Annual Conference

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2017 Meetings

Fall Meeting 2017

History Matters!
2017 Annual Meeting & Conference
Ohio Local History Alliance in partnership with the Society of Ohio Archivists
October 6-7, 2017
Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio

Once again, the Alliance and Society of Ohio Archivists have partnered for a dynamic two-day program. Join us for more than 30 sessions covering timely topics like engaging underserved audiences, preparing for interns and volunteers, and connecting to teachers and students. Networking opportunities will abound!

Program w/ paper registration form (PDF)

Registration: Preregister online 24/7 at through 5pm, September 22. After September 22, you must register onsite on October 6-7.

Rates: Member (SOA/OLHA) – both days $85 or $60 one day; Nonmember – both days $105 or $75 one day; Student – both days $51 or $36 one day.

Lodging: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin (614.764.2200). Ask for the group code OLH or register online using this link to receive the discounted conference room rate of $99.00 + tax per night. Be sure to book your reservation by September 20; after September 20, the block of rooms will be released and the hotel may charge higher rates. Parking is free.

Sessions: “SOA track” sessions are held concurrently with the Ohio Local History Alliance sessions on Friday. SOA members are welcome to attend both SOA and Alliance sessions.

Friday 9:00-9:50am: Moving Beyond 1922: Understanding Public Domain and Copyright from 1923-1963
Jenni Salamon, Ohio Digital Newspaper coordinator, Ohio History Connection.
Did you know that some content published after 1922 might be in the public domain? Understanding how copyright applies to your collections is a key step in creating digitization, exhibit or other public access projects. Attend this session to learn more about how copyright laws apply to materials published between 1923 and 1963 (and even more recently). You will also learn how to use U.S. Copyright Office resources to research the copyright status of works from this time period and how you might be able to move your public access projects beyond 1922.

Friday 10:10-11am: Revealing Voices and Songs of Holocaust Survivors using a Redesigned Wire Recorder
Jodi Kearns, digital projects manager & Jamie Newhall, senior multimedia producer, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.
Wire as a recording medium has been abandoned, and the recordings made using the technology are not easily accessed. This presentation will discuss how staff from the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron revealed voices and songs of holocaust survivors using a redesigned wire recorder.

Friday 11:20am-12:10pm: The Digital Public Library of America and You
Jen Johnson, DPLA project coordinator, State Library of Ohio.
The Digital Public Library of America is a free and open web portal to digitized cultural heritage collections across the United States. In this session, you will learn about the collections that are already online and available for you to use, and how Ohio’s collections will benefit from inclusion into DPLA.

Friday 2:10-3:00pm: Leveraging Libraries and Student Veterans: The Veterans’ Voices Project
Jane Wildermuth, head, Digital Initiatives and Repository Services; Seth Gordon, director, Veteran and Military Center; Jeniffer Seavey, project coordinator, Veterans’ Voices Project, Veteran and Military Center, Wright State University.
The WSU Veteran’s Voices Project, a collaboration between the Libraries and the Veteran and Military Center, employs student veterans to gather veterans’ oral histories. This session will explore the project’s genesis and how important WSU Libraries is in creating relevance, impact, and access.

Friday 3:20-4:10pm: Ask a Preservation Professional
Ohio Preservation Council members.
This panel will feature open conversation and discussion with preservation professionals from different sized institutions about best practices vs. better practices, and the unique challenges of preserving archival collections. Come with your questions!

Spring Meeting 2017

SOA Annual Meeting 2017 – Keeping History Alive

The Society of Ohio Archivists’ Spring Conference was held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the General Session Room at the Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio, 43240.

See its page, including session slides at