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Ohio Archives News & Events: Registration Now Open for 2018 Digital Scholarship Colloquium – The Digital and Democracy at Case Western Reserve University

On November 1-2, 2018, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting “The Digital and Democracy” Digital Scholarship Colloquium bringing together the vanguard of professionals using digital tools to advance democracy. The colloquium will delve into how research can be used for the advocacy of communities experiencing disruption and inequality and in all the points that touch a person’s life, including, healthcare, housing, environment, social justice. The program will feature the country’s top scholarly work and digital tools used to scale the heights of democratic power and influence.

More Information:

Student, academic, and nonprofit rates available! Purchase your tickets today:

See you in Cleveland!

Regional Archives News & Events: Special Preservation Training Program – Registration Deadline Approaching (September 20)

Preservation Management and Collections Care – A two-day, In-person Workshop    

When: Sept. 24 & 25, 2018, 9am – 4pm CDT

Where: John James Audubon Museum and Nature Center, Henderson, Kentucky

About the Program: This two day workshop provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program. The curriculum covers preservation policies, environmental and storage conditions, care and handling of collection materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and program assessment. The instructor will discuss realistic approaches to preservation at small and medium sized organizations, and small group work will encourage participants to discuss their own preservation goals together.

Instructor: Danielle Spalenka, NEDCC  Preservation Specialist

Fee: $80 registration fee for 2 day workshop This special low-cost program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

To Register:

Registration deadline: September 20

Questions?  Contact: Preservation Specialist Danielle Spalenka, dspalenka at nedcc dot org


NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center Preserving Collections Nationwide  –

Ohio Archives News & Events: Project Coordinator: Ohio History Connection

The Digitization Unit at the Ohio History Connection is currently considering applicants for the position of Project Coordinator, National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio. This position will manage newspaper digitization projects, including overseeing selection, technical and administrative activities; assisting with design and development of project website; and managing relationships with external partners and vendors. It will also involve public presentations and other outreach activities. A full job description can be found at our website:

Please submit applications and resumes through our online application process by September 23, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Human Resources Department at

Newest Council Members and Council Liaisons

Although the SOA Annual meeting is over, we have a couple of new bits of information to share below:

The newest council members and treasurer have been announced!

Council Members:

  • Cate Putirskis – Special Collections Processing Manager, Ohio State University Libraries
  • Sherri Goudy – Ohio History Service Corps Member, Logan County History Center/Ohio History Connection


  • Mark Bloom – Archives Associate, Senior, The University of Akron

We also have the new list of Council Liaisons (check the various committee pages for updates soon)


Early Bird Registration for SOA’s 2018 Annual Meeting Ends Monday, April 30th

Just a reminder that early bird registration for SOA’s 2018 Annual Meeting ends on Monday, April 30th! That will also be the last day to register for the 50th Anniversary Mixer, which will be held Thursday, May 17 from 6-8pm at Polaris Grill. Join us to celebrate 50 years of SOA!

50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50

Please join us for the Society of Ohio Archivists’ Annual Meeting Thursday May 17-Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio, 43240.

See conference page at for more.

Plenary speaker Tanya Zanish-Belcher, president, the Society of American Archivists, and director of Special Collections & University Archivist at Wake Forest University, 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.

Conference hashtag: #soaam18


  • Online registration:
  • Printable form: download this PDF, and mail to Mark Bloom, Treasurer, 8477 Summer Road, Macedonia, OH 44056.
  • The meeting registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks (including cake!) on Friday. Due to catering restrictions, lunch cannot be guaranteed for those who register onsite.
  • Categories
    • Early bird meeting registration (ends April 30, 5 PM): $45 SOA members, $65 nonmembers, $30 students.
    • Regular meeting preregistration (May 1–May 11, 5 PM): $50 SOA members, $70 nonmembers, $35 students.
    • Onsite meeting registration (May 18): $60 SOA members, $80 nonmembers, $40 students.
    • Workshop preregistration (ends May 11, 5 PM): $20 for members of SOA/ALAO, $25 for nonmembers, and $10 for students. No onsite registration available for workshop. Limited to 40.
    • Mixer registration (ends April 30, 5pm): $20.

SOA has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris, which is right next to both the Polaris Grill and Quest Conference Center. The rooms will be available at a discounted rate of $119 a night. Book by April 18, 2018. To reserve a room in the block, use this link, or call 614-568-0770 and mention that you are with the Society of Ohio Archivists.

50th Anniversary Mixer

6PM-8PM. Polaris Grill, 1835 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, 43240

Our 50th Anniversary Mixer will be an excellent opportunity to talk with old buddies and colleagues, and to make new friends among your SOA peers over heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Also available will be a cash bar. The mixer will be limited to 50 attendees, and registration will close when early bird registration ends on April 30, or when the event is full. Remember the early bird gets the worm!

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,, 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:  

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 ( 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:

Issues from Fall 2001 through Fall 2017 are available online on the Society of Ohio Archivists’ website at the following link: