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OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting, October 7-8, 2016

OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting, October 7-8, 2016


The Society of Ohio Archivists is partnering with the Ohio Local History Alliance for Connecting Communities. This conference will be held on October 7-8, 2016, at the Crown Plaza hotel in Dublin, Ohio.

The SOA track will take place on Friday October 7th and will feature the following sessions:

9:00-9:50: Bringing History Home: Using Local Government Records in the Classroom with Elise Kelly, Greene County Records Center & Archives
10:10-11:00: A Private Matter: Dealing with Privacy-Sensitive Materials in the Archives with Judith Wiener, Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University and Emily Gainer, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
11:20-12:10: Preserving & Digitizing the Kent Tribune Newspaper with Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection and Sandy Halem, Kent Historical Society
2:10-3:00: Thinking Outside the Hollinger Box: Creative Ways to Promote Your Archives with Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society; Kevlin Haire, The Ohio State University; Elise Kelly, Greene County Records Center and Archives; and Karen Robertson, Ohio History Connection
3:20 -4:10: Perspectives on Archival Processing with Connie Conner, Ohio History Connection; Cara Gilgenbach, Kent State University Libraries; Abigail E. Miller, Kenyon College; and Rhonda Rinehart, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Attendees are welcome to attend any of the Local History Alliance sessions, luncheons, and other special events on both Friday and Saturday.

To view the conference program and to register, see conference web page at: or download the registration form:

Interested in attending an upcoming workshop or to learn more about upcoming SOA educational opportunities? Contact the Education Committee Chair.

The Miami Valley Archivists Roundtable (MVAR) Archives Crawl


The Miami Valley Archives Roundtable (MVAR) Archives Crawl is an event held during the month of October to celebrate National Archives Month. Crawlers tour host archives in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas gathering stamps in their passports. Participants will have the opportunity to view a variety of treasures preserved in area archival repositories, visit with archivists, and go on special behind-the scenes tours, depending on the specific repositories that you visit.

Please visit the Archives Month Events page for more information about the Archives Crawl as well as other events to be held in the local area.

Registration Rates Until Friday, May 13

Registration rates until Friday, May 13, at 5 p.m. $50/ SOA members, $70 / non-members, $35 / students.


On-site registration*: $60 / SOA members, $80 / non-members, $40 / students.
*Please note: Lunch is not guaranteed for on-site registrants.
For online registration, please visit Society of Ohio Archivists 2016 Spring Conference Registration

The Society of Ohio Archivists 2016 Spring Conference
Where: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio, 43240
When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Theme: Knocking down walls and reaching out: Archives in your community.
Plenary speaker: Mandy Altimus Pond, Archivist for the Massillon Museum.
Other highlights: Exciting presentations, poster session and networking opportunities, silent auction, SOA business meeting, and much more!

Ohio Statehood Day: March 1, 2016

Join fellow history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio’s birthday – and to advocate for Ohio History.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, we and our partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for our annual Statehood Day event. The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together to help showcase the importance of Ohio’s history and how history, historic preservation and the organizations that help provide access to Ohio’s rich history benefit the Buckeye State. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event! Register today.

{Please note that additonal security measures have been implemented for your safety at the Ohio Statehouse and the Riffe State Office Tower. Be prepared to have your ID and to go through metal detectors.}   


9:30–10 a.m.            Coffee and registration

10–10:30 a.m.         Briefings on Statehood Day legislative prioritiesMarion-Werkheiser.jpeg

10:30 a.m.–Noon    Meet with state legislators (scheduled on your own)

                  Find your state representative here.

                  Find your state senator here.

Noon–1:30 p.m.     Lunch program

  • Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)
  • Keynote Speaker: Marion F. Werkheiser,
    Founding Partner Cultural Heritage Partners
  • History Fund grant awards

1:30 p.m.– later        Additional legislative meetings as necessary.

Optional Statehouse tour available

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

Call for Proposals SOA 2016 Spring Conference

Call for Proposals SOA 2016 Spring Conference

Knocking Down Walls and Reaching Out: Archives in Our Community

Friday, May 20, 2016
Quest Business and Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH, 43240

This year we are accepting both session proposals and poster proposals at the same time. All proposal topics are welcome. Possible ideas include, but are not limited to:

• Tools for Archival Discovery, Maintenance, and/or Marketing
• Outreach and Instruction efforts
• Student, Intern, and Volunteer Experiences and Projects
• Funding for Archival Projects or Archival Facilities
• Unique Collection Development Ventures
• Preservation of Analog and/or Digital Materials
• Description and Access to Traditional, Born-digital, or Hybrid Collections

Proposals of traditional panel sessions, student and professional posters, and alternative formats such as lightening rounds, pecha kucha, fish bowl sessions, and other session formats that allow for interaction between presenters and attendees are encouraged.

The Program Committee encourages proposals from students, new professionals, first time presenters and attendees, as well as individuals from related professions.
Proposals must include the following information:

• Session Title
• Session Type (Traditional Panel, Student Poster, Professional Poster, Fishbowl, Lightening Round, Debate, Mini-workshop, World Café, etc.)
• Session proposal abstract of 250 words or less describing the session or poster and how it will be of interest to SOA attendees
• Session Description for the SOA program (150 words or less)
• Session Contact Person (Name, Institution, Title or Degree Program, Telephone Number, Email Address)
• Other Participants and Contact Information (Name, Institution, Title or Degree Program, Telephone number, email address)
• A/V or Technology Requirements
• Additional Special Needs

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Proposal submissions are now closed.

Save the Date! SAA 2015 — Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Unconference & Workshops

Would you like to learn more about teaching with primary sources? Do you want to share your primary source teaching experiences with others in an open, informal setting? Is there an aspect of teaching with primary sources you wish you knew more about but were afraid to ask?

The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) subcommittee of the Reference, Access and Outreach (RAO) Section of the Society of American Archivists is organizing a day-long (9:30 am – 4 pm) unconference and workshop series dedicated to this topic on August 19.

Hosted by the Cleveland Public Library, the event will coincide with the annual Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference being held at the nearby Cleveland Convention Center, but will be free and open to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of affiliation. TPS unconference and workshop participants will not need to register for the SAA conference, nor must they be archivists. Anyone currently teaching with primary sources or aspiring to teach with primary sources — librarians of all stripes, teachers and professors of all educational levels, museum professionals — is invited. Students are welcome. Additionally, a full day’s attendance is not required; participants may arrive and leave at their leisure and according to their interests.

While the event is still in its planning stages, preliminary workshop topics include strengthening teaching pedagogy, integrating archives into existing courses or educational programming, the relationship between teaching with primary sources and the Association for College and Research Library’s (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy, art-related instruction, and assessment. Discussion topics for the unconference include building relationships between archives, schools, and educators; setting teaching policies and workflows, addressing the Common Core standards, and teaching with digital primary source content. There will be opportunities for spontaneous discussion in keeping with the nature of unconferences.

Unconferences are guided by their participants, so the agenda will evolve as the TPS subcommittee receives registration information and discovers what people want to learn and teach. Keep up with the latest news and register for the event by visiting the TPS Workshops and Unconference website at

The TPS subcommittee encourages you to connect with others and discuss your ideas on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #saa15teach

SOA Spring Conference–Registration Open!

The Society of Ohio Archivists’ Spring Conference will be held on Friday May 16, 2014 at the Lakeside Conference Center at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio.

Registration is now open!  The registration fee is $40 for members, $30 for students, and $60 for non-members. Register online at:

A pdf version of the registration form is available for those who do not wish to register online. Download the form here.  Pre-conference registration will close on Friday May 9.  Onsite registration is available, but lunch is not guaranteed for onsite registrants.

See the Annual Conference page for information about the conference program and scholarships.

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Register for the 2014 SOA Annual Conference

The Society of Ohio Archivists invites you to attend the 2014 Annual Spring Conference to be held on Friday May 16 at the OCLC Lakeside Conference Center in Dublin, Ohio.

This year’s theme, Building Capacity: Discovering Archival Collections in the 21st Century, will explore user interactions with rare and unique materials in our technology driven society. We are excited to announce that the plenary speaker is Chris Prom, Ph.D., Assistant University Archivist and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Prom is a recognized expert in digital archives.

Panel sessions and posters will feature topics on community outreach through mobile digitization and behind-the-scenes tours, digital repository migration, local grants programs, descriptive workflows, and more. This year’s silent auction will feature a Bowe Bell and Howell Sidekick scanner, valued at over $1,000 and tickets to Zoombezi Bay in Columbus, Ohio.

To register and pay online, please visit or visit our website for a printable registration form to mail with your payment. The registration fee is $40 for members, $60 for non-members, and $30 for students.  Lunch is included in the cost of the conference but advanced registration is necessary to guarantee lunch the day of conference.

For more conference information, visit the Annual Conference page.

For directions to OCLC  visit

We hope to see you there!

New Membership Outreach Tools

SOA pencils for outreach activities

SOA pencils for outreach activities

The SOA Membership Committee has purchased equipment for membership display tables for conferences and other public events. We now have three sets of full-length table-cloths, display banners for the front of the table, and hardware to fasten the banners and other displays. Additionally, we have 1,000 pencils to offer as conference giveaways; the pencils include the SOA url.

These items are presently with Ron Davidson at the Sandusky Library, but sets will soon be distributed to strategic locations throughout the state, including Columbus and other yet to be determined sites. They will be available for members to use wherever SOA is represented. For more information, contact Ron Davidson, Membership Committee chair.

SOA banner for outreach activities

SOA banner for outreach activities

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