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The Spring SOA Newsletter is now available!

The Spring 2019 issue of the Ohio Archivist is now available! In this issue you will find all the information about the spring annual meeting. The issue also contains grant and award information; news from SOA members and institutions across the state; 2019’s Archives Month Poster theme; a recap of the joint OLHA/SOA fall meeting; and statements from the the 2019 SOA slate of candidates that will be voted on during the annual meeting.

Regional Archives News & Events: Job Posting: Archivist/Special Collections Librarian at Albion College

Archivist/Special Collections Librarian

Albion College invites applications for the position of Archivist/Special Collections Librarian (hereinafter referred to as the Archivist). The Archivist is responsible for the administration of the Albion College Archives and Special Collections, including management of the college’s rare books collection, and the appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation of archival records, manuscripts, and historical materials relating to the history and function of Albion College, its faculty, staff, administration, and students. The Archivist is also responsible to the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History for management and oversight of Methodist Archives. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload with sensitivity and confidentiality. Must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Library Science with an emphasis in archives, manuscript curation or related fields.

Preferred qualifications include experience in managing varied historical collections in archives, museums, or other historical agencies; familiarity with archival data management systems, DACS, EAD, and relevant metadata standards; familiarity with software related to digital repositories; a strong background and ability to instruct in historical research methodologies using primary sources; and demonstrated skills in oral and written communication. Familiarity with rare book collections and best practices in preservation of historical materials is desirable.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit an online application including a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references through Interfolio at:

https://apply.interfolio.com/61731

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Questions about the position can be directed to Michael Van Houten (mvanhouten@albion.edu), Library Co-Director.

Tuesday is your last chance! SOA Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Closes April 30th

Be sure to register by next Tuesday! Early bird registration ends on April 30th!

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

Thursday, May 16

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

    • Morning (9:00 AM – Noon): Fundamentals of Born-Digital Archiving
    • Afternoon (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM): 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 PM / $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. See annual conference page for sleeping room block information.

Kathleen Roe portraitThe 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

Visit the SOA conference website for the latest information and follow along on Twitter at #soaam19.

SOA Archives Month Poster Submission- Deadline Friday, March 29, 2019

This Friday, March 29, 2019 is the deadline to submit photographs, documents and other graphical materials for the SOA Archives Month poster. Please consider submitting material(s) from your institution.

This year’s theme is Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Ohio’s Role in Space Exploration, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.  Your submissions should demonstrate a connection to Ohio or the contributions of its residents in the development of the technologies that lead to the Space Race and space exploration. Here’s your chance to highlight interesting, fun, and thought-provoking items from your collections!

If interested in participating, please submit your images (limit of 3 per institution) to Melissa Dalton at mdalton@co.greene.oh.us by Friday, March 29, 2019. SOA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite entry between Monday, April 8, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019.

We look forward to your participation!

Ohio Archives News & Events: Genealogical DNA Testing for Beginners

Nationally-known expert Kelli Bergheimer explains how DNA testing can help you find your matches and break down barriers in your research.  Learn about different types of DNA testing, determine which test makes the most sense for you and make sense of your results.

Date/Time: April 13, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location: Ohio History Center

Cost: $15/Ohio History Connection members, $20/non-members

Register Online

Or Call: 800.686.1541

I Found It In the Archives: Ohio State Flag Patent

The Ohio state flag is unique and full of symbolism. It first flew on the Ohio building at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, New York where President William McKinley was assassinated. It was designed and patented by the architect of the Ohio building, John Eisenmann of Cleveland. He gave it to the State of Ohio in April 1902 when a bill introduced by Speaker of the House W.S. McKinnon was enacted to make it the state flag. It is the only non-rectangular state flag. Triangles formed by the main lines represent Ohio’s hills and valleys, stripes represent Ohio’s roads and waterways, stars indicate the thirteen original states of the Union and are grouped around a circle or O, which symbolizes the Northwest Territory. The four stars on the other side of the O denote that Ohio was the fourth new state to enter the Union. The original patented design is held by the Ohio History Connection in State Archives Series 1901.

SOA Archives Month Poster Theme Announced!

This year’s theme for the SOA Archives Month poster is Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Ohio’s Role in Space Exploration, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.  We invite you to submit photographs, documents, or other graphical materials from your institution to be featured on the poster. These images should demonstrate a connection to Ohio or the contributions of its residents in the development of the technologies that lead to the Space Race and space exploration. Here’s your chance to highlight interesting, fun, and thought-provoking items from your collections!

See previous years’ posters under Archives Month here or on Pinterest.

If interested in participating, please submit your images (limit of 3 per institution) to Melissa Dalton at mdalton@co.greene.oh.us by Friday, March 29, 2019. SOA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite entry between Monday, April 8, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019.

We look forward to your participation!

Due Date Extended: Society of Ohio Archivists Student and New Professional Award Applications

The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the workplace to attend their annual spring meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel.

The scholarship consists of conference registration (including lunch), a one-year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend.  Awardees are required to submit a photograph and write about their experience for publication in the Ohio Archivist newsletter.

Applications should include the following information:

*       Applicant’s name, mailing address, and e-mail address.

*       Students should list their school’s name and academic program;

*       New professionals should list their employer and number of years working within the field;

*       Description about how the meeting will benefit the applicant professionally;

*       Brief description of the applicant’s scholarship and contribution to archives. This will be taken into consideration along with the applicant’s number of years in the field or academic study;

*       Statement of the applicant’s need for financial support to attend the conference;

*       Applications are due by March 16, 2019.

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 awards will be presented at the Society of Ohio Archivists Annual meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel.

Ohio Archives News & Events: DAS Course – Preserving Digital Archives at the University of Dayton, March 23, 2019

*Early Bird Registration Closing March 23, 2019!*

Preserving Digital Archives April 23, 2019 | Dayton, OH | REGISTER NOW! Instructor: Lori Lindberg Early-Bird Deadline: March 23, 2019

This course is designed to help practitioners move from understanding the core vocabulary, standards, and best practices of digital preservation toward program planning, policy development, and systems evaluation. Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, the course will build on core concepts, explore organizational aspects of digital preservation, introduce tools and standards for technical and preservation metadata, and examine factors to consider in evaluating and selecting digital preservation systems.

Who Should Attend? Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials

What Should You Know? Participants should understand archival fundamentals and be familiar with the basics of metadata and computer systems. We strongly recommend that participants complete the Thinking Digital webinar prior to taking this course.

Society of Ohio Archivists Scholarship Award Applications

The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the workplace to attend their annual spring meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel.

The scholarship consists of conference registration (including lunch), a one-year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend.  Awardees are required to submit a photograph and write about their experience for publication in the Ohio Archivist newsletter.

Applications should include the following information:

*       Applicant’s name, mailing address, and e-mail address.

*       Students should list their school’s name and academic program;

*       New professionals should list their employer and number of years working within the field;

*       Description about how the meeting will benefit the applicant professionally;

*       Brief description of the applicant’s scholarship and contribution to archives. This will be taken into consideration along with the applicant’s number of years in the field or academic study;

*       Statement of the applicant’s need for financial support to attend the conference;

*       Applications are due by February 25, 2019.

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 awards will be presented at the Society of Ohio Archivists Annual meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel.