Happenings

Articles + News

Art + Museum Transparency End Unpaid Internships Spreadsheet [Bonus: Take the Arts + Museums Transparency Internship Survey here]

Who’s that Girl?: Why so many Native women artists are unnamed in museums via Minneapolis of Art on Medium

Discover America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019 via National Trust for Historic Preservation

Ebony and Jet magazines’ photo archive will go to Smithsonian via NBC


Collections + Project Highlights

Memory Lab : For anyone interested in establishing and adding preservation services to their library, the Memory Lab network is accepting applications through August 16. Seven organizations will be identified as network partners and will spend one year creating personal archiving stations and programs for their communities based on the DC Public Library model. Chosen partners will receive training, mentoring, and financial support. Applications due: Friday, August 16, 2019; Apply here!

Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections was awarded a grant from the Digital Library of Georgia to digitize historical deeds and plats (land maps) from primarily the South Georgia region. 

Dedicated to holding significant memories of the Greek American experience and Hellenic legacy, the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) announced, on July 24 the launch of the NHM Collections & Archives Portal, which allows anyone to access the Museum’s catalogs online from anywhere by viewing digitized artifacts and archival materials. View the collections online here.


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

Association of Architecture School Librarians – Annual Conference
When: March 12-15, 2020
Where: San Diego, CA
Call for Proposals deadline: September 30, 2019 at midnight PST
Learn More & Submit a Proposal

Visual Resources Association – Annual Conference
When: March 24-27, 2020
Where: Baltimore, MD
Learn More & submit a proposal for the VREPS Emerging Voices Session!

Library Collective – Annual Conference
When: March 11-13, 2020
Where: Knoxville, TN
The Collective is a conference-like coming together of next-generation librarians but without all the things that make regular conferences suck
Learn More


*Bonus* Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more specific w/ your Google searches…Check out their Advanced Power Searching Guide!


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Articles + News

Drew Students Apply Digital Tools to Research via Drew University

Story+: Where Humanities Students Combine Creative Storytelling and Research via Duke Today

Documenting Slave Voyages via Emory University

Is “Fit” a Bad Fit? via American Libraries


Collection + Project Highlights

The new online catalogue dedicated to the artist Frances Hodgkins is now live! The website is an online catalogue of the New Zealand expatriate artist’s known paintings, watercolours and drawings, ranging from 1886 to 1946. You can search across artworks, and relates exhibitions, people and locations. The site also includes digitised and transcribed letters written by Hodgkins, her family and friends, as well as a wide range of related photographs and documents. The catalogue will continue to be updated as new material becomes available.

The California Historical Society is pleased to announce that 4,467 slides and negatives from the Peoples Temple Publications Department Records have been digitized and are available for public viewing and research online. The photographs provide new visual documentation of Peoples Temple’s political, religious, and cultural activities, as well as daily life in Redwood Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Jonestown. This work was made possible by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The collection was processed by project archivists Isaac Fellman and Lynda Letona and digitized by Two Cat Digital of San Anselmo. 


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

OpenCon
Call for Papers
When: November 1, 2019
Where: Philadelphia, PA @ Temple University
Deadline: July 26, 2019
Submit a proposal here

NEDCC Live Webinar
Topic: Caring for Photographic Collections
When: July 25, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm EST
Cost: $95
Learn More and Register

Library Collective – Annual Conference
When: March 11-13, 2020
Where: Knoxville, TN
Learn More


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Scholarships + Awards

Visual Resources Association Foundation
Internship Award – Call for Applications

Deadline to apply: August 2, 2019
The award recipient for 2019-2020 will be announced on August 26, 2019.
Learn More & Apply

Digital Directions Conference
Student Scholarship
– Recipient will be notified July 8, 2019
When: August 19-20, 2020
Where: Overland Park, KS
Learn More and Apply


Collection + Project Highlights + Articles

Do Memes Change How We Remember History? via Catapult

Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care: An Invitation to Reflect and Share” In this piece we begin to articulate intersections of information maintenance and care ethics in ways that are real and meaningful for information maintainers.  By “information maintainers” we mean those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems.The contributors to this document each have varied experiences with information maintenance. We are community organizers and facilitators, archivists, repository managers, project managers, designers, librarians, researchers, grantmakers, educators and more. This invitation is directed toward occupations and roles for which we feel that an understanding of the relationship between information maintenance and an ethic of care is especially valuable. We invite you to read, react, share and engage with this potluck of ideas. Please circulate widely!

The Newberry has launched a digital archive of over 26,000 high-quality images of picture postcards produced by pioneering British company Raphael Tuck & Sons during the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on a vast archive of postcards received by the Newberry in 2016 and developed with the support of Leonard A. Lauder, the new digital collection provides users with a comprehensive body of material for investigating the ways in which British citizens formed and disseminated their perceptions of the world 100 years ago….

The USModernist® Library is the largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.6 million downloadable pages – all free to access. Recently, USModernist Library added nearly 10,000 pages to their library. Within three weeks, they will add 50,000 more pages, and they’ve got room for more!

The SAH Data Project: Analyzing Architectural History in Higher Education. The Society of Architectural Historians has been awarded a two-year, $508,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the status of the field of architectural history in higher education. The grant provides support for a data-gathering initiative that will gauge the health of architectural, urban and landscape history as fields of study, as well as degree programs and curricula across the higher education landscape. SAH plans to hire a postdoctoral researcher to design and manage the study to determine where, and in what ways, these fields of study are expanding, receding, changing, or holding steady and to consider the structural or cultural factors behind such trends.


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

Visual Resources Association Annual Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals

Archives*Records 2019
Where: Austin, TX
When: July 31 – August 6, 2019
Early Bird registration available until July 5, 2019

Image Permanence Institute: Webinar Series 1
Topics: “Preventive Conservation and the Role of the Environment” & “Evaluating Collection Spaces
When: July 25, 2019 and August 15, 2019 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
Register Here


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Articles + News

How to survive the ultramarathon job interview via CNN

‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries via ArtNews

Job Precarity, Contract Work, and Self-Care by Sajni Lacey

Thank You For Applying: Using POCs to Diversify A Search Pool via WOC+lib

Providing Culturally Responsive and Ethical Access to Indigenous Collections via SAA’s Archival Outlook


Collection + Project Highlights

Get Ready to Get Lost in Time: Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles! The Brooklyn Collection is still in the process of uploading all the new publications, with 21 added so far. When the upload is complete there will be a grand total of 41 newspapers in the collection. Expanding the digitized newspapers available is an important part of increasing accessibility to Brooklyn history. The collection has been upping its digital presence over the last year or so with a revamped main online portal with direct access to maps, postcards, oral histories and other digitized treasures.

Radhika Jones Introduces Vanity Fair’s Full Digital Archive. The magazine’s editor in chief welcomes readers to the first fully searchable collection of its entire history, from its Jazz Age beginnings to its 1983 revival and on to the present day.

The Memory Lab is a grant-funded program that enables people to digitize and preserve their histories. In today’s digital world, unless the public is equipped to sustain their digital memories, communities risk massive loss of vernacular history and culture. Public libraries are trusted providers of digital literacy and local history programs, and therefore are well positioned to offer open access to the digital tools and skills necessary for communities to document and preserve their own histories.

Preservica, market leaders in active digital preservation, has announced that the University of Bristol will use its Enterprise Private Cloud (EPC) digital preservation platform to safeguard over 50 TBs of unique cultural records. Digital Archivist at the University of Bristol, Emma Hancox said: “Part of what makes the university such a desirable institution is the library’s extensive archives. Preservica was the only system that offered both the specialist tools to ensure preservation of our unique materials, and the wider software to provide a platform for discovery and re-use of records including fast streaming of AV files”


Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

DLF x VRA: GLAM Cross-Pollinator Program
Forum Fellowship Opportunity / Registration Award
Learn More and Apply

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here


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Articles + News

Archivists on the Issues: Rare & Ephemeral: a snapshot of full-time New England archives jobs, 2018-2019

Visual Resources Association Foundation announces 2019 Project Grant recipient!

Normalize Negotiation! Learning to Negotiate Salaries and Improve Compensation Outcomes to Transform Library Culture via In the Library with a Lead Pipe

Bright Young Librarians: Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts at Syracuse University via Fine Books Magazine


Collection + Project Highlights

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley received a $95,203 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Collections and Reference Resources Grant to process and make accessible significant source materials created by urban designer Walter Hood. Hood’s work focuses on creating environments for people to live, work, and play through engagement with a community and its history. His practice encompasses both the traditional parameters of landscape architecture and embraces urban design, community planning, architecture, environmental art, and research.

German Holocaust archive puts millions of documents online
The international organization, which also announced Tuesday that it is rebranding itself the Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution, hopes that by making the documents widely available to the public it will help researchers and relatives learn more about the Nazi death machine. It’s the first time the massive volume of documents has been put online. Arolsen Archives is located in the north-central town of Bad Arolsen, Germany — about 90 miles north of Frankfurt.

University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 bee species. May 20 is World Bee Day, and thanks to a new digital collection of images featuring species native to Alberta, things may be looking up for the beleaguered flying insect. Worldwide, bee populations have been on the decline since the 1990s.The archive is seen as a valuable new resource to help study endangered species and develop healthier environments for bees.


Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

DLF x VRA: GLAM Cross-Pollinator Program
Forum Fellowship Opportunity / Registration Award
Learn More and Apply

Mountain-Plains Museums Association Conference
Where: Albuquerque, NM
When: September 22-25, 2019
Learn More + View the Schedule

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here

ARLIS/NA
Call for Reviewers: Multimedia & Technology Reviews for June
Learn more and Volunteer


Tools + Courses

Archival Appraisal for the Non-Archivist Webinar
Member: $100; Nonmember: $125
When: August 13, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
Learn more & Register Here

Introduction to Copyright for Digitization Webinar
Member: $100; Nonmember: $125
When: July 10, 2019 from 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Learn More & Register Here


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Articles + News

Decolonizing and Diversifying Are Two Different Things: A Workshop Case Study via Art History Teaching Resources


Collection + Project Highlights

Launch of the Franklin Furnace Moving Image Archives
With support from the Council on Library and Information Resources, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Franklin Furnace has made publicly available 140 videos containing audiovisual documentation of events, such as performance art, presented or supported by Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

The American Craft Council is pleased to announce the addition of a new digital collection, the Friends of Fiber Art International Artist Files.
This digital collection is a selection of the many fiber artists whose material can be found in both the Friends of Fiber Art International and the American Craft Council artist files collections. New content will be added on an ongoing basis. 

The mission of the Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.


Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

Wading in Digital Art History Water
(A Workshop Week for Those Beginning and Curious)
When: May 28-31, 2019
Where: University of Maryland, Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture
Learn More & Register

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here

Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections
When: August 19-20, 2019
Where: Overland Park, KS
Learn More & Register


Tools + Courses

Preserve This specializes in online preservation courses and topics related to preservation and collections care for librarians, archivists, museum professionals, and related fields. Our instructors are professionals in their field who enjoy sharing their knowledge with the world. Every course you take here is special. It is designed to help you build skills to operate as a professional in the library, archives, and museum field.

Introduction to Emergency Digital Collecting Webinar via Lyrasis
Nonmember: $125; Member: $100
When: July 24, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Live Online – Register Here

CollectionSpace Webinar via Lyrasis
June 7th and 28th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Cost: Free!
Learn more and Register


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Articles + News

How Deauthentication Impacts PoC Academic Librarians’ Library Practice by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Archival Pay and SAA: Some Modest Proposals via Southwest Archivists

Flatbed Scanner vs Overhead Camera Digitization via Sustainable Heritage Network

Announcing DT’s New Digitization Certification Program via Digital Transitions Division of Cultural Heritage

ICYMI…
When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge
Recorded: Feb 2019 via Connecting to Collections
Slides and Handouts available!


Collection + Project Highlights

Southern Oregon Digital Archives
(at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library)
Launch of Terry Skibby Photograph Collection
This collection is the latest collection added to the Stories of Southern Oregon, a digital archive of oral histories, photographs, documents and more.

Adding Context to Content: Successfully Engaging Tribal Elders in Digital Projects via the Sustainable Heritage Network


Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here

The ACRL Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) is seeking lightning talk proposals for the IRIG Business Meeting on Wednesday, June 11 @ 2:30 EST. Lightning talks are limited to 10 minutes.
The talks are open to all aspects of working with image resources, especially those with a visual literacy focus, including projects in the beginning stages. Please send a short description with title, your name and affiliation to acrlimages@gmail.com by May 29th.

ARLISNA 2020 Conference
Call for Presentations, Panels, and Workshop Proposals
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: April 21-25, 2020
Submit a proposal here
The call for poster, lightning talk, roundtable, moderator, and other meeting proposals will be announced later this year.


Tools

Use Wakelet to save links to great content that you find online – articles, videos, blogs, tweets, sound files and much more. Curate your saved items into collections. Google Chrome extensions available!

Tropy is free, open-source software that allows you to organize and describe photographs of research material. Once you have imported your photos into Tropy, you can combine photos into items, and group photos into lists. Learn more!

OpenRefine is a free, open source, powerful tool for working with messy data! Bonus: OpenRefine reconciliation service for Getty’s Art Architecture Thesaurus!


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Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

VRA Bulletin
Call for Content for the Spring 2019 Issue will be published in June as our inaugural Open Access issue
Submission Deadline: May 24, 2019
Learn More & Submission Guidelines

NDSR Art x MICA
The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure
Where: Fred Lazarus IV Center, 1st Floor Auditorium (L115), 131 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD.
When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Cost: Free and open to the public
Learn more & Register here

Library Marketing and Communications Conference
Call for Proposals – Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019
When: November 13-14, 2019
Where: St. Louis, MO
Learn More & Submit a Proposal Here


Webinars, Workshops, and Toolkits

AMIA
Introducing the Archival Management System
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting will soon launch a new and improved Archival Management System (AMS). The new system, built in compliance with the PBCore metadata schema, will improve the AAPB’s ability to acquire additional collections and manage the metadata for the 2.5 million records in the AAPB’s collection. The system will also provide participating public broadcasting stations and archives across the country a platform to search and access their own collections.
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 2pm EST
Register Here

AMIA
Putting PBCore into Practice: Metadata Tools for Managing Media Collections
This webinar will focus on the use of PBCore, a metadata schema for managing audiovisual collections. The session will include an overview of PBCore and a demonstration of new tools and resources for implementing PBCore in archives. The tools and resources developed were funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
When: May 29, 2019 at 2pm EST
Register Here

VRA Nominating Committee
Informational Webinar
Listen to the former VRA members talk about their roles
Treasurers, Allan Kohl and Jeannine Keefer, current PR&C Amy McKenna, and read written statements by former PR&C, John Trendler, and VPCAs, Lael Ensor-Bennett and Ryan Brubacher


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Awards, Fellowships and $$$

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Call for Proposals to Community-based Archives
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Learn More & Apply
Submit proposals to fund one of the following areas of need:

  • Operational support for the organization, including general support for staff, space, and utilities.
  • Collections care, including storage, cataloging, description, and preservation.
  • Programming and outreach activities, including collecting new materials, and exhibitions, publications, or other uses of the collections.

Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

American Institute for Conservation
New England Meeting & Conference
Topics: New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection
Where: Uncasville, CT
When: May 13-18, 2019
Learn more & See the schedule

Bucknell University – Digital Scholarship Conference (#BUDSC19)
When: October 11-13, 2019
Where: Lewisburg, PA
CFP Deadline: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Learn More & Submit a Proposal

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Annual Conference
Call for Proposals
Proposal Submission Deadline: May 8, 2019
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: November 13-16, 2019
Learn More and Submit a Proposal


Webinars, Workshops, and Toolkits

Chicago Area Archivists
Topic:A/V Preservation: A Discussion
Where: Chicago, IL
When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Cost: Free
Learn More & Register

Society of American Archivists
Topic: Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
When: August 30, 2019 from 9am-5pm
This course covers privacy and confidentiality legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You’ll examine the intersection of (and the tension between) privacy/confidentiality, free speech, and freedom to research/write, and focus on how digital records and the digital realm have altered the scene.
Learn more & Register

MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference)
Project Management in the Archival Workplace Workshop
Where: Thurmont, Maryland
When: Monday, June 10, 2019 from 9am-4pm
Cost: $90 w/ free parking
This workshop focuses on introductory techniques and common tools for project management. Workshop participants will learn how to establish, define, plan, implement, and execute archival projects.
Learn more & Register

ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) – SCAIG Annual Spring Workshop
Topic: Teaching with Primary Sources
Where: University of Cincinnati, Archives & Rare Books Library
When: May 29, 2019 from 9am-3pm
Cost: Member: $20; Non-member: $25; Students: $10
Learn more & Register

Community Archiving Workshop Handbook
The goal of these workshops is to help an organization jump-start the preservation of an audiovisual collection—film, video, or audio. The idea is simple: experienced audiovisual archivists partner with local volunteers for a daylong workshop that will assess and catalog as many materials as possible, and in the process, provide hands-on training for local volunteers, so they can carry on the work in the future. 
Read the handbook here



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