Archive for January, 2010

Event Reminder: Thursday, January 28

Don’t forget about the Academy of Certified Archivists panel happening this Thursday! Even if you can’t be there in-person, you can attend via Moodle.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: GSLIS Room 131 or online in SAA
Moodle Live-chat
(website only available for GSLIS students; however, this session will be recorded and available to anyone after the event)

See more details about the event in this previous post.

For more information about the Academy of Certified Archivists, visit this website:

posted by: Shannon Lausch


January 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

GSLIS alumna presenting at I-Schools conference

Former SAA UIUC student chapter member and current PhD student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kaitlin Costello, will be presenting on her research in two posters at the on-campus I-Schools conference:

Poster, no. 67

Digital Preservation Education in iSchools
Kaitlin Light Costello
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keywords: Digital curation, digital preservation, graduate education, iSchool

Poster, no. 73

Preparing Future Digital Curation Faculty: Three Doctoral Fellows As Examples
Michael E Brown, Kaitlin Costello, and Sarah Elisabeth Ramdeen
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keywords: Digital curation

The I-Schools Conference will be at the I-Hotel on the University of Illinois campus. Click this site ( for more information.

written by: Noah Lenstra

January 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

TEI Workshop

Date: Fri, Feb 12 to Sun, Feb 14
Location: GSLIS Room 52

An upcoming, three-day workshop will provide an introduction to TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) and XML. Considering that many job ads for archivists ask for basic XML skills, this workshop could be quite beneficial for those wanting to develop their computer skills.

You must register ahead of time, and the cost for current UIUC students is $25.

For more information, click this link:

posted by: Shannon Lausch

January 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Academy of Certified Archivists

Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: GSLIS 131; and virtually through the UIUC SAA student chapter Moodle live-chat (audio will be archived)
Sponsor: Society of American Archivists student chapter

Students, faculty and staff, both on-campus and distance, are encouraged to come to this panel discussion on the Academy of Certified Archivists, an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Learn more about the Academy’s history, current initiatives, how to become certified and how certification can contribute to professional development in archives.

There will also be more general discussion of the archives profession and initiatives of the Illinois State Archives and Illinois State Historical Society.

Panelists include Mark W. Sorensen, a founding member of the ACA since 1989, former Assistant Director of the Illinois State Archives, with experience in Illinois State Historical Society, the Illinois Library Association, and the Decatur Public Library Board; Eric Fair, assistant archivist at the Champaign County Historical Archives, with past professional experience at government, college and religious archives; and Adriana Cuervo, assistant archivist at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. All panelists are ACA members.

Pizza and pop will be served at this panel, and promotional information from the ACA will be provided to audience members. E-mail Noah Lenstra with questions about this event, nlenstr2 at illinois dot edu.

written by:  Noah Lenstra

January 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

Announcements and Reminders from the Midwest Archives Conference

1) Call for poster proposals

Call for Student Poster Proposals – 2010 Midwest Archives Conference

The Student Interest Subcommittee of the Midwest Archives Conference ( 2010 Program Committee/Local Arrangements Committee is now accepting proposals for a special poster session dedicated to showcasing student scholarship and projects related to archives and records management.

The student poster session will be held Friday April 23, 2010, during the 2010 meeting of the Midwest Archives Conference, Thursday April 22 to Saturday Apr 24, 2010 in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The student poster session will be competitive, with the presenters of the best judged poster given a $100 award and a certificate from the Student Interest Subcommittee.

Proposals from students from all types of academic programs will be accepted. Recent graduates (less than six months out-of- school) are also welcome to submit proposals based on research or projects conducted while a student. Up to eight posters will be accepted for display during the conference. Proposals are due FEBRUARY 20, 2010, and are to be submitted to Noah Lenstra at nlenstr2 at gmail dot com. Individuals, groups and/or student chapters are all encouraged to submit proposals.

What is a Poster Session?

The Poster Session is a format for presentations about projects that use visual evidence. It offers presenters an opportunity to share their work through one-on-one discussion, which can be especially useful for work-in-progress or recently completed research, and may be a particularly appropriate format for presentations where visual or material evidence represents a central component of the project.

Presenters are to stand by their posters for two 45-minute periods on Friday, April 23, to discuss them with conference attendees, and the posters will be mounted in a public location throughout the day. Presenters are encouraged to limit their posters to a small amount of text designed to spark conversation and share information. Pictures, graphs, data, and text are the typical tools used by poster persenters.

Examples of posters in archives and records management can be found in the Society of American Archivists’ Research Forum virtual proceedings, Posters should be persuasive and visually compelling, and can be coupled by hand-outs and business cards. Imagine that the audience for the poster is a potential employer or professor. The Midwest Archives Conference will provide presenters with a tripod and bulletin board to successful presenters to enable them to mount their posters at the conference. Posters are not to exceed 36 inches by 48 inches. Wifi and electricity will NOT be available for presenters.

Individuals, groups of individuals and student chapters are all encouraged to submit poster proposals. Examples of proposal themes include: 1) original research that is completed or underway; 2) descriptions of interesting collections with which students have worked and their significance to the profession; 3) reports on projects in which students and student groups have participated. Your proposals should succinctly describe (in 250 words or less) what your poster will cover, with an emphasis on why your poster will be meaningful both to other students and to working professionals.

What is the Midwest Archives Conference?

The Midwest Archives Conference ( is the nation’s largest regional professional association for archivists. Founded in 1972, MAC now has approximately 1,000 individual members. MAC’s 177 institutional members include a variety of corporate, government, religious, and university archives, as well as historical societies and other manuscripts repositories and special collections.

The MAC region is the thirteen heartland states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. However, MAC has individual and institutional members from over 30 other states and five other nations, and more are always welcome. The Midwest Archives Conference sponsors various awards for students and new professionals to which poster presenters are encouraged to apply to off-set the cost of conference attendance:

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

Submissions must include the following: Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address; the name and address of your college or university; Your degree program (e.g., M.A., MLIS, C.A.S., Ph.D., etc.); A brief description of your poster topic (not to exceed 250 words); A one-sentence statement affirming your commitment to attend the MAC 2010 conference and present your paper/poster in person if selected by the Subcommittee. (For posters with multiple authors at least ONE of the authors must commit to attending).

Proposals must be received no later than FEBRUARY 20, 2010, and must be sent electronically to:

Student Interest Subcommittee of MAC 2010 Program Committee at nlenstr2 at gmail dot com. If you have any questions, or would like advise in the creation of your poster proposal, please contact Subcommittee Chair Noah
Lenstra at nlenstr2 at gmail dot com.

2) Scholarships available!

3) Seeking roving bloggers for 2010 meeting

MAC is looking for a band of roving reporters to contribute to a blog about the general goings-on of this year’s annual meeting in Chicago (April 22-24, 2010). The team of bloggers will report on sessions, interview speakers, talk to attendees, and produce reports on happenings throughout the three-day schedule. This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn more about the archival profession, get an inside look at MAC, and network with current members.

And with the team’s help, MAC will be able to provide an online educational opportunity for its members who are unable to attend the meeting. We’re modeling this on the “Flying Reporters” program instituted by the International Council on Archives for its 2008 meeting. (See: Please pass this along to anyone who plans to attend the meeting and who might interested in this project. They should contact Kevlin Haire at kevlinhl at yahoo dot com.

Meanwhile, MAC also would like to find a student or students interested in leading the Student and Young Archivist ‘Night on the Town, an opportunity for students and  archivists who are new to the profession, and those who are young at heart, to meet and mingle to discuss what it’s like looking for jobs and what lessons have been learned in school and on the job. The Student Interest Sub-Committee can help students interested in leading this activity to decide where to go, based on what is within walking distance of the conference hotel. Again, anyone interested should contact Kevlin Haire at kevlinhl at yahoo dot com.

written by: Noah Lenstra

January 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm Leave a comment


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