Monthly Archives: March 2015

Register for the 2015 SOA Annual Conference

The Society of Ohio Archivists invites you to attend the 2015 Annual Spring Conference to be held on Friday May 15 at the General Session Room at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, Ohio.

This year’s theme, Archives Amplified, will explore ways in which archivists are increasing outreach, challenging issues of space, and making digitized records more accessible to researchers. We are pleased to announce that Jenny Robb of The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum will serve as our plenary speaker. Robb will discuss the Cartoon Library and Museum’s new $14 million facility and their ambitious exhibition program. As always, the conference will also feature a silent auction benefiting student and new professional scholarships. New this year will be a Speed Networking session to encourage conversation and collaboration among attendees.

To register, please visit The registration fee is $45 for members, $65 for non-members, and $30 for students. Continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages are included in the cost of the conference, but advanced registration is necessary to guarantee lunch. Advanced registration ends Friday, May 8. To see the complete program and session descriptions, visit the meeting website at Annual Conference page

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Suzanne Maggard Reller at or Kristin Rodgers at

Advocacy & Outreach Committee Participates in Statehood Day

Several members of the SOA Advocacy & Outreach Committee will be participating in Statehood Day on March 4, 2015 in an effort to promote and support the CARMA (County Archivists and Records Managers Association) Legislative Committee’s proposal to amend ORC 149.43. This proposal would lift any access restrictions on records with permanent retention after 100 years from the date the record is finalized and closed.

Statehood Day is a day to celebrate the history of the State of Ohio as well as a day to advocate on legislative issues that may impact archival repositories throughout the state. Committee members will be available and working with the CARMA Legislative Committee to promote their proposal and answer any questions that participants may have. Committee members will also be encouraging participants to bring this issue to their local legislative representative and to explain the importance of this proposed amendment.

Important records such as: Adoptions, Lunacy, County Home Registers, Children’s Home Registers, Witness Dockets, Juvenile Court Cases, and Veteran’s Relief Records are some of the records that would become open to the public if this proposal is adopted. These records are important to researchers as they provide valuable insight into our collective history as a state, as a society, and as families. For more information on the CARMA proposal, please visit the SOA Advocacy & Outreach Committee at Statehood Day.

For more information please visit Ohio History Connection’s page for Statehood day.