C&U Annual Meeting Recap

We hope you’ll agree we had a productive section meeting earlier this month in Atlanta. Thanks to all of you who were able to join us. If you weren’t able to join us, here’s a brief recap of the meeting’s events:

News Reports

  • From Section Leadership
    • Election results are as follows:
      • Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect: Rebecca Goldman
      • Steering Committee: Greg Bailey and Christina Zamon
    • A major effort this year has been to establish The Academic Archivist blog. If you have content you would like to see included or would like to submit a piece, please contact the blog editor.
  • From SAA
    • There is a new information brief on Archives and the Environment, which highlights the intersections between archival work and the environment.
    • Council has approved a Member Affinity Group Proposal, eliminating distinctions between sections and roundtables, allowing members to join as many groups as they choose and non-members to join up to three discussion lists, establishing consistent timetables and guidelines across the board, and outlining a process whereby new groups may be formed and struggling groups may choose to sunset.
  • From OCLC Research (Jackie Dooley)
    • A number of C&U-relevant reports are expected to be out this fall, including ones related to
      • web archiving and metadata
      • building a culture of collaboration (digital archivists and IT professionals)
      • removing barriers for use and reuse of finding aids
      • archival MARC (a study of element use over 30 years of practice)
      • laying the foundation for research data management
  • Jackie Esposito from Penn State is currently conducting a survey on the institutional placement of records management programs (the survey closed on August 15). In the future she will be sharing research data and conclusions about where records management fits within the organization.
  • Amy Schindler, co-chair of the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on the Development of Standardized Statistical Measures for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries reported that their first draft is open for comment (through August 22).

Program

Peter Carini, College Archivist at Dartmouth, spoke about the Librarians Active Learning Institute (LALI) and the new Archives and Special Collections program (LALI-ASC). He modeled an active learning exercise featuring a reproduction of a 1799 letter from Ebenezer Hazeltine to his brother Nathaniel; in the letter Hazeltine described inoculation against disease as well as plans for selling his old mare. The exercise was met with enthusiasm and encouraged section members to utilize new approaches in the classroom.

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