Announcing a new group! (part of SAA student chapter)

Are you looking for a way to learn more about the theory and history of archival and special collections work and to discuss your ideas? If so, please come and join fellow SAA members on Wednesday, February 17th from 6:30-7:30pm in GSLIS Room 109 for the first meeting of our new journal club focused on archives and special collections.

For the first meeting we’ll be discussing Heather MacNeil’s article “Trusting Description: Authenticity, Accountability, and Archival Description Standards.” We plan on meeting every other week at the same time and place and rotating who gets to pick the article for discussion. So if you have an article you are burning to discuss with your peers, come to the meeting and sign up for a week to lead discussion!

When: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Where: GSLIS Room 109
What time: 6:30-7:30pm

Heather MacNeil, “Trusting Description: Authenticity, Accountability, and Archival Description Standards”, Journal of Archival Organization, Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2009 , pages 89 – 107. (available through library ORR)

NOTE: Of special note for individuals interested in preservation/conservation are MacNeil’s consideration of the need to keep good documentation of all conservation treatments and the need to integrate this documentation into other description tools provided for archival records.

written by: Megan Toups


February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Recorded ‘Academy of Certified Archivists Panel’ Now Available

If you weren’t able to attend the “Academy of Certified Archivists Panel,” or if you’d like to listen to it again, you can access the recorded session with this link:

Real Audio File:

You don’t need to be a registered Moodle user to access this session.

Learn how being a certified archivist can help your career, the qualifications necessary, what the test is like, and more.

posted by: Shannon Lausch

February 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Simple Book and Paper Repair Workshop — March 5th (SPACE LIMITED)

If you are interested in learning about simple book and paper repairs, this workshop is for you!

The UIUC Book Conservation Lab and the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists are holding a simple book and paper repair workshop on March 5th, 2010 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Professor Jennifer Hain Teper, Head of the Conservation Department, will provide an introduction to simple repairs such as mending tears, tip ins, hinge tightening, surface cleaning, and consolidation of frayed cloth corners. Students will leave with a basic knowledge of simple repairs and a few tools (materials for book weights and bone folder) which they can use in future repairs. Space is limited to 12 students and is on a first come, first serve basis. Cost for the workshop is $25 and is non-refundable.

If you are interested please go to the following website to reserve your space for the workshop. Please sign up by next Monday, Feb. 15th.

Website to register:

Hope to see you there!

written by: Megan Toups

February 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

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

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