimum Class Requirements: Equivalent to high school diploma. College credits in related field preferred. Basic computer knowledge and/or experience. Ability to lift 35-50 pound records center boxes without difficulty. Must have the ability to get along well with others and maintain a positive attitude. Must have the ability to work as a member of a successful team.

This position may be subject to physical examination.


Tina S. Ratcliff

Montgomery County Records & Information Manager

Montgomery County Records Center & Archives

117 S. Main St.

PO Box 972

Dayton OH 45422

(937) 496-6932


Ohio Archives News & Events: OPC workshop on Special Collections Conservation Care

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to be working again with the Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) on a Special Collections Conservation Care workshop.  This professional development opportunity will take place at the State Library of Ohio, June 4, 2019 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Attendees will leave with an understanding of the criteria for selecting materials for conservation/preservation, basic evaluation considerations, how to find and work with a conservator, contracts and insurance and treatment documentation.  Participants are encouraged to bring actual materials they are considering having conserved for an informal discussion about the range of treatment possibilities they might encounter.

Those attending the class will be eligible to apply for a Conservation LSTA Special Grant of up to $4,999 to conserve one or more items from their collection.  Attendance is limited to 30  institutions.  Click here to register.

For more information contact Cindy Boyden at cboyden@library.ohio.gov , lsta@library.ohio.gov or 800-686-1532.


Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Ph.D.

Public Information Officer
Director, Marketing & Communications

274 E. 1st Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201

Tel: 614-644-6875


Vote Now for Your Favorite Ohio Archives Month Poster Image!

Voting for the top images for the SOA Archives Month poster starts today and runs through Friday April 26. You can vote online for your favorite items. Click the image to enlarge it and click the box around it to select it.

Happy voting and thanks to all the institutions who submitted something!

Lindy Smith Reference Archivist

Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

313 Jerome Library | (419) 372-7776

lindys@bgsu.edu | she/her

Ohio Archives News & Events: Reminder: ALAO SCAIG workshop on teaching with primary sources

Please join the ALAO Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) for its annual spring workshop!

Teaching with Primary Sources

University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library, 8th floor, Blegen Library, 2602 McMicken Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:00 – 9:30 AM: Sign-in/Continental breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 AM: Morning session
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch on your own
1:00 – 3:00 PM: Afternoon session

Heidi Gauder, Coordinator of Research and Instruction, University of Dayton
Kayla Harris, Archivist / Librarian, University of Dayton
Stephanie Shreffler, Collections Librarian / Archivist, University of Dayton

Archivists and special collections librarians are stewards of unique resources. Instruction and reference librarians have in-depth knowledge about online and other print primary sources. This workshop will help participants consider ways that they might develop teaching opportunities for their collections and resources. The workshop is for anyone who is interested in developing a course-related session, a co-curricular learning opportunity, a for-credit course–there are so many possibilities!

During this workshop participants will:

–       Consider collection and resource strengths, barriers, and opportunities for teaching

–       Identify possible learning outcomes

–       Brainstorm active learning teaching scenarios

Register via the event page on the ALAO website. Registration closes Wednesday, May 15th, at midnight EST. Attendance will be limited to 30 participants.

Additional Information:
Additional workshop information and directions will be provided to all registrants. Please contact SCAIG co-chairs Nick Pavlik (npavlik@bgsu.edu) and/or Suzanne Reller (suzanne.maggard@uc.edu) with any questions.


Nick Pavlik & Suzanne Reller


Special Collections and Archives interest group

Academic Library Association of Ohio


Ohio Archives News & Events: Wright State University Public History Symposium – April 11, 2019


I am pleased to share that Wright State University Public History graduate students are presenting their annual Symposium on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Come and check out what our talented students have been doing.

Schedule and other details attached. Symposium Flyer Symposium Schedule

If you have specific questions about the Symposium, contact Dr. Drew Swanson, drew.swanson@wright.edu.

I hope to see you there!

Lisa P. Rickey, MA, MLIS, CA

Archivist, Collections Manager

Wright State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives
401 Dunbar Library, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435

(937) 775-3581



Help build a new Archives Center: http://www.wright.edu/giving/special-collections-and-archives

Ohio Archives News & Events: Ohio Library Support Staff Institute: 2019 Scholarship Contest is Open!

Greetings from the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI),

Our Scholarship Content is open now through April 24th — Apply to attend the entire Ohio Library Support Staff Institute for FREE!  

More details below, and at olssi.org/scholarships.

In an effort to help libraries and their support staff, OLSSI is offering three full scholarships to our 2019 conference.

OLSSI Scholarships cover the entire $299 registration fee for the annual OLSSI event.  This will allow three (3) scholarship winners to attend the 2019 Institute free of charge (even if the scholarship recipients have attended OLSSI before).

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Be presently employed as a library support staff member.

2. Agree to contribute to the planning of the 2020 Institute as an OLSSI Steering Committee member.

How to Apply:

Please write, in 300 words or less:

1) Why you would like to attend the Institute,

2) How you think attending OLSSI will help you, and

3) How it might enhance your library/work performance.


  • All applications must be written by the applicant, and not their supervisor(s).

  • Deadline for scholarship entry is 5:00 PM, April 24, 2019.

  • Winners will be announced on or before April 30, 2019.

  • Remember to provide the contact information (see attachment, below, or visit https://olssi.org/scholarships/), along with your essay.

Please email submissions to: OLSSI.scholarships@gmail.com

Good luck & we hope to see you at Heidelberg University for Castle OLSSI – 2019!

2019 OLSSI dates:

Scholarships: March 27 – April 24

Early Bird Registration:  April 10 – May 7

Regular Registration:  May 8 – July 10

Castle OLSSI 2019: July 28 – 30, 2019 @ Heidelberg University

NOTE: If you are not awarded an OLSSI Scholarship,

there will still be time to get a discounted admission rate

with our Early Bird Registration!  Good luck!!

Sarah Schaff, Discovery Librarian
Office: Denison Library,  120  &  w.: 740.587.6470